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Coaching for Confidence through Comedy

If the idea of doing stand-up comedy terrifies you but also intrigues you a tiny bit, we have just the thing. 

The easiest place to start with writing stand-up isn’t making jokes, it’s observing yourself. Looking at the things that make you different, that make you…you. The good and the bad. Often that includes acknowledging how we see ourselves, the things that we might want to change, or the thoughts that are keeping us stuck.

So what if you decided to explore what’s funny about that? It could change your life.


Here’s what going to happen:

  1. Learn a little bit of science about how our thoughts and self-image impact our actions.
  2. Learn some tricks to help you identify your thoughts (including those pesky subconscious ones).
  3. Guidance on how to find what’s funny in your own self-criticism (from the amazing comedian, writer, and actress Precious Chong).
  4. How would you make it a stand-up bit? More from Precious Chong as she takes us through a mini exercise that she does with her stand-up students and gives feedback to volunteers.
  5. Learn how to take down the volume and even change your thoughts to bring you more ease, motivation, and momentum in the right direction.
  6. And for those who want to go all the way (or watch the ones who do), we’re going to do a follow-up Zoom event on Monday July 26th at 6:30pm ET where you can perform your two-minute stand-up bit on your inner critic!

Would you Rather Make Jokes than Work on Yourself?

This is going to be the least earnest, most fun coaching workshop there has ever been. Stand-up comedy and coaching are a natural fit and we can’t wait to show you how. We’re going to teach you some tricks to help you get out of your own way.
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Are you Hard on Yourself Because You Think it Works?

It doesn’t. So many women have developed the habit of being really hard on themselves. Their inner-critics have developed the super-power of identifying anything imperfect, and mastery of negative self-judgment. And the thing is, so many women believe their inner critic, and it’s getting in the way.

Time to turn the tables.

We are going to go through some coaching tools, bring in some stand-up principles, and work through some annoying stuff in our head, all while putting together a mini stand-up bit. Magic.

Join expert Alignment Coach Stephanie J. Marshall and Nadine Silverthorne, Storytelling Coach from Toronto-based Kickstartology Coaching AND Special Guest, award-winning actress, writer, and comedian Precious Chong!

Stop being an a$$hole to yourself!

Why Comedy and Coaching Together?

It may seem odd, but there is a natural fit between coaching in stand-up comedy. Although the objectives differ, both stand-up comedy and coaching:

  • Take something familiar and look at it from a different perspective.
  • Looking at yourself and digging deep for what’s true is a source of great material.
  • If it feels too easy and comfortable, it probably isn’t working.

And here’s the thing, as Mike Birbiglia said on the Sibling Revelry Podcast about bringing your personal life to stand-up: “If they laugh it’s art, if they don’t laugh it’s therapy.”

So basically, this is a win-win workshop.

A little bit of coaching:

We will examine the impact of our inner critic on our self-image, and learn how to get better at catching and managing that voice. We’re going to cover how our inner critic is often connected to blindspots, habits, and willpower. We will explore tools rooted in the latest neuroscience research to start reprogramming that voice so that it doesn’t get in your way!

A little bit of stand-up:

If you can laugh at your inner critic it’s going to have way less power over you. We’re going to help you workshop a two-minute stand-up bit about your inner critic. It can be related to any part of your life, the goal is to reframe a belief you are holding on to about yourself in a way that reveals what’s funny about it, which will take away it’s power.

Want to perform?

For those who want to go the extra step, at a later date (details TBD) we will provide an opportunity to perform your two-minute set live on Zoom! 

An Event You Won’t Want to Miss!

Stephanie J. Marshall

Stephanie J. Marshall

Alignment Coach, Co-Founder Kickstartology

Nadine Araksi Silverthorne

Nadine Araksi Silverthorne

Storytelling Coach, Co-Founder Kickstartology

Precious Chong

Precious Chong

Actress, Writer, and Comedian

Precious Chong is an award winning actress, writer and comedian living in Toronto. Her most recent credits include USA Network television show, “Falling Water” as well as the Hallmark Christmas movie “Love You Like Christmas” and “Northern Lights of Christmas”. Recent theatre credits include “Fuddy Meers” at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California, “Fair and Square” and “Real Estate” at the Lighthouse theatre and “Dating by the Book” in Port Hope. Other film and tv credits include Hallmark’s “Love’s Complicated”, “God and Country”, “Playing it Cool” starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan, HBO Canada’s Living in Your Car, Flashpoint, Against the Wall, Amelia, LA Confidential, and Pearl Harbor.

Her short film “Chinatown” which she wrote and starred in, directed by Canadian Comedy Award Winner Sandra Battaglini, premiered this November at The Female Eye Film Festival and at the New Hampshire Film Festival. Her first full length feature film that she wrote “The Red Velvet Coat” won Best Screenplay at the 2015 Female Eye Film Festival. Her most recent screenplay “Myra and Susan” won the Crowd Pleaser Award at the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival. She co- wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in the full length horror comedy “Homewrecker” alongside Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep, Starry Eyes) that recently premiered at Fantasia Fest, Fantastic Fest in Austin,Toronto After Dark, and the New York Horror Film Festival where it won best screenplay. It’s screening at the Calgary Underground Film Festival June 22-28 and will have a wide release on July 7, 2020.

Her dad is counter-culture icon, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong. She also walks on stilts.

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Kickstartology will help you to hone in on what you really want to be/accomplish and then offer the steps required to obtain the habits and mindsets to do so. All in a no-bullshit, totally supportive and fun environment 🙂


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Stephanie and Nadine at Kickstartology offer a brilliant blend of neuroscience-based mindset work and been-there warmth and support. Workshops typically include encouraging experts, thought-provoking homework and smart participants with valuable insights and experiences to share.