Frequently Asked Questions

for Master Classes and Deep Dive Workshops


General Workshop Questions:

+ How often is Crafting Your Personal Narrative offered?

Crafting Your Personal Narrative is offered six times per calendar year. It runs in January, March, May, July, September and November. Each session is limited to just six participants. Because of the small class size we highly recommend securing your spot as soon as registration opens.

+ Why is Crafting Your Personal Narrative a pre-requisite to all of the other workshops?

Crafting Your Personal Narrative is our signature workshop. It will immerse you in the TMAS method of storytelling and help you to reframe the narrative of how you got to where you are now. You will also go through a brainstorming process that will result in a list of many stories to work on in the future, and you will learn a story preparation process that you can take yourself through time and time again. Once you take this workshop, you are more than welcome to take another one. If you are looking to up your presentation game at work or in front of a keynote audience then The Storytelling Approach: Giving Presentations with Style and Grace is the one for you. If you are developing your pitch for investors or future clients and collaborators, you should take Tell Your Story: Crafting an Authentic Elevator Pitch That Works.

+ How large is the group size for workshops?

All of our workshops are done in a small group setting and range between 6-12 participants. Crafting Your Personal Narrative is limited to just six participants in each session.

+ Where is my workshop taking place?

Our workshops take place at several venues throughout the city of Philadelphia. Please refer to each workshop page for specific venue locations. If you are registered for a workshop, you will receive an email with location and building access information prior to the start of the session.

+ When does registration close for workshops?

Registration for all workshops closes ONE WEEK PRIOR to the workshop's start date. All participants must register in advance of the workshop.

+ I see that the workshop page says "Pre-registration is open". What is that?

Pre-registration is registration in advance of the Small Group Intensive location announcement. All of our workshops take place in Philadelphia, PA but rotate locations. When you pre-register for our workshop you sign up without knowing the exact venue where the workshop is taking place. As a gift to you for instilling your trust in our venue selection process you receive an additional 30 minutes of 1-on-1 time with Hillary. This can be as a follow-up to the Master Class, an extenstion of your Story Stragegy session in a Deep Dive, or spread out over your three additional 60 minute 1-on-1 sessions.

+ Is it possible to set up a payment plan for the workshop?

We give every participant the option of paying for the workshop in three installments. The first installment is due upon registering and the remaining installments will automatically charge your same method of payment in two three week intervals. Check the main workshop page for the links to register.

+ What do I need to bring with me to a workshop?

You really only need to bring yourself! We will have pens, notebooks, and worksheets for you. A lot of our exercises involve writing things out by hand. If this is an issue for your wrists, feel free to bring a tablet or laptop. If you are registered for a Deep Dive, you will need a computer/tablet/smart phone with a camera and high speed internet for the two Story Lab sessions. These are conducted through a website called Zoom. In advance of each Story Lab, you will get instructions on how to access these virtual sessions.

+ My company reimburses me for professional development opportunities. Does this count?

Yes! We teach both the art and the practical application of storytelling as a communication tool. Our specialty is helping you discover and share the stories that wills serve you professionally. We have had several past workshop participants and one-on-one clients get their company to cover the cost. If you need any additional documentation to provide to your employer, just reach out.

+ Do you offer scholarships for the workshops?

We have one scholarship slot per workshop that reduces your total investment by 50%. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, reach out to us.

Deep Dive Workshop Questions:

+ What is a Deep Dive?

It is an experience in three parts: a Small Group Intensive, two Story Labs, and a one-on-one Story Strategy session.

Part One: Our workshops begin with a full day, Small Group Intensive. It’s a fun, comfortable, and open space to develop your unique voice, build a deeper connection to your genuine self and to every one else in the room. You will work together as one cohort, split off into pairs, and use self-guided exercises to brainstorm, craft, and experiment with your story. In the latter half of this session, you will share your story in front of the group, receiving one-on-one feedback from Hillary and your peers.

Part Two: After the small group intensive, you will meet with your cohort for two 90 minute Story Labs. Join Hillary and your new workshop friends over Zoom video conference to fine-tune your story. You will receive additional feedback, and learn from listening to the other stories in the group.

Part Three: You workshop experience ends with a 30 minute one-on-one Story Strategy Session with Hillary, over Zoom, to tell your story once more and build out a plan to share it, beyond the Tell Me A Story classroom.

Want more? You also have the option of taking your communication skills to the next level and continue your work with Hillary by adding on three 60 minute one-on-one sessions.

Our signature workshop, Crafting Your Personal Narrative, follows the Deep Dive workshop format. Once you have takent his workshop you are eligble to take any of the other Deep Dive workshops: The Storytelling Approach or Tell Your Story

+ I can attend the Small Group Intensive but am not available for both Story Lab sessions. Should I still sign-up?

Although it is highly encouraged that you attend both Story Lab sessions, as a follow-up to your Small Group Intensive, you can still register for the workshop and only attend one. We will record each Story Lab make the videos available to the full cohort. Keep in mind, that your presence will only make the group stronger.

+ How do I schedule either my 30 min one-on-one session or my three additional one-on-one sessions?

At the end of the first Story Lab session, Hillary will send out a link to a calendar to schedule our one-on-one sessions. We block out a certain amount of time slots each month for you to schedule. If you cannot make any of those time slots, we’ll work with you to find a time that fits both of our schedules.

+ Will there be food?

We will have lunch, light snacks and lots of La Croix. If you are someone who needs coffee or tea in the morning, please bring it with you.

+ I have an appointment that cuts into the Small Group Intensive. Can I arrive late or dip out early?

No. This workshop requires that you be there for the full duration of the Small Group Intensive. We open the doors at 9:30am and give everyone a 30 minute window to arrive, eat snacks, and get settled. The workshop will begin promptly at 10am and we will need everyone there and ready to go by then. We will end right at 4:00pm and expect everyone to stay through to the end.

+ What is the difference between Creating a Brand Story for You and Your Business and the other Deep Dive format?

Creating a Brand Story for You and Your Business is a hybrid of consulting and coaching. If you are in a time crunch or you aren't as enthusiastic about the self-discovery/experiential learning component of crafting your story, this is the service offering for you. Through the 90 minute interview session, TMAS will pull out the story that best serves you and your business and then work with you to make sure it is genuine to you, your mission, and your offering. We can also turn that story into an produced audio piece or help you to get it in the hands of a copywriter to polish it up and make it an intregal piece of your brand marketing.

Master Class Questions:

+ What is a Master Class?

Our Master Class is a 2-hour, in-person workshop that zooms in on one specific communication challenge.This is a great way to dip your toes into a genuine approach to personal and professional communication & the art of storytelling. These sessions include all supplies, snacks, and a follow-up lesson via email. Our Master Class workshops include Calm Confidence and Sound Like a Leader.

+ Will there be food?

Yes! We will have healthy snacks for you and lots of La Croix.

+ I have a meeting that runs into the start time of the workshop. Can I still attend?

To get the most out of the experience, we encourage you to join us in class for the full two hours. However, we will allow a 15 minute grace period for arrival.