Not that I was planning to become a coach, but I was increasingly desperate to do something ‘non corporate’ with my life.
I was on Eventbrite, when a catchy event title caught my eye - ‘Clean Approaches for Coaches’ book launch. I googled, booked and turned up 2 days later.
I liked what I heard, the people I met and the slight quirkiness of it, so I bought the book, opened it the next day, and stopped at the end of prelude - it was so right for me! There was:
‘What do you know now?’ is a question my Clean Language coach, Sheryl Andrews, often asks me at the end of our sessions together. There is a lot of information inside of us already, and it often takes a good facilitator to draw out our knowledge and create those aha moments that change the course of our lives. For example, I developed a metaphor of being on a rollercoaster. I was at the top of a huge dip and I had a feeling in my stomach that I feel when I know something is about to happen
A while ago I wrote about how I used Clean Language to help a client's daughter with maths, and now we have another maths story...
A participant on one of Sharon’s recent trainings, Yuji Yamagami, has been testing Clean Language in various ways at work and with his family.
His daughter Reina, 14, had been struggling with maths, so Yuji asked her some clean questions.
At the end of this month, I am running a workshop at my Toastmasters group about planning to make an impact. I have lots of ideas about the kinds of things you can do to create an impactful speech, but my initial planning involves doing some research into the kinds of speeches that have already had an impact. I’m asking anyone who can spare a few minutes to tell me (a) the speech (b) what was it about the speech that had an impact (c) what kind of impact it had and (d) what are they doing / thinking differently in their lives now as a result of having heard that speech.
Of course I have also been thinking about how I would answer these questions, and when I think about what I am doing now – Clean Language coaching and training – I am transported back to
At our regular Clean Learning Teleseminars, we usually attract between four and ten people, all eager to know something more about Clean Language. Once we’ve asked everyone what they are wanting to get out of the call, we create an agenda to suit those present. We answer questions, do mini-demonstrations, get people asking questions… Every call is different and we like to think that people go away with at least something of what they said they wanted.
This week’s teleseminar was a bit different...
…do you try again, or give up? If change is hard, do you see it through, however long it takes, or do you compromise on what you really want? There are plenty of stories about how one or two Clean Language sessions radically changed someone’s life. And what about all the sessions that gave someone a fantastic insight or two, but which did not result in the desired behavioural change?
My story is about losing weight. Not based on a single flash of inspiration, but with repeated attempts – and Clean Language sessions - over a long period of time, each of which has moved me forward in my quest to eat in a healthy way for good. After five years of accumulated learning, I believe I am now finally doing this.
You know what you want.
The big goal is clear. You’ve defined your challenging and reachable goal. It is well-formed – specific, measurable, time-bound, positive and expressed in the present tense. You know the resources that will be required and the signs that will indicate that it has been reached. You’ve even broken this goal down into smaller manageable steps. The action plan is defined. You are pleased with yourself. Excited and raring to go...
This case study was first published in Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace: How to Motivate and Get the Best from Your Staff, by Jackie Arnold.
Lizz Clarke is the Managing Director of Logical Creative Marketing (LCM), one of Hampshire's leading PR, marketing and design agencies. She has built this business from scratch over the past 19 years and has had to face up to lots of different challenges along the way, as she’s developed the business from a ‘one-man band’ to a company which employs 10 members of staff and has a turnover of nearly £1 million per annum.