2-Day Introduction to Clean Language

Clean Language is a simple set of questions developed by counselling psychologist David Grove. These questions are used with a person's own words to direct their attention to some aspect of their own experience. Asking these questions in the right context often results in an interesting new insight or the recognition of some new possibility. And if that new possibility is then questioned using Clean Language, the result can be quite profound. Clean questions invite people to consider their experience from different perspectives and they are often surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas about their own experience.

What will be covered 


  • The basic Clean Language questions

  • Demonstration of clean coaching

  • How to move from Active Listening to Accurate Listening

  • What assumptions you are making a split second after someone speaks

  • How to keep your assumptions to yourself so you can work with clients’ actual experiences

  • Simple, practical exercises you can use in a multitude of contexts

  • What is a metaphor?

  • Why focus on metaphors?

  • How to spot the metaphors people use in every day language

  • How to uncover the structure of someone’s thinking by developing the metaphors they naturally use to express themselves

What will I gain?

You’ll come away with


  • How to ask the questions for maximum effect

  • Listening and questioning skills that will enhance your communications

  • Ways to apply the principles of Clean Language in different contexts

  • Simple tools for clarifying people’s desired outcomes and motivating people to take action

  • A way of attending to the metaphors we use to describe our everyday experiences

  • Personal development as you practice with others in the group

Frequently asked questions

What is Clean Language?

Clean Language is a simple set of questions developed by counselling psychologist David Grove. These questions are used with a person's own words to direct their attention to some aspect of their own experience. Asking these questions in the right context often results in an interesting new insight or the recognition of some new possibility. And if that new possibility is then questioned using Clean Language, the result can be quite profound. Clean questions invite people to consider their experience from different perspectives and they are often surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas about their own experience.

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Upcoming events

2-Day Introduction to Clean Language

Tues, Oct 30, 2018, 9:00 AM – Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT
UU Church, Massachusetts,
With Caitlin Walker