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...
- Solutions Focus Coaching is derived from 'Brief Therapy' which was devised by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. My favourite book on this subject is Words Were Originally Magic.
- I also recommend The Solutions Focus by Paul Z Jackson and Mark McKergow.
- A good source of information about NLP is the Encyclopedia of NLP by Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier. This is a free online resource.
- The quote on page 52 is from Marilee Goldberg's book, The Art of the Question.
- You can see Caitlin Walker's 'see an elephant' activity on her DVD: Clean Language and Systemic Modelling.