Raconteur Coaching

As the centerpiece of Mentor Agility’s Coach training, Raconteur Coaching is the most comprehensive certification program we offer. There are two levels of courses for a Raconteur Coaching Certification.

LEVEL I includes the curriculum required for all Raconteur Coaching certifications. This level ensures you have sufficient knowledge and resources to work with clients and add value to their lives. While this is a ‘generalist’ level, it provides an elevated understanding of the role of applying narrative to improve and optimize your clients’ lives. Raconteur Coaching is unlike any other discipline in Coaching.

LEVEL II provides varied curricula based on the trainee’s/coach’s advanced interests and desired focus for their practice.

Level I – Core Classes

These courses comprise the essential elements of Raconteur Coaching and are required for all Raconteur Coaching Certifications regardless of specialization chosen. Courses without links represent courses that have not yet been scheduled. Click here to be notified when additional courses are scheduled.

Financial Well-Being Central to clients’ well-being is financial well-being, a self-story that lives in the shadow of conscious awareness. This course spotlights the relationship between clients’ perceptions, well-being, coaching ethics, and core competencies. Through the lens of financial well-being, you will explore how to bring shadow stories to light and promote clients’ creative process for insight and solution formation. (Click here for curriculum).

Hero’s Journey® Change Model – Hero’s Journey® Change Model presents a complete representation of the change process in an engaging way that inspires clients to see themselves as the hero in their own transformation. The complete process moves through all of the core competencies in story form, making it a memorable guide for both the coach and clients. The eight-stage process outlines the challenge, reasoning, and effective techniques. An easy-to-use guide to coaching for coach and client! (Click here for curriculum).

Nature Immersion – This course introduces you to the challenged of working in nature and how to harness the transformational power of Mather Nature in coaching. In the shadows of The Grand Tetons, nestled into the largest intact ecosystem of the Yellowstone corridor, we have refined nature coaching over the last few decades. From the landscape that inspired the first national park in the world, you will learn the foundations of a proven, successful coaching process that will work in any landscape. Some of the specific skills you will learn to include: how do you work in nature ethically? How does the environment affect clients’ well-being? How to create clear agreements with clients in an unstable environment? How do coaches facilitate client insight and learning using nature as a tool, reflective practice, and metaphor? (Click here for curriculum).

Story Quest Walks – Good stories evoke emotions framed by internal and external conflict. In this course, you will learn how to frame the conflict as impatience for risk-taking, creativity, and personal and professional growth. Through storytelling, coaches will learn how to enter into clients’ stories to identify themes and patterns that influence and future behavior, thinking, and emotion. Learn how to mine a good story and change its direction to change the direction of clients’ performance and achievement. Evoke awareness and insights by exploring the power of metaphor and questions. Connect how stories are templates for understanding how human beings solve problems. Construct and apply tools for crafting effective stories for clients that reframe their perspective.

As the first inspiration for storytelling, our earliest ancestors tamed their fears and made sense of the world in the natural landscape. In this course, you will dive into both ancient and modern stories and the techniques that actualize clients’ potential. The power of nature centers clients using metaphor, narrative, exploring the power of words, and compelling quotes to unlock creativity and expression. (Click here for curriculum).

The Magic of Myth in Coaching – In this series, Kwame Scruggs teaches storytelling and group coaching skills through the use of myth, powerful questions, and critical reflection. Kwame and Julie will take you on an adventure that builds your coaching skills and tool kit.

To unlock the secrets of this award-winning method, join Kwame and Julie in discovering group coaching at its finest, the potency of storytelling to dial down resistance and open up clients’ hearts and minds for growth. These classes are personally and professionally transforming. Each myth carries important themes related to human transformation and coaching core competencies. Together, we will crack open each mythical theme and decode the shrouded messages of transformation that humans have passed on through storytelling for centuries. (Click here for curriculum.)

Victim to Creator Part I & Part II Integrating coaching structure and storytelling, coaches will learn how to move clients out of complacency and into motivation. Simon Blackhall will help you reexamine how you think about the coaching structure and give you a new perspective on sensitive coaching competencies like checking in, confronting, and holding clients accountable. This course balances the tension between fast-paced and compassionate calm, casting off limitations and embracing growth, balancing commitments to yourself and others, and making space for creativity and servicing the mundane that is often challenging in the coaching relationship. (Click here for curriculum.)

Ecosystems of the Mind: Part I & Part II  From the master storyteller John Bucher comes a paradigm disruptor. Work-life balance is a metaphor borne in a different century. The profound and rapid changes characterized by globalization, organizational reorganization, increasingly sophisticated technology, the 24/7 workplace, and the experience of the fast pace of change results in more demanding intensified working practices and environments that engender feelings of pressure, lack of time, and general busyness. The metaphor of work-life balance has outlived its usefulness because the version of reality it promotes causes quick-fix solutions that leave clients feeling guilty, empty, and unmotivated. Today’s work environment is far more complex with underpinnings of work-personal life problems untouched by the outdated metaphor (Gambles et al, 2006; Smithson and Stockoe, 2005). Ecosystems of the Mind answers the call for a wider and more comprehensive use of metaphor active listening that opens up clients’ creativity with new visions of alternative futures and solution making that doesn’t promote the shame and guilt associated with not getting the balance just right. (Click here for Ecosystems curriculum).

Storytelling for Coaches – Two courses that elevate the use of storytelling through techniques for understanding how the people, places, and interactions of their lives can help enhance their outcomes and, accordingly, their lives. (Click here for Storytelling curriculum).

Storytelling Methods & Practices – In this advanced course that follows The Magic and Myth in Coaching, you will advance your coaching skills using myth. In your exploration of myth and powerful questions, you will find the right one to use with your clients that enhances their understanding of their context, identity, environment, experiences, values, and beliefs. Exploring your own passions and talents you will focus on bringing those into your coaching method.  At the end of this course, you will establish your own method of myth with groups or individuals in coaching.

Mentor Coaching – This course focuses on growing the trainees confidence and coaching skills. Coaches will recieve feedback from the instructor and their peers. These hours take place sporadically across three months to give the trainee time to relfect, practice and grow between sessions. 

Capstone Project
Level I students of Raconteur Coaching will conclude with a Capstone Project, which will prepare coaches for working with Clients through a process in which coaches will synthesize, develop and present coaching plans for peer and instructor feedback and support. 

Level II – Specializations

This level allows you to select areas of Raconteur Coaching you are most interested in focusing on for your practice. They include courses in specific areas of coaching practice and our proprietary courses directly related to Raconteur Coaching.

Reflecting the highest standards of coaching accreditation, each Level II Specialization Program includes required Mentor Coaching in which students and their cohort will demonstrate coaching skills and knowledge.

Accordingly every Level II Specialization curriculum will integrate a Mentor Group of at least 10 hours in which Coaches will synthesize, develop and present coaching plans for peer and instructor feedback and support.

AlchemyFocuses on utilizing the unique power of storytelling, focusing on myth and metaphor, to help clients uncover and understand the selfimposed limits to their personal advancement. (Click here for the curriculum for Alchemy.)

Nature Focuses on working with and applying the natural world to help clients improve creativity, expression and interpreting their relationship to their truth, beauty and others. (Click here for the curriculum for Nature.)

Financial Well-Being Focuses on understanding the shadow story of Financial Well-Being and applying focused techniques to help clients understand and manage how their sense of Financial Well-Being can allow them to better guide their lives, careers and relationships. (Click here for the curriculum for Financial Well-Being.)

Creativity Focuses on helping clients improve their creativity, imagination and storytelling to advance their career and personal lives. (Click here for the curriculum for Creativity).

LeadershipFocuses on Leadership coaching using the power of narrative and context to help clients become better leaders in business, their careers, and their personal and professional lives. (Click here for the curriculum for Leadership.)

Advanced Marketing and BrandingFocuses on applying coaching disciplines to advance marketing and branding effectiveness. (Click here for the curriculum for Advanced Marketing and Branding.)

Health and Wellness – Coming soon! 

For details on Level II Specializations Courses  Click here.

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