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 early 2020.
The Playing Big Facilitators Training is specifically for women who want to integrate the Playing Big model in their work supporting others. You’ll receive a dual level training:
- to apply the Playing Big model and tools in your own life and work and
- to learn how to use the model and tools with those you support, whether clients, mentees, students, or team members.
Program attendees include coaches, therapists, educators, women in academia, managers and mentors. 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
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What’s the schedule?
We are currently in session with the Facilitators Training. Our next session will begin in October 2019. Sign up below to get on the advanced notice list and you’ll be first to know when registration opens again (plus get early bird discounts!).
What’s the time commitment for this?
For most participants who are moving along with us module by module, 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. However, we make it very easy to skip a week (or more) when you need to and pick up again with the current module – leaving you free to make up the missed material whenever you can.
What if I can’t attend the live sessions?
All of our sessions will be recorded and posted within 24 hours, available as video and audio recordings. We also provide full written transcripts. If you’re not able to attend our lab calls, you can always connect with another participant in our community forum and practice together at your convenience. We provide lab call materials that you can use together at any time.
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. Our weekly calls are highly interactive – Tara is live on the calls, these are not pre-recorded. If you’re not able to attend a session, you can always submit questions ahead of time and then listen to the recording.
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 have an incredible community of like-minded women from around the world. There are optional ways to engage with the community: our online discussion group (hosted outside of mainstream social media) and our virtual meet-up sessions where you can connect for conversation with other students. Through our discussion platform, it’s easy to find other members who do similar work, have a skill you need help with, or who are in your local area.
What is the typical age of course participants?
First of all, if you are asking yourself this question and wondering if you’ll be in a different stage of life than the group, we want you to know you aren’t alone! This question comes up a lot for women considering the program. The typical age range of the Playing Big course participants is 30s to mid-60s. We have many women who are mid-career and are moving into new kinds of playing big at this stage.
We also have many women who connect with this community when they are on the verge of retirement or are thinking of pursuing a new calling in their 50s, 60s or beyond. Sometimes, these women know what that calling is, and sometimes they aren’t sure yet or are weighing many possible directions. You will be in good company and our private discussion group will allow you to connect with women who are at a similar stage in life to you.
Barbara, one of our alum who works with (mostly) retired women, incorporates Playing Big into her coaching and has this to say about the Playing Big model:
“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…”
~ Barbara Wasserman, LICSW, ACC, Midlife Transition Coach
Can I do this training if I am not a coach or leadership development professional?
Absolutely! We have many coaches 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. The Coaching Skills 101 workshop is included with your Facilitators Training registration and runs for three 90-minute sessions, taught by coaching expert Cynthia Loy Darst. All sessions will be recorded and transcribed as well. This is a purely optional element but a great supplemental resource (for seasoned coaches as well!).
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.
How long do I have access to the course materials?
During the Facilitators Training, we’ll provide you with multiple ways to download and save all materials. At the conclusion of the program, we’ll provide you with a Dropbox link that has all the course materials in one easy-to-access location that is yours forever, and you’ll also have access to the course site for an additional six months.
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 those you coach, mentor, and teach.
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:
- confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
- 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?
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:
- confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
- confirm that you’ve attended at least 10 of the course calls live, at the time that they were held
- complete the final written assessment to demonstrate your learnings
Integration With Your Current Work
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 approach to managing, mentoring, advising or coaching. 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. Or as a manager, you might use the Playing Big toolkit to complement your existing one, particularly when helping team members around issues of confidence, voice, and leadership development.
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.
Can these tools be used with men, 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 and men you work with, and with deep knowledge in common patterns around how women play small and what helps them play bigger.
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 Playing Big for Professional Development Program Guide
Many of the women I work with already have such high expectations for themselves and are overtaxed. I often feel the same way. I’m not sure we should be putting the emphasis on 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.
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, 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.
What is your refund policy?
If within the first 30 days of the program, you find the program isn’t working for you, and you have submitted your completed program materials and worksheets from the course to date, you may request a cancellation of your membership and receive a refund.
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.
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?