David Grove deliberately 'marks out' his use of Clean Language through changes to his normal way of speaking:
- The speed of his delivery is slower than half normal pace
- He uses a slightly deeper tonality than normal speaking
- He often uses a distinctive sing-song rhythm
- There is an implied sense of curiosity and wonder in his voice
- The client's idiosyncratic pronunciation, emphasis, sighs etc. are matched
The therapist asks questions on behalf of the information sources, staying strictly within the metaphor. Thus this process is not client-centred, it is information-centred.
Common by-products of being asked Clean Language questions are: a state of self-absorption (often an eyes-open trance develops); a sense of connecting with some deep, rarely explored aspects of ourselves; and a sense of wonder, curiosity and awe at the marvellous ingenuity of our unconscious.
When asked questions, I find it fairly easy to go into that self-absorbed awe mode! I think I'm rather hard to hypnotize, but easy to clean language. I wonder whether that's unusual.