The Playing Big Facilitators Training is a one-of-a-kind program for coaches, therapists, managers, and mentors supporting women in their personal and professional growth.

The six-month training will engage you in two layers of learning and exploration:

Layer One

Your Journey to Playing Bigger

You’ll experience the playing big journey & tools for yourself. You’ll identify what playing bigger means for you at this phase in your life and career, learn how to quiet your inner critic, discover your inner mentor, unhook from praise and criticism, hone your negotiation skills and improve your professional communication.
Layer Two

Supporting Others to Play Bigger

You’ll receive training to use the Playing Big tools and model to better support others – whether your clients, team members, or mentees. You’ll develop skills that will enable you to bring more value to them, experience more meaning in your work, and differentiate your business or leadership style.
CCE Logo This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units.

Dear Brilliant Woman,

Tara Sophia Mohr

Six years ago, I sat in my coaching office across from a bright young woman.

She talked about her passion for her field. She shared how her organization needed to evolve. Her reflections were insightful and wise, and I was inspired and moved by her.

Yet she doubted herself. She was waiting on having more experience, another degree, or some cue from others before putting her visions into action.

It would have been one thing if she was my only client like this, but almost all my clients were like this – brilliant women who couldn’t see their own brilliance, women delaying dreams they could have easily achieved.

Of course, I was so attuned to this because I was struggling with it myself – doubting my voice, waiting for permission to speak up, and not understanding how I’d become tentative and so afraid.

I wanted my self-expression and sense of freedom back. I wanted to see the brilliant women I coached feel confident and at home in themselves. I wanted to live in a world that benefited from women’s voices, our creations, our leadership.

So I braided together a decade of work on women’s issues, a background in business and entrepreneurship, training as a coach, and a lifelong love of personal growth and spiritual development. I began working with women to discover why we play small and how we can play bigger.

I learned a lot. I learned what didn’t help women play bigger. I learned what tools only helped some women play bigger. Most important, I uncovered a set of concepts and practices that consistently helped a wide diversity of women play big – on their own terms.

Several years later, I’m proud to say that the model developed out of that “field work” has now produced incredible results for thousands of women around the world.

My interest has never been in women playing bigger within the status quo; rather, it’s on women courageously going for their true dreams, and becoming change agents as they do so.

Now it’s time for me to share what I’ve learned with a community of practitioners – coaches, therapists, managers, mentors, leadership development professionals and others – who feel called, as I do, to support women’s empowerment in this remarkable historical moment.

  • If you are tired of women playing small…
  • If the toolkit you’ve been working with is good, but not the full palette needed to support contemporary women…
  • If you suspect there is something to discover about your own playing big right now…
  • If you long to be part of a global community of women empowering women from the inside out…

I hope you’ll join us.

With love,

A Proven, Innovative Model

When you make the investment to be trained in the Playing Big model, you are choosing a proven, highly effective approach:

  • 94% of women who have been trained in the Playing Big model report that as a result of the Playing Big tools, they can tap into their own inner wisdom more easily
  • 93% report they feel more confident
  • 90% report they feel reconnected to their passion and dreams for their lives
  • 93% are taking more action to pursue a calling
  • 91% share their ideas more frequently
  • 78% feel better prepared to negotiate on their own behalf
  • 85% are taking more initiative at work
  • 95% feel a greater sense that they are “enough” to do what they aim to do in the world

What would it be like to experience these powerful changes in yourself and to help bring them about for your clients, mentees and team members too?

What Makes The Playing Big Model So Unique, And So Effective?

It’s a blended approach.
Bringing tools from the realms of coaching, leadership development, business, mindfulness, the latest social science research as well as ancient spiritual traditions.

It’s based on what works.
The Playing Big model was organically developed out of what I found to create the most consistent, high-impact results across diverse women. It’s a proven model that’s been refined over time.

It’s experiential, practical and built for busy women.
There are practices that make every concept applicable during our moment-to-moment challenges in every day life.

It’s a hybrid of inner work and skills training.
We do the foundational inner work on topics such as the inner critic, fear, and our relationship to praise and criticism. Then we move on to skills training in areas like communication and negotiation. Participants can truly use the skills they learn, because they also have the tools to deal with the resistance and fear that will arise as they do so.

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
Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman

“Tara Mohr’s Playing Big has changed my life. I started the course amidst a terrifying professional transition. I was welcomed and supported by Tara’s dynamic community of women from all over the world who not only affirmed that there is room for my gifts in the world, but also encouraged me to leap into my brilliance with courage and conviction. Since starting the program my salary has more than doubled, I have started my own LLC, and strategized next steps for my personal and professional success, all while learning to live with, and not be paralyzed by, my inner critic. Playing Big, both the course and the book, is filled with engaging content and effective exercises that mine women’s innermost aspirations and dreams. As a professor and public religious leader, I cannot say enough about the difference Playing Big has made in my life. Playing small is no longer an option!”

Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman
Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion at Yale University Divinity School
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
Trudy Bourgeois

“Tara is a brilliant Playing Big guide. She challenges women using courage and compassion to stop playing small and take a leap to achieve the breakthrough that they know is possible but don’t know how to make it happen. Tara has a game changing approach.”

Trudy Bourgeois
President & CEO The Center for Workforce Excellence
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

The Playing Big Facilitators Training Curriculum

This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units.

Part I


In our introductory week, you’ll get oriented to the program and meet the other participants from around the world. You’ll learn the surprising definition of Playing Big that has resonated so powerfully with women globally. You’ll also begin to clarify what playing big means for you at this particular stage of your life and work.

Part II

Inner Critic

We all grapple with self-doubt. You know the amazing things your clients, team members, mentees or students could do, and the joys they could experience, if only they weren’t being held back by insecurity. This module is about how to help them get there.

In this module, you will learn:

  • what’s universal for both women & men when it comes to self-doubt, and what the research tells us is particular to women
  • why encouraging the people you support to become more confident and affirming their strengths are not the most effective approaches to help them overcome insecurity
  • a model for understanding the connection between self-doubt and playing bigger
  • a set of simple, highly effective practices you can use yourself and that you can teach those you support to use when self-doubt arises, so that it no longer holds them back

You’ll also explore when and why self-doubt arises in your own professional, creative, and personal life and begin using in-the-moment practices that ensure that self-doubt doesn’t mislead you. A core tenet of this training is that women and girls do not need to become “more confident,” but rather, that self-doubt will always be with us, and we can develop a new kind of relationship to self-doubt that prevents it from getting in our way.

Part III

Inner Mentor

As leaders, coaches, counselors or mentors, we seek to help the people we support uncover and strengthen the wisest and most authentic part of themselves. The inner mentor is a reliable, accessible tool for doing that time and time and time again.

In this module, you will learn:

  • how to guide others in discovering their inner mentors, so that they can clarify their visions for the future, treat themselves with more compassion, and create a more authentic life and career
  • how to utilize the inner mentor tool so that the people you support can become their own wise guides – and you don’t have to know all the right answers all the time!
  • the common pitfalls and challenges that come with use of this tool, and strategies to navigate around them
  • how to access and draw upon your own inner mentor as a powerful source of guidance and clarity in your life and career

Unhooking from Praise and Criticism

When women are crushed by criticism or dependent on praise, we can’t innovate, share controversial ideas, or effect change. Tara’s distinctive work on women’s relationship to praise and criticism has been recognized widely by publications ranging from goop to Harvard Business Review, and was the subject of her #1 Most Emailed New York Times essay. In this program, Tara will teach her approach to identifying, understanding, and addressing women’s being hooked by praise and criticism.

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to recognize and address the diverse, hard-to-detect ways that attachment to praise and avoidance of criticism shows up in the lives and careers of the people you support
  • six factors –historical, cultural and physiological –that cause women in particular to get hooked by praise and criticism, and how to talk about this important context with your clients
  • four transformational tools for helping yourself and those you work with become less seeking of praise and less uncomfortable with criticism, so that they can live their most authentic lives and do their most courageous work

Callings & Fear

It can often feel like a difficult mystery, this work of discovering what our callings are, taking action to actualize them, and helping others do the same. But it doesn’t need to feel like a mystery. There are recognizable ways our callings show up, common objections we develop out of fear, and widely helpful tools for moving past resistance and taking action around even the callings that seem most impossible to bring to life. Helping the people we support to live their callings and living our own is perhaps some of the most sacred and joyful work we can do.

In this module you’ll learn:

  • the eight common qualities of how callings often show up for women, so that you can recognize your callings and help your clients and mentees identify their own
  • how to support someone through the process of discerning what their current callings are, and starting to take simple, low-risk action to live their calling
  • the 2000-year test we can all benefit from doing with our callings
  • how to support an individual in letting go of a calling that is coming to a close

In this module, you’ll also learn Tara’s innovative approach for moving through fear, including:

  • the two types of fear and why we need to react differently to each
  • how to discern which type of fear is arising in your clients, mentees, or team members and how to work with them effectively around that fear
  • how to apply this model to your own present fears and learn to live with fear in a new, healthy, and even comfortable way

Hiding, Leaping & Leaving Good Student Habits Behind

Getting one more degree. Putting off an important career step because it seems like a few other steps need to happen first. Launching a big project gathering women’s voices or perspectives on an important topic.

These are just a few of the things brilliant women do that look just fine from the outside, but are often hiding strategies.

In this module you’ll learn:

  • eight common strategies brilliant women use to hide
  • the antidote to hiding and perfectionism – a powerful kind of action called leaping
  • the six criteria that must be present for an action to truly be a leap
  • how to begin leaping in your own life & work, and how to gently bring the leaping way into your work with others, so that fulfillment, learning, and their desired results come to them much more quickly
  • the shift in skills both you and those you support will need to make the move from performing well in school to playing big in the career world
  • the specific ways you may need to work with women who were high achievers in school, the key new skills to develop in your work with them, and the unique challenges you can expect them to face on their playing big journey

Negotiation & Communicating with Power

“I just think…” “I actually disagree…” “I’m no expert in this but,…”

These are just a few of the “little things” women do in their communication that really aren’t so little; they have a big impact in undermining how powerfully we come across.

In this module, you’ll learn:

  • the common habits women use in their speech and writing that decrease our influence
  • how to start removing these from your own communication
  • why we use these undermining habits, and how we can better navigate the “double-bind” women face today – the choice between appearing likable or confident
  • how to work with your clients to help them more consciously and effectively do their tightrope walk between perceived competence and likability at work,
  • the differing contexts women face working in the domains of corporate life, the social sector, and entrepreneurship

In this module, we’ll also cover negotiation. All of us negotiate, in one form or another, every day. All too often, good girl norms, fears, and lack of training and practice cause us to give away our power in these conversations.

In this module, you’ll learn:

  • how women can dramatically change their performance in negotiations by changing how they think of negotiations, and the change in mindset that has this powerful impact
  • the truth and myths behind the “women don’t ask” research
  • a roadmap for 1) preparing for and 2) moving through any conversation in which parties have differing interests and goals but must co-create a solution

Let it Be Easy: Alternatives to Self-Discipline

All of us have sat with clients, team members, mentees, or loved ones who are disappointed and confused about why they’ve lost motivation toward an important goal, or betrayed themselves through procrastination or self-sabotage. Likely, at some point in your life or career, you too have relied on self-discipline to achieve something, only to find that it failed you.

In this module, you will learn:

  • the little known history of the concept of self-discipline, and why it matters for you & the people you support
  • how to help someone move out of a self-discipline state of mind to a self-support state of mind
  • how to work with your clients, mentees, or team members to set up more effective action plans to achieve their professional, personal, and creative goals, and how to do the same for yourself


In our final module, we’ll talk about how all the pieces fit together, explore your questions, and reflect on what you are learning as you begin to use the Playing Big tools in your work. This is a time for integration and clarifying next steps.

CCE Logo This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units.

How It Works

It’s flexible and accessible
The Playing Big Facilitators Training is designed to be highly experiential while also offering the flexibility and accessibility enabled by distance learning.

Weekly, interactive meetings
We will meet on a weekly basis for 90-minute interactive, workshop-style sessions that include discussion, Q&A, spotlight coaching, exercises as well as presentations. You can attend live or listen to the recording of these sessions.

Learning Between Sessions
You’ll dive into short readings, worksheets and supplementary audio and videos in between sessions to continue your learning.

A dedicated community of women
We’ll communicate in an ongoing way through an online discussion forum and optional small groups.

What Coaches, Therapists, Managers and Mentors Have To Say About Using The Playing Big Model


I am so grateful for this program – it was absolutely the best investment I’ve ever made in my personal development.

Summer Innanen
Body Image Coach, Author of Body Image Remix, and Host of Fearless Rebelle Radio
Laura Grisolano

My practice is on a roll. The skills and ideas I have learned in Tara’s program have blended so well with my other training. I am now confident that I have a strong, complete set of tools that I KNOW will be helpful for my clients. That confidence helps me market and price my services in a way that (finally) feels like it honors and reflects my value.

Laura Grisolano
President, Bridge Mediation and Leadership Solutions LLC
Organizational conflict consulting, mediation, and leadership development services
Rochelle Williams

I sought out the Playing Big training for my own professional development and quickly realized that the tools would benefit my clients, too. The Playing Big tools and ideas have become an important resource that I use to help unsure leaders activate their visions and implement bold new projects and initiatives.

Rochelle Williams
Founder and Principal Consultant, Gather
Krysta McNutt

The Playing Big Facilitators Training has taken my coaching practice to a deeper level. With Inner Mentor and Inner Critic work as a foundational language with my clients, I have been able to facilitate shifts in perspective and daily practices far seamlessly than I had in the past. I truly feel like I have left with an additional toolkit that can stand alone or integrate into my existing work. Tara’s work fits into private practice and corporate settings, and is easily translated to different organizational cultures. I’ve quickly been able to apply what I learned to professional and personal coaching scenarios and to professional development sessions.

The fact that these very tools created major transformation for me made this training a gift to both myself and my coaching. It feels natural and necessary to raise the playing big tools to the forefront of my sessions.

This transformational work MUST be shared.

​Krysta McNutt
Empath Coaching & Consulting
Nukhet Hendricks

I am impressed that Tara is personally present at every call, delivers all the materials live, and creates space for questions and on-the-spot coaching. Her personal attention and presence at every call makes this course the incredible value that it is. Thank you for you Tara, and for what you do for women!

This training is opening me up to think bigger and “play” better with my fears without being held hostage to them; to move forward in every area of my life.

I am now able to coach my clients and the young leaders I oversee through their fear to playing bigger; assist them to trust their inner wise women with the inner mentor tool; help them understand the difference between being impacted by “praise/criticism” and being “hooked.” These two tools alone are opening up new doors and creating magic for them! None of these would have happened if I hadn’t taken the leap and signed up for this training.

​Nukhet Hendricks
Executive Director, Homeward Animal Shelter, Fargo ND & Leader Catalyst
Assisting women to unleash the fearless leader within
Kelly McGonigal, PH.D.

The women in my Beyond the Empty Nest groups love the principles of Playing Big that I have incorporated into the programming. The new perspectives that they gain about their inner critics, their relationships with praise and criticism and finding their true callings has helped empower them to leap into this next phase of their lives with confidence and excitement. The women who I coach are now Playing Bigger and so am I. I would recommend this training to any coach or therapist who is looking to make a bigger impact.

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW, ACC
Midlife Transition Coach
​Cara Kennedy

“Life changing” is an overused phrase but for me this course is exactly that. I feel much more clear headed about making decisions and about trusting my decisions. Even when I do fall back into old patterns they do not last long — something from the course will occur to me and interrupt my worrying. Thank you, Tara, for showing me how to take care of and encourage myself in the way I have always been so good at doing for others.

​Cara Kennedy
Employee Engagement Manager, Telecommunications Company
Barbara Churchill

It’s a game changer for sure – personally, professionally and for my clients. It keeps coming up with my coaching clients. We have class, then I coach a client that presents the exact issue. It’s crazy good!

Barbara Churchill
Leadership Coach | Trainer | Speaker
Ruth Polden

As a Playing Big alumni joining the Facilitators Training was a no brainer.

The training surpassed my expectations in every way. It is a beautifully designed course, with sensitive, experiential learning at it’s core. It drives so much depth into Tara’s incredible tools. When I now weave the Playing Big tools and techniques into my groups and when mentoring clients and students, magic always happens. It is awe inspiring to watch women have those “Aha” moments of shifting. To witness them step truly into themselves with ease and from a place of joy, celebrate in their gifts and align with their BIG-ness. Powerful and incredible!

Thank you Tara your generosity in sharing your work and expertise are inspirational.

I feel privileged to have been a part of the training, to have grown together with other exceptional women. I am so excited to now be taking the work I do to another level.

With love and gratitude.

Ruth Polden
Yoga Mentor and Facilitator
Dr. Tanvi Gautam

When I facilitate leadership journeys for senior women executives, I often use a selection of the Playing Big tools. I have rarely found tools that have such a profound impact in such a short period of time.

Dr. Tanvi Gautam
Founder, Leadershift Inc.
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

This program has given me the ‘tribe’ I’ve been longing for. Tara has attracted an amazing group of women who embody the perfect blend of wit and warmth, intellect and insight, courage and compassion. I looked forward to each week’s materials, and even though I couldn’t be on many calls live, I listened to the recordings dutifully and felt deeply engaged all along. These skills have shifted how I approach my own life – in terms of how I relate to my fears, doubts, and goals – and my work with women. I am excited to be part of a group of women doing the courageous thing and playing big from the inside out.

Dr. Jessica Michaelson
Life and Career Coach for Moms

Registration For

The Playing Big Facilitators Training will open in September 2017

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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 is an expert in supporting women to share their authentic gifts with the world — for big impact and knock-the-ball-out-of-the-park careers.

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

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,, 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, son and daughter.


Playing Big Press

If you feel called to empower women during this remarkable historical moment for women’s emergence and leadership

If you crave the rejuvenation that comes with enriching your toolkit and connecting to a community of peers

If you want to walk your own journey to playing bigger…

The Playing Big Facilitators Training Program Is For You.
Join Us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between this program and Tara’s regular Playing Big program?
Tara’s Playing Big program is for any woman who wants to play bigger in her life and career. It’s for women who want to clarify their callings, move past self-doubt, do work that brings them meaning and joy, and play bigger in their own way, on their own terms. The next session will begin in Spring 2016.

The Playing Big Facilitators Training is specifically for women who are coaches, therapists, managers and mentors who are interested in integrating the Playing Big model in their work supporting other women. You’ll receive a dual level training:
  1. to apply the Playing Big model and tools in your own life and work and
  2. to learn how to use the model and tools with those you support, whether clients, mentees, students, or team members.
Because much of the learning builds upon basic coaching skills, we provide a Coaching Skills 101 supplemental workshop and recommend attending if you do not have previous coaching or counseling training.

If the Facilitators Training is not for you but you are interested in the general Playing Big program, click here to sign up to receive updates and information on that program.
What’s the schedule?
The next Facilitators Training will be offered in the Fall of 2017. Sign up for the advanced notice list (below) so you’ll be first to know when registration opens again. In past sessions, the course schedule has run for six months with a live 90-minute call each week.
I want to keep using the tools/methodology I’m currently trained in. How does Playing Big integrate with other models?
The Playing Big model offers a set of tools and concepts that you can easily integrate into your own work with clients, and lend themselves well to working with individuals, groups and retreats. For example, therapists can apply the Playing Big facilitation tools and concepts, using their own theoretical orientation lens, to help clients improve coping skills, increase self esteem, and foster greater resilience.
What will the community aspect of this program be like?
The Facilitators Training is also an opportunity to find fellow practitioners with a shared interest in women’s leadership and empowerment, and 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.
Will I get to work with Tara one-on-one?
The program takes place in a group format, within which each individual member will have the opportunity to share challenges, reflect on their learnings, and ask questions with individual feedback from Tara.
Can these tools be used with my male clients, too?
The Playing Big curriculum was developed for and with women, out of a passion for bringing women’s voices to the fore. However, we regularly hear from men using the model with great success in their lives and careers. You can expect to complete the program with a model for empowering the women you work with, deep knowledge in common patterns around how women play small and what helps them play bigger, but also with a powerful set of tools to integrate into your work with male clients.
What’s the time commitment for this?
All inclusive, it’s two and a half to three hours a week. That includes our 90-minute weekly calls, reading, worksheets, supplementary curriculum materials, and time for you to participate in online discussion forums if you wish.
Can I do this training if I am not a coach, therapist, or leadership development professional?
Yes. We have many coaches and therapists in the program, but we also have women in academia, corporate managers, mentors, health care practitioners and others. We provide a Coaching Skills 101 workshop as a supplemental, optional part of the program and recommend you participate if you do not have a coaching or counseling background. Learning basic coaching skills will enable you to get the most out of the rest of the program.
Can I get recordings if I can’t attend the course calls live?
Yes, our call recordings will always be posted within 24 hours. We encourage you to attend live whenever you can so you can participate fully in the discussion, but you can also listen to the recordings.
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 this program 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’s the investment?
The cost of the program is $2699 when paid in full, or you can choose the 8-month payment option for $374/month.
I don’t do so well with online and distance learning. Might this work for me?
It’s a great question. 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, phone-based 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. Because Tara’s programs are highly experiential and interactive, we don’t experience the attrition or weak learning outcomes that many distance-learning programs do. 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.
Many of my women clients already have such high expectations for themselves and are overtaxed – I’m not sure we should be putting the emphasis on them playing bigger!
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.
Will I be “certified” through this program?
This is not a certification or a licensing program. It’s a training program that equips you to use the Playing Big tools in your work for powerful impact with your clients. If you would like to state that you have “completed the Playing Big Facilitators Training with Tara Mohr,” at the close of the program you’ll simply:
  1. confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
  2. complete a written assessment to demonstrate your learnings.
Then you are free – and encouraged! – to share that you’ve taken this training program.

The Playing Big Facilitators Training is also accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Upon completion, coaches will receive certification for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units – 21 in Core Competencies.
Will I receive ICF CCE units?
CCE Logo This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units – 21 in Core Competencies and 25.5 in Resource Development. At the close of the program, if you would like to receive certification for these CCE units, you’ll simply:
  1. confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
  2. confirm that you’ve attended at least 10 of the course calls live, at the time that they were held
  3. complete the final written assessment to demonstrate your learnings
Will this program give me materials for leading Playing Big classes or workshops? Am I becoming an official “Playing Big coach?”
No. Big picture, the goal of the training is to give you a set of tools, skills and ideas that you can integrate into your existing work. This training is about strengthening the inside of what you do, to get more powerful results, rather than giving you a specific new offering to share. Here’s how this model plays out in practical terms:
  • You can freely incorporate everything you learn from the training into your work with one-on-one clients. If you are leading group workshops on, for example, women’s careers or wellbeing, we encourage you to use what you’ve learned in the training, crediting Tara/Playing Big for the tools and concepts you incorporate.
  • If you use Playing Big written materials, participants of groups/workshops would obtain copies of the Playing Big book, to be compliant with US copyright law.
  • Graduates are free to share they’ve completed the Playing Big Facilitators Training with Tara Mohr as part of how they describe their approach and training.
  • However, we are not authorizing participants to teach Playing Big branded workshops or do Playing Big branded coaching, because we do not want to constrain what and how participants share the work.
This is all about having a toolkit to incorporate, not about obtaining permission to offer a distinct product or service in your business. Why? I’m passionate about every woman developing her own unique body of work that utilizes a variety of tools but with her own mission, flavor, and ingredient mix. I want you to learn the tools, integrate them, and use them how you see fit.
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 2017-18 Playing Big Professional Development document. You can also email us at to request it.
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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The Playing Big Facilitators Training will open in September 2017

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