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Packing and Preparing

for a Doug Lipman Coaching Workshop

To the workshop organizer: You can send this letter as-is to people who have agreed to come to a coaching workshop you have organized. Or, if you prefer, you can adapt it.

Full details about organizing a coaching workshop are also available, as well as complete information about Doug Lipman's coaching services.

Welcome! I'm glad you're coming!

What To Do Before You Come

  1. Read Doug's articles (enclosed).
  2. Think about what help you most need.
During your individual turns at the workshop (you will have one each full day of the workshop), you may want to:
1. Tell a story or fragment of a story.
Keep in mind that longer stories leave less time to be coached. If what you most need help with requires you to tell a one-hour story, we'll find a way to let you do that--but you'd get more actual coaching if you summarized the plot or told an excerpt.
2. Talk through an idea for a story.
Don't think that you can't get Doug's help with a story just because it isn't ready to tell yet. This is a "come-as-you-are" party!
3. Get help with a performance issue or emotional block.
If the issue is "getting disconnected from the story," for example, you may want to talk about your experiences instead of actually telling.
Of course, it may make sense to also tell a story or excerpt. Just don't think that coaching requires you to tell. Do what makes sense, given your needs.
4. Get help with publicity, career plans, or next steps
Doug will be happy to help you with the mechanics of publicity as well as with the concepts behind it--including your vision, goals, & your exploration of available resources.
At a multi-day workshop, you'll have more than one turn to be coached--so you can get help with a story one time, and an issue another. Use your best judgement about what would help you most.

Optionally, the final day will be devoted to planning for the future:

  • what is your vision of storytelling in your life?
  • what goals can bring you toward that vision?
  • what does it make sense to do next?
  • what help do you need?
If deciding how to use Doug's help is difficult, bring a list of possibilities, and Doug will help you choose!

What to Bring With You

Here are some things it may make sense to bring along:

  • paper, writing supplies
  • tape recorder and cassettes (optional, but a useful aid to help you remember your ideas and work from each session)
  • any versions of, or notes for, the stories (or brochures, lists of issues, career plans, etc.) you may want to work on.
  • clothing, etc.
    • comfortable clothing
    • hiking shoes, rain wear, swim suit & towel--in season
    • food, if you don't want to order out. (This depends on how your workshop is organized; check with the organizer.)
    • other:

    If you have questions, please call or write!

    For questions about workshop content, you can contact me directly.

    For all other questions, contact the workshop organizer (the one who sent you this!).

    See you soon!



    Doug Lipman

    152 Wenonah Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106 U.S.A.
    Phone: (781) 837-1940
    Alternate Phone (rings the same line): (413) 754-6728
    Fax (toll-free): (888) 300-6665

    This page was last updated on Friday, November 28, 2003
    Copyright©2003 Doug Lipman