Clean Language is like… Permaculture

28 October, 2010 by Marian Way

Permaculture is the practice of working with, rather than against, nature, in order to optimise the output from any piece of land. For example, by observing its natural resources in detail, practitioners are able to design an allotment to minimise weeding and to maximise yield.

Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

11 August, 2010 by Marian Way

Review of Albert-Laszlo Barabasi's latest book which looks at how predictable we are...

Clean Gymnastics

14 June, 2010 by Marian Way

I went to Coggeshall in Essex on Thursday to spend a day in a primary school classroom, with Julie McCracken, who has introduced her 5, 6 and 7 year-olds to the joys of Clean Language...

Developing Resource Metaphors

17 May, 2010 by Marian Way

Our Practice Group topic this month was Developing Resource Metaphors. We started with a discussion about what is a resource, concluding that anything could be a resource, depending on how it is used / perceived. Next we looked at how to develop a resource metaphor, including finding the source of the resource and discovering the effects of knowing that.

Metaphors and Values

15 March, 2010 by Marian Way

Our topic for this months Practice Group was Metaphors and Values. This was inspired by conversations with coaches who want to practise their Clean Language skills but do not yet feel confident to use Clean Language for a whole session. 

Metaphors for Aches and Pains

20 July, 2009 by Marian Way

The topic for the main part of the Practice Group meeting was physical symptoms, and what difference it could make to pay attention to them using metaphor and Clean Language.

Way To Go!

15 May, 2009 by Marian Way

If you're anything like us, you find metaphor fascinating, elegant, sometimes astonishing. When we're working with clients or training people in Clean Language, we often catch each other's eye when we hear someone describing their experience with a particularly arresting metaphor. Sometimes we say aloud what we're thinking: 'Aren't people amazing!'

Metaphor Maps

20 April, 2009 by Marian Way

Our main activity for this month's Practice Group revolved around 'metaphor maps'. Working in threes, with a facilitator, client and observer in each group, the facilitator used Clean Language to help the client model "When I'm _________ at my best, that's like what?" The _________ could be 'learning', 'working', 'coaching', 'parenting', 'cycling'... whatever the client chose.

Resolutions are Like What?

29 January, 2009 by Marian Way

A stake in the sand; an engine without enough oil; an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other; a milky, inert globe; waves breaking on a beach; a blocked American Indian healer; a rainbow that looks lovely but disappears... these were just a few of the metaphors for 'resolutions' that emerged from last night's Clean Language session with Wessex NLP.

A New Metaphor for the New Year

19 January, 2009 by Marian Way

We decided to start again with a new group metaphor for the new year, using a cut-down version of Caitlin Walker's Metaphors At Work process. This involved us working in two small groups to elicit - and develop, using clean questions - our individual metaphors for the kind of group we would like in 2009. 

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