Overwhelm, underwhelm… 8 ways to get into whelm

This seems to be the time of the year for both overwhelm and underwhelm, doesn’t it? One minute you’re rushing about. It’s a busy work time for me; I’ve got a big business project coming together. Plus there’s all the seasonal stuff – making lists, panic buying, housecleaning, and even socialising. The next minute, you’re feeling…

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How to keep track when you’re suffering from information overload

Ever been on the receiving end of a brain dump? You know the kind of thing: someone starts talking about something that’s happened… and just doesn’t stop? That kind of thing happens all the time when I’m coaching. A couple of Clean Language questions often seem to clear a mental blockage, and before I know it…

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How to spot whether something is a metaphor or not: your metaphorometer

Metaphor. It’s everywhere. We’re using about six metaphors a minute in ordinary English. At a conscious and semi-conscious level, we’re constantly telling stories – to ourselves and to other people – comparing this thing to that, this experience to that one. And it’s happening at an unconscious level, too: our bodies think in metaphor. Our…

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11 awesome ways to use Clean Language

If you’ve been learning Clean Language, you’ve probably had some fun mastering this precision toolkit for exploring people’s own metaphors. But what specifically can you use it for? Here are 1 awesome tried-and-tested applications: As a standalone change process. Particularly appropriate for: 1. clarifying what someone really wants 2. working content free 3. dealing with the…

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What if you don’t need a shared metaphor?

One of the most fascinating things I’ve been doing recently is helping work teams to collaborate more effectively using metaphor. “Aha!” I hear you say. “You mean you help them come up with a group metaphor that they then use as a shared identity. Like ‘Team Dolphin’ or ‘The A Team’?” Truthfully? It’s not usually…

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