|This resource is
primarily aimed at those people who have completed Module 1 (2-days)
of Clean Language Training. However, other people may find it an
interesting practise to learn by doing to create a model of another
The pages (see link
below) can be
printed off onto card and cut up into individual cards so that practise games
can be created. It is recommended that each page is printed onto
different coloured card so that the different categories can be separated for the
different stages of 'play'. (or use highlighter pens)
Please note that the "And
that's like what?" question has been moved from the Developing
questions category, as in Penny Tompkins & James Lawley's 9+3 questions, to
sit with the Specialist questions on page 5. This is simply to
prevent the question being repeatedly asked and allow information
about individual issues to be developed instead of skipping between
different metaphors. It is the author's experience that the Focus
will unconsciously present metaphors anyway and a player can choose
to develop those if he/she so wishes.
The pack can be accessed here
It is a 220kB file and may take a short while to download. (use
the back button on your browser to return to this page)
Training Game 1
For 2 to 6 people. One person (the Focus) specifies something they
want to know more about in themselves. E.g. a desired outcome. Then each other person in turn asks a Developing question,
of something the Focus has said, from the
pack containing just the Developing questions. It is good practise
to use the full syntax "And [ ]. And when [ ]. And [clean
question]" where [ ] denotes the client's selected words
exactly or their gesture. E.g.
Focus "I want to be more successful"
Player "And you want to be more successful.
And when you want to be more successful, what kind of successful is
After a number of rounds of
questioning, the Intention questions are shuffled into to the pack
and the game continues. The group then discus with the Focus the
usefulness of particular questions and the effect of the order in
which they are asked.
A variation to this is to mix the Specialist
questions in with the other questions and the person picking one up
has first to state how the preconditions for 'being clean' are met
prior to asking them OR they pass to the next person and return the
card to the bottom of the pack. E.g. Before
asking "what's between" there must first have been two
things/beings (symbols) stated by the Focus.
Have fun learning :-)