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Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. They have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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DVD Strange and Strong
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 03 2003
Books Videos etc
image of DVD case front cover "A Strange and Strong Sensation" Symbolic Modelling - Change with Metaphor
A training DVD featuring Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
Watch a 12-minute clip.
You can from: Anglo American Books
Endings and Beginnings
As this is the last Developing Group of the current series, the last one of the year, the last one at our home, and the last one in the current format, we thought we'd finish with 'endings'. Then it occurred to us that an ending makes no sense without a beginning, hence the topic: modelling 'Endings and Beginnings'.
Moins est Plus ... L'art du Langage Propre
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 12 2002
La traduction de cet article, Less Is More, The Art of Clean Language (1997).
by Penny Tompkins et James Lawley.

Traduction de Noémie Dehouck et Nadine Lebeau (Lecamus).
Utilising Autogenic Metaphor
How do people make use of their metaphors and symbols once they’ve identified them? This is such a natural thing for us to do that we had not appreciated the extent to which some people can develop a new metaphor but then do not know what to do with it.  They do not naturally link their metaphors to changing behaviour or perception in their everyday life. We decided to find out what was happening. We have begun investigating how people who ARE aware of utilising their metaphors do this.  And this topic will be the focus of the October 5th Developing Group day.
Metonymy & Part-Whole Relationships
Apart from metaphor, there is another, less well known process that seems to be equally fundamental to language and cognition — metonymy.  Metonymy enables us to use one part or aspect of an experience to stand for some other part (or the whole) of that experience. Unlike metaphor which involves two domains of experience, metonymy only requires one. 
Mind, Metaphor and Health
Published in Positive Health in 2002, we explain why metaphor is a natural way to describe illness and health, the importance of recognising patient/client metaphors, and how working within these metaphors can activate an individual's personal healing process.
Modelling Dynamic Equilibrium
First of all, what is dynamic equilibrium?
Second, why make it a topic for the next Developing Group day (1 June 2002)
Third, how do you make use of the idea of dynamic equilibrium to improve your Symbolic Modelling skills?
Coaching Executif
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 27 05 2002
« Tout ce que vous voulez savoir et que vous ne savez pas à qui demander »
Un entretien avec Penny Tompkins et James Lawley, spécialistes en coaching exécutif
(Translation Noémie Dehouck, Nadine Lecamus et Anne de Blignières - Original article in English)
A Model of Musing: The Message in a Metaphor
This article describes a model for a way of thinking during those few seconds when you are pondering what the client has just said. It describes a way of modelling-in-the-moment; a way to ensure that what you decide to say is maximally informed by the client's information.
Perspectives to Model By
Einstein's Theory of Relativity highlights that WHERE and HOW we perceive makes a difference to WHAT we perceive. We have noticed that people who are experienced at using Symbolic Modelling do not seem to perceive the client's information from any of the traditional NLP "Perceptual Positions". So, where and how are they gathering information and constructing their model?  
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