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 (on your part).
Together, we’ll have a chat on zoom. We’ll kick things off with a story finding exercise to get work memories rolling. Then, you’ll share some of what you found: images and memories of projects, colleagues, and collaborators that form key moments from your work life. These reveal patterns and they are the raw material for a handful of stories.
We’ll then spend some time engaged in active story listening putting your stories into conversation with your work values, as revealed through an inventory that you will have done ahead of time.
Here’s where we’ll do some story work behind the scenes, but what you’ll receive – a few days later – is a story telling guide indicating which stories are doing the most work for you (and thus merit a coveted spot in the pocket) and some notes and ideas for how best to use them
You’ll show up to your career moment not only with a pocket full of stories, but with the peace of mind of knowing how HOW your stories are doing 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.”
“Starting with the character/values assessment was especially illuminating. Rather than fishing for examples from my resume (as has often been the case with interview prep), I felt that the stories emerged organically and authentically and—more importantly—they stuck! Throughout the process, your insightful follow-up questions allowed me to sift out overlooked yet valuable nuggets of experience, while linking together professional skills and creative pursuits in productive and unexpected ways. I will refer back to these portable “story seeds” often, and can already see them bearing new fruits.“