Approach your next career event – be it starting a new job, gearing up for informational interviews, prepping for tenure review, creating a cover letter, or launching your book/ album – by having a set of stories at the ready.
It only takes an hour.
Together, we’ll have a chat on zoom. We’ll kick things off with a free-writing exercise to get your work memories rolling. Then, you’ll share what you found: these images and memories of projects, colleagues, and collaborators, form key moments from your work life. They reveal patterns and they are the raw material for a handful of stories.
We’ll then spend some time thinking about what each story is doing, and put them into conversation with your work values. I’ll share which ones I think are doing the most work (and thus merit a coveted spot in the pocket) and you’ll have a set of stories. Further, knowing what each one is doing for you, you can continue to work on making each one do it event better by re-structuring, re-ordering, re-framing, telling and re-telling.
You’ll show up to your career day moment not only with a pocket full of stories, but with the peace of mind of knowing how your stories are helping you DO what you want to DO in that moment.
“You helped me to tell my story in a way that felt right and true for me and that also connected with my audience. I really appreciate your help and support! Thank you!”
“It was totally FUN, but it also felt like I was discovering patterns in my work that were giving me some glimmers of insight into how I work and what kind of work I really enjoy”
“Thank you so much for the pocketful of stories session last night. I am still thinking about it this morning — you were able to draw out of me some ways of articulating those career values I have identified concretely and specifically in ways I don’t think I could have done on my own. I look forward to getting your notes and feedback from the session but am already off and running, thinking about how I might retool my standard cover letter and resume to make them show more of the person behind the job.”