Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials - 3 of 18: Program Goals

 

This week we continue to discuss goal setting, focusing on program goals.  Goals are at the heart of any group coaching process. They are an important anchor in helping individual group members create their own roadmap moving forward.

 

Participants joining your group should be fully aware of your program structure, what they can expect, and overall group goals. 

 

As a group coach, you must identify and share the outcomes your participants can expect from participating in various touchpoints, including presales, before the first session, and throughout the program. Clarity of goals ensures compatibility of the coach with the participant in the program; furthermore, supporting the right blend of people coming together and, as a result, group cohesiveness. 

 

Be mindful, however, that your participants own the direction, pace, and overall journey, including the learning (agenda of the sessions). Your role is to continually assess the program’s impact from the participant’s angle. 

 

Principle – Make sure program goals are clear.

 

Action: Discuss the program’s structure, what participants can expect, and the program’s overall objectives. 

 

This week consider how you are supporting goal setting and accountability in your programming. Consider reviewing:

 

* What are the top three goals of your group coaching program?

 

* What important information must you share with potential participants to support a powerful “yes”? 

 

* What documents, websites, etc., need updating to ensure your participants know what they are signing up for? 

 

* What (if any) changes must you make to ensure your program structure aligns with your program goals? 

 

*What can your clients expect from your program, and what structure do you have to ensure they know? 

 

* What accountability structures can you add to ensure your participants fulfill program goals? 

 

* What is the best way to communicate my program goals to attract the right people to my program

 

As you consider setting goals within your groups, don’t forget to use a One Page Plan!

 

Enjoy the conversation,

Evana and Jennifer

Today's blog post was written by Evana Valle who is the current Team Lead for Group Coaching at Potentials Realized. Join Jenn and Evana for our upcoming Group Coaching Essentials programs (next Accelerated June 2022 session starts on June 7th - Tuesdays and Thursdays running for 2 weeks), or the Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (Tuesdays 830 - 10 am ET - 10 CCEs)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials - 2 of 18 : Individual and Collective Goals



Goals are at the heart of any coaching process. Our strong focus on support of the goals as set by our clients is what makes group coaching different than other modalities.

What are the ways you are working with goals in your programs? Are you spending time at the start of calls checking in on the progress people are making in their own pathways? Are you checking in at the end of recordings regarding what progress is being made towards individual and collective goals?

The balance between the focus of individual goals and collective or group goals can be different from program to program. Within some groups there may be meta collective goals like “Becoming a better leader” and then individual goals below this, for example, some members may want to focus on enhancing their presentation skills, while others may want to get better at managing relationships.

One technique that coaches may want to incorporate is the creation of a One Page Plan as part of the early field work in the program where individuals are able to articulate their own goals. Consider how these are shared in between conversations so group members can consider peer support.

Principle – Identify and add systems in your program to ensure group and individual goal alignment

Action: Ensure program and sessions fulfil their promise which making certain participant and group goals are focused on

This week consider how you are supporting goal setting and accountability in your programming. Consider

 What space and structures are you using to create space and time for individual group members to identify and articulate their own goals?

* What pause points are you creating across the coaching process to create milestone marker?

* What are you doing as a group to provide the opportunity for individual group members to share their goals with each other?

*  What are you doing to celebrate goal achievement?

* What are you doing to use goals as a way to support ROI (Return on Investment)?

For more on the One Page Plan take a look at this earlier blog post - http://groupcoaching.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-power-of-one-page-plan.html

 Or work on your own One Page Plan as part of the Coaching Business Builder Book - Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner: Putting the Pieces Together: Britton, Jennifer J.: 9780993791536: Books: Amazon.com

 Enjoy the conversation!


Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)

Want to know what's new? Looking for remote and hybrid resources - Pick up a copy of the  Reconnecting Workspaces book or the 90-Day Guide for Success. Instagram: @ReconnectingWorkspaces

Build out your skills, toolkit and mastery in coaching in the remote and hybrid space with the Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach training (24 CCES). Or join us for one of our other ICF CCE approved programs:


Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs) - next starts on Friday May 13th at 1015 am ET

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs) - next starts on Monday May 16th at 130 pm ET

Also 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.



Thursday, May 05, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials - 1 of 18: Clients at the heart of great programming


Recently, as part of our 18th anniversary celebrations here at Potentials Realized, we pulled together some new quick resource guides for coaches and leaders in our core areas of business – group coaching, team coaching, and remote and hybrid work.

Here at the Group Coaching Ins and outs blog we’ll be taking a regular (i.e. weekly) dive into our new one-page checklist for Group Coaching, by exploring each of the 18 Core Group Coaching Essentials weekly. If you don’t have a copy of the resource, you can access it here. It includes 18 core areas to support you in designing, running and marketing your group coaching work.

Principle #1 starts with our clients, who always are at the heart of great programming as a coach. 

Principle: Create group programs based on the needs and preferences of your participants.

Action: Consider how your clients impact marketing strategies, delivery methods, the duration of your program as well as the program topic.

Co-designing with participants is at the heart of great group coaching work. It’s important to really get to know WHO you are designing for as their needs will dictate whether your group is meeting weekly for a quarter, daily for a month, or bi-weekly for a year.

What do you notice about the needs of your clients?

In the Group Coaching Essentials program we take a deeper dive into learning more about client needs, in a couple of different ways. One is an interactive method we use during our GEC calls (often rated as one of the favorite activities of the program!), and another in the Group Coaching Client Assessment form. Check that out here.

Activity this week:

Thinking about your ideal client, paint a more detailed picture by asking these questions:

·       What is the cadence and rhythm people want with your programming?

·       What goals are your ideal clients working towards?

·       What accountability support are clients wanting?

·       What else is important to note about your clients and their needs and preferences?

Enjoy the conversation, and consider joining us for the next Group Coaching Essentials program to shape a program catered to your clients needs.


With best wishes,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)

Want to know what's new? Looking for remote and hybrid resources - Pick up a copy of the  Reconnecting Workspaces book or the 90-Day Guide for Success. Instagram: @ReconnectingWorkspaces

Build out your skills, toolkit and mastery in coaching in the remote and hybrid space with the Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach training (24 CCES). Or join us for one of our other ICF CCE approved programs:

Also 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.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Group Coaching in the spotlight - 18th anniversary calls (1 of 7)

 This month we're celebrating our 18th anniversary here at Potentials Realized. One of our flagship programs, Group Coaching Essentials, has supported thousands of coaches in designing, marketing and implementing their own group coaching programming. Whether it's for public programming, or corporate groups, in-person, or virtual, great group coaching design is all about engagement, and interaction.

If you haven't checked out our first of the 18th anniversary calls (which are held live on Thursdays from 12  - 1230pm ET) consider joining us between now and the final call date of May 19th. You can sign up for alerts here. Our next call on Thursday the 21st will focus on Hybrid and Remote Leadership and Teamwork.

Here's a link to watch the first call with group coaching in the spotlight. Check out the principle we share, along with some of the best practices:



Want to offer your own group coaching programming? Join us for the 8.75 CCE Group Coaching Essentials program (8.75 CCEs) or the Advanced Practicum (an additional 10 CCEs). Programs start April 19th and May 13th for the Essentials, or April 26th for the Advanced Practicum.

Enjoy the conversation!

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Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)

Want to know what's new? Looking for remote and hybrid resources - Pick up a copy of the  Reconnecting Workspaces book or the 90-Day Guide for Success. Instagram: @ReconnectingWorkspaces

Build out your skills, toolkit and mastery in coaching in the remote and hybrid space with the Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach training (24 CCES). Or join us for one of our other ICF CCE approved programs:

Also 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.



Sunday, April 03, 2022

April 2022 CCE Programs in Group and Team Coaching

Calling all aspiring and seasoned group and team coaches! It's another new month which means that it's time for a new set of programming which will run for April and May. Programming is led by myself, as well as our Team Leads in Group and Team Coaching. All are known for the highly interactive nature and practical application. I hope that you will consider joining us for one of these program offerings. Spaces are limited so be sure to register early:

Group Coaching Essentials - Join us for 5 weeks to explore the best practices of group coaching design, marketing and implementation. Leave with your program outline sketched out and ready to go! 8.5 CCEs with ICF. Space is limited to 8. The next session begins on Tuesdays 2 – 3:15 pm ET April 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 10, 2022. Cost: $595 US. Click here to join us for the Group Coaching Essentials programs.

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - 6 weeks of practice and feedback on your skills. Invaluable! Take your learning deeper from the Essentials. 10 CCEs. Tuesdays 830 – 945 am ET starting 830 - 945 am ET starting April 26th. Bundle with the Essentials for a total of $1045 US. Space is limited to 6.

Team Coaching Essentials for the Virtual, Remote and Hybrid World - Looking to scale your conversations to teams? Join us for 6 weeks to explore the foundations of team coaching, the competencies and also core elements of design, marketing and implementation. Mondays 9 -1015 am ET running April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2022.  Register and join us now. You can also bundle this with the Practicum, and even do a TRIFECTA Bundle of the Group Coaching Essentials, Team Coaching Essentials and the Advanced Practicum.

Virtual Facilitation Essentials – Ready to boost your virtual facilitation skills? There’s always a next layer. This program is offered 2-3 times a year and will be back on Tuesdays from 4 – 5:15 pm ET starting on April 26, May 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2022. Join us to keep exploring the bells and whistles of zoom! 8.5 CCEs. Click here to learn more and register.

Mentor Coaching Group - 10 hours - Come sharpen your skills and explore the ICF competencies. Meets ACC and PCC requirements. Fridays 9 - 10 am ET starting April 29, running to end of July. $1195 US (payable in 1, 2 or 3 installment payments). Click here to learn more and register. Space is limited to 6.

Coaching the Hybrid Work Styles - Are your clients trying to figure out how to work more effectively in the hybrid world? Check out the new Coaching the Hybrid Work Styles program which takes a deep dive into the Hybrid Work Styles Quiz and how to coach individuals, groups or teams around them. Join us for this 5 week program. Click here to learn more. $997 US.

Questions? Set up a call with me, or one of our team members - Team Coaching, Group Coaching.

Looking forward to our conversations,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)

Want to know what's new? Looking for remote and hybrid resources - Pick up a copy of the  Reconnecting Workspaces book or the 90-Day Guide for Success. Instagram: @ReconnectingWorkspaces

Build out your skills, toolkit and mastery in coaching in the remote and hybrid space with the Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach training (24 CCES). Or join us for one of our other ICF CCE approved programs:

Also 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


Monday, January 03, 2022

Setting Intentions - Group and Team Coaching - Week 1 of the 52 weeks series

 


Happy New Year! I am looking forward to bringing to you 52 blog posts this year on group and team coaching issues on a weekly basis.  They will be geared to provide you with implementable ideas and resources you can incorporate right away into any conversation you have with many, whether it’s group or team coaching.

Given that this first week of the year is a significant one for kick offs of new groups and team conversations, I thought it would be fitting to focus on the topic of working with your groups or teams to set intentions for the year.

Supporting our clients in intention setting is valuable for a variety of reasons including:

·       IT provides a focus or direction of where clients want to go

·       It supports a focus on mindset, not just action

·       It opens up the conversation to what’s possible! (and we know from research that helping our clients step into the realm of exploring “What’s possible, is at the heart of the coaching conversation).

So what can be do to support intention setting for the year?

Here are five different ways to work with intention setting, whether it’s at the start of the year, or start of a program:

·       Simply ask “What are your intentions for the year?

·       Use a card deck and have individuals select a card, or a photo representing their intentions for the year

·       Have people select a metaphor which represents their intentions for the year

·       Roll the Dice  - Whether you joined me for the 18th Annual Year End Group and Teams Program Call OR for one of our recent Remote Pathways calls, I’ve been enjoying sharing the Reconnecting Workspaces dice this winter. They will be ready for purchase soon.

·       DRAW It Out – Last year I became a Draw Your Future Certified Facilitator, and enjoy bringing this graphic facilitation process to my clients.

What would you like to do to create more of a focus on intentions with your group?

Enjoy your conversations,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)

Want to know what's new? Looking for remote and hybrid resources - Pick up a copy of the  Reconnecting Workspaces book or the 90-Day Guide for Success. Instagram: @ReconnectingWorkspaces

Build out your skills, toolkit and mastery in coaching in the remote and hybrid space with the Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach training (24 CCES). Or join us for one of our other ICF CCE approved programs:

Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs)

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs)

Team Coaching Essentials (6 weeks)

Mentor Coaching Groups - For ACC/PCC

Also 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 


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Black Friday Deals - 2021 on until December 1st

It's that time of year - - Black Friday Specials! This year I'm excited to share that a number of our


programs for coaches are available until December 1st at a SPECIAL Black Friday rate. There's both digital products like the Conversation Sparker Cards, as well as a discounted rate on my two annual lab programs - the Learning Lab and Design Studio (for those wanting to develop their own group and team coaching programs), as well as the Coaching Biz Growth Lab (for those looking to grow their coaching business).

Check out these Black Friday specials - on until December 1st. I'll be highlighting them over the next few days through stories and photos.

This year's 2022 Black Friday Specials (running November 25 - December 1 2021):

One-on-on coaching support - for those wanting to grow their coaching business or develop a practice around group and team coaching. Save $400 US (or 20%) on a 5 hour coaching package. Let's get talking!

Learning Lab and Design Studio - Save $500 US on this annual program. We meet for 24 calls on topics related to designing and marketing your group and team coaching programs. Join us.

$500 off the December 9 - 11 Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach Training Program. Build out your toolkit for coaching in the virtual, remote and hybrid space. 24 CCEs. Program is being held virtually from 830 - 430pm ET. $3497 US Black Friday special. Build your hybrid toolkit.

Coaching Biz Growth Lab - Ready to grow your coaching business with consistent focus, and group coaching conversations? Save $500  US on this annual program. $250 US/month or $2497 for the year. Savings end December 1st. Join us!

Anyone who joins the Lab Programs or the December 9 - 11 Coaching Biz Growth Lab will also be invited to join me for a special 2022 Vision planning session. Questions? Set up a call to discuss what program is right for you!

Digital Products:

Digital copies of the Conversation Sparker Cards - Save $30. Check them out here. More than 100 digital cards to incorporate into your virtual or hybrid offerings.

40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards - Facilitated Instructions on how to work with visual cards - now $36 US. Immediate download. Applicable for any deck you want.

Enjoy the savings. Black Friday deals are on until December 1st 2021.

With best wishes,

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton - Group Coaching Essentials | Effective Virtual Conversations | Potentials Realized
Instagram @Remote Pathways (for remote workers) and @CoachingBizBuilder (for coaches)

Want to know what's new? Looking for remote and hybrid resources - Pick up a copy of the  Reconnecting Workspaces book or the 90-Day Guide for Success

Build out your skills, toolkit and mastery in coaching in the hybrid space with the Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach training (24 CCES). Training starts December 9th (3 days: 830 - 430pm ET each day)

Also 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