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Clean Language Questions: Abbreviations


When I am taking notes during a client session, I find it useful to write my questions as well as the client’s responses. This helps me to keep track of the client’s logic. But writing the questions out in full takes too long, so, along with many others, I use the following abbreviations:

  • AE? : Is there anything else about ... ?
  • WKO? : What kind of … is that…?
  • W/Wb? : Where / Whereabouts?
  • S/S? : Does … have a size or a shape?
  • TLW? : That’s … like what?
  • TWH? : Then what happens?
  • WHN? : What happens next?
  • WCF? : Where does / could … come from?
  • WH2? : When… what happens to … ?
  • R? : Is there a relationship between … and … ?
  • HM? : How many … ?
  • I/O? : Is that on the inside or outside?
  • WWYLTHH? : What would you like to have happen?
  • WNTH? : What needs to happen for …?
  • HK? : How do you know ... ?

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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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