Clean Approaches for Coaches is about creating the conditions for change within a coaching session, quite naturally and without giving advice, making suggestions, or interpreting your clients' needs. It answers a question many new coaches have: "OK I get that it is the client who does the work and that I have to keep my opinions to myself - but how do I do that?"
Clean Approaches for Coaches is about a methodology called Clean Language, devised by clinical psychologist David Grove, which encourages you to focus on the language your clients use to express themselves, and to draw their attention to that language, to develop and expand their thinking around particular words and phrases, so they gain clarity and insights along the way.
Clean Approaches for Coaches is about Symbolic Modelling, a way of using Clean Language to uncover the metaphors at the heart of a person's language, and to discover the wisdom within those metaphors. The creators of Symbolic Modelling, Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, modelled the work of David Grove for five years in order to produce a model which allows others to replicate the kinds of results David achieved.
Clean Approaches for Coaches introduces you to the basic concepts and underlying principles of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling and then helps you to build your skills. You will discover the ins and outs of the language model, how to ask clean questions, and what not to ask. You will learn about the power that metaphor has in our lives; how to recognise the hidden metaphors in people's speech (verbal and non-verbal); and then how to develop them into metaphor landscapes - whole worlds that seem to come from nowhere but which have immense relevance and meaning for your clients.
You will discover how to distinguish between problem-talk and outcome-talk, as well as the remedy-talk that's somewhere between these two. And you'll find out how to keep your client's attention on developing their ideas about what they want, instead of what they don't want.
You will learn about the importance of space and time in our lives and in our metaphors, and what questions to ask to direct attention to these aspects of experience.
Put all of this together... the listening, the questioning, the attention, the iterative nature of the process, the outcome orientation, the focus on space and time... and you will be creating the conditions whereby profound change very often happens naturally, of its own accord. So you will also learn to read the signs that something different is happening (sometimes it's obvious, sometimes subtle) and what to do when it does - as well as what to do when it doesn't.
Throughout the book, there are plentiful examples, diagrams and case studies to aid your learning. Written in a clear and engaging style, with quirky illustrations created by the author, this is not just a how-to book. It is also a story book and a reference book. And whether you are a new or experienced coach, and whether you are new to Clean Language or a veteran, this is a must-have book.
Clean Approaches For Coaches
How to create the conditions for change using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling
Author: Marian Way
Published by: Clean Publishing
Publication date: 8th March, 2013
No. pages: 216
Format: 210 x 210 mm, paperback, full colour
Price: £20.00 plus postage and packing.