How to Tell Powerful Stories—Yours!
Career Master Class
Tuesdays 3:00-4:15 pm PST
Starts the first Tuesday of the month for 4 weeks
About the Course
In this course, you will learn a simple outline that you can use to create and tell your professional stories and help you convey to others who you are and what value you have to offer. We will create stories (outside the sessions) and practice telling them (in our group sessions) so we can more confidently and authentically engage with managers, leaders, colleagues, hiring managers, and others.
This course is for anyone who is looking for a job or considering changing jobs or careers. “The most successful job-hunting begins with your doing research on yourself…rather than beginning with research on the job market…. "
We meet each Tuesday at 3 PM PST for one hour and fifteen minutes. Expect to put in 3-4 hours/week to successfully complete this course.
In a series of four one-hour sessions, this program guides participants in creating impactful stories that capture the complete range of their professional talents and articulate their professional value in the workplace authentically and realistically. If our stories are memorable, we are memorable. Based on Richard N. Bolles’ What Color is Your Parachute? this program helps participants see and understand themselves through the lens of their real experiences and to use powerful language to express what they know about themselves and how they can bring value to their current role or future ones.
We all have stories to tell about our experiences--stories of success, disappointment, resilience, learning, and growth--and these stories can be powerful ways to represent ourselves to others. But many of us have never been encouraged to—or have even been actively discouraged from--talking about ourselves in authentic, positive ways.
In this personalized workshop, you will learn a proven outline for creating and telling stories about yourself; create and practice and telling stories that highlight the value of your experiences; learn and practice mining your stories for the transferable skills and talents they represent and learn how to provide and receive supportive feedback on how to tell your stories more effectively.
Participants who complete all four sessions will also be eligible for a 30-minute individual storytelling feedback session with the instructor—a $100 value—at no additional charge.
Suggested Readings: What Color Is Your Parachute? Richard N. Bolles.
About the Coach
Mark Crouter is leadership and career coach with extensive background in public service (military, government, and non-profit consulting). He provides strengths-based development and performance coaching to employees and teams in support of their professional and career development.
Mark is a Professional Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation. He is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and holds a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Mark especially enjoys working with people with diverse backgrounds to help them understand, represent, and apply the unique talents and strengths they bring to their work. As an experienced manager and leader himself, his passion is helping each individual to create impactful, meaningful careers that will enable them to grow, flourish, and achieve their full potential.
“I wanted to take a quick minute to say a very big THANK YOU for all of your insight, help, guidance, and support these past few months. I’ve found the…program to be exceptionally valuable and your coaching to be thought-provoking and insightful.”Linsey W.
“You have a real gift in your ability to listen and understand, and your feedback and coaching has been a game-changer for me.”Tom M.
“I cannot thank you enough for all the time and dedication you put into coaching me. I have walked away with a lot of valuable lessons that I know will help me in the future.”Megan M.
“After our sessions last year, I feel like I have ownership over my own career path again and I definitely have you to thank for helping me get there.”Kelly M.
“Overall, my biggest takeaway from the mentoring was gaining the tools to uncover how my interests, career anchors, etc. can impact [our] work. Again, thank you for following up and thank you for your mentorship and expertise.”Jason B.