SNE Essentials in Coaching and Facilitation

Strategic Narrative Embodiment – Transformative facilitation for organisations

This course is presented online as an eFacilitation course in partnership with Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand School of Arts.

Re-frame forever how you coach and facilitate

Everything is changing so fast, but people struggle to adapt. T

his course will re-frame your reality and change how you help people shift. With models and tools from narrative strategy and applied improvisation, you can throw away old scripts and hone  skills like

  • unlocking your genius and the genius of your clients
  • Thinking on your feet when a client throws a curve ball
  • Designing change processes that adapt to the moment
  • Holding people to their strategic intentions while remaining agile
  • Working with the human brain to reduce the stress of change

Thje models and tools you will learn are

Strategic allowing you to meet and exceed client needs and expectations.

Narrative in the way they close the gap between people’s fantasies and their realities

Embodied so that new ideas can filter down into renewed systems and behaviours.

Experience how these tools can increase your presence, access your genius and the genius of your clients and impact your business.

Here is what others have said about the tools in trying them out:

“The Playing Mantis Essentials course has enabled me to do the most meaningful work of my life.” – Ester Kruger – Senior Consultant Neuroscience and Change at Bioss Southern Africa

”The tools and insights I gained from the Playing Mantis Essentials course have really enriched the workshops I run. They connect fun, creative activities with opportunity for meaningful reflection and learning.” Tracy Brownlee – Brand Strategist and Facilitator



The SNE Short course will give you:

1. An overview of the Strategic Narrative Embodiment TM model and the techniques that relate to it.

2. A toolkit filled with activities and templates that you can use in your coaching and facilitation practice.

3.A deep personal experience to reconnect you to the purpose and significance of your own coaching and facilitation work.

4. Opportunities to try out and experiment with the tools in real time with peers to get used them and get feedback on your own facilitation technique.

Materials and other benefits:

  • Access to free online training material.
  • A handbook that includes:
    • 15 improvisation exercises that prepare people for change work
    • 10 Strategic Narrative exercises that take them further into their story
    • Templates for designing experiences according to the Strategic Narrative Embodiment TM model.
  • Access to the SNE online community.
  • A special price for attending SNE Coach and Facilitator practice sessions.

Course Overview

The course consists of two modules of two days each,  plus an assessment. Both modules and the assessment must be completed before certification is possible.

This leading edge course blends the latest neuroscience theory and experiential learning techniques for better results than you thought possible. With over 18 years of experience and research in organisational psychology, theatre arts, applied improvisation and coaching we have developed a powerful model, the Strategic Narrative Embodiment model, to create meaningful shift in an increasingly volatile, ambiguous and complex world.

Course components:

  1. Introduction – 6 eLearning modules
  2. STORI-Strategy – 1 eLearning module and 3 90 min live sessions (online or in person)
  3. Applied Improvisation – – 1 eLearning module and  3 90 min live sessions (online or in person)
  4. Assessment and integration – 1 X 90 min live session (online or in person), written assignment based on your practice. Final assessment and certification.

Component 1: Introduction

6  free eLearning modules

  • Module 1: Getting started module
  • Module 2:  Situation – Current trends in leadership development
  • Module 3:  Summons – The call to SHIFT
  • Module 4:  Threshold – Ethical considerations
  • Module 5:  Tools – Working with the Brain
  • Module 6:  Action – Next steps

Component 2: STORI-Strategy

Fee baring component: 11 eLearning module and 3 90 min live sessions (online or in person)

  • Module 7: Preparing for the next leg of the journey – Story Strategy
  • Live session A: The journey so far – Reviewing Modules 1-6
  • Live session B: Preparing to design a process– Story-strategy
  • Live session C: Tests and trials – Design a story-strategy for a client, assignment 1.

Component 3: Applied Improvisation

Fee baring component:  1 eLearning module and  3 90 min live sessions (online or in person)

  • Module 8: Confronting the script – Applied Improvisation
  • Live session D: Confronting the script – Experiencing  Applied Improvisation
  • Live session E:  Reward – Applying Story-strategy and Applied improv to your personal journey
  • Live session F: Return to do it yourself – Participants facilitate applied Improv, Assignment 2

Component 4: Assessment and integration 

Fee baring component:  1 X 90 min live session plus written assignment and individual session

  • Live session G: Letting go to commit – What we take from this course, what we leave behind.
  • Final assignment: Doing and reflecting on a process in your practise.
  • Individual session: Individual feedback and coaching.

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Each of the course components contribute 25% of the overall mark:

  1. 25%: Introduction
  2. 25%: STORI-Strategy
  3. 25%: Applied Improvisation
  4. 25%: Assessment and integhration –

Your assessment has an eLearning piece, a process pieceas you try out the tools and an exam piece.

The eLearning  piece consts of quizzes and assignments you submit as part of the eLearning modules. a minimum of 75% is required to gain access to the other components and become certified.

he process piece onsists of peer assessments during live sessions  as you try out the tools and techniques you are learning.

The exam piece consists of you implementing the intervention you planned on the last day of the course and submitting your planning and a written essay in which you reflect on the experience.

We’ve packed the best and most useful techniques into this course. As you learn to love the tools, you can come back for advanced training in increasingly sophisticated techniques that can change the world for good.

Course Fee

The course is made up of 4 distinct components, some of which are free (self-paced online modules) while others are fee-bearing. Component 1 of this course has 6 free, self-paced online modules. In the next section, we’ll explore the layout of these modules. Note that there is no charge for the six self-paced online modules. However, there are additional fees for the other components.

Note: The fee-baring components are required for you to receive certification for this course. There are three of them and cost R3000 each, for participants from Africa, and $300 each, for participants from other continents.

The first 12 people to sign up for the self paced module will receive R500 ($50) discount on the fee baring part of the course.

Send me an interest email now, and you will be the firs to get notified when it goes live!

Dates for 2019:

Component 1, the free online modules  is open from 15 April :  send me an email, I will sign you up. You will receive a username and password within 2 or 3 days from Wits as soon as they have registered you for the course. This course closes on 31 July.

The fee baring components 2 to 4, will run for 7 weeks online on Wed evenings 14 Aug to 18 Sep, or in person on Saturday mornings 16 Aug to 20 Sep.. Registration for this closes 14 July.

  • Wednesdays 7:30 pm to 9 pm online, or
  • Saturdays 9:00 am to 11:30 am in-person in Johannesburg.

We cut of the group size at 12 [people to ensure quality training.

A minimum of 6 people must sign up for any of these times for it to be a viable group.

The first 12 people to sign up for the self paced module will receive R500 ($50) discount on the fee baring part of the course.

Send me an interest email now, and be one of the first 12 to sign up! I will register you and Wits will send you your username and password within 3 days.

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Also see:

The theoretical foundations of SNETs
Where does SNETs come from?
Listen to a Podcast about Snets

If you have any contacts regarding this course please contact me.