C. Module 1: Introducing Clean Language and Metaphor

If you care about people, how they think, and what motivates and influences them to change, you need to know about Clean Language. This elegant and powerful questioning technique opens a door to a new way of thinking about how people’s minds actually work. Next face-to-face course: 15 & 16 May 2019 (one and a half days) or join the next Zoom-based course, beginning 4 April 2019.

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Latest research reveals that metaphor is the very stuff of thought. Our unconscious habit of thinking of one thing in terms of another is at the heart of what makes people tick. It’s as if metaphor is the native language of the mind – especially the unconscious mind.

With Clean Language, you’ll be equipped to:

    • Disentangle confusion and miscommunication
    • Gather rich layers of knowledge about yourself and others
    • Reveal people’s hidden depths and enable them to reach new heights
    • Encourage creativity, imagination and personal growth
    • Fully recognise difference and diversity
    • Avoid unwitting bias and ‘leading the witness’
    • Help people to change using a unique light trance, which allows them to access astonishing new resources within themselves
    • Minimise the risk of you, as facilitator, unwittingly embedding suggestions which later prove unhelpful.

Clean Language has a wide range of practical applications, in both in coaching/therapy and in the more ‘everyday’ worlds of business, education, research, healthcare etc.

In this workshop you’ll get to grips with the basic Clean Language questions (devised by David Grove) and start to use them to investigate the metaphors people use. The results will surprise and delight you.

The course will be run by Wendy Sullivan co-author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds, one of the world’s most experienced Clean trainers.

What they’re saying about Clean Language

“Using metaphors takes communication to a whole new level. It brings a new dimension to business thinking and I have seen it transform people’s perceptions in conflict situations. This stuff really works!” John Joint, executive coach

“Clean Language can have the power to revolutionise the way we understand and communicate with each other.” Diana Gibbs, business consultant

“Clean Language gives you the confidence to really get results with your clients.” Mark Hawkswell, corporate trainer and coach

“Clean is a fantastic tool. It’s just so versatile and so respectful.” Sheena Bailey, consultant

“Everyone is talking about it. I can personally vouch for the power of Clean.” Toby McCartney, editor of The Model magazine

“A single session of Clean Language had a remarkable impact on clearing old and persistent issues.” Scott Downs, business consultant

WARNING: Take this course and your beliefs about what’s possible may be shaken!

This is Module 1 of our extensive training in Clean Language, and can be taken as a standalone one and a half day workshop, or as the first part of a longer training (E.g. Modules 1-4 or 1-8). Participants come from all walks of life, including not only coaches and therapists but also teachers, managers and many others.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn four different types of Clean Language question, and find out how and when to use them
  • Come face to face with the importance of metaphor, both in language and in thought
  • Start to notice and exploit the ‘casual’ metaphors in everyday conversation
  • Take your listening skills to a new level
  • Discover the value of your own metaphors.


Make savings by learning more.

Make one booking to complete multiple modules, and enrol for each of those modules when it suits  you, one after another, or over time, in person or at a distance, or mixing the two.

Book  Modules 1 & 2 together and for a short time you save 25%.  Save £90.00: total fee £277.48 instead of £360.00+

Book Modules 1, 2 and 3 together and you save 12%

Book Modules 1 – 4 together and you save 15%.

 Link to Module 1 by  Zoom

Link to Module 2 (Live)

Link to Module 2 by Zoom


£169.99 — £999.56