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A First Experience of Clean


Sarah joined us on a Clean Learning Webinar and turned out to be the only participant! Here she tells of her experience of the call, which she found very beneficial.


At our regular 1-Hour Tasters, 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 webinar was a bit different… Although a few people had booked a place, only one turned up. Her name is Sarah, and she likes to write and at the end of the call she asked if there was anything she could write for us. I suggested she write up her experience of the call, which she promptly did… Here it is:

My First Webinar with Clean Learning

Browsing the net, I noticed a promotional piece about Clean Language and decided to investigate further by visiting the Clean Learning webpage. I am so glad that I did. I read through some of the literature and liked the concept. On impulse, I signed up for a webinar which I thought would give me an overview of how Clean Language could help improve some areas in my life.

Since I have never taken part in a webinar before I was a little apprehensive but it was simple. Apparently there are usually four or more people on the call but in this instance I was very lucky to have a one-to-one with Marian. I would imagine, if there were more people, it would not dilute the benefits, it would simply present a more varied exercise.

The process was so beneficial. I learnt a lot from that one conversation with Marian and consequently I believe it will transform my thinking processes. This can only be a good thing because, unknowingly, up until last night, I tended to saturate any positive thoughts with negative ones!

Marian used her techniques to encourage me to override some of my negative tendencies and with this new-found empowerment, discuss the issues that I wanted to improve, mainly work, parenthood (teenager - eek!), general self-confidence and low energy-levels. The methods she employed were very effective. I found myself exploring possible solutions to my situations with a new perspective.

At the end of the one-hour discussion I felt refreshed and genuinely enthusiastic. I would so happily recommend this principle to anyone who may wish for improvement in their life.

Paddling in the Waves

My understanding of the main principle is that Clean Language allows us to become aware of the inner and external voice and how what we say to ourselves has direct impact on how we operate. It is truly fascinating and already I am finding benefits. For example, this morning when my very tired daughter started her tirade, I simply kept calm and refused to indulge in any escapades. A calmer morning without doubt! A little later on I sought out the sea and paddled in the waves. OK, it helps that I live very near to the coast, but even if I didn’t I would have driven to it. I felt compelled to have a little celebration.

I feel different, I feel excited. I am observing my language. It’s cleaner.

A big thank you to Clean Learning and I will certainly be keeping in touch.

Photo by Vlad Panov on Unsplash

About Marian Way

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A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian, who founded Clean Learning in 2001, has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches, co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space and co-author, with Caitlin Walker, of So you want to be… #DramaFree.

Marian is an expert Clean facilitator, an adept modeller, a programme writer and an inspirational trainer. She has a natural ability to model existing structures, find the connections between them and design new ways for people to learn. Marian was a leading innovator within the Weight Watchers organisation, which included developing the “points” strategy, a local idea that went on to become a global innovation. She is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention CIC, world leaders in clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She designs our programmes and workbooks, leads workshops and teaches on all our courses. She’s trained people in Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan and the USA. Marian is also a recognised Clean Assessor.

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