An Exclusive New Certification
Raconteur – A person who is skilled in relating stories . . . interestingly.
Our Stories, Ourselves
We’re proud to introduce Raconteur Coaching™, a new certification – and discipline – offered exclusively by Mentor Agility.
The principles of Raconteur Coaching are simple.
“Your life is a journey. Your journey is your story. When you accept the power to change your story, you change the arc of that journey. That’s how you can best assume the power to change your life.”
Dr. Julie Elledge, Creator of Raconteur Coaching.
This basic concept is based on the compelling foundation of depth psychology.
“The tales we tell hold powerful sway over our memories, behaviors and even identities . . .”
American Psychological Association
From this premise comes Raconteur Coaching, a method of coaching in which coaches work with their clients to not only understand their stories, but to enable clients take the reins of their stories and direct the changes in their own lives.
Our stories require structure, introspection, clarity, and a commitment to embracing the story, no matter what its path has been, so that the future can be guided in the direction chosen by the client. In short, to make the client the Raconteur of his or her story.
Welcome to the world of Raconteur Coaching and the new certification, created by Mentor Agility and our Founder Dr. Julie Elledge. Raconteur Coaching provides coaches with a roadmap; a way for coaches to work with clients to help guide them to life stories – and lives – that optimize their ambitions, their skills, their values and the people they share their lives with. It’s a roadmap that’s been around for centuries, but has only been codified and understood in our lifetimes – the Hero’s Journey®.
The Hero’s Journey®
Since the 8th Century BC, great stories have followed an archetypal narrative thread that chronicles a hero’s life’s path. Over the centuries that have followed, countless myths, folk tales, great novels and, beginning in the last century, films, have followed the path of a Hero’s Journey®.
First codified in 1949 by Joseph Campbell, it is now recognized the world over as a template for narrative structure that is relevant to, and reflected in, every culture and language. It also provides the structure of many of the greatest, most successful films of all time.
Dr. Julie Elledge, our Founder and a highly successful coach, educator, therapist and businessperson, recognized that the structure that Campbell identified provides a roadmap for her clients’ life stories. With that revelation, Dr. Elledge created the “Hero’s Journey® Change Model,” a discipline that uses the Hero’s Journey to help guide clients through life’s ebbs and challenges with the understanding that, even when confronted by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, their life stories can be directed towards a successful, highly satisfying outcome. We encourage you to explore the Hero’s Journey® Change Model course to learn more.
Mentor Agility’s work championing the Hero’s Journey® Change Model has even been recognized by the education non-profit Joseph Campbell Foundation for its unique application of Campbell’s work towards improving people’s lives and careers.
Hero’s Journey® and the mark of HERO’S JOURNEY® and any copyrighted material authored by Joseph Campbell are used under license from the Joseph Campbell Foundation (www.jcf.org).
Raconteur Coaching helps coaches apply the steps of the Hero’s Journey® to guide their clients through their personal and professional life stories, by identifying where they are in the journey so their expectations and opportunities can be given the perspective of an archetypal narrative structure that has guided individuals, cultures and civilizations for over 2500 years.
We invite you to explore this journey and how to engage your clients on the Hero’s path; an inspired direction of transformation of their lives, to break through barriers and reach a life state that can be described as heroic, through the practice of Raconteur Coaching.
Click here for information about the curricula and hours required for a Raconteur Coaching certification.