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Listening: Book Recommendations

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If you want to do some background reading on the topic of ‘Listening”, here are a few books I recommend whole-heartedly:

  • The Courage to Teach, by Parker J. Palmer. This is a great book about teaching and the need for teachers to listen well to pupils and to each other. Palmer talks about his own ‘sheepdog’ metaphor and how he was influenced by the Quaker movement.
  • Carl Rogers developed the idea of ‘attentive listening’ and wrote many books about listening and working with people. Two of my favourites are A Way of Being and On Becoming a Person.
  • Nancy Kline’s Time to Think is another great book about listening and questioning, with a similar philosophy.

“The human soul doesn’t want to be fixed, it simply wants to be seen and heard. The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient and shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.” — Parker J. Palmer, 1998


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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