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Developing a Perception

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This month we took as our theme one of the basic building blocks of Clean Language - developing an individual perception. Working in pairs, we asked the developing questions to discover what we could about a photograph our partner was holding (and keeping hidden from us). After five minutes we had a go at drawing the image they were describing. The resultant pictures were uncannily similar to the originals… AND we discovered that we could have got more accurate by: observing partner’s non-verbals; repeating the same question a few times; and asking more location and relationship questions. We also talked about how to remember the information as it emerges and came up with three basic ways: write notes; draw a picture; remember the location of each picture element.

Having practised with photographs, we moved onto ‘real’ perceptions and, working in the same pairs, helped each other to develop an outcome. We discussed what it means to develop a rapport with someone’s information and the importance of getting the name, address and attributes of each symbol.

It was a great evening - with a friendly atmosphere, a good buzz and much swapping of information about other interesting events in the area.


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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