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1-Day Introduction to Clean Language

Our 1-day Introduction to Clean Language is designed to give you a ‘taster’ of what it’s possible to achieve with this powerful methodology, along with the basic skills you need to get started. The day will be based around powerful Clean Language tools that are easy to learn and which you can put into practice immediately:

  • Clean Set Up: get off to a good start and avoid hidden agendas
  • Clean Language questions: find out how to keep your assumptions to yourself and ask questions that accept and extend what someone has said
  • Developing a resource metaphor: gain awareness of your own resources and learn how to help others do the same
  • One Minute Motivation: learn a simple coaching model you can use in all kinds of contexts
  • Clean Space: find out about the role of space in our inner worlds and take part in a simple activity to change your perspective on a topic of your choice

There will also be time during the day for your questions and for different / further aspects of this dynamic, compelling methodology to emerge, depending on the group's interests.

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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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What is Symbolic Modelling?

Symbolic Modelling was created by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley when they worked with and observed David Grove over several years, to discover what he was doing to achieve his phenomenal results. They combined David’s ideas with ideas from the fields of cognitive linguistics, systems thinking and NLP to produce a model which could be taught to others to enable them to achieve the same kinds of results as David.

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I really enjoyed the introduction to Clean Language. It clearly demonstrates the power of the words and questions you can use to elicit the kind of response from an individual that gets to the real issues they have quickly and cleanly, without imposing your agenda. This is an excellent programme.

Simon Teague

The course was thoroughly enjoyable. The size was perfect and the explanations clearly demonstrated. It led me to want to know more.

Anna Shore

I thoroughly enjoyed the 1-Day Introduction to Clean Language and really enjoyed the facilitation style. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course, and took away some tangible learning points that I can use straight away.

Adrian Reed

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