Feeling to a Metaphor

Practice Group Report

With no meeting in May, it was good to get together again for our June meeting. We welcomed three new members to the group: Neil, Joy and Richard. To get them into the swing of things, we explained our group metaphor and then a few of us described what 'Clean' is. Then we found out whether there was anything in particular people wanted to have happen during the evening, which produced one request from Juliet for a demonstration and one from Sally to look at Caitlin Walker's DVD. As Marian had it in mind to consider 'feeling to a metaphor', this became the content for the demonstration. Then we worked in groups, developing one anothers' metaphors for feelings, good and bad. This brought about some interesting and thought-provoking insights for the 'clients' in a relatively short amount of time.

After the break, we set up the DVD to watch the 'Five Senses' activity, and we worked through it as suggested, pausing each time we were given a new instruction, such s 'taste a lemon' or 'see an elephant'. It was very interesting to notice all the different ways that people process these instructions, and reminded us of why Clean language is so useful and how important it is to keep our assumptions out of the way when facilitating others.

Tags: practice group, metaphor, caitlin walker

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Marian Way

Company Director & Trainer, Portchester, Fareham
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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