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Clean Coaching Module Four: Clean Language Advanced

Well done for reaching Module Four!

This Module is entitled “Connecting and Expanding with Confidence”

Here is a link to a  ‘refresher’ class on the Clean Language Foundation course to consolidate your learning and remind you of the key points about Clean Language to remember. Click here to download an audio-visual recording.

You can also listen to  a ‘taster’ class (for complete beginners)  just press ‘play’ (over to the right) to listen.

During the first few classes of this module, we will cover modelling, systems thinking and parts.

For your first exercise, please listen to the recorded demonstration in which two previous Clean Language training participants are practicing together. This session shows a clear structure, with the following steps:

1) Getting an Outcome in metaphor:

“What would you like to have happen?”

(This question is used twice at the beginning and once towards the end when a problem “feeling scared” is identified)

2) Focusing attention on the parts of the metaphor:

“What kind of …. is that ….?”
“Is there anything else about ….?”

3) Developing a resource into a metaphor:

“That’s a knowingness like what?”

4) Expanding attention by exploring relationships between the different parts of the metaphor uncovered:

“Is there a relationship between the capsule and the Harry Potter light?”

5) Expanding attention by exploring the source of a resource:

“Where could that Harry Potter light have come from?”

6) Moving into actions and checking they are possible:

“What needs to happen for…?”
“And can….”

There are some great questions in the session and the coachee gained a lot from it.

As you listen to the session, see how well you can model what the coachee is saying. Pay attention to the symbols developed and treat each as a ‘part’ of an emerging whole metaphoric ‘landscape’.

  • How clear is your understanding of the whole metaphor as a system?
  • Could you draw your own mental representation of it?
  • What information is missing?
  • What other questions could have been asked and when to fill in any gaps?

You can access a transcript of the session here, although it’s recommended that you attempt to build your own model / draw your picture first, before reading the transcript.

Send your answers by email (including your drawing) copied to the whole group.


Modelling a smoking habit

Click on the link to hear a demo session exploring a habit that the coachee may want to change.


Demonstration – Modelling “Using Clean Language”

There are two sessions recorded here, each with the same coachee exploring their use of Clean Language – through Clean Language.

The first session’s recording is a little fuzzy in places but you can clearly hear the coachee. These sessions provide examples of:

  • Great modelling, using the basic Clean Language questions extensively, and occassional use of expanding attention and ‘specialist questions’ such as “How do you know?” and “What would (part) like to have happen?”
  • Useful explorations of a system – in metaphor
  • In the second session, an example of a parts exploration, with the ‘head’ and ‘heart’ becoming parts in a system that initially want different things
  • You can download an MP3 recording of this session directly to your computer by clicking on this link.


Please listen to the following demonstration as conducted by two previous course attendees. As you listen, notice what was said that could relate to a scale of some sort. What questions might you have asked to explore that scale?