Playing Big is a transformative course for any woman who wants to play bigger in her life and her work.

In their own words, women describe why they chose to invest their time and energies in the Playing Big experience:

Playing Big Graduates

They know it’s time to expand.

Some want to play big with a career transition.

Some want to teach what they’ve learned.

Others want their art back.

They know it’s time to reclaim a creative passion. Or they want their art to become a bigger part of their lives. In the Playing Big journey they find the tools and support to honor the creative part of themselves again.

Playing Big Graduates

Playing Big Is For You If:

  • You want to expand the impact you are making through your work.
  • You feel a calling or longing to play bigger, but you feel afraid or unsure about the next right steps.
  • You want to make a greater positive difference in the world but feel held back in some way.
  • You sense that being part of a supportive community of like-minded women would help you play bigger.
  • You suspect it would be a whole lot more fun and a whole lot more fulfilling to play big. (YOU ARE RIGHT.)

What Leading Women Have To Say About Playing Big

Elizabeth Gilbert

“At last this very important book has been written, encouraging women to take up all the creative space they deserve in the world. I hope it will empower legions of women to step into their greatness. I couldn’t be happier about this publication.”

Elizabeth Gilbert
Author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love

Danielle LaPorte

“Luminous, deep, and practical. I’ve asked every woman in my all-woman company to put Playing Big first on their reading list. We want to make a difference in the world, we want to live full-on, and we know that our passion is powerful. We need this! Playing Big is like a torch that shows you where assumptions you’ve been holding could be holding you back — even if you think you’re using your power to the fullest.”

Danielle LaPorte
Author of The Desire Map and The Firestarter Sessions

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

“In Playing Big, Tara Mohr offers you the keys to unlocking your gifts, your potential and your power to make a difference. Tara’s deep insights, her practical action steps and her real life stories will set you free.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
Author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings

Kelly McGonigal, PH.D.

“Tara Mohr offers a new model of leadership, one that acknowledges and embraces the complex realities of women’s lives. Playing Big is the perfect catalyst for any woman who wants to go outside her comfort zone, find her voice, and embrace the biggest possibilities of her life.”

Kelly McGonigal, PH.D.
Author of The Willpower Instinct

Tara Brach, PH.D.

“With clarity, warmth and deep wisdom, Tara shines a light on our blocks to manifesting our potential, and offers practical, well-honed strategies that move us toward fulfillment. This is a book that can transform the trajectory of your life.”

Tara Brach, PH.D.
Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Jennifer Louden

“This is the how-to manual we’ve been waiting for. Tara cuts through our playing small strategies with every brilliant word and liberating idea.”

Jennifer Louden
Best-selling author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Woman’s Retreat Book

Heather Mcleod Grant

“When I was at a critical career juncture, I took Tara’s online leadership course and it was transformative. After just three sessions, I had decided to quit my current job, start my own consulting practice, and follow my passion around developing leadership for large-scale social impact. While I’d already had some success, Tara’s work was instrumental in helping me find my own inner calling, unhook from other’s expectations, and start playing really big.”

Heather Mcleod Grant
Coauthor of Forces for Good

Why Do I Do This?

Tara Sophia Mohr

I have been coaching brilliant women — talented, visionary women like you, with amazing gifts to share.

Early in my work, I started to notice that my brilliant women clients really couldn’t see their own brilliance. They couldn’t see that they were ready to play big, that they could be leaders in their industries and in their world.

I recognized that I had had the same struggle myself, and I felt that this — brilliant women holding back, underestimating themselves and not trusting their voices — this has to end. It has to end because the world needs our contributions.

When I take a look at the headlines, or watch a few minutes of the news, I’m struck by how the people in charge in our world don’t have the emotional intelligence, the wisdom, or the ethical integrity to use the power they have for good.

I want brilliant, visionary, compassionate, ethical, wise women I know to be alongside men, leading and holding power — because they are going to bring our world into balance and sanity.

My secret agenda with Playing Big is to a create world where the kind of people that you and I want to see leading and in power are leading. A world in which wise, compassionate, centered, purpose-filled leadership takes center stage.

I’ve seen again and again how support, community, and some tools for playing bigger can help us step into all we are capable of and all we long to do.

We could call Playing Big a course or a program, but it is really a movement.

Join us.

Women like us playing big are going to change the world.

With love,

THE PLAYING BIG MODEL HAS GARNERED ATTENTION IN

Playing Big Press

The Playing Big Program Is:

An entirely unique program created and taught by expert on women’s leadership and wellbeing, Tara Sophia Mohr
A six-month women’s leadership and professional development journey
Delivered via phone, video, and written materials so you can participate from anywhere in a way that works with your schedule

The pioneering curriculum is:

Part practical training in skills for world-changing: communication, negotiation, getting media attention for your work
Part inner work to help you overcome fears, end procrastination, and clarify your vision
Part supportive and dynamic community of creative, visionary women ready to support each other in Playing Big

If You’ve Been Playing Small

If you have been playing small, it’s okay. Most of us don’t play big naturally, on our own, without any support. From my own journey to playing big, and from my work helping hundreds of women in their journeys to playing big, I’ve learned we need tools, support, training — a process — to help us play bigger.

The Playing Big program brings together the tools that I’ve seen be most transformative in helping women play big. You’ll learn the most powerful and efficient practices that create real results.

"From day one of the Playing Big course, I felt things begin to shift within me like I haven’t experienced before. It was the most transformative process I’ve ever engaged in."

Ariane Hunter, Photographer & Blogger

"I now have a vision that propels me forward every day. I know that my voice is needed and that I have a duty to play big in this life, to heal the world in the way I know best, no matter what my inner critic voices are telling me."

Amanda Vella, Yoga Teacher and Writer

"This Playing Big thing is amazing! …and unsettling, too! Here’s the thing, I listen to the calls, do the handouts, and listen to the recordings (many times!) — I think I’m getting it, I feel like I’m getting it. So I go about my day. And then I have a moment in my day when I {know} I’m getting it. It’s like a land mine, I just stumble across it. An explosion. And I realize that I am that girl that I have been trying to be. I am leaning into the better part of myself. O. M. G."

Jodi Riddick, Interior Designer

"Playing Big has brought me clarity, strength and reintroduced me to myself. I say reintroduced me, because when I was younger I played big. But over time, as my career took shape, I went off track to a place that wasn’t true to myself. In the last few years I allowed people to really batter me and let my inner critic run wild. I stopped dreaming, being creative and really being genuine to myself. As a result of Playing Big, I feel the fog has lifted and I have been nourished, strengthened and liberated with some of the anxieties that crippled me 6 months ago looking so crazy now. Now I am taking action to move into a life which is genuine to myself and my callings."

Natalie Galea, Corporate Project Manager

"Your course has been absolutely transformational. It was vital to the success I am now enjoying in my business, and it has also transformed many aspects of my personal life in beneficial ways. I have talked about Playing Big nonstop to all the women I love dearly, and encouraged all of them to participate in the next session of Playing Big. Thank you for being a mentor and an inspiration."

Allison Bloom, Interior Designer

"I’m EXTREMELY satisfied with what I got from this course! It is a collection of absolutely essential and brilliant tools that will be useful throughout my professional and personal life. THANK YOU for all the brilliance, work, thoughtfulness, knowledge, experience, connections, and (very importantly!) the love and passion that you put into this course!"

Beth Molnar, Associate Professor, Northeastern University & President, Board of Directors, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

"Playing Big exceeded my high expectations and provided me with a wealth of practical, new tools. I loved seeing tangible results within the first weeks of the course and building from there. Tara, thank you for your dedication to women’s leadership and authentic self-expression. You inspire me!"

Sara Ellis Conant, Leadership Coach

Results: After Playing Big, You Can Expect To

  • Take bolder action and reach more people with your work
  • Feel more confident in everything you do
  • Increase your earning power
  • Stop feeling too young, too old, or not expert enough to do what you want to do
  • Access your own inner wisdom quickly and reliably
  • Express your own voice and put your unique contribution out into the world
  • Feel less dependent on the approval of others — at work AND in your personal life
  • Deal with the criticism that comes with doing important or innovative work
  • Know how to sustain long-term action toward your goals
  • Be comfortable with difficult conversations and have a sound and reliable approach for negotiating
  • Stop undermining yourself with your own words, and have more influence and impact when you speak
  • Understand how to wisely respond to the fear that arises as we play bigger
  • Have a remarkable circle of women colleagues and collaborators around the globe will buoy you up time & time again

In Their Own Words, Women Share Their Playing Big Results:

The Playing Big Curriculum

Part I

Your Foundation for Playing Big

Introduction

Introduction & What is Playing Big

In this module, we talk about how to redefine playing big from the inside out. You’ll have a new sense of what playing big means to you (not what it means to your friends, family, coworkers and so on) – a vision for playing big that doesn’t feel stressful, or like it leaves you in a tug of war between your aspirations and your responsibilities. This is a true playing big that works with your whole life.

You’ll also be able to see your particular playing big in a much broader context of a global movement of women at this moment in history. Understanding how your piece of the puzzle fits into the whole can powerfully increase your clarity and motivation about what you are doing.


Module 1

Quieting The Inner Critic

Imagine for a moment what you’d be doing if that voice of “I’m not ready yet,” or “I need to get another degree before I can do that,” or “I don’t really know what I’m talking about here,” or “I can do that after I lose five pounds” wasn’t present any more? Imagine what women around the world would be doing if we all were able to quiet our inner critics?

I am passionate about women around the world getting an Inner Critic 101 training so that self-doubt is no longer such a strong force in our lives.

Through our Inner Critic module, you’ll come to understand the root cause of your inner critic (it’s not what you think!), gain awareness of the sneaky ways it’s present, and learn why the answer to it is not having more confidence. Most important, you’ll learn exactly what to do in the moment when self-doubt arises, to ensure that it doesn’t hold you back.


Module 2

Discovering Your Inner Mentor

We’ve all had those moments when, in a difficult situation, we simply knew, with every fiber of our being, what the right course of action was. What if you could access that kind of clarity more reliably?

This module gives us a powerful tool to consistently access the most authentic, wise, and calm part of ourselves: our inner mentors. You can consult her on professional matters (how would she handle this client pitch?) and personal ones (how would she approach this difficult conversation with a friend?)

If you’ve already met your inner mentor through the Playing Big book exercise, your focus in this module will be on developing a stronger relationship with her and getting support around taking practical steps to become her more in your day to day life.

Part II

Slaying the Dragons That Keep Us Stuck

Module 3

Getting Wise About Fear

With our powerful model for working with fear, you’ll be able to differentiate between the two kinds of fear that arise when we start playing bigger – knowing which kind of fear to welcome and utilize, and which kind to skillfully steer away from (and how to do that).

You’ll be able to take the stretch steps that scare you – whether it’s making that career change or publishing that piece of writing or starting the new line of business at your company. And instead of just knowing that there are some fears holding you back, you’ll understand what they are, how they function physiologically, and how to move past them toward your most important aspirations.


Module 4

Unhooking From Praise And Criticism

When women are crushed by criticism or dependent on praise, it’s almost impossible for them to innovate, share controversial ideas, or effect change. I’m proud that the Playing Big approach to changing women’s relationship to praise and criticism has been recognized widely by publications ranging from goop to Harvard Business Review, to The New York Times. In this module, you’ll learn:

  • How attachment to praise and avoidance of criticism is showing up in your life right now
  • what the research tells us about why this issue effects women in particular
  • a set of practical tools you can use day to day, so that you can incorporate feedback strategically – but not go on an emotional roller coaster with it.

This is the end of being seriously wounded by tough feedback and the end of avoiding situations that might bring it.

Part III

Taking Practical Action in a Whole New Way

Module 5

Callings

This is one of my favorite modules to teach, because we have so many misunderstandings around the concept of callings. And yet, with some simple ideas and tools, women can start experiencing the huge joy and fulfillment that our true callings bring us.

If you aren’t sure what your callings are, this module will give you a very specific way to figure that out, with coaching from me to help if you get stuck. If you feel like you already know what your current callings are, this module will provide you with tools to fulfill them in even more satisfying and bold ways.


Module 6

The End Of Hiding

In my work with women, I started to see some very clear patterns in the ways brilliant women were hiding and stalling on our playing bigger. These hiding strategies weren’t obvious. In fact they often looked, from a distance, like really great career moves.

In this module, you’ll discover some of the unconscious ways you are hiding and understand how to start stepping forward instead.


Module 7

Leaping: The Art Of Imperfect Action

Most women I know hold some false assumptions like these: that the more they prepare for something important, the better that something will go. That the more polished their work is, the more favorably it will be received. The thing is, many of these assumptions are misleading, and are connected to how women and girls are conditioned to act – in ways that don’t serve us.

In this module, we’ll take a rigorous look at our default good-girl, good-student ways of working and discover a bolder, quicker, more experimental way of working called leaping. Leaping gets us playing much bigger right away.


Module 8

Navigating Negotiations And Difficult Conversations

Do you dread negotiation conversations, feel like you aren’t a great negotiator, or simply know you could be a much better one?

In this module, I share a powerful framework that can help you love and thrive in negotiations and difficult conversations. (It really is possible.) A negotiation is not just the kind of conversation that happens once a year over your salary, or your rent. In playing big, we explore negotiations as any conversation in which the parties have differing goals and interests. Negotiation is a skill we all need for our careers – and lives – every day, but because of stereotypes and cultural norms, negotiating is tricky territory for women. In Playing Big, you’ll learn a positive, collaborative, step-by-step framework for negotiations and have the opportunity to apply it to an important situation in your life, with coaching and support from me and from our guest expert on women & negotiation.


Module 9

Communicating With Power

In this module, you’ll learn how you can come across as more competent, compelling and confident in your written and spoken communications. You’ll learn about important new research on gender and communication in the workplace, and what it means for you. We cover what speech and writing habits to let go of, and what new language you can use instead. I’ll also support you in a day-by-day habit change process, so that your communication is truly more powerful by the time this module comes to a close.

Part IV

Moving Forward

Module 10

Playing Big While Caregiving

In this bonus module, we learn how to discern when the time is right to play bigger, and how to care for those who need you while pursuing your dreams. Caregiving comes in all forms – from caring for children, to aging parents, to ailing pets, and friends in distress.


Module 11

Let It Be Easy

We’ve all been there: we tried to accomplish something simply out of willpower and self-discipline, failed to do so, and then ended up disappointed in ourselves.

This module is about alternatives to self-discipline. I’ll take you through setting up a “success architecture” of supports and routines that allows you to achieve any goal in a sustainable, kind-to-yourself-way.


Module 12

Concluding Session

In our Concluding Session, we look at the big concepts and weave major ideas from the course together. We also look forward – and I’ll support you in a process to identify your goals and priorities for the next phase of your playing big journey. We also have lots of fun celebrating our journey together!

After we finish, you get access to great bonus content on Getting Your Message Out, Getting Things Done, and more about my own personal playing big lessons learned.

How It Works

The Playing Big course is entirely virtual: based in phone, written, and online formats, so that you can participate from anywhere in the world, and in a way that works with your busy schedule.

Playing Big includes:

  • a six month journey with twelve power-packed modules
  • interactive calls with Tara each month. This isn’t one of those programs where all the material is pre-recorded. I’m live every other Thursday for a dynamic call that includes teaching, exercises that allow you to apply what we learn to your life, Q&A and discussion. You can participate live on our calls every other Thursday from noon to 1:30pm Pacific, or listen to the recordings at your convenience. If you can’t make the calls live, no worries – many women listen to the recordings throughout the course and get the full value of the program.
  • worksheets for each module
  • daily practices, reminders, and sources of accountability to help you easily put new ways of working and living into practice – even in the midst of a hectic and busy schedule
  • two additional, “open floor” Q&A calls with Tara to dive deep into your questions
  • inspirational poetry, wisdom teachings and personal stories from Tara to support you along the way
  • guest interviews from incredible experts who know a thing or two about “playing big” — like bestselling author Jen Louden, Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin, and Kiva.org founder Jessica Jackley.
  • an online forum where you can connect with other participants, get support, ask questions and get feedback in between sessions. The online forum will stay available to you long after the course ends — you’ll have this network for years to come.
  • optional small groups: you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in small groups of three that meet regularly for accountability, support, and connection.

Bonus #1:

My Journey & Lessons Learned

In this bonus audio, I share my story. I’ll answer your questions about my journey and we’ll talk about:

  • The path I walked from neglecting my true aspirations to creating a life centered on pursuing them
  • How I integrate strategy, integrity and soul in running a mission-based business
  • The daily rituals and practices that most support my playing bigger
  • How parenting has shifted (and continually shifts) my approach to playing big
  • Some of the most precious – and surprising lessons I’ve learned along the way
  • My current playing big edges and stretches
Bonus #2:

Girls’ Playing Big

Although the Playing Big model was created out of my work coaching women, over the past several years many women have begun applying the tools and concepts with the girls they parent, mentor, and teach. In this bonus session, you’ll hear from some of the teachers, school administrators, moms who will share what’s working most powerfully in using the playing big tools to support girls’ empowerment and wellbeing.

Bonus #3:

Visibility, Media & Getting Your Message Out

For many women, a key part of playing bigger is sharing one’s ideas and voice in the media. For entrepreneurs, media exposure is great for business-building. For individuals working inside organizations, it’s a path to establishing personal brand, broadening one’s network, and planting the seeds for future career opportunities. For academics, it’s a way of increasing the reach of one’s work. For all of us, it’s a way of standing behind what we believe and making a larger impact. In this session, we’ll talk with an expert panel of media professionals, including magazine editors, PR experts, and leaders in the publishing field to talk getting more exposure for your work.

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About Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr

I bring to this program

  • Fifteen years of experience helping women empower themselves and achieve their dreams. I’ve coached hundreds of women to start shining brightly and doing their unique work in the world, boldly.
  • With me, you get a very unique hybrid. You get the the practical, grounded in the ‘real world’ side: I received my MBA from Stanford University. I have extensive training in leadership, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, and business.
  • You also get the psychological and spiritual side. I am a certified coach, spiritual seeker, poet, and a woman with an understanding of the inner transformation needed for playing big.
  • And then there’s my personal journey. I’ve walked my own personal journey from playing small to playing bigger. Of course, I’m still growing, but I’m happy to say I’ve left what felt like a compromise career and created a life that feels wildly aligned with who I really am, my greatest loves, and the legacy I hope to leave.
Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr’s work is known for its unique blend of intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom – a blend of heart, mind and soul. She is the author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead, published by Penguin, and named a Best Book by Apple’s iBooks. Tara is also the creator of the acclaimed Playing Big leadership program for women.

Tara’s work has been featured on The Today Show and in publications ranging from The New York Times to Harvard Business Review to goop to MariaShriver.com.

She has been a speaker at venues ranging from BlogHer to TedxWomen to Emerging Women. Her Playing Big model is now a part of leadership development programs at T-mobile, Starbucks, Bank of America, Amazon.com, and many other companies. The Playing Big model has also been incorporated into middle and high schools in the US and UK, to support girls’ leadership development.

Tara received her MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale.

Over the past several years, she has grown her regular blog subscriber audience to more than 50,000 women from around the world. She is also a poet, and the author of Your Other Names: Poems for Wise Living.

She lives in San Francisco and loves dance, art, and long walks with her beloved husband and son.

Past Playing Big Participants Say…

  • “Playing Big was a priceless experience. This is by far the BEST online/ecourse I have ever taken — and I’ve taken a bunch!” – Playing Big program graduate
  • “I can’t WAIT for you to do another Playing Big course so I can send it to all my friends. This has been one of the most AMAZING courses I have ever done in my life. I loved it. Thank you so much.” – Playing Big program graduate
  • “A huge thank you. Financially a stretch for me but SO worth every penny. Seriously — this completely changed my life! xoxo” – Playing Big program graduate
  • “Playing Big is a godsend. Pure and simple.” – Playing Big program graduate
Hear from Graduates with Careers in the Nonprofit & Social Sector

“I have always carried a confident outer executive presence that filled the room and boxed out the shrinking, space-saving girl within. Through this course, I learned to embrace the fact that taking up space is my magnificent birthright. I more fully and beautifully show up, speak up and act up in the wide open overlap between inner confidence and outer approval. This program is life changing.”

Bernadette Merikle, Regional Director, Partnerships, Equal Opportunity Schools

“I started the Playing Big course as I considered leaving a long tenure to a leadership position. Playing Big allowed me to make a major leap in my career. I recently stepped into a CEO/President role with confidence and character and made a major leap that I had only dreamed of twelve months prior.”

Kelly Tweeddale, President, Vancouver Symphony and VSO School of Music

“The Playing Big course gave substance and insight to limitations and obstacles I had been facing in my work life but had not yet been able to name or articulate. Tara’s combination of theory, poetry, emotion, and raw data put these issues into vivid detail, and the structure of the course challenged me to apply these insights immediately, rather than for my ‘future self.’ The community of women involved in this course was also a huge source of encouragement and new ideas. Thank you!”

Jennifer, International Development Consultant

“Every module helped me see something playing out inside of me and helped me interrupt the mindsets and voices that were holding me back. I came at a major work transition with much less fear. I feel ready for a transition in ways I never thought possible.”

Katherine Kennedy, Nonprofit Leader

Hear from Graduates in Corporate Careers

“I have been talking about the course ever since I signed up. I have truly learned some great lessons, I have shaken off some of the nonsense that was holding me back, and I’m REALLY ready to go after it and continue my journey. I want to say thank you to you, Tara, and your team for a great program, the professionalism involved, your approachability and the course. I am glad I gave myself this gift!”

Erin O’Malley, Corporate Trainer

“This is an amazing course! It helped me figure out what my ‘playing bigger’ looks like and how it could be different as life evolves. The course is a nice balance of practical tools, self-reflection and guidance from Tara and resonant stories from others. I thought it was fabulous that I could do this with my own time and without judgment. Overall, I would highly recommend this (and have been) to other women who desire to make a bigger difference in their lives in an authentic way.”

Zeryn Sarpangal, Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs at Achaogen, Inc.

“Playing Big was truly transformational for me. Tara has a beautiful way to transport you into your own inner wisdom and somehow help you find yourself and your path. I notice a difference in my mindset and approach to my life’s work, both in personal and professional areas. Playing Big is no longer a daunting task for me, it’s something that is a part of me. Thank you, Tara.”

Pooja Solanki, Director of Strategy

“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 turn to the 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, Director, Retail Company

Hear from Graduates in the Arts

“Playing Big ignited a new sense of purpose in my work. Lots of new ideas, and forward momentum. I got such beautiful support and practical expertise from other women taking the course. Tara Mohr is a gifted coach; meaning she studies, practices and thinks deeply about what she is doing, giving personal thought and attention to participants. The course is well structured, and tools are multi-sided, applicable and memorable.”

Laura Carmichael, Classical Clarinetist, Creativity Coach and Faculty, THNK School for Creative Leadership

“Tara, the Playing Big program coupled with your wisdom, and the authentic sharing of the other women on the calls was essential for me to move forward in my life. Creativity through my art, dreams of traveling, health, parenting…. I felt connected on various levels. With gratitude!”

Louisa Moutos, Fine Artist

“Playing Big and Tara’s generous wisdom has had a PROFOUND impact on my life…in ways that stretch beyond imagination. Being part of this course has helped me see myself in a bigger and broader light and given me the confidence, support and tools to grow my business, playfully explore my vision and gracefully take my place in this world to uplift humanity.”

Kirthi Nath, Creative Director and Lead Filmmaker at Cinemagical Media

“Playing Big was the best gift I could have given myself. I was at a career crossroads, feeling overwhelmed and powerless in my career as an actor and new writer. Tara’s program re-introduced me to the authentic ‘me’… it mined and defined my unique strengths and calling to where I am finally comfortable in my own skin, empowered by the journey I’ve already been on and in charge of the road ahead.”

Taryn O’Neill, Actor, Writer, and Co-Founder of Scirens

“I am basking in the glow of Playing Big. Last weekend was the first of my two Open Studio events in. This is the third year that I have shown my encaustic paintings and prints to the world, yet I felt a change in me and how I presented and stood by my work. I spoke strongly and confidently about what I did, why and how (gave a demo!). I held nothing back and spoke my truth. The Universe responded with the most generous conversations, people and surprises. Connections were formed, paintings were sold! And I gained a greater understand of self.”

Francesca Saveri, Artist

Hear from Graduates with Careers in Academia

“This course helped me to dig deep and learn to listen to my calling and help me make some key decisions about my career path. I feel confident that I am making decisions that are right for me using the tools I learned in the course. What a great experience. Thank you!!!”

Theresa E. Bartolotta, Ph.D., Dean, School of Health Sciences at Stockton University

“I am so much more able to recognize the inner critic and gently shut her down when she pipes up. I no longer feel mad at myself for having an inner critic (my inner critic was so strong that she would criticize me for listening to her!). Thank you so much for helping me manage my habit of being unnecessarily hard on myself, which has been going on for most of my life!”

Naomi Bardach, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

“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, Adjunct Professor

“I’m EXTREMELY satisfied with what I got from this course! It is a collection of absolutely essential and brilliant tools that will be useful throughout my professional and personal life. THANK YOU for all the brilliance, work, thoughtfulness, knowledge, experience, connections, and (very importantly!) the love and passion that you put into this course!”

Beth Molnar, Associate Professor, Northeastern University & President, Board of Directors, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Hear from Graduates Starting & Growing Their Own Businesses

“Playing Big came into my life at the perfect moment. It made me evaluate what work I really wanted to pursue, and gave me the tools to go after my dream.”

Mary Gassen, Food Business Consultant

“Playing Big was truly a life changing experience for me! From the first module on understanding our callings, to the inner mentor and inner critic work, this course has given me huge amounts of insight into myself and how I had seen my work.”

Heather Carey, MS Culinary Nutritionist

“Tara’s work is life-changing. Through Playing Big, she has taught me incredibly valuable skills and techniques that continue to help me move my business forward in a way that resonates with my true self.”

Lisa Wood, Intuitive Designer and Business Coach, Founder of Sprout New Media

“Playing Big was an enormous support and source of energy for me as I transitioned from a 9-year career in management consulting to starting a women’s apparel company. I feel more confident and fulfilled in my career, and passion vs. fear is a key motivator. Even better, when doubts and fears do try to take control, I have a large toolkit I can use to address those feelings and reinforce what is positive, real, and important in my life. Tara’s class is effective and inspirational, and I am so grateful for it!”

Aliza Marks, Founder/CEO Caro & Vitale

“Playing Big is a game changer. It exceeded my expectations in every way. Clear, well-designed modules that manage to be elegantly simple, yet profound. The program has helped me to gain clearer and clearer vision about my own work, and also provided the framework to push myself out of my comfort zone – without fear.”

Sarah Neville, Director, Open Line Communications

What Would Change For You With More Support?

I know you’ve got lots of wonderful people in your life, but when it comes to this work of Playing Big, are you finding that you want something beyond that familiar circle?

Many, many women find they need a unique set of allies to step into playing big.

We need allies on a similar journey.

We need people who won’t judge or hack apart what we are working on when it is in that early, tender stage.

We need kindred spirits who share that desire to have an impact, not people who are threatened by it.

The Playing Big tribe is here to give you that.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Logistics

What’s the schedule?
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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 to download the Playing Big for 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?
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