'Clean Language works with the intelligence between the lines". David Grove
Clean language is not easy to explain. Its an enquiry methodology that uses very stripped down questions which minimise the influence or assumptions of the questioner. The questions encourage the person who is questioned to go inside of themselves to find the answer and Clean Language is the best tool I know to help people make sense of what it is that they want, need or know.
Fascinatingly, Clean Language also helps people to discover what they didn't know they knew - my friend and international Clean Language trainer Judy Rees calls this their "unknown knowns".
Having trained with Judy on her fantastic online video conference based courses and been an active part of a very vibrant Clean Language Community, I really wanted to bring Clean Language into the sector that is closest to my heart - The NHS.
Judy worked with colleagues at NHS England teaching them core skills and then together we recently collaborated on some health projects including one with NHS Blood and Transplant and another ongoing one is with the NHS Organisational Development practitioner community in the West Midlands on behalf of NHS England.
My enthusiasm for Clean Language and a real passion to share and spread Clean Language within Health and wider Social Care, mean I am still on my own learning journey which is currently widening to Systemic Modelling, developed by Caitlin Walker, which is about creating the conditions for teams to collaborate. Although still relatively inexperienced compared to Judy, I have been amazed at what can happen when you share even the core few questions with colleagues and ask them to start using them and to notice the difference it makes.
Judy and I teamed up and have just completed a series of four 90 minute videos going through the core elements of using Clean Language. Led primarily by Judy and with me co facilitating in the background, these videos give you the opportunity to see people who work in Health and Social care learning the skills and to practice elements of the learning yourself.
As yet these videos are raw and unedited and so still have the bloops and blunders in them. I invite you to view the videos, let me know which bits you find most valuable, which bits don't add value. I would also love to hear how you are using your learning as you watch the videos - you can send feedback via the email form on this site.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Once edited the videos will be made available at a small cost and for the moment they are free to view - enjoy!
About the author
I love learning new stuff, I get a real thrill from making new connections with and between things.