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Creating an Agenda on the Fly (Part 2)

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the session I ran at the Sydney Online Practice Group – and left you with a little question to ponder: How could I weave different people’s needs into a practice session, creating an agenda that would work well for as many of the participants as possible?

Creating an Agenda on the Fly

When Marian Way ran a session with the Sydney online practice group she used the question "What would you like to have happen? to ascertain participants' needs and then created an agenda to meet those needs. Here's how...

Meet the Team: Christoffer de Graal

Clean Learning Associate, Christoffer de Graal talks about his passion for sound and music, and his plans for building a Clean Language community in Bristol.

Chalk and Cheese

How one member of the Online Practice Group resolved a tricky bind during a 2-hour practice session.

How to Find a Practice Buddy

Some ways you can meet and practice with others who are interested in Clean Language.

Practice May Not Make Perfect But Can Definitely Improve Skills

In a recent Clean Language: Core skills training event, Marian Way told us we needed to do our 'due diligence' to improve in Clean Language. 'Due diligence' is a term often used by David Grove which meant: do lots of practice, get feedback and learn from it.

Four Questions for One-Minute Motivation

At the March 2016 South-West Online Practice Group, we decided to practise “One Minute Motivation”. We were aware of this as a simple and efficient Clean Language tool for helping someone to get motivated to take action...

10 Ways to Get Started with Clean Language

Clean Language helps people to explore their own thinking in their own way, to uncover patterns that keep them stuck and to find their own creative solutions. Here are ten ways you can learn more about Clean Language, what it is and how it works:

Where Do You Start?

Several years ago I was talking with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley about creating workshop activities, when one of them said that there are only four possible starting points for any ‘change’ activity.

Pointing: “The Metaphor We Have Been looking For”

James Lawley ran a practice group on the topic of ‘Pointing’. What had piqued his interest was a book called Michelangelo's Finger, by Raymond Tallis. James said that at last he had a way of explaining the perspective we take during a Symbolic Modelling session.

As or When?

At our practice group meeting on Monday we focussed on the syntax of Clean Language and in particular, the use of 'as' and 'when'.

Clean Constellations

As well as our usual evening session, a few of us met all day for an extended practice group session, all on the subject of Clean Constellations. This was run by Jordan Collier and John Barlow, who had recently been on Lynne Burney’s 2-day Systemic Representations workshop and who wanted an opportunity to practise.

Working With Physical Symptoms

The topic this evening was ‘working with physical symptoms’. We agreed we would start by asking about the symptom and to develop this into a symbol / metaphor, and then to find out what the symptom (or the client) would like to have happen. We started with a demo, where the symptom was ‘creaky knees’, which reminded the client of a creaky ship.

How Resourceful Are You?

The topic for this month's Practice Group was Modelling Resources. We started with a short discussion of what is a resource. I drew a quick sketch to show the difference between a resource, a problem and a desired outcome and we agreed that we would keep one another's attention in the 'resource' box on the diagram. 

Modelling Time

This month's topic was Modelling Time, and we worked in pairs, starting each session with a Clean Set Up (devised by Caitlin Walker and Dee Berridge), which involves asking three 'starter' questions with two or three questions of each response.

When a Client’s Metaphor Landscape Changes

Our topic this month was ‘recognising and developing change’. We spent a short while at the start of the meeting talking about how to recognise a change, once a stable 3D metaphor landscape has been established, and about what to do when you recognise it.

Scope and Category

We started the meeting this month with a ‘Clean Set Up’, asking each other what we would like the evening to be like, what we’d need to be like and what support we needed. Individual answers varied, of course, but some common themes emerged, to do with connecting back with Clean Language, and the environment being easy-going, relaxed and fun.

Making 2- and 3-D Models

We started our meeting this month with the question: "What would you like to have happen?" and it was good to see everyone getting really valuable information from their sessions. Lego, paper and coloured pens were available for making 2- and 3D models of the metaphor landscapes modelled during the evening.

In, Out, Around, About

Our latest practice group focussed on prepositions: what they are and what happens when you pay attention to them...

How We Decide

Clean Language is a great modelling tool, and we spent our time at this month's practice group modelling how we make good decisions...

Developing Resource Metaphors

Our Practice Group topic this month was Developing Resource Metaphors. We started with a discussion about what is a resource, concluding that anything could be a resource, depending on how it is used / perceived. Next we looked at how to develop a resource metaphor, including finding the source of the resource and discovering the effects of knowing that.

Modelling Tension

This month's Practice Group meeting featured a choice of two activities: Modelling Tension (or whatever the person's word for that happened to be) and Guess the Picture in which we used clean questions to elect details about pictures, aiming for a close match. 

Metaphors and Values

Our topic for this months Practice Group was Metaphors and Values. This was inspired by conversations with coaches who want to practise their Clean Language skills but do not yet feel confident to use Clean Language for a whole session. 

What’s Your Problem?

We normally emphasise the need to help clients to focus on their desired outcomes, using the PRO (Problem, Remedy, Outcome) model. For this practice group, we decided to put our attention on the nature of people's problems.

Directing Attention

Our Practice Group topic this month was “Directing Attention”. Of course, every Clean Language session is an exercise in directing attention. That’s what it’s all about – every question is designed to have someone pay attention to some aspect of their experience and to find out more about it. And all of this is, of course, in service of the client's desired outcome.

The PRO Model

At this month's Practice Group we tried an activity based around the 'PRO' Model. This model was devised by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley to give facilitators a way to keep a client's attention on their desired outcome:

Pure Practice

This month's Practice Group consisted of 'Pure Practice', meaning that group members were free to choose which aspect of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling to focus on.

Modelling Perspectives

Our Practice Group topic this month was "Modelling Perspectives". This was inspired by Penny and James's presentation at the recent Clean Conference, and indeed we used their ideas as the basis for our evening.

Clean Experiments

Our topic for this month's Practice Group was "Clean Experiments". The deliberate constraints we put on ourselves as facilitators gives more room for our clients to explore their own inner world and for new information to emerge. So we designed three "Clean Experiments" with additional constraints, to see what would happen.

Metaphors for Aches and Pains

The topic for the main part of the Practice Group meeting was physical symptoms, and what difference it could make to pay attention to them using metaphor and Clean Language.

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