Earlier today in my regular Facebook Live, I touched on the importance of creating a pause for yourself as a coach, and your clients, at year end. On Wednesday (November 25th), I'll be hosting my first of 3 Year End Virtual Business Planning Sessions. ...
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"Group Coaching: Ins and Outs" - 5 new articles

  1. Group Coaching - The Power of A Pause
  2. Group Coaching - Back to Basics - It's all about the conversation
  3. Group Coaching - Back to Basics - Working with Goals
  4. Group Coaching - Client Agreements
  5. Stand Out Virtually 5 Day Challenge - Corporate Edition starts Monday October 5 at 12 noon ET
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Group Coaching - The Power of A Pause


Earlier today in my regular Facebook Live, I touched on the importance of creating a pause for yourself as a coach, and your clients, at year end. On Wednesday (November 25th), I'll be hosting my first of 3 Year End Virtual Business Planning Sessions. Hope that you might join us for a pause around your business!

If you have looked at the new ICF Competency base which will come into effect in January you will notice a greater emphasis on reflective pause. 

Taking time in our current world (virtual or other) to take stock of what's working (and what's not), and to do some planning around where you want to go, is key for continuing to gain traction in VUCA world.

Consider the following opportunities to create more of a pause:

In your group coaching sessions by incorporating either a pause at the start of the call to bring people into the room OR sometime during the call;

  • By building in reflective pause points into part of your conversation through a series of reflective prompts;
  • Leaving 1-2 minutes at the end of the conversation for people to note their learning, and schedule their next steps, before they leave the call;
  • By hosting a year-end virtual retreat for your folks (Join me November 25th OR December 10th to participate in one real-time - PlanDoTRack Virtual Business Planning Retreat)
  • By incorporating journaling during, or after, your calls. Many coaches have purchased a copy of the Conversation Sparker Journaling Prompts this year -check them out at our Potentials Realized store.

What could you do to create more of a pause?

Check out Effective Virtual Conversations tip #8 - Read it at https://www.potentialsrealized.com/teams-365-blog/teams365-2510-flashback-friday-effective-virtual-conversations-tip-8

Check out this Coaching Business Builder Blog post I did earlier this year around the Power of a Pause - https://www.coachingbusinessbuilder.com/blog/the-power-of-the-pause-reflective-pause-tools-you-might-use

Enjoy the reflection,

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2010), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Check out my author page on Amazon for all publications.
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com

Phone: (416)996-8326

Join us on December 1st last Group Coaching Essentials programs of the year. We'll be meeting on Tuesdays/Thursdays 230 - 4 pm ET on December 1, 8, 10 and 15, 2020. 8.5 CCEs. 4 spots still open. Get ready to launch your 2021 programming Click here to learn more and reserve your spot.
    

Group Coaching - Back to Basics - It's all about the conversation


Welcome back to another week of the Group Coaching - Back To Basics series. This week's focus is "It's all about the conversation".

Having been a coach for many moons now - coming up to almost 19 years next year, I'm always amazed that even with all the changes in the world around us, the foundational principles and practices are just as relevant today as they were when I started. This holds true whether we are working with an individual coaching client, a group coaching client or team coaching client.

One of the things that makes coaching, coaching is the conversation. It's about multiple touch points and providing clients with the opportunity to hold conversations in a way that works for them.

I see this play out all the time in the virtual space. In a group , we may have people who are more comfortable with voice conversation, others with reflective pause and yet others via chat.

As a coach it's important that we meet them where they are at.

What are the different ways you are bringing "voices into the room"?

What are the different ways you are activating all our learning abililities. Consider :

Visual Learners

Auditory Learners

Kinesthetic Learners

At the end of the day, it's also about having space and time for the conversation. Group size needs to be small enough so people can feel like they are connected and not being talked at.  What are you doing to adjust pace throughout.

Finally, remember that for something to be considered group coaching, it needs to have no more than 15 people in the group for ICF Credentialing purposes. 

This week, what's going to be your focus to make sure it's all about the conversation?

Enjoy!

With best wishes,

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2010), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Check out my author page on Amazon for all publications.
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com

Phone: (416)996-8326

Join us on Monday for one of the last Group Coaching Essentials programs of the year. We'll be meeting on Monday from 9 -1015 am ET on November 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7th. 8.5 CCEs. 3 spots still open. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot.

    

Group Coaching - Back to Basics - Working with Goals

Welcome back to another Back to Basics - Group Coaching - blog post. This series has been inspired by the radical shifts we've seen in the world this year. Group coaching continues to be an important
space for people to come together to connect, share and grow. 

Having worked my entire career around disruption and crisis, I've always been struck at how important it is in finding the patterns around what remains similar (maybe not exactly the same, but similar). As much as the context in which we group coach changes, one thing doesn't, which is working with goals. 

Goals create an important part of the map which our group coaching clients navigate. When coaching many, it's paramount that group members are clear on their own unique path of what they are working on, and how that may differ, or be similar, than other group members. 

What are you doing to provide an opportunity for group members to map out their unique goal stream?

This might include:

  • A one-page plan which everyone completes and shares within the group, or with the coach;
  • A dashboard which the client can access to note their goals
  • A goal tracker shared and commented on in Dropbox or Google Drive

What does working with goals look like for you in your programming?

At what level are you working with goals? 

Another key area with goals is to ensure that you are working with both micro-goals as well as the meta-goal. 

Meta-goals, or the 30,000 foot view, is all about helping clients connect their most important goals to their purpose, mission or WHY.

Our micro-goals (those at the ground level) are often the more practical and tactical goals. While these can be alluring to get quick wins around, note that goals also need to be grounded in with our values, beliefs etc. While developing traction and momentum around quick wins is important coaching is also about creating new awareness or insights on the part of clients as they move through their actions.

Challenges and frictions can emerge as our coaching clients move towards their goals, particularly if belief systems start to change, as their results change. Be sure to spend time going "Below the Waterline" as I share in the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner.

What pause points are you making for individuals to explore where they are with their goals?

What opportunities are you providing for group member to speak to and share their goals and progress with others, along with the coach.

There are many derivatives of what is being called group coaching these days. As a credentialed coach or one who aspires to doing the best work they can, it's important that we spend time thinking about how what we are doing maps into the Core Coaching Competencies, and does not deviate into training, consulting or mentoring. 

Also make sure you are meeting the requirements of the ICF for coaching logs, in that your coaching groups are no more than 15 people. Research and practice demonstrates how group size exponentially makes the conversation shift. Larger groups than 15 are not considered a coaching group for ICF coaching log purposes.

WE dive deeper into many different ways to work with goals, awareness and action as group coaches in the Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs) I hope that you will join me for an upcoming cohort.

Enjoy your conversations,

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2010), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Check out my author page on Amazon for all publications.
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com

Phone: (416)996-8326

Join us for the one-day Virtual Facilitation Essentials program this fall. Take your virtual facilitation skills to the next level (and yes, even if you've been on zoom every day for the last 7 months there probably still are a trick or two to help you continue to create a WOW experience every time). Cost: $475 US.

 

 

    

Group Coaching - Client Agreements

One of the areas I often get questions around is "What type of client agreements should I create for

Group Coaching Agreements

group coaching?".

This is a great question on multiple levels, signaling several things you will want to put into place:

#1 - Ensuring a fit for your program or offering. These conversations are likely to start before your program begins, and you will know my affinity and recommendation about the importance of a pre-call 1-1 to get to know each client AND to also ensure that there is a fit. When in doubt, share any concerns with a client, and always remember that while we can coach most, we many not be everyone's best coach. Have a network of professionals you can refer others onto.

Note that sometimes it takes a few weeks for a client to really know if the program is a right fit for them. As group coaches we need to be aware of the provisions in the ICF Code of Ethics.

Section 9 of ICF Code of Ethics and the client's right to terminate the coaching relationship at any time. The way you handle refunds and closure is a key part of building trust as well as reputation within your work. For more on this, check out Section 9 of the ICF Code of Ethics on Coaching.

#2 Group Agreements - What are the group agreements which will make for a positive learning experience?  Take time in your first session to co-create this together. While we would be more apt to specify group agreements in a mastermind or training process, given the high touch and high trust required with group coaching, it's recommended that the group spend time co-creating their agreements together.

We take a deeper dive into this topic during weeks 1 and 2 of the Group Coaching Essentials program, and also in the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum, as it is a critical part of any coaching agreement.

#3 - Individual Coaching Plans - What is the individual coaching plans for each person? How is the client able to identify, map out and share his or her goals with you as the coach and/or with others in the group? Is there a dashboard for clients to work with, and share what they'd like? Is it done analog through a tool like the One Page Plan I share in Coaching Business Builder and PlanDoTrack? What is each person's individual coaching journey going to look like. Have them map it out.

Coaching Agreements are a critical part of the coaching process and it's important to note that in group coaching that individual group members are likely to be moving in different ways at different pace. Each group member is also going to need different levels of support to help them thrive. 

#4 - Clarifying what you are offering and what COACHING IS, and COACHING IS NOT.

AT this moment in time, there is continued diffusion around what coaching really is in the marketplace. A reminder that group coaching is not training. Group Coaching is not advising. It is about helping each of your group members create new awareness about what they already know themselves, through questions, reflective pause and dialogue. 

At this moment in time, it's useful to return back to your definition of what coaching is and how it aligns with the ICF definition of coaching. 

If you are coaching a group, note that as much learning will happen with the engagements BETWEEN the group members as the engagements with the coach. Be sure to be leaving time for group members to have conversation themselves. A group coach should not always be the one leading the show - if so, it's likely not coaching, but training!

What other layers of agreements are important to put into place with your work?

Enjoy the conversation,

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2010), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Check out my author page on Amazon for all publications.
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com

Join us for the one-day Virtual Facilitation Essentials program on Thursday October 29 (930 - 4 pm ET). Take your virtual facilitation skills to the next level (and yes, even if you've been on zoom every day for the last 7 months there probably still are a trick or two to help you continue to create a WOW experience every time). Cost: $475 US.

Last call - Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (fall 2020) starts TOMORROW, FRIDAY October 23rd and will run for 5 weeks until November 20th - Fridays 12 - 130 pm Eastern. 10 CCEs with ICF. Get hands on practice and skill development.  Ideally suited for those who want feedback on their skills and to learn and connect with a small group of other coaches who are committed to refining their craft. The program is capped at 6 coaches. Cost: $525 US.




    

Stand Out Virtually 5 Day Challenge - Corporate Edition starts Monday October 5 at 12 noon ET


Many of you enjoyed the power of connection and virtual learning during the first 5 Day Stand Out Virtually Challenge I held in August, exploring practical elements you can incorporate into your virtual events and programs.

Next week - October 5 - 9 - I will be hosting the Stand Out Virtually - Corporate Edition - 5 Day Challenge. It's going to focus on helping you "up your practice" with masterful virtual design and facilitation, specifically for when you want to work with organizations (for-profit, not-for-profit..)

Live calls will be held on Monday through Friday 12 - 1230 pm ET (October 5 - 9) in my zoom room. You will receive links to resources, replay through the Stand Out Virtually List which you can sign up for here. Learn more about the Challenge at the Stand Out Virtually website.

If you'd like to participate and receive daily prizes, join us at the Virtual and Remote Visionaries Hub which will be the base for our ongoing conversations. You can join us here.

So what is the challenge all about?

We will be exploring:

We will be exploring:

  • ·     What corporate engagements can look like in the world of virtual or the hybrid

    ·       Translating your offers to the current virtual organizational context – Teams. Workflow. Key Principles. Current Needs. What’s different with remote teams

    ·       Pitfalls and mistakes to avoid in the virtual space

    ·       What’s needed in virtual engagements and events to avoid the dreaded Zoom Fatigue or Death By Conference Call

    ·       The Perfect Call Formula

    ·       Considering your offer

  • Building a business case with proposals and RFPs

Daily steps will support you in getting clear on what you want to offer, and daily assignments will support you in moving your virtual program ideas forward.

I look forward to having you join us! Mark your calendar and get on the list now!

It's not only going to be fun, it's going to connect you with others and also support you in moving your program ideas forward!

With best wishes,

Jennifer


Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2010), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Check out my author page on Amazon for all publications.
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com

Join us for the one-day Virtual Facilitation Essentials program on Thursday October 8 (930 - 4 pm ET). Take your virtual facilitation skills to the next level. Program is approved for 8.5 CCEs. 4 spots open.


    

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