Less is More: Coaching with Clean Language and Metaphor
Are you aware that we all use metaphor several times a minute? And that we think, act, and organise our lives in ways that are consistent with those metaphors? And that the nature of metaphor makes it ideal for working with out-of-the-ordinary problems and high-level goals?
Over the last 20 years Penny Tompkins and James Lawley have developed a unique way of facilitating people to make those subtle shifts in perception that lead to organic change and personal evolution. Their 'clean' approach, Symbolic Modelling, is based on their modelling of David Grove's Clean Language, a unique set of questions for working with people's self-created metaphor landscapes.
No change technique is required – change emerges spontaneously as the person develops a deep relationship with their naturally occurring metaphors and symbols. This means less really is more.
Penny and James have discovered that there is a secret ingredient of coaching. Although adding tools to a toolbox is a common metaphor among coaches, all coaching methods only have one “tool”. The question is, how good do you want to be at using it? This remarkable tool is your ability to invite the client to attend to aspects of their experience - a skill fundamental to getting results. This workshop will reveal how to excel in your mastery of this special ability.
Through demonstrations, debriefing and practical activities this experiential workshop will cover a number of developments to the field of coaching that will take your skills to the next level.
Benefits of attending
You will benefit by learning how to:
- Work cleanly and directly with clients personal metaphors
- Use Clean Language to encourage clients to engage with their inner world
- Facilitate clients to self-model and embody resources
- Keep sessions on track with the Problem-Remedy-Outcome model
Your clients will benefit from you attending. They will:
- Realise their metaphors are a doorway to creativity
- Experience the value of embodying their goals and resources
- Get to what’s essential more quickly
- Stay focused on what’s most important for them
- Find creative and novel solutions to their problems
- Be surprised by how they change naturally
- Access higher and deeper levels as necessary
Sharing the love tickets :)
In celebration of our first delivery of Clean Language training in David Grove's country of birth New Zealand, our first six participants will enjoy a $100 subsidy on the regular ticket price, and the second six participants will enjoy a $50 subsidy.
Therapy: Tangled Spaghetti in My Head
Health: The Mind, Metaphor and Health
Education: Learning Metaphors
General: How Symbolic Modelling works
And a further 200 articles freely available at
Watch videos of coaching sessions and download the annotated transcripts:
And if you want academic theory and research, see:
Steven Pinker, in The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature:
The idea that framing affects thinking has been applied to many spheres of human activity ... A book on psychotherapy called Metaphors in Mind [by Lawley & Tompkins] calls on therapists to work with their patients’ metaphors like: “I have a sensitive radar for insults” and “I’m trapped behind a door.”
Angus McCloud, Ph.D. in Performance Coaching: The Handbook for Managers, HR Professionals and Coaches:
No contribution to coaching would be complete without reference to the outstanding work of Penny Tompkins and James Lawley. With its basis in Clean Language and its focus on coachee metaphors, Symbolic Modeling offers a powerful skill-set for personal change and development geared to compelling targets.
Sue Knight, best-selling author of NLP at Work; Introducing NLP; and NLP Solutions:
Some of the best proponents of what NLP is all about are Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, authors of Metaphors in Mind – a book that comprehensively illustrates the work of David Grove who they so skillfully modelled (Rapport Magazine, Spring 2010, p. 22)
Caroline Myss, Ph.D., best selling author of Anatomy of the Spirit; Sacred Contracts; Why People Don't Heal and How They Can; and Invisible Acts of Power:
I have benefited from Penny Tompkins’ wisdom and skills as a close personal friend, and as a professional colleague. Her work with metaphor is insightful, innovative and elicits unconscious structures and patterns in ways which create new choice for individuals and groups. I recommend her work for anyone who has an interest in expanding awareness of why they say the things they do, and discovering how the ‘contents’ of their lives are sources of empowerment.
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The Manly Osteopath and Wellness Coaching Practice
18 Polkinghorne Drive
Whangaparaoa, Auckland 0930