Can I explore images of organisations with Clean Language? One of the ways Clean Language is used in business is to help groups to develop shared images of organisations. This is particularly useful when a company’s board of directors, for example, wants to become clearer about its shared mission, vision and strategy. Typically, each member ...

Using Clean Language can be a spectacularly effective way to create deep rapport with another person. The Clean Language questions compel you to listen carefully to what the other person says, so that you can use their exact words in your questions.  This combination of exquisite listening and uses the other person’s words typically makes ...

Many practitioners of Neuro-Linguistic Programming combine Clean Language with their other tools for helping people to change: the two approaches are highly complementary.   This can be done in two main ways: by using Clean Language and NLP in separate sessions, and by ‘Cleaning up’ NLP techniques. Using Clean Language for a whole session, ...

Clean Language was originally devised as a therapeutic process by the late David Grove. He was a counselling psychologist, working therapeutically with trauma victims such as Vietnam veterans and sexual abuse survivors. In workshops, he presented his ideas to thousands of psychotherapists worldwide, notably in the USA, UK, France and New ...

Metaphors are woven so deeply and so commonly into the fabric of our spoken communication that we hardly notice how rich and patterned they are. Yet these metaphors carry within them the very strands of our deepest thoughts and feelings about the world and our relationship to it. If we follow the threads that our metaphors point us towards, if ...

Metaphor opens a door to deeper understanding of yourself and other people – and Clean Language is the key to unlocking people’s metaphors. We use metaphor easily and naturally to communicate complex ideas, and to understand other people’s ideas from their metaphors. It’s as if metaphor is the native language of the mind, particularly ...

Clean Language questions are most often – and most usefully – used to ask about the metaphors a person uses. Being asked the questions helps to bring the metaphors to life, making new information available to the person. But what if you’re not noticing metaphors yet? Where on earth are they? Incidentally, a good definition of ...

Want to bag a bargain? You could start your Clean Language training next month for a fraction of the normal price by joining the Ebay auction. Selling a seven-day training via the online auction site is a little unusual – the site is better known as the place to shop for concert tickets and collectables. But we’ve recently been ...

Metaphors are very powerful. They bundle a lot of information into a small package, and make the conceptual more tangible. We live our metaphors. Someone who thinks their work team is like a Formula One pit crew will live their work very differently from someone whose team seems to them to be like a group of strolling musicians. In fact, ...