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Practice Group Report

Melting PotWe welcomed Peter to our group this month and this time started with our metaphor of the kind of group we want to belong to. Those who hadn’t previously added to our ‘melting pot’ did so, and our updated picture is shown here. It now boasts a green heart shaped cake, which emerged because it is something that can be cut through, and Clean Language cuts through issues. It is heart shaped because of the safety and security in the group. In addition, our explorer now not only goes out to seek new lands, but also has a path to come back to the inside - to explore inner worlds.

After we’d discussed a couple of issues brought by group members, the main part of the evening was based on an activity to be found on Caitlin Walker’s new DVD: Clean Language and Systemic Modelling. On it, she demonstrates a way for beginners to ensure they develop every part of a perception - by using different colours to denote how many questions away from the original statement you are. Green denotes the central statement, and red and orange are used for questions that are one and two levels away.

We watched this section of the DVD then split into groups to have a go…

And it was a big hit! Here is what was said when we reconvened:

  • It helped me stay on track and stop wandering off

  • I discovered a lot more information by staying with this central thought than I imagined possible

  • I even split one word (jellyfish) into two and asked about both parts of the word

  • It gave me a good visual tool, so I could see where I’d got to

  • It meant I didn’t miss anything

  • It was a shorter way of writing things down

  • It felt more organised

  • We had the paper in front of us all (in a group of three) so it was like a shared mind map

  • I managed to get a lot of information using just one or two questions

Ways of getting back to the centre included:

  • Simply repeating the central statement

  • Asking if there was a relationship between [latest words] and [central statement]

  • Repeating information from the ‘edges’ and then saying: And when all of that, is there anything else about[central statement]?

Thank you, Caitlin, for sharing this idea on your DVD.

Photo by Harli Marten 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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