What? Coaching that is both supportive and decisive
Doug Lipman has been coaching storytellers since 1979 and, since his first publication about coaching in 1990, he has become the foremost storytelling coach in the country.
Lipman has traveled from coast to coast teaching hundreds of workshops and courses on the art of storytelling to teachers, parents, librarians, and professional performers. Many graduates of his storytelling classes have become central figures in the storytelling community.
His coaching workshops have found a strong following in the corporate, as well as the non-profit, world.
Doug Lipman's unique expertise is supportive coaching that
creates an environment of emotional safety and
empowers the participant to reach their highest goals.
There is no such thing as "criticism" in Lipman's workshops. Instead he supports the teller by offering:
suggestions that also take a positive form.
Lipman's ground-breaking article in Storytelling Magazine, Friendly Persuasion," was the first to lay out guidelines for supportive coaching.
Since then, he has created an instructional video, so that his techniques can be seen in action:
Coaching Storytellers: A Demonstration Workshop for All Who Use Oral Communication, is a best-seller in the National Catalog of Storytelling Resources.
The video Coaching Storytellers can be used:
as an introduction to Doug's way of coaching,
to demonstrate techniques for telling stories more effectively, or
as a way to establish groundrules for storytellers to coach each other.
Lipman has put his detailed insights about coaching--and about storytelling--into book form:
The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People's Best won the Storytelling World resource award for books published in 1995.
Whether through his publications, his individual coaching, or his nationwide workshops, Doug has given the twin gifts of encouragement and precise assistance to hundreds of storytellers.
Your comments (and those of the group) were very insightful
and gave me much food for thought. What I want to emphasize
even more...your coaching style is unique, not only in the world
of storytelling, but I would guess in many fields.
The way you approached each person, with respect for their material AND a belief in their ability to figure out what they needed, was more than just refreshing. It really touched something in me that I first felt 14 years ago (when I student-taught with humane, fair, child-centered teachers) and have not since witnessed.
Doug schedules private coaching sessions at his office in Marshfield, MA. Sessions can range from one hour to as long as you like. Please call several weeks in advance of your desired session, as Doug's schedule tends to fill up early. Fees: Doug's at-home hourly rate. Special discount: 11 hours for the price of eight!
Doug will schedule one to three hours a day of private coaching, for one or more days-at your mutual convenience. In between sessions, you might want to explore the wonders of his 6,000-volume library, at no extra charge. Fees: Doug's at-home hourly rate. Special discount: 11 hours for the price of eight!
Doug sometimes offers a coaching workshop in the Boston area (limited to 8 participants). In addition, he sometimes schedules
other workshops that feature coaching, such as "Long Stories" (for being coached on stories that are 45 minutes or longer--up to two hours!) or "Spiritual Stories."
2. Away from the Boston area
Schedule Doug when he comes to your area
Doug will schedule private coaching sessions or a coaching mini-workshop during his visit to any part of the country, if his travel schedule permits. Fees: Doug's on-the-road hourly rate.
Bring Doug to your area for private coaching
Doug will also travel to your area just to coach you. Fees: Doug's on-the-road hourly rate, plus travel and lodging expenses, plus travel time. (If Doug's total engagement in your area is three days or more, there is no charge for travel time.)
Coach by telephone or Skype
Purchase coaching time (from 30 minutes to 22 hours), then arrange a time via email at your and Doug's mutual convenience. At your request, Doug will record your call and email you a link where you can download the audio or video recording.
Coach by recording
If you send Doug an audio (or video) recording of your story or your thoughts about a story, etc., he will view the recording privately, then coach you over the phone. Fees: Doug's at-home hourly rate (for listening or viewing as well as for the phone call).
Organize a private workshop
A weekend coaching workshop requires only eight people and a cat-free living room. A coaching mini-workshop requires only 4 or 5 people. Send for a free organizer's packet--no obligation! Doug has special rates for first-time areas.
This option helps you build a network of coaching buddies in your own community!
Bring Doug to your conference or festival
Doug can lead a brief workshop (one-and-a-half hours to all day) as part of your conference or festival. Of course, Doug can also lead other workshops and/or perform, too.