Frequently Asked Questions for
Origin Stories: Foundations of Personal Narrative
I am an entrepreneur/solopreneur. Is this workshop for me?
Yes. Before you sit down to create your brand story, you need to have a story of your own. By discovering the "why" in why you do what you do, you will have more clarity and honesty when communicating the story of your company. At the very early stage of running a business your story is your business' story. This workshop will help you to communicate your start-up journey with authenticity. Read our article in Brazen.
I lead a team within a very large company. Is this workshop for me?
Yes. No matter what level of leadership, your origin story will showcase who you are as a team player and it will inspire others to share theirs. This workshop will emphasize the importance of sharing a 360 degree version of who you are. In her commencement speech to Barnard's 2018 graduating class, Abby Wambach said, "What you do will never define you. Who you are always will.”
I just want to learn more about the art of storytelling. Is this workshop for me?
Yes. If you are curious about storytelling, and don't know where to begin, an Origin Story will help you find your way. If your goal is to learn more about how to tell a story and discover what stories you hold deep, this is the workshop for you.
I am scared of public speaking. Is this workshop for me?
Certainly. Our workshop environment is built on mutual trust and respect for everyone in attendance. We hold your stories in that room and make sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable. The first step to getting rid of your fear of public speaking is to get up there and speak in front of strangers! When you are the main character of your story, you take ownership of your narrative. Telling your story will help you to find strength in vulnerability and the worries of "What will I say?" and "What will people think of me?" will start to dissipate. We're here for you!
I’ve taken a TMAS workshop in the past. Is Origin Stories right for me?
It depends. If you've attended a Tell Me A Story hour long presentation or have taken any of our former online classes, this is a great next step to dive deeper. If you've taken one of our evening or weekend workshops in the past, this is not the workshop for you. Because of our small class size we'd like to give priority to students who have never (or just lightly) dipped their toes in this art form.
Can I wait until the day of the workshop to register?
No. All participants must register in advance of the workshop. Due to the small group size, this workshop is likely to sell out.
Can I take this workshop with a friend?
Sure. It’s always nice to have a familiar face in the room. If you were thinking of taking it with more than one person, please see the answer to the next question below.
I have a group of four other people who want to take this workshop with me. Is there a group discount?
We do not offer group discounts. Due to the nature of the work, we need to keep workshops at the small group size of 10 participants. If you have a group of five that are interested in taking the workshop together, we do not encourage signing up as a group. We need to allow room for participants from all industries and backgrounds to take the workshop. This will benefit you, your work, and the ability to form new connections and friendships. Want to explore the option of bringing this workshop to your organization, company or network? Get in touch.
What is the Broad on Mifflin?
The Broad on Mifflin is a beautiful event space that we are renting out for our workshop. It is located on the corner of Broad Street and Mifflin Street in South Philadelphia. If you have questions about our workshop, please do not contact the venue directly. All questions should be directed to Tell Me A Story.
How do I get there?
Arrive via public transportation: This space is accessible via SEPTA's Broad Street Line. You can take the subway to Tasker/Morris (and walk two blocks South) or Snyder Ave (and walk two blocks North). You can also take the Southbound 45 bus and get off at the corner of 12th and Mifflin and walk two blocks West to Broad Street.
Arrive via bike share: There is an Indego dock at Broad and McKean Street, just one block South of the building).
Arrive via car: If you allow yourself enough time, you should be able to find street parking on one of the surrounding residential blocks. There is also a parking lot on the West side of Broad Street at McKean Street. This lot is run by the Constitution Health Plaza and these are their rates.
Is it possible to set up a payment plan for the workshop?
We give every participant the option of paying for the workshop in two installments of $170. The first installment is due upon registering and the second installment will automatically charge your same method of payment 30 days from your original purchase date. All payment plan registrants, must sign up no later than October 30th. Here's the link to our payment plan. If you prefer to pay in full, go here.
How large is the group size for this workshop?
This workshop is limited to 10 participants.
What do I need to bring with me?
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.
I have an appointment that cuts into the workshop. Can I arrive late or dip out early?
No. This workshop requires that you be there for the full duration of the workshop. 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.
Will there be food?
We will have boxed lunches, light snacks and lots of La Croix. If you are someone who needs coffee or tea in the morning, please bring it with you. For a pre-workshop breakfast or a post-workshop meal, there are tons of amazing restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood. Check out this East Passyunk neighborhood guide to explore. We recommend these nearby food establishments: Melrose Diner, Ultimo Coffee, South Philly Tap Room, Stargazy, and Chhaya.
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.