When does the workshop start?

Registration opens: November 10th, 2020
Registration closes: November 16th, 2020

The first lesson is posted on November 16th, 2020. If you're interested in joining, be sure to sign up for the Tell Me More list. We’ll send you an email to let you know when the next interactive session is about to begin.

How much content is there?

There are two kinds of content: The audio lessons that are presented throughout the workshop and the work done by people like you.

There are fourteen lessons each featuring audio from Bernadette Jiwa and additional materials to read, along with PDFs to download. Each lesson includes a prompt and assignment.

Beyond that is the content created by the hundreds of students in the workshop. Every lesson comes with a set of questions that challenge you to explore how the lesson applies to your own work, and a call-to-action: to share your answers and insights on the discussion board. By sharing your own thoughts and giving others feedback on their work, you'll learn far more than you would by merely watching.

How often is the content updated?

Lessons are revealed during the first 14 days of the workshop. You can work on a lesson the day it is revealed or choose to work at your own pace.

How does the discussion board work?

We're using Discourse, a platform that supports group discussions and one-on-one conversation. The workshop administrators will set up categories, which will be labeled according to the lesson topic to be discussed. In each category, everyone will be able to create more specific topics of discussion, and to respond to the posts of others. These boards are open 24/7, providing a secure place to have conversations with workshop participants from all over the world, from different industries and with different backgrounds.

The workshop has a dedicated coach team who helps to focus discussions and to address concerns (or inappropriate behavior). But there is no moderator or grading rubric—you'll be in charge of when and how generously you interact with others.

Once the workshop ends, your group could have enough momentum to keep moving. In other settings, we've seen groups like these last for years, with people getting on airplanes to meet in person. We'll provide guidance on maintaining these connections when the workshop closes.

What do the coaches do?

Each of our workshops has a team of alumni coaches. They're not there with the answers—but they might be able to help you ask better questions. The coach team helps ensure that the workshop flows smoothly, they host weekly coaching calls and occasionally comment with just the right question at just the right time.

What if I don't have a story to work on yet?

It's okay if you don't have a story you want to work on in mind. We'll help you discover stories you want to tell, then show you the steps to making it better.

How is the Story Skills Workshop different from the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar?

The altMBA is about leadership, decision-making and the act of making change happen. It features dozens of live coaches with real-time videoconferencing. It's an intensive sprint. The altMBA costs 10 times as much, requires you to apply and doesn't feature any videos or Q&A. Only 150 people are in each cohort of the altMBA and the intimate scale enables a totally different experience.

The Marketing Seminar is about learning the essentials of modern marketing. It features over 60 video lessons with Seth, Q&A opportunities, 24/7 discussion engagement with thousands of other professionals around the world, and content that remains open for months during the Seminar (both the videos and discussion boards). The Marketing Seminar helps you learn to see, understand and work with the dreams and desires of those you seek to serve.

In contrast, The Story Skills Workshop is about learning the essentials of storytelling so you can become a better storyteller and create the impact you want. It features 14 audio lessons with Bernadette Jiwa, Coach Q&A calls, 24/7 discussion engagement with hundreds of other professionals around the world, giving you the opportunity to practice and get feedback on your stories.

We hope that the learning journey you're on ends up including all the experiences, but there's virtually no overlap, so it doesn't matter which one you take first.

Should I consider Seth's Udemy courses?

Seth has six top-rated courses on Udemy, each of which has been taken by thousands of people. There are reasonably priced courses on Leadership, Freelancing, Bootstrapping, Modern Marketing, Presentations and Value Creation. We know that the peer to peer engagement and day by day approach we take in our Akimbo workshops is the most effective way to learn, but you might find that the low cost of entry to the video only courses makes them worth an hour or two of your time.

The key difference is the Udemy workshops don't offer the peer to peer discussion boards. And, that's the magic of what Akimbo workshops offer.

Is the workshop accredited?

Proudly, no.

Accreditation makes sense for a certain kind of institution delivering a certain kind of education. But we're not willing to build a test-and-measure culture, not willing to embrace an ancient-yet-standard curriculum, and mostly, we're not willing to distrust our students.

We'll be delighted to offer you a certificate of completion when the Workshop is successfully completed, and even better, we encourage you to find a cohort in the Workshop who will personally vouch for your contributions.

Can I get reimbursed?

We hope so! We've had students in the past ask to their boss or HR department and get reimbursement for the workshop. More and more enlightened organizations are encouraging their teams to contribute by learning. Every student also receives a certificate of completion that you can share with your HR department.

Why is the course so expensive?

We're charging more than other online courses for a simple reason: We want committed students. No one in the Workshop is browsing around or hoping for a quick hit. You'll be surrounded by other people willing to do the work and contribute along the way.

Some people, those who know how much a college course costs, have asked us why the Workshop doesn't cost much more. After all, the typical college course costs at least 10 times as much (and delivers far less value). We believe that anyone should be able to learn marketing at a reasonable cost, and we believe that a product should deliver more value than its sticker price.

Do you offer financial aid?

We don't, with two exceptions.

If you're a full-time employee at a socially focused 501(c)(3), we'd be delighted to give you a significant discount. Drop us a note at hello@thestoryskillsworkshop.com and we'll get you sorted.

Full-time students at accredited institutions also get a discount, because we want to supercharge what you're learning at school. Contact us at hello@thestoryskillsworkshop.com.

Otherwise, we encourage you to ask your HR department for reimbursement.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Show Your Work Money Back Guarantee: Our workshops are incredibly effective. Check out what our alumni have to say. Still, just in case you’re hesitating, consider our 100% guarantee for this workshop: If you find that it hasn't met your expectations, simply drop us a note after you've participated through all the lessons in the workshop and we’ll refund your entire tuition. We've found that when our students contribute to the workshop, they get back far more than they put into it. Sometimes life gets in the way. If you need to withdraw from the workshop before you complete it, we're happy to defer you to a future session at no cost. Just ask. To be fair to all, we don't offer refunds for non-participation.

Reach us at hello@thestoryskillsworkshop.com

Is there a special rate for groups?

Yes. We love to see groups enroll! Our standard price is $435 USD, but if you enroll a group of three or more we offer a significant discount. Drop us a note at hello@thestoryskillsworkshop.com and we'll get you sorted out.

Are there exams?

We're delighted to say no. And no grades, either. We feel really strongly that a test-and-measure culture is ruining education. More on this here.

Can I get a certificate at the end?

Every attendee receives a certificate as a PDF, suitable for printing and framing. And if you send us a self-addressed stamped envelope, we'll send you a physical certificate, signed and with a shiny seal.

How long does the discussion board stay active?

The discussion board and workshop content is available until two weeks after the workshop closes. After that, enrolled students are invited to join our alumni hub, Forward Link, at no cost.

Can I post confidential materials on the discussion board?

The rules of our discussion board are:

  • Contribute more than you ask for.
  • Be kind.
  • What is said here, stays here.

With that said, please use your best judgment. If it's not something you can happily post online, best to disguise the details before you post it here.

Will Bernadette or Seth answer all of my questions?

Definitely not. And the good news is that you don't need him to. The Workshop is designed to give you a compass and a template, not a map. The map, the details of your particular situation… that's all up to you. We hope the Workshop will help empower your decisions along the way.

Is there an affiliate program?

There isn't. We're hoping that if you find it useful, you'll happily spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

How do I contact you to ask a question about the program?


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