do best with one-on-one support
have high standards for their work
intend to use their story out in the world
want to capture their story brilliance
A great story takes the audience on a journey. It has a clear beginning, middle, and end. The “before” version of you was met with a challenge that forced you to learn, grow, and ultimately do something differently (the beginning). You made a decision you never would have made before (the middle). Sometimes you succeeded. Other times you failed. Either way, you walked away with a lesson. You survived a challenge and emerged as a more powerful version of yourself (the end).
Your task is to unpack some of these moments—something few of us have taken the time to do—and practice relaying them in a compelling and authentic way.
As the saying goes, “God is in the details.” When you share your story with others, you’re trusting your audience with a handful of unique details about your life and identity in a way that displays the fullness of your character.
Vulnerable authenticity tells your audience that you’re not trying to pretend everything is always awesome (a false reality and untruthful in the long run). And that means that anybody who decides to interact with you after hearing your story won’t have to show up as one-dimensional, either. Suddenly, your audience can relax because they are talking to a human being and not the caricature of one. A successful story is a memorable one. Vulnerability is memorable.
Adapted from the Harvard Business Review article “The Best Candidates are the Best Storytellers” by RTC story coach Kelsey Schurer
How will my coach be determined?
Our current roster of story coaches include Genevieve Georget, Corey Blake, and Kelsey Schurer, all of whom have been instrumental to the building of the course over the past several years, and all of whom are expert storytellers and coaches who have supported CEOs, thought leaders, spiritual leaders, authors, and others in birthing the story they were born to tell. Based on coach availability, in combination with your specific needs, we will work with you to partner you with the ideal coach.
How can I use my hours?
Phone/Zoom call options are available in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute time blocks (and are recorded for you to review afterward if preferred). You may also request feedback on your journaling and/or story drafts. When you begin the process of revising your story, you can use your hours for actual editing support from your coach if desired.
How will my hours be tracked?
Your coach will track time spent with you and your story from the time of your purchase through the completion of your hours. We have used time tracking software for nearly a decade and our entire team is well versed in doing so. Time spent is tracked in “real-time” vs. estimated after the work is performed, to ensure we are respecting and maximizing your investment.
What can I expect in terms of turnaround times?
We always try to turn around our feedback and editing as quickly as possible because we realize that course participants are often waiting for feedback from their coach to continue with the next lessons. That being said, each of our coaches has numerous responsibilities within the company and the classes, so we ask our participants to expect a turnaround of three business days. We will always try and move more quickly when able.
How early do I need to schedule phone/zoom support calls?
We certainly recommend setting up phone/Zoom calls with as much advance notice as possible to ensure that your coach can work around your availability. For example, if you've purchased a five-hour package, we would recommend that you set up an initial 30-minute call to meet your coach and discuss what you hope to get out of the course and coaching, one 45-minute call per week in the two weeks leading up to your presentation, and then a 30-minute call after your presentation to support what is next for your story. (That would leave approximately 2.5 hours for direct feedback and editing support.)
Do I have to use my hours by the end of the course?
If you have available time that has not been used by the end of the course, that time can be applied to additional storytelling support for an another 30 days past your commencement. Work with your coach to explore what a book, TEDx talk, or keynote presentation might look like all the way to the elevator pitch version you may want handy to be able to share in 90 seconds or less.