Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the schedule?
Our next session will begin May 15th and run through August 4th with live course calls every Wednesday at noon Pacific. We will have one week off (July 3-7) on account of the U.S. July 4th holiday.
Can I get recordings if I can’t attend the course calls live?
The program is designed to work whether you can attend live or not, and call recordings will always be posted right away. You’ll still get to participate fully in the program and can always ask your questions or participate in discussion via the online forum.
What’s the investment?
You can pay monthly over six months with an investment of $164 per month, or you can pay for the full program ($874) up front and save $110.
I’m having technical trouble signing up.
No problem. We can help. Just email playingbig (at) taramohr (dot) com
and we’ll get you all set up.
What will the community aspect of this program be like?
Playing Big offers an opportunity to connect with women around the world who are interested in playing bigger on their own terms. It’s also a wonderful way to enhance your own network of colleagues, potential collaborators, mentors and mentees. We will engage in dialogue through an online discussion group, and members will also have the opportunity to connect with each other individually based on shared interests, or shared geography.
How is the Playing Big course different from the Playing Big book?
The course offers a way to bring the Playing Big tools, concepts, and practices into your life more fully and more powerfully. We cover the core concepts and material that are in the book, but with these added benefits:
- A well-paced curriculum that keeps you from rushing through the material or only digesting it mentally and instead, gives you time to put new ways of working and living into your life
- Dynamic class sessions where Tara teaches about the concepts in her own words, answers questions, and coaches participants
- A structured time to do the writing and other exercises in the playing big process so you know you’ll get them done, with the additional support and time to debrief and unpack what comes up for you
- Reminders and inspiration from Tara along the way (delivered by text message or email, your choice) to ensure that you put the new habits into place, even when life gets hectic
- Community – the opportunity to connect with and be supported by a global community of women playing bigger
- Lots of supplementary resources, plus new material and Tara’s latest thinking since the book’s publication
I’ve seen Tara also has a Playing Big Facilitators Training. How is this course different from that?
The Playing Big Facilitators Training is for coaches, therapists, mentors, and educators who want in-depth training in how to use this model with their clients, mentees and students.
Should you take the Playing Big course now, and want to engage in further training with the Facilitators Training in the fall, your Playing Big tuition will be applied toward the cost of the Facilitators Training.
Organizations & Employer Sponsorship
My employer sometimes sponsors professional development. Do you have something I can give them?
Yes, we have a document you can provide your employer. Click here
to download the 2017 Playing Big Professional Development document
I work inside an organization or company. Is playing big mostly for entrepreneurs?
Not at all! One of the amazing things about this program is the mix of women entrepreneurs and women working inside organizations. In fact, in our recent session, we were an almost even mix – 49% entrepreneurs, 51% women working inside organizations!
The topics we cover in playing big – from quieting your inner critic, to learning how to communicate and negotiate more powerfully, to “unhooking” from criticism and praise – are transformational for women across all kinds of careers. Here’s what some women who took the program when working for organizations had to say:
I started Playing Big at the same time I moved into a corporate senior management role – a huge leap from the isolated desk research role that I had been in. I have been running into my own old habits turning into obstacles. I turn to the Playing Big lessons when I find a new struggle that I can’t resolve and the content leads me to look at situations in new ways, opening new solutions and opportunities. Playing Big has increased my confidence and effectiveness, while lowering my stress and worry. Perfectly delivered to help me grow into the leader that I have been asked to be. – Yvonne Juarez
I’ve experienced significant changes because of this program. I am able to put my learning, qualifications, and skills to best use because I communicate more clearly. I find that others are more clear about my role and contributions, which means they know when to come to me for input and when the request should go elsewhere. My profile is also growing in the industry, which is positive for the organization I work for. I manage my time better because I understand my role and worth, so delegate tasks more easily when appropriate. I also communicate more confidently with senior managers and with the people who report to me. I am generally more professional, happier, and putting energy into areas that align with the organization’s mission, as well as my own values. – Joelle Adams
I’m not sure…
I feel ambivalent about the very idea of “playing big.”
You are not alone. Many women share these mixed feelings about the notion of Playing Big. Many of us worry that playing big will mean leaving behind things we love — free time, or the quiet and simple parts of our lives. Many of us worry that playing bigger would mean we’d somehow stand out, or stand apart, from the people we love- and we don’t want that. Many of us feel fatigued by our culture’s need for everything to be big, bigger, biggest. We know that’s not sustainable for human beings or the planet. We don’t want to perpetuate that kind of thinking.
All of these ambivalences are very normal — and in my view, they are precisely the reason why women need a context and a journey to redefine and reclaim playing big for themselves — to find a playing big that is aligned with their values, allows them to stay in community and relationship, and that’s good for the earth, too.
In the Playing Big program, each woman defines playing big on her own terms. For most, Playing Big does not mean owning an empire or getting overtaken by a drive toward success. Playing Big means courageously going for your personal dreams and longings and having the positive impact your heart wants to have in the world.
I want to play bigger, but I already feel exhausted and overwhelmed, and I’m trying to do less in my life. How does the course fit with that?
This program teaches an inside-out definition of playing big. Playing big isn’t about striving harder or doing more. It is about honestly accepting one’s true aspirations and callings and playing big in going for them. Because it leads to women being more aligned with their authentic selves, and more tapped into their passions, it generally creates more energy, less stress, and far less striving in women’s lives. It’s an alternative to perfectionistic go-go-going — a deeper path of self-actualization.
Honestly, I feel intimidated and nervous about signing up.
You aren’t alone. Many women hear a voice in their head saying “You won’t fit in with this crowd of women” or “Who do you think you are?”
Here’s why: The part of you that loves perfectionism and the familiar, the part that keeps putting off playing big for just another couple years…? That part of you is shakin’ in its boots, knowing that signing up for Playing Big will mean shaking things up.
Signing up for playing big is a significant first step toward playing bigger. Fear and the inner critic will naturally come up.
By the end of the course, you’ll be such an expert in how to deal with this you’ll be smiling looking back at this moment.
But for now, can you notice this scared and critical part of you but not take direction from it?
Let your aspirations, your passion, your hopes — not fear or the inner critic — be in charge of the decision to sign up.
What if I don’t know what I want to Play Big with?
That’s okay. Some participants come into the course with a specific idea of what playing bigger looks like for them. Others aren’t sure, but find that the skills and tools we learn in the course allow them to play bigger in all areas of their lives and support them as their next passion or professional direction emerges.
I’m not sure if online learning would really work for me?
It’s a great question. Many past participants have been surprised at how easy and engaging the online format is. Here are a few things to keep in mind: The course materials are always simple to access. The course combines written materials, worksheets and exercises, live calls, and recorded audio and video learning. The variety of formats means you’ll be able to digest the material in ways that work for you. The pluses of a distance-learning approach are that you’ll connect with like-minded women from all over the world and that you can learn/participate in a way that works easily with your schedule.
What if I sign up and change my mind, or what if my life just gets super busy?
First things first: Playing Big has a more than 96% completion rate, with fewer than 4% of participants finding they don’t want to experience the full journey.
Second, all program materials are yours for life — so even if an unexpected change in your schedule happens, you can still get the full value of the program when you are ready.
However, if within the first 30 days of the program, you find the program isn’t working for you, and you have completed the program materials and worksheets we’ve done so far, let us know, and your tuition will be refunded.
I’m just not sure.
Well, if you were my coaching client I’d ask you to:
- Check in with your body: How does the idea of registering feel in your body — good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
- Notice what part of you is hesitant: Your inner wisdom? Listen up. Inner critic? Voice of fear? Not good voices to listen to. Question what they are saying. Especially question any voices telling you that you somehow don’t measure up to being in this group, or won’t be able to “do it right,” or that the time to do this has to be just right.
- Explore: Is there a particular fear or worry you have? If so, write it down and examine it in the light.
- Ask yourself: If you knew you couldn’t fail at this, and that you’d fit in beautifully with the group — what would you do?
- Reflect: What are your intentions for the coming year? Does this feel well aligned, or not?