As I go to wrap up up with both the Group Coaching Essentials Winter session, and the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum later today, I always appreciate the questions I receive about WHAT NEXT and Where I am going to take my learning. One of ...

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"Group Coaching: Ins and Outs" - 5 new articles

  1. Group Coaching: 5 Things to Lean Into As a Group Coach
  2. Different Design Considerations - Group Coaching
  3. Six Exercises to Consider for 2019 - Group and Team Coaching
  4. 2018 Trends in Group and Team Programs - Coaching, Webinars and On-Demand
  5. Did you catch the weekend and Cyber Monday Specials?
  6. More Recent Articles

Group Coaching: 5 Things to Lean Into As a Group Coach

As I go to wrap up up with both the Group Coaching Essentials Winter session, and the Advanced
Group and Team Coaching Practicum later today, I always appreciate the questions I receive about WHAT NEXT and Where I am going to take my learning.

One of the questions I received in the last few days warranted a blog post given that it's been a while since offering up some of these top 10 or Top 5 lists.

For those that are exploring What's Next in the work and conversations as a group or team coach, I'd encourage you to explore some of these areas:

1. Continuing to leverage your coaching skills - As I was saying last week when presenting at this year's WBECS, group and team coaching is grounded in coaching. We need to continue leaning into our core coaching competencies, or else we run the risk of not coaching. What are the core skills you want to lean into as a coach? What are the skills you are working on sharpening this quarter?
Whether we have been coaching for 3 months or 15 years, there is always something to learn and sharpen. It's what keeps our work fresh, and also probably relevant.

What are the coaching skills you want to further refine as a group coach?

2. Leaning into business systems - Systems help us streamline and automate tasks that we undertake on a regular basis. From registration to accounting activities to designing worksheets or slides, systems can really help us cut down on time and allow us to focus on what's important --- HAVING the Conversation with clients!

What are the systems that are going to support you in your work?

3. Building Your Toolbox - Great group coaches continue to add onto their toolkit. They consider what can be woven together in service to their team or group client. Once your learning curve plateaus, consider adding something new each and every engagement (as long as it is in service to the group or team you are working with). It's easy to get in our own ruts...What are the tools you might want to explore?
Some of the tools and approaches we have been exploring this winter have been:
  • Visual cards
  • Body-centered geography or Somatic approaches, where we incorporate kinsethtic approaches or movement
  • Using Metaphor
  • Incorporating video (whether it's pre-work or post work or an energizer). This is an area we have been exploring at both the Coaching Biz Growth Lab and LLDS.
 What tools do you want to add?

4. Ensuing you continue to co-design what is needed in every engagement. I learned early on in my work as a coach trainer and speaker that saying "IT DEPENDS" so much , is not really useful. While there is not one model for group or team coaching, there very much are core principles and elements we ground our work in. otherwise, we probably aren't coaching. How are you grounding your work in core coaching principles, as well as a deep focus on Goals, Action, Awareness and Accountability.
What really is required in each and every engagement? What do you need to co-design?

5. Exploring related fields to bring even more to your clients. Organizational change and culture is embracing many different areas at present. While I flagged many of these as emerging trends back in 2013 and 2017 in both my From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching and Effective Virtual Conversations, these things are now part of organizational culture. They influence the context in which we operate. For example, Design Thinking and Agile.

 What are the elements that are going to support your continued work in your industry? What are the things that are going to be of service to not only your learning, but their performance?

As you consider your work in the coming weeks and months, what are the areas you wan to lean into? Where do you want to grow?

Enjoy your conversations,
Jennifer

 Warm regards,
Jennifer

Author of Effective Group Coaching (2009), and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and Coaching Business Builder - Workbook and Planner (2018)
Phone : 416-996-TEAM (8326)

Upcoming Spring 2019 programs include Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs) which starts Friday March 22 (10:15 am - 11:30 am  ET - 5 weeks no call 4/19) and the  Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs which focuses on the "practice" of group coaching). Advanced will start Friday March 29th (1 - 2:15 pm Eastern - meeting for 6 weeks - no call 4/19)

Did you hear that I've just released a new on-demand course? If you have been enjoying the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner, you may want to join me for my 19 Productivity Tips program which includes short-video based lessons AND bi-weekly live calls around productivity for the next 5 months. Kick off to the live calls are held bi-weekly on Fridays from 2:30- 2:55 pm ET. Check out the 19 Productivity Tips program here.

    

Different Design Considerations - Group Coaching

This week at the Group Coaching Essentials program, we are exploring the topic of design. In
coaching many, there's often a dynamic tension of how much pre-preparation a group coach may undertake while being ready to throw it all aside if your group members are looking for something else.

In today's post I wanted to go back to some of the basics in group coaching design in sharing some of the different considerations you are work through with every group you host:

#1 - What are your clients needs? You want to be exploring this at both the macro - level, and at each individual group level.
If you don't know it already, what are:
The top 3 opportunities facing your client group right now?
The top 3 challenges that keep them up at night?
They are looking for in terms of support- type of support, length and where...
The items they are willing to invest in?
Their appetite for group vs individual work?

#2 - What are the approaches you want to incorporate?
There are many different ways you can coach groups. From integrating weekly laser coaching sets with one or two group members in the coaching chair from the week, to more group focused activities, to individual reflection prompts, what are the approaches you want to incorporate?
What's going to work best for the type of clients you work with and the type of areas you coach around.


#3 - What's going to keep the conversation, and focus, going in between calls?
The impact of coaching doesn't just happen in the call itself. A lot of learning happens on an individual and sometimes collective level, in between the calls.
What is going to keep the conversation, and focus, going in between your group calls?\
Is there going to be :
A 1-1  call you have with each group member?
Communication via email
Communication via a chat board/social site geared for group members?

#4 - What can you do to activate and meet the different learning styles in the group?
What do you notice about how the various group members engage with different learning styles? Some may be more hands-on and kinesthetic, others more visual, and others who learn verbally or in an auditory fashion. These are differences that will show up within your groups. What variety and options are you offering throughout?

What else is important to note as you design, and co-design, the conversations and group coaching sessions with your clients?

Feel free to share using the comments below

Warm regards,
Jennifer

Author of Effective Group Coaching (2009), and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and Coaching Business Builder - Workbook and Planner (2018)
Phone : 416-996-TEAM (8326)

Upcoming 2019 programs include Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs) which starts Friday March 23 (10:15 am - 11:30 am  ET - 5 weeks) and the Virtual Facilitation Essentials program - Fridays 11:45 - 1 pm ET (March 1, 15, 23, 30 and April 6) (8.5 CCEs)

Did you hear that I've just released a new on-demand course? If you have been enjoying the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner, you may want to join me for my 19 Productivity Tips program which includes short-video based lessons AND bi-weekly live calls around productivity for the next 5 months. Kick off to the live calls is this Friday at 4 pm ET (February 15th). Check out the 19 Productivity Tips program here.
    

Six Exercises to Consider for 2019 - Group and Team Coaching

Last month, I hosted my 15th annual year-end group and teams program call. I've broken that 35 view it here.
minute call down into three pieces. If you missed part 1 which I shared last month on 2018 trends in group and team programs,

You can read part 1 of the post here.

Today I wanted to jump forward into six exercises you might want to consider incorporating into your upcoming group and team programs - View the 11 minute video here.

In this 11 minute video I share some of my most widely tools and processes during 2018 and contrast them with what I used in 2017.

As coaches, facilitators and trainers, our toolkit is essential. What are the tools and processes you regularly lean into, in service of your clients?

What are the approaches you want to be leveraging more this year?

With best wishes,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2009), and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and Coaching Business Builder - Workbook and Planner (2018)
Phone : 416-996-TEAM (8326)
Upcoming 2019 programs include Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs) which starts Tuesday January 29th (4:20 - 5:35 pm ET - 5 weeks) and the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (Tuesdays Jan 22 - early March - 3 - 4:15 pm ET) (10 CCEs)
    

2018 Trends in Group and Team Programs - Coaching, Webinars and On-Demand

Late last week, I hosted the 15th annual year-end group and team programs call. This has become an
15th Annual Year End Group Programs Call with Jennifer Britton
annual event where I take a look back at  some of the trends from the past year as it relates to group and team programming. I also take a look ahead at what themes might be prevalent, and influencing, our work.

You can check out what I wrote about last year's call here.

This year, it was no surprise that some of these themes showed up as key areas:
- Micro-learning (short sound-bytes of learning - usually only 3-10 minutes in length). With that in mind, I'll be releasing components of the call in shorter soundbytes in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
- Considering what on-demand offerings you might include - as someone who has offered on-demand programs since 2014 it's interesting to see the current wave of professionals flocking to create on-demand opportunities. As a coach, I think it is important to consider how on-demand may supplement your different live offerings as well.
- Enhanced Virtual Focus - I've seen more and more professionals shift to the virtual space this year, and become not only more proficient, but confident in leading ENGAGING virtual events. This year was the 5th year of offering our series of virtual train-the-trainer programs. The Virtual Facilitation Essentials was approved this year for ICF CCEs, making it a popular offering. It will be starting up again in the new year if 2019 will be your year for expanding your virtual toolkit and skills!

There were a few more trends impacting us this year, and you are probably not surprised that these themes showed up on my list

The second part of the 15th Annual Year End call took a look ahead to 2019, and themes I think will continue to influence our work. As a writer I'm constantly scanning the horizon for latest research and focus. Having been in the industry of coaching for more than 15 years now it has been very interesting to see how many themes continue to cycle.



What are the trends you see influencing your work?

During the call I also shared my top 6 tools I turned to, time and time again. My work has continued to focus in the virtual space this year, as it will in 2019. As technologies continue to morph and emerge it makes geographically diverse groups a popular choice for busy professionals. I'll cover off my top 6 resources as a separate post in the coming weeks, but I will say that visual cards are on the list once again! Also up there was. of course, journaling. If you haven't connected into my Weekly Journaling Prompts, which I share every Saturday over at the Teams365 blog, do be sure to check it out. Of course, planning and journaling have been a key theme for me this year, as I released the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner in August and the PlanDoTrack Workbook and Planner for Virtual and Remote Professionals late last week.

What are you planning to create in your business next year? If you haven't found it yet, be sure to check out my new website - CoachingBusinessBuilder.com, including the weekly blog posts I share around Coaching Business Development.

I'm looking forward to being in touch with one more blog post of 2018. Enjoy your holidays next week!

Best wishes,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton
Author of Effective Group Coaching (2009), and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013) and Effective Virtual Conversations (2017)
Phone : 416-996-TEAM (8326)
2019 programs kick off on Friday January 11th with the return of the 3 month Mentor Coaching Group (for ACC/PCC), the Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs), Virtual Facilitation Essentials (8.5 CCEs) and the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs)
    

Did you catch the weekend and Cyber Monday Specials?


As an author and coach I love having the opportunity to work with coaches over a longer term.

Perhaps you’ve already joined me for one of my ICF CCE approved programs – the Group Coaching Esentials program (8.75 CCEs), Virtual Facilitation Essentials program (8.5 CCEs), or the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum  (10 CCEs). In addition to these short term programs, for the last few years I 've been offering two annual membership groups. For this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday I'm offering a special 40% discount on the annual rate.

Many coaches are looking for a coaching and community space to keep learning and get support throughout the year. In response to this, I introduced a two groups which run throughout the year. The first one is:

Learning Lab and Design Studio – Looking to launch new programs (workshops, retreats, group
coaching) during 2019 and wanting some support around your signature programs? We’ll be stepping into year 4 of the LLDS  which supports professionals in creating their own programs.

LLDS with Jennifer BrittonIn the past couple of years we’ve had retreat programs birthed, on-demand programs created as well as group coaching practices launched
During 2019 we’ll be looking at:
Video-based learning
Creating Your Signature program
Creating on-demand courses (think for delivery on platforms like Udemy, Kajabi and Teahable)

Two live calls are held each month on Fridays from 845 - 930 am Eastern/New York on zoom. LLDS members have access to the past 3 years of calls PLUS a robust library of monthly articles and templates you can use in your work right away! One call each month is a learning call, the second one a facilitation lab where you get to apply ideas to your own programming.

Regular cost is $1250/year, but until the end of day Monday, November 26th - Cyber Monday save 40% for a rate of $750 US/year. 

Click here to learn more and register. Membership starts this month and will carry you to the end of 2019, so you get a bonus of 13 months. Grab your spot now!
 


Coaching Biz Growth Lab – Geared for those coaches who want to focus on their business development and growth, we meet on Fridays from 3 – 4 pm Eastern/12 – 1 pm Pacific twice a month (1st and 3rdSaturdays of the month). This group is grounded in a group coaching approach, supporting you with accountability and action for your business.
Coaching Biz Growth Lab

This year we’ve covered topics including:
·         Business Fundamentals
·         Strengths and Ecosystem as a Business
·         Program Design 101
·         Beliefs and Accelerators
·         5 Essential Coaching Systems
·         Finding and Amplifying your Voice

For 2019 we’ll be looking at topics including:
·         Client Outreach-  Creating a plan for 2019 regular outreach
·         Building community – exploring the Facebook and Instagram
·         and collaboration – Ingredients for success
·         Using Video as a Marketing Vehicle
·         Time Management – Getting Things Done as an Entrepreneur
·         Content Creation
·         Maximizing Cash Flow


In addition to the group calls, coaches get to participate in multiple other supports including:
Regular Get it Done afternoons – a 4 hour program, these are geared to get you in getting important things done for your business!
New monthly templates they can use their business right way
New articles focusing on the monthly topics
Access to past training calls (all of the 2018 topics)


Regular price for the annual program is $1250, and until the end of day Monday, November 26th coaches can jump in at a rate of $750 for the year – that’s $62.50 a month – how can you go wrong!
Learn more about the Coaching Biz Growth Lab - and reserve your spot at the discounted rate here.

Download a brochure about the Coaching Biz Growth Lab 2019 program here.

 
Coaches in either membership group can add on an additional block of 5 hours of coaching (which they can spread over the course of the year for $500 US. Regular pricing for a  5 hour block is $1500 US.

Questions or want to make sure these programs are right for you? Contact Jennifer and set up a quick call at (416)996-8326.

I look forward to having you join us in the Labs this coming year!

Best wishes,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPCC
Potentials Realized | /GroupCoachingEssentials
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com
Phone: 416-996-8326
Group Coaching Essentials - All things group coaching
Effective Virtual Conversations.com - All things virtual
Coaching Business Builder.com- All things business related (for coaches)  

PS - The last Group Coaching Essentials program for 2018 also starts this week on Tuesdays from 4:20 - 555 pm ET on Tuesday November 28, December 4, 11, 18, 2018. A few spots are still open. Reserve your spot in this 8.75 CCE approve program.

    

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