Listening and Language

This iteration is about the nuts and bolts of Clean Language: the questions themselves and how to ask them.

Page 41: Title page (right)

I love the quote on this page. (To read the whole think, click on the picture, right.) It is from a book called The Courage to Teach, by Parker J. Palmer, which espouses a philosophy that is quite similar to a clean philosophy.

Pages 42-45: Accurate Listening

  • Carl Rogers developed the idea of 'attentive listening' and wrote many books about listening and working with people. Two of my favourites are A Way of Being and On Becoming a Person.
  • Nancy Kline's Time to Think is another great book about listening and questioning, with a similar philosophy.
  • The ICF Core Competences are listed here.

Pages 46-47: And Remembering...

  • Clean questions have a rhythmic quality - David Grove studied the 'iambic pentameter' and found if he used this rhythm as he asked his questions, it helped to keep clients in a light trance. Read about iambic pentameter on Wikipedia.
  • Writing abbreviations can save time when making notes. Download this handy crib sheet: Clean Questions and their Abbreviations.

Pages 52-53: And Questioning...

Page 59: Pointing