What is Clean Language?

If you’re interested in understanding people, how they think and how they change, you’ll want to know about Clean Language. It’s an impressively versatile tool.

Join Judy Rees and Olaf Lewitz for our next webinar on the 11th September.  Clean Language author and trainer Judy Rees and Trust Artist and agilist Olaf Lewitz will demonstrate how you can use Clean Language to make an immediate impact in your work.

Here are six of the ways it can be used:

  • To harvest information from another person: what they know, what they think, how they feel
  • To explore “unknown knowns” – the deeper things that people don’t realise that they know – respectfully
  • To shift someone’s emotional state
  • To motivate someone to change
  • To give and get effective, useable feedback
  • To enhance relationships between people – even people in conflict.

But it’s not a language! It’s not even, really, about language.

It’s not about speaking clearly, or not using jargon, or not swearing!


Watch the Webinar Here

About Judy & Olaf

Judy Rees

Judy Rees has been using and teaching Clean Language for more than ten years and is known worldwide as the co-author of the bestselling book on the topic, Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds.
Her online courses and other materials help people from a range of fields to get to grips with it: health professionals, researchers, coaches, therapists, hypnotists and more.

She has a particular interest in Agile team development and in the wider self-organisation and self-management movement.

Based in London, she is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and founded the RSA’s London Reinventing Work Network.

Olaf Lewitz:

Olaf has been exploring and making sense of leadership in general, and struggling with his own leadership capacity in particular, for years. Being recognised as a leader in organisations and the agile community, he had a hard time understanding how taking responsibility really works, especially when you don’t want to take responsibility for people (adults). As trust artist and Certified Enterprise Coach with the Scrum Alliance, Olaf helps transforming leaders and organisations increase their clarity of identity and intention.



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