Happy Ever After: Storytelling for Coaches and Consultants
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Happy Ever After: Storytelling for Coaches and Consultants

Learn how to use storytelling and narrative to add a new dimension to your coaching or consulting practice.
4.3 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
767 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2015
Price: $50
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Articulate the key concepts of story and meaning making
  • Confidently apply a story dimension to your work
  • Utilise a simple and powerful story structure to get to the heart of the matter and map a client's progress
  • Use narrative techniques to help new teams or individuals in transition, to build a strong sense of identity
  • Develop expertise in how how story tools can help individuals, teams and business in the process of transformation
  • Broaden your tool kit to address the parts other coaching can’t reach
  • Practice a range of practical tools to bring story alive in your practice
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  • Everything you need for the course is included in the workbooks and videos. Please do reflect on your key clients as i will be asking you to apply these methods in your practice and giving you the tools to do so immediately.

This course is all about helping consultants and coaching to harness the power of storytelling and narrative in your practice. The course provides a structure for storytelling in organisations and the tools to use it for both 121 work and for groups. It provides the secrets for how to build confidence and comfort in telling stories and using them to 'show' rather than 'tell' in your work. And lastly, it provides a wide range of simple, creative tools that you can embed in your work immediately.

The course contains everything you need - with workbooks and key exercises to follow. I also provide you with for 'key' stories - stories that present an often-faced challenge or issue using metaphor to illustrate the idea. For every concept, I present an example from my own practice so you can understand how each tool could work in action.

The course will take around 8 hours in total to complete - you have a collection of short lectures in each of the 4 sections, plus prep materials so you can put the tools into practice immediately.

You should take this course if you want to bring a more colourful and personal dimension to your work and want to build your confidence in using story. You will also benefit if you recognise that humans find stories powerful, memorable and impactful - so they are a crucial tool for the art of transformation!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for coaches and consultants, across all sectors and levels of experience. The course helps participants to embed the use of story into their practice - either as a tool/metaphor for client dynamics, or as a map for transformation and change or to 'show' rather than tell. The course is a foundation in story structure and story making, with lots of examples from my real life clients.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Happy Ever After Part 1: Welcome and Basic Principles!
11 Lectures 31:42

An introduction to the key concepts and aims of the Happy Ever After online programme.

Introduction to Section 1: Aims of the course

This is your first set of notes. These summarise the key points of Section 1 and provide you with space to capture your learning in response to the exercises in this section.

Your Materials: Session 1
6 pages

'Story Water', by Rumi

Definition of storytelling itself - so we are all working from the same assumptions and understanding.

What is Storytelling?

The business case for the value of adding story into your toolkit as a coach and consultant and how this can help your clients get the outcomes they are looking for.

Why Stories Matter.

Uses of Story for Coaches and Consultants.

Here we make sure you read the context and the climate your client is in, to help you decide what story might be best to help them.

The Right Story at The Right Time.

An introduction to The Hero's Journey - a key structure for telling powerful stories and using the narrative approach in your work.

Preview 06:10

Homework activities from Section 1: to embed story and narrative into your practice with clients TODAY!

Homework from Session 1

The story of the Emperor's new clothes - a classic tale for exploring the idea of naming the 'elephant in the room' or spending lots of money on something that is rebranded as new but is the same old thing.

'The Emperors' New Clothes' - Metaphorical Story 1
Happy Ever After Part 2: Dealing with the Past
8 Lectures 19:41

Introduction to Section 2 and what we will cover in this section.

Introduction to Session 2 : Dealing with the Past

These are your session notes and exercises on the theme of The Past. They capture the key ideas and tools of this section and provide a place to write down your learning in response to the exercises.

Your Materials: Session 2
6 pages

An introduction to the theme of Section 2: The Past.

Introducing the theme of The Past

How to use the tool of Rewriting with a key client to reframe experiences of the past.

Preview 03:54

How to use the Red Flags Story Tool with your clients to help them become more accountable and empowered when reflecting on their past.

The Red Flag Tool

Introduction to the Yes and ...story technique for use with client groups or in one-to-one coaching.

Yes And....Story Technique

The Ugly Duckling - Metaphorical Story 2

Recap on our key tools from this session and an invitation to put your new skills into practice with a client!

Homework and Reflections from Section 2
Happy Ever After Part 3: Looking Toward The Future
9 Lectures 15:29

An introduction to Section 3 and what we will cover in our exploration concerning stories of the future.

Introduction to Section 3: Looking Towards The Future

These are your session notes from Section 3 - they summarise the key ideas and exercises and provide a place to capture your written work.

Your Materials : Session 3
7 pages

Repositioning fear as a fantasy about what might happen, rather than a real emotion.

F.E.A.R Lecture

FEAR Exercise

Worst Case Scenario tool allows client to express anxiety about the future and to use their 'worst case' as a way of better managing and planning for the future state they want to achieve.

Worst Case Scenario Tool

Methods to make use of fear and anxiety about the future by managing risks pro-actively in a risk log.

Risk Log Tool

How to use character, archetype and heroic qualities to explore innovative ways of thinking, doing and being.

Using Archetype

How to use story structure to help your clients conceive on an exciting vision for the future - useful for both leaders and for self-leadership.

Future Vision Stories

Homework for Section 3
Happy Ever After Part 4: Storytelling Secrets
12 Lectures 24:48

An introduction to the final session, on storytelling skills.

Introduction to Section 4 : Storytelling Secrets

These are your notes on Section 4 - providing tips and tools on telling powerful stories and with written exercises to help you capture your learning and use it to tell effective stories.

Your Materials: Section 4
7 pages

Quick recap on the business case for storytelling.

Why Stories Matter

Tools for structuring a story - beginning, middle and end.

Story structure part 1

How to structure a story using the STAR method

STAR Stories

Technique for learning a story off by heart.

Story Structure Part 2

How to find the peak of your story and use this to focus and structure your delivery.

Preview 01:25

Using the power of the pause to increase mystery, pique interest and emphasise key story points.

Storytelling tools: The Pause

How the use of gesture can animate your storytelling.

Storytelling Tools: Gesture

How to use props to make your storytelling come alive.

Storytelling tools: Props

Final remarks on using story in your work.

Final thoughts and reflections

A song story - by June Tabor - bringing to life all the elements of the heroic quest map!

Pigeon Song - Just for Fun!
About the Instructor
Erica Rachel Sosna
4.3 Average rating
7 Reviews
767 Students
1 Course
Career Coach, Author and Storyteller for Organisations

Hi there and welcome!

I am passionate about helping talented professionals get their message across with impact, style and charisma. And breaking free of the limits, worries and fears that hold them back.

A bit about me –since I was a child, I have been obsessed with the world of story. Story speaks to our history, to our soul and can be used to teach, inspire, motivate or heal.

Having trained as a storyteller and a coach ten years ago, I have developed my own tried and tested methods to use stories and story structure to help clients find direction, overcome obstacles and transform their lives and businesses. I have used this to help individuals find career direction, to transition into new roles and helped companies to devise strategy, solve problems and deliver exceptional customer experience, all through telling stories!

Working with me, hundreds of people have been able to change direction in their career - becoming freelance in the same profession or branching out to try something new. We use their own personal story to define where they have been, who they are and what they want their next chapter to be.

I have also worked with some of the world's best companies. Merck, AXA Insurance, RBS, Fujitsu and Bristol Myers Squibb, to help their leaders tell more powerful and impactful stories. To be a great leader, you must be a great storyteller. I am lucky to also have the opportunity to share my tools and methods with educators, consultants and coaches, so they can make use of story in their work too.

My book, Your Life Plan, published by Wiley, provides a map for personal and professional transition using the structure of the Heroic Quest. I've taught hundreds of coaches, consultants, creative, teachers, makers and charity workers my methods and made it easy for them to use story to bring their work to life and reach aspects of their clients that sheer logic and facts cannot touch!

As a stand up comic and professional storyteller, I am used to making learning fun, clear and entertaining. As a learning and leadership consultant for some of the worlds best companies I bring clear instructional design thinking to my practice - so you are in good hands. And most of all, I believe in the super-practical. all of my courses are structured so you can put them to use immediately.

I am always on hand to provide feedback, answer your questions and delve more deeply and offer frequent free tutorial calls to my students. Keep an eye out in the announcements for these.

I look forward to helping you become all that you can be and to sharing these personal and professional tools with you. Let's get started!