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Episode 221

June 14th, 2023

Unmasking the Hidden Influence: The Clean Language Approach with Judy Rees

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    Facilitation can be a messy business; what can we do to clean it up?

    Judy Rees, who’s been working with groups for almost 20 years, thinks the answer lies in clean language. A focus on clean language in turn creates what Judy calls ‘clean facilitation’.

    Specificity and neutrality is the name of the game, but can facilitators ever truly be neutral? Judy and I wrestle with the big questions of influence, manipulation, and communication in this episode as we try to clear up clean facilitation and explore how to apply it in our day-to-day work.

    Find out about

    • What Judy means by ‘clean facilitation’
    • Practical examples of how clean language can help facilitators dig deeper into a discussion
    • Why getting out of the group’s way is a noble goal, but not always possible
    • The ways in which we manipulate without ever realising
    • How to use our influence with the group in a beneficial way
    • How clean language can help us better understand a group’s idiosyncrasies and uniqueness
    • Why focusing our influence on the process, rather than the content, is a valuable path to follow

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