are nervous about telling their story
want touches of one-on-one support
appreciate being gently challenged
Sitting down to write when there is nothing on the screen can be unavoidably terrifying. You’re setting out into unmapped territory, attempting to build something in a void. And while our storytelling courses will provide the guidance and the pathways for you to follow, it’s this fear of beginning that keeps many of us from realizing the story that most wants to be told. Ask any storyteller and they’ll tell you: no matter how successful they have been in the past, they’re afraid of putting the first word on a new page.
So here’s your solution: a story coach. Story coaches are teachers and guides who don’t pretend to know more about your story than you do. Instead, their role is to listen for your storytelling brilliance.
Sometimes your story coach is a reflective listener, echoing back what they think you’ve said because that transition from brain to world can be tricky, and ideas can get lost in the process.
At other times, your story coach might be an analytical listener, noticing things that you might have overlooked; gems that need to be brought to your attention for you to see how amazing they are. They can connect disparate ideas, catch running themes, or notice you’re approaching a dead end in time to turn around.
And sometimes your coach might not do anything but listen. Because something amazing can happen when you talk to an attentive listener. Like magic, you can make startling new discoveries, find the thread that’s been trying to get your attention, or connect the dots that demonstrate the ways your path has been set before you like breadcrumbs.
Adapted from the writing of RTC story coach Alison Hennessee
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 afterwards 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. estimations 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 three-hour package, we would recommend that you set up an initial 15-minute call to meet your coach, one 45-minute call in the week before you give your presentation, and then a 30-minute debrief call after your presentation to support what is next for your story. (That would leave approximately 90 minutes 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.