If you were familiar with NLP before you encountered the 2 Lazy Jedi questions (which are based on David Grove’s Clean Language) you might wonder about the relationship between these questions and an NLP questioning system, the Meta Model.

The two systems are similar in a couple of ways: that they are questioning systems, for example, and that they can be used to clarify what someone really means by what they say. They frequently help the person discover things they hadn’t previously realised about their own thinking. The questioner uses the person’s own words in their questions. And John Grinder’s newer version of the Meta Model contains just two questions, too!

However, there are significant differences. These are the ones I’ve noticed so far – please comment with your ideas.

Compared to the original NLP Meta Model, the 2 Lazy Jedi questions are:

  • Easier to learn. Just two very simple questions, in ordinary English. The Meta Model can easily take all day to introduce.
  • More flexible. These two questions can be applied in almost any situation – you don’t need to work out what kind of statement you’ve just heard before deciding what question to ask, as you would in the Meta Model.
  • Your focus can be more fully on the client’s experience, because less of your attention is needed for working out what question to ask
  • Better able to handle adverbials. The questions can be used in relation to adverbials – an apparent omission from the Meta Model (according to Eric Robbie – many thanks to Eric for this insight)
  • Inherently respectful and rapportful, rather than inherently challenging. This is not to say that the Meta Model cannot be used in a respectful way – it certainly can. But to do this requires considerable experience. In contrast, users of the 2 Lazy Jedi questions are respectful by default.
  • Great for exploring people’s own metaphors. This is where the 2 Lazy Jedi questions really come into their own. It’s why they were originally developed by David Grove. And it’s where we’re heading in Intelligent Influence – by understanding a person’s metaphors, you gain the power to influence them on a very profound level. But that’s another story…