SOLD OUT What's Your Story: Simplify It Amplify It

The Hired Guns Academy

What's Your Story: Simplify It Amplify It


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When:     Wednesday, November 4, 2009 from 6:00 to 9:00

Cost:         $99

Location:  The Hired Guns Hive 33 West 17th St (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), New York, NY 10011

Instructors: Larry Smith, Editor of Smith Magazine, and Allison Hemming, Founder of The Hired Guns

Course Description:

What's Your Story: Simplify It Amplify It

Stop blathering. Get your story straight.

"The Elevator Pitch" – most people get queasy thinking about it. "How can I possibly squeeze my entire life into 15 seconds?" The answer: you can't. What you can do is examine who you are and what you stand for, and put it into a simple soundbite-able story that others can retell (over and over again), but that is still authentically you.

And who better to mentor you in the art of keeping your story short, sweet, and smart than Larry Smith, master of the Six-Word Memoir phenomenon, and Ally Hemming, The Hired Guns' very own Top Gun, personal branding expert and networker extraordinaire?

Get set for a highly participatory course, with limited capacity (hint: sign up fast!), that will get you up and moving and comfortable sharing your story ... specifically:

  • the "So, tell me about yourself" (The first thing an interviewer says)
  • the "So, what do you do?" (The classic cocktail party/networking event opener) and
  • the "15-second Elevator Pitch"

You'll hone your story and learn to make it grow along with you as your career progresses.  When it's all over, you will walk out of The Hired Guns Hive able to confidently handle each of these situations with ease.  And better still, have your classmates out there passing your story on!

Your Instructors:

Larry Smith is the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, the online community known for mastering the art of personal storytelling. Editor of two bestselling books, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure and Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, Larry has led storytelling workshops for audiences from the Hewlett Foundation to second grade classes. He's a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Follow Larry on Twitter.

Allison Hemming is the founder and Top Gun of The Hired Guns, a talent agency that represents the best of the creative class. She is author of the popular job-hunting book Work It! How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass and Land a Job in Any Economy! (Fireside/Simon & Schuster) and creator of the Pink Slip Parties, a job networking event that has been replicated around the globe for nearly a decade. Follow Allison on Twitter.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Place: The Hired Guns Hive, 33 West 17th Street, New York, NY
Cost: $99
Instructors: Larry Smith and Allison Hemming
A sense of humor. And a good dose of humility – you'll get some tough feedback, but you'll love us for it!


About The Hired Guns Academy
(For Guns, By Guns)

The Hired Guns Academy is a new kind of career and brand management training program, committed to providing you with unmatched content, hand-selected instructors and a community of Guns to work (and play) with.

The perfect place for state of the art career management, Academy courses are guaranteed to get you thinking differently about career and personal brand management. To help you to outperform in this new, post-corporate economy, we've crafted an inspirational, educational curriculum; carefully matched each course to the Hired Guns instructor we consider to be best-in-class experts; and engineered a unique experience that will ensure an intimate, hands-on, and networking-friendly learning environment.

Let The Hired Guns Academy separate you from the crowd, empowering you to completely take charge of your future. Be brave. Come learn. Have fun.

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