Introductory Articles

Getting started using Clean Language questions

Getting started using Clean Language questions

One of the most common challenges facing anyone who has just discovered Clean Language is how to start using this powerful tool at work. For some practitioners, the ‘fit’ between Clean and another change tool is obvious. Clean Language questions flow very naturally...

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Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds

By Judy Rees and Wendy Sullivan for Changes Magazine, Autumn 2008 Could you be missing out on the true magic of metaphor?  You’re probably well aware of how telling stories can change people, in the tradition of teachers, healers and leaders from Jesus Christ to...

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New energy for IT man from Clean Language coaching

IT consultant Matthew Dodwell was unhappy with the way his career was going: so unhappy that he was hoping to escape from the industry and do something completely different. But after a series of Clean Language coaching sessions, he’s found new optimism, new energy...

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Clean Cards, Change & Clean Transfer

Hans-Peter Wellke writes: I had a one-day one-2-one coaching with a client. At the very beginning he asked me, "Are you able to coach yourself with your own coaching tools?" I said, "No, I use paid coaches like you, and in my network of coaches we coach each other."...

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Discover the mind’s hidden depths with Clean Language

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....

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Clean and Crafty Listening

By Michael Mallows, May 2007 Most people’s listening skills, if they listen at all, are very poor indeed! Many, not least many in the so-called listening or helping professions, who might be described by others as, and would consider themselves good listeners,...

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Moving Light

This is an animated transcript of a short exchange between James Lawley and a training participant. James uses Clean Language questions and the participant's own words to facilitate the other's exploration of their metaphor, with surprising results. The transcript was...

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Successful Resolutions with Clean Language

By Judy Rees, for The Model magazine, Christmas 2006 And what would you like to have happen this New Year? Are you thinking of making that big change – stopping smoking, cutting down on booze, getting regular exercise and eating well – yet again?...

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Whose map is it anyway?

by Phil Swallow and Wendy Sullivan Once we accept that we always affect a person with whom we interact, we can also realise that there are many ways to avoid clumsily trampling over another’s map and even attempting to re-write it for them.  The map is not...

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Five minutes to learn Clean Language?

In our March newsletter we mentioned a blogger who claimed 'Clean Language is easy enough to learn in five minutes', and asked what you thought. Here are some of your responses. Please note: these comments do not neccessarily represent the views of Clean Change...

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Beyond Milton: Discover the real magic of metaphor

by Judy Rees, February 2007 Are you and your clients missing out on the true magic of metaphor? If you still think that metaphor means telling stories to change people, it's time to think again. There's a whole other world of metaphor for you to explore. Linked to...

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