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  First exercise and first things first. {0:54)

Note: There is another video and an important task just below the Q & A.

    • How long should I set aside for the lesson?
Each lesson has the minimum time required given in square brackets after the title. For example this lesson is 20 minutes though you may find you need a little extra time for reflective thought and getting your recording equipment ready.
When I’m teaching a group of students, my class lasts three hours so I would suggest that when you’re taking on the class, give yourself an hour.

    • What’s the best way of doing the course?
Come back to it on a regular basis. Make a regular space in your week to allow it to happen. Whether that’s 7pm, Monday evening or 6am, Thursday morning, the time of day is when it suits you. But pick a time and stick to it.

    • Can I do the whole course over a week?
You can. Allot your time and space out evenly.

    • What about in a day? Can I do the whole course in a day?
I definitely would advise against doing the whole class at once. Is it possible? Yes it is, but though these exercises seem gentle, they can be pretty exhausting.

    • What materials do I need again?
You need a quiet space where you won't be disturbed.

You need some form of equipment to record yourself - either as audio or audio/video. Most modern cell phones will record videos and usually have a voice recorder app. Otherwise you can use your computer: Apple computers have Quicktime which will record video from your webcam and other computers will have similar programs. Contact us here if you need advice and be sure to let us know what equipment you have available.

You need a notebook or computer file where you can make notes.


If at this point, you don't know what you want to tell a story about, write down one sentence about what you want to learn from this course.