The Listening Space is a structured process in which one person facilitates another to explore an issue that is on their mind, using a combination of repeating back their words and a specific set of Clean questions.
This can be done with friends, relatives, colleagues or clients — wherever there would be value in giving the other person the space to explore their thinking. This could be anything from a problem they would like to gain clarity on to a creative idea they want to develop. What is very important is that you have an element of trust between you.
In a Listening Space, vulnerability is welcomed and all thoughts and emotions are accepted. It is not a space for asking clever questions or rushing in to make things better. Instead we work on the assumption that people make useful choices when they are encouraged to gain awareness of themselves and do their own thinking. This makes Clean questions the perfect tool for the job since, as much as is possible, they ensure that we put our assumptions and suggestions to one side.
Below are some examples of Listening Space sessions:
"This innovative and streamlined process will allow you to develop a real focus to your listening skills – whether you are a teacher, coach or mentor, therapist or a parent."
JG – therapist
"Using the Listening Space helped me recognise how I could work more effectively by tapping into my creative enthusiasm and using the resources available to me."
JO – businesswoman
"I love the whole process. It doesn't feel too difficult to learn and is such a powerful and respectful tool to use."
EW - coach