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The Story Hero

Tell your story, find your superpower, be your own hero.

About

Our next class begins on January 10, 2022.

  • 12 weeks of learning

  • Over 17 hours of facilitated group sessions

  • More than 150 lessons

  • Only 20 slots available per class

Story Hero FAQ

  • How do I know if this course is right for me?

    If you are someone who is looking to make yourself visible to the greatest career opportunities, the ideal soulmate, or the destiny you have yet to realize, the Story Hero course will guide you through a process of learning to tell your story in a way that others will fall deeply in love with what you stand for—or get out of your way.

  • As I'm learning to tell my story, what else will the Story Hero course teach me?

    Throughout the 12-week program, you will also learn new techniques to listen more deeply to those around you as well as how to create psychological safety that supports you and those you care about.

  • What if I'm concerned that my story isn't worth sharing?

    I promise you that in my two decades of helping others to tell their stories, I have yet to meet a single person whose story wasn't brilliant and beautiful. Your story is waiting to be uncovered in a way that will allow you to see yourself anew, to feel more whole, and to become more powerful in your life.

  • Is this a virtual or in-person course?

    The Story Hero is entirely virtual, though you will find that our zoom calls are intimate and replenishing—not draining as some can be!

  • How much time should I expect to spend on the course each week?

    Our participants average between three and five hours each week for the course work and group calls combined.

  • If I want to move faster, will the platform allow me to do so?

    The course is set up so that the entire class progresses together and nobody can move too far ahead. We find that shared epiphanies are often longer lasting and more deeply experienced. As each chapter of content is released, you can move through that chapter content as slowly or quickly as you would like, as long as you complete the work before the next group session.

  • What are live group discussions? Are they mandatory to attend?

    Live group discussions are a chance for you and your peers to come together in real time, to practice vulnerability, to share versions of your story you haven’t shared before, and to deeply listen to one another as beautifully flawed and victorious human beings. These experiences are facilitated by your instructor, who will lovingly guide you and your peers to see one another—and yourself—in a new light. This is why we encourage you to attend every live group discussion. Heroes aren’t born into this world—heroes are made; in part, by the circumstances of life that challenge and refine us, but also by the impact others impress upon our hearts. It is important that during the live group discussion, you respect and honor each person present, with the expectation that any one of us can forever change the way we view ourselves—in a more positive, truthful, loving, and awe-inspiring way.

  • When sharing my story, how do I determine which of the more vulnerable parts of my life are okay to share with others?

    The Story Hero invites vulnerability into how you express yourself, both in your identity as a hero and in the choices you make while navigating your life experiences. All this to say: only you can determine how vulnerable you wish to be. Part of being a hero is taking some sort of risk, a leap of faith that exposes the heart and soul of who you are. The more authentic you can be in telling your story, the more impactful you are with your audience. Vulnerability has all kinds of positive impacts, including the possibility for self-transformation, healing past trauma, discovering your gifts, and shining a light on others in a profound way, inviting them to be vulnerable, too. If you are feeling TOO MUCH discomfort in sharing something that is vulnerable, you have the freedom to omit that portion from your story. Remember, you are the hero in this course. You get to choose how to shape your story into the most authentic version of who you are.

  • How do I take my life's experiences and turn them into a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end?

    The chapters in this course will walk you through the stages of the Hero’s Journey, a storytelling structure that prompts you to excavate pivotal moments of your growth as a hero of your own life’s story. As you progress through the course, you will take an in-depth look at each stage of the Hero’s Journey, engaging in reading materials, educational videos, tests, writing assignments, and live group discussions with your peers. You will also receive step-by-step guidance in how to craft a narrative from your journaling and how to revise a rough draft of your narrative into a brilliant, unique story to share with others.

Course Curriculum

  1. 1
    • Watch: Welcome to the Story Hero

    • Read: The Power of a Name

    • Watch: How to Use This Course

    • Review: Our Class Schedule

    • Companion Guide

    • Read: About Your Instructors

    • Survey: Before We Begin...

    • Watch: Psychological Safety

    • Read: The First Agreement—Presence

    • Watch: Presence

    • Watch: Hey Detective: Solve the Crime

    • Watch: How Perceptive are You?

    • Write: Presence Journaling Assignment

    • Sign: The First Agreement—A Request for Presence

    • Read: The Second Agreement—Suspending Judgment

    • Watch: Suspending Judgement

    • Write: Suspending Judgment Journaling Assignment

    • Sign: The Second Agreement—Suspension of Judgment

    • Read: The Third Agreement—No Fixing/Solving

    • Watch: No Fixing or Solving

    • Write: No Fixing Journaling Assignment

    • Sign: The Third Agreement: No Fixing or Solving

    • Attend Kick-Off Call on January 10, 2022

  2. 2
    • Watch: Preparing for the Journey

    • Review: Chapter 1 Assignments

    • Listen: Prepare to Be Amazed

    • Read: A Letter on Vulnerability

    • Watch: You Are Contagious

    • Watch: Vulnerability is Sexy: TEDx talk

    • Watch: Vulnerability Is Sexy Film

    • Test Your Learning: Vulnerability is Contagious

    • Read: Frames of Engagement

    • Read: A Note on Journaling

    • Write: Vulnerability and Taking Greater Risks Journaling Assignment

    • Attend: Live Group Discussion

    • Survey: The Challenges We Face

    • Watch: Chapter 1 Challenge

    • Watch: Chapter 1 Wrap-Up (on creating community)

  3. 3
    • Read: Chapter 2 Welcome: The Power of Story to Transform

    • Read: Chapter 2 Assignments

    • Watch: The Magical Science of Storytelling

    • View: The Neuroscience of Storytelling

    • Test Your Learning: The Magic and Science of Storytelling

    • Read: Curiosity: We’re Studying the Brain to Help You Harness It

    • Test Your Learning: The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling and Curiosity

    • Watch: What Makes a Hero?

    • Read: A Note on the Hero’s Journey and Gender-Inclusive Language

    • Watch: The Hero's Journey Crash Course

    • Test Your Learning: The Hero's Journey

    • Watch: Storytelling Transforms the Storyteller

    • Read: First We Make the Beast Beautiful

    • Watch: The Art of Kintsugi: the Beauty of Our Brokenness

    • Write: Kintsugi Journaling Assignment

    • Write: Chapter 2 Journaling Assignment

    • Survey: How are You Feeling?

    • Watch: Chapter Challenge

    • Attend: Live Group Discussion TBD

  4. 4
    • Watch: Chapter Welcome

    • Review: Chapter 3 Assignments

    • Read: Two Quick Reminders

    • Review: Story Hero Journey Diagram

    • Read: The Ordinary World

    • Watch: After High School I'm Gonna Play Football at Notre Dame

    • Watch: Father, I Thought You'd Gone

    • Read: An Important Note on the Ordinary World

    • Write: Your Ordinary World Journaling Assignment

    • Read: Chapter Challenge: Ordinary World

    • Read: The Call to Adventure

    • Watch: Gentlemen, Can You Keep a Secret?

    • Write: The Call to Adventure Journaling Assignment

    • Test Your Learning: The Ordinary World and the Call to Adventure

    • Read: Meeting the Mentor

    • Watch: Seize the Day Boys

    • Watch: You're The Only One Who Ever Took Me Serious

    • Write: Meeting the Mentor Journaling Assignment

    • Read: Crossing the Threshold

    • Watch: I Hereby Reconvene the Dead Poet's Society

    • Write: Crossing the Threshold Journaling Assignment

    • Test Your Learning: Meeting the Mentor and Crossing the Threshold

    • Watch: Chapter Wrap-Up

    • Attend: Live Group Discussion

  5. 5
    • Watch: Chapter Welcome

    • Review: Chapter 4 Assignments

    • Quick Reminder

    • Read: The Road of Trials

    • Watch: Discouraged, Rudy pushes on

    • Watch: Let Me Tell It to You as Clean as I Can

    • Watch: Time to Inherit the Earth

    • Write: The Road of Trials Journaling Assignment

    • Read: The Ordeal

    • Watch: I Quit

    • Watch: You Deliberately Deceived Me

    • Write: The Ordeal Journaling Assignment

    • Read: Chapter 4 Challenge: Ordeals

    • Test Your Learning: The Road of Trials and the Ordeal

    • Read: The Reward

    • Watch: That Was For You

    • Watch: Robin Shall Restore Amends

    • Write: The Reward Journaling Assignment

    • Read: The Return

    • Read: Trigger Warning for Video Clip: We’re Not Going to Let You Ruin Your Life

    • Watch: We're Not Going to Let You Ruin Your Life

    • Watch: Who's the Wild Man Now?

    • Write: The Return Journaling Assignment

    • Chapter Wrap Up

    • Test Your Learning: The Reward and the Return

    • Read: Bring Your Questions

    • Attend: Live Question/Answer Session

  6. 6
    • Watch: Chapter Welcome

    • Review: Chapter 5 Assignments

    • Read: Superpowers

    • Watch: Your Hero's Journey First Draft: Who, What, and What’s in the Way?

    • Write: Who, What, and What's in the Way

    • Watch: Your Hero's Journey First Draft: Your Log Line

    • Write: Your Log Line

    • Watch: Your Hero's Journey First Draft: Return to Your Ordinary World

    • Review: Return to Your Ordinary World

    • Watch: Reminder: We Want and Need Your Feedback and Questions!

    • Watch: Your Hero's Journey First Draft: Continue Down the Path

    • Write: Continue Down the Path

    • Watch: Your Hero's Journey First Draft: Cleanup and Gut Check

    • Edit: Cleanup and Gut Check

    • Read: How to Enrich the Soil of Your Story

    • Watch: Revising Your Hero's Journey: Language and Theme

    • Edit: Revising Your Hero's Journey: Language and Theme

    • Watch: Revising Your Hero's Journey: Feelings

    • Edit: Revising Your Hero's Journey: Feelings

    • Watch: Revising Your Hero's Journey: Thoughts

    • Edit: Revising Your Hero’s Journey: Thoughts

    • Attend: Preparing Your Presentation Workshop

    • Read: Chapter 5 Challenge: I Am a Hero

    • Watch: Chapter Wrap-Up

  7. 7
    • Watch: Chapter Welcome

    • Review: Chapter 6 Assignments

    • Watch: The Power of Myth

    • Listen: A Hero's Journey Reading

    • Record: Speaking Out Loud Your Hero's Journey

    • Watch: Everyone Is the Hero in Their Own Story

    • Watch: Finalize Your Story

    • Revise: Finalize Your Presentation

    • Read: Reminding You of the Three Agreements

    • Read: A Note on Stories That Trigger Intense Emotions and How to Respond

    • Attend: Hero's Journey Presentation Call #1

    • Attend: Hero's Journey Presentation Call #2

    • Read: A Note on Recovery Time and Self-Care

    • Attend: Hero's Journey Presentation Call #3

    • Attend: Hero's Journey Presentation Call #4

    • View: A Self-Care Checklist

    • Attend: Hero's Journey Presentation Call #5

    • Attend: Hero's Journey Presentation Call #6

    • Read: On Becoming a Storyteller

    • Watch: Chapter Wrap-Up and Challenge

  8. 8
    • Watch: The Other Side of the Ordeal

    • Read: Identifying Your Superpowers and Kryptonite

    • Watch: Scenes from Superman II

    • Write: Owning My Gifts & Shadows

    • Watch: Our Special World

    • Read: Your Return and Easing Your Entry

    • Write: Your Next Adventure

    • Read: On Telling Your Story

    • Attend: Commencement


Note: Course curriculum is subject to change.

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