What is a Clean Genie?

What is a Clean Genie?

I will never forget my first taste of Clean Language, well over 20 years ago now. I had been learning NLP and for one of my weekend workshops, Penny Tompkins and James Lawley were the guest tutors. Of course I volunteered to be the demo subject ‘coachee’...
“And does that have a shape or a size?”

“And does that have a shape or a size?”

You might not have come across this specialist Clean Language question, which is: “And does that (client’s words) have a shape or a size?” As this is a specialist Clean Language question rather than a basic one, it means it needs to be used with caution, as if asked...
“Whereabouts?” versus “Where?”

“Whereabouts?” versus “Where?”

In Clean Language, a crucial question to learn early on is the “Whereabouts is (client’s words)?” which can also be phrased as “Where is (client’s words)?”. How do you know which version of the question to use? Before we even get to this, perhaps a more fundamental...
Six Ways to Sharpen your Clean Language skills

Six Ways to Sharpen your Clean Language skills

SIX WAYS TO SHARPEN YOUR CLEAN LANGUAGE SKILLS Had some training in Clean Language but struggling to put it into practice? You are not alone! Clean Language is incredibly simple, but that doesn’t make it easy. Initially you need to fight against counterproductive...
Encouraging a ‘Eureka’ moment for your coachee

Encouraging a ‘Eureka’ moment for your coachee

What is insight? Most people can remember and describe at least one powerful moment of sudden insight in their lives. The experience is often described as being ‘like a light bulb suddenly going on inside my head’ suggesting clues to the etymology of this word, the...
Can you say that again?

Can you say that again?

Sorry, can you repeat the question please? How often as a coach do you find yourself asking the same question over and over? And if you did, what sense would you make of that? As I’m pondering on how you, my reader, might be reacting to this blog, a variety of images...
How metaphors add magic to coaching

How metaphors add magic to coaching

Why metaphors? I first came across the powerful effect of metaphors in coaching when I was myself being coached back in the late 90s. At the time I was an NLP Practitioner, working towards Master level with my own relationship issues. I thought it would be beneficial...

Put your ‘Clean Ears’ on!

PUT YOUR CLEAN EARS ON WOMAN! Oh dear. A bit of a ‘D’oh!’ moment for me that I am almost too embarrassed to share, Here I am staying at my Mum and Step Dad’s for a few days helping out as both are getting elderly and under the weather. Maybe...