One of the very best ways to learn the Meta Model, when you are just starting out, is to listen out for people using the patterns (as they exist in everyday language) and getting used to coding and tracking them.
And one of the best ways to learn anything is to have fun doing it. With those two points in mind, I introduce to you META MODEL BINGO!
Hints and Tips for Using the Meta Model Bingo Cards
- Download the pdf Bingo sheet by clicking on the image above or by clicking here.
- Review and revise the Meta Model Patterns (get “The Meta Model Demystified” here), if useful make a note of what they are and maybe some examples on each one (for a shortcut, get my flashcards here).
- Carry around a Bingo card with you, as often as you want, and either literally or mentally mark off each pattern as you hear them occur.
Remember, the labels are really the least important thing and most utterances will contain more than one pattern (either explicitly or implied), the idea of using the Meta Model Bingo card is to get used to tracking language and breaking it down into manageable chunks; to get used to noticing where people make unuseful generalisations, distortions and deletions. Making into it a Bingo game also, hopefully, reminds you that this is best used in a light hearted and fun manner. The more you enjoy yourself, the more easily you will learn.