Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In case you missed the holiday goodies - marketing tips, on-demand design, exercises, business case and more!

I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season!  In case you were super busy prior to the holidays and missed the 12 Days of Holidays series I did over the last few weeks, I wanted to do a quick refresh. For 12 days I provided links to different free resources to support you with either your group and team program development and/or your coaching business. I hope that you will find them useful in your work - let us know in the comments which ones were your faves!

Here they are in one email:


Day 1 – 13th Annual Year End Group and Team Programs Call

45 minute video – 13th annual year-end group and team programs call

Day 2 – Marketing Tips for Group and Team Programs
Digital Chapter on Marketing Group and Team Coaching

Day 3 – Working with Visual Cards
30 min call on working with visual cards

Day 4 –  Team vs Group Coaching – What’s the Difference?
Article on Group and Team Coaching Differences

Day 5 – Mentor Coaching –
Article on Mentor Coaching

Day 6 – Working With Strengths – download
Facilitated Instructions for Working with Strengths with Visual Cards

Day 7 – Ongoing coach development

Social Media Worksheet
AND
Top 10 Questions I have received this year

Day 8 – Monday – Exercises -  28 Ways
Audio on 28 Different Exercises

Day 9 – Tuesday – Coaching Services special

See Double offerings on Day 7
25% discount on an annual coaching support plan (1-1)
Day 10  - On demand program ideas
Article – 10 Tips for Designing Video Programs

Audio – Creating Your Vision
 Discounted Rate on Virtual Business Planning Retreat
Day 12 – Business Case
Video- 2016 Spring Community Call: Building A Business Case for Team and Group Coaching


 I am looking forward to continuing to focus on group and team coaching isuses as well as well as virtual facilitation here at the blog during 2016. I've had a number of suggestions from some of our Facebook followers regarding what you'd like covered in the new year including:
More around exercises and things to do with groups/teams
More around assessments
Tricky issues
Marketing and Coaching Business Building

What other resources would you like to see? Please feel free to comment below!

Best wishes,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized/GroupCoachingEssentials
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com


About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)




Friday, December 23, 2016

Day 12 of 12 Days of Holiday Goodies - The Business Case for Group and Team Coaching

We've made it to the end of the 12 days of holidays and I hope that you have enjoyed the 12 different
resources I have made available to you. I'll do a recap next week on the different offers but you can find them all here. Over the last 12 days I've included links to articles, videos and audios to support you with your group and team programming. If you enjoyed them, I hope that it will spark you to join me during 2017 for one of our ongoing programs (January programs listed below)

Today's final goodie rounds out the others. This week we've looked at vision, marketing tips, exercises you might want to bring in, and other.

Today's resource link is to the Spring 2016 call I did on building a business case for group and team coaching. It runs for 33 minutes, and you can access it over at the Learning Lab and Design Studio portal here. For those who are considering how to describe your work, or what the benefits are, I hope that you will find it useful.

This call is reflective of the many topics we explore at the Learning Lab and Design Studio - a year long group that will run throughout 2017. If you are eager to put attention and focus around moving your coaching business forward in 2017, and want a collaborative group environment for learning, join me twice a month on Fridays from 8-8:45 am Eastern/Toronto for the live calls at the Learning LAb and Design Studio. There's now dozens of special articles, videos and audios from this year's LLDS which you'll be able to access during your time at the Lab. As I mentioned a few days ago on Day 7 some of our initial 2017 theme and focus areas for the two monthly group calls at the lab will be around setting your 2017 goals, team building, creating on-demand programming, virtual learning foundations, coaching skills and creating awareness. Learn more here or Download a program brochure here.

Thanks again for joining me this year for the 12 days of Holidays. Hope that you are your loved ones have a great holiday season,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials | PotentialsRealized
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com
About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include:
The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs) - Fridays 10:15- 11:30 am ET starting Jan 13th
The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs) - Fridays 1:15 - 2:30 pm ET starting Jan 13th
and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes - Fridays 9 - 10 am ET or 12 - 1pm ET starting January 13th.
Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day 11 of 12 Days of Holidays - Creating Your Vision for the New Year

Over the last three Decembers a number of coaches and business owners have participated in the Inner Biz Leader Virtual Business Planning Retreat. Since 2007 I have been leading LIVE virtual retreats where over the course of a day or a series of days, business owners and coaches gain clarity and start to breathe life into their business visions.

For many of us this month's coaching focus has been on creating a 2017 vision with our clients, but
have you taken time to create yours?

Today I wanted to make available an audio post on creating your vision for yourself. This is a 10 minute audio. I'd invite you over the next few weeks to grab a pen, a notebook (or computer) and take some time to dream and create.

Click here to listen into the Audio post on VISION.

Why is it important to take time to create your own vision for the new year?
  • Developing a vision helps to create clarity on what we want to create in our business;
  • A vision helps us decide where we want to focus and where we don't want to - this can help us say YES and NO;
  • A powerful vision can help us through the ebbs and flows of business;
  • From our vision comes our goals - large and strategic as well as granular and immediate;
  • From our goals we can create a roadmap and break down our goals into concrete, regular action steps.

I'm also offering 50% off the on-demand Inner Biz Leader Virtual Business Planning Retreat until January 8 2017 for anyone who wants to benefit from this seven hour self-directed retreat program. You'll have access to different worksheets each hour, as well as audio and video posts. It's an ideal time of year, and the on-demand format allows you to undertake te program and the planning work at your own pace. You can do it in one day, or seven!

The regular price is $197 US and I'm offering a 50% discount until January 8 2017 to any readers from this blog that use the coupon code 2017vision  at the main registration page, or this special link.

I'll be hosting a one day 2017 vision planning session LIVE on Wednesday January 11 th from 8- 4 pm ET. You'll find more details and the registration link here. Registrants will receive ongoing access to the on-demand program, as well as the one day with me. Cost for this live option is $497 US. Email me for a 50% discount link on the live/virtual option by December 23rd midnight ET!

Have a great Thursday,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized/GroupCoachingEssentials
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com


About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 10 of 12 Days of Holidays: Creating Your Own On Demand Programming

One of the areas I've been involved with for several years now is creating on-demand programming. With the advent of Udemy a few years ago it opened up the possibility of creating a new revenue Teachable more than a year ago, and continue to enjoy designing new programming for different audiences. One that I have referred to already in the 12 days series is a compilation of three of the courses I designed in response to regular and frequent questions about marketing team and group program work (workshops, retreats and group coaching). This winter I've bundled together 3 programs to create the 2017 Kickstart Your Coaching Business program. This is a compilation of:
stream in my business through short video based courses.  I moved most of my courses from Udemy to my own site at
  •  the Marketing Tips for Your Group and Team Programs course - a 4 hour deeper dive into different strategies for marketing your group and team programs,
  • the Solopreneur Primer - which focuses on 12 key activities for any solopreneur business
  • The Coaching Business Builder - 12 More tips for creating and growing your coaching business
As a program bundle I'm able to offer a $100 savings for a total of $197 for the three programs.

During 2017 I'll be sharing more about creating your own on-demand programs during the month of March at the Learning Lab and Design Studio (LLDS) As some of you know, the LLDS is a group which meets throughout the year on Fridays from 8-8:45 am ET by zoom. With two calls a month we take a deeper dive into related topics to building a coaching business, and offering group and team programming. The LLDS also hosts a growing body of resources only available to LLDS members. I hope that you will consider joining us for the kick off of our 2017 programming on Friday January 13th at 8 am ET. Click here to learn more, download a schedule and reserve your spot.

In the interim, enjoy today's goodie which is an article on 10 Tips for Designing Your own Video Based Programming.- one of the monthly articles from the LLDS.

Have a great Wednesday. See you tomorrow for day 11!

Best wishes,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials | PotentialsRealized
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com
About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include:
The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs) - Fridays 10:15- 11:30 am ET starting Jan 13th
The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs) - Fridays 1:15 - 2:30 pm ET starting Jan 13th
and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes - Fridays 9 - 10 am ET or 12 - 1pm ET starting January 13th.
Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Holidays: The Heart of Coaching - and a special rate for some one-on-one support

From supporting business owners to grow their businesses, to leaders who want to glean insights
about how they can be at their best, coaching is a modality which supports learning, growth and change in a sustained manner. As I look out at my own experience as a business owner and coach in the last twelve years, I can see how coaching and mentoring support - whether in a group setting or an individual context has moved my own work and focus to the next level.

Today's goodie is a discount on a twenty-five hour package of coaching support for 2017. It's geared for those coaches who want individual support throughout the year through two hours of coaching a month. Whether you want to focus on group program development, honing your skills or growing your business, this one year support package is geared to support  you on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

This special annual package includes:
  • 25 hours of coaching - taken as two hours a month throughout 2017, plus a kick off session. These are scheduled as phone calls, skype or zoom calls
  • Invitation to join me for one of my virtual retreat days, which are focused on taking action on moving your business and/or program ideas forward. Virtual retreats are currently scheduled for Thursday January 26 (1:30 - 5pm ), Thursday March 9 (1-5:30 pm ET), May 31 (1 - 5 pm ET).
  • A coaching journal to use throughout the year.
The cost for this would normally be $7600 US. Until December 31, 2016 you'll be able to save $1000 for a total of $6500 US. This can be paid in one installment of $6500 US or four installments of $1625 US four times throughout the year.

Visit the Group Coaching Essentials website for more information about our annual coaching package for coaches, and lock in your savings until the end of the year. Click here to learn more and
reserve your spot.

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com
About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways - 28 activity ideas

In our work with groups and teams it is important to have a variety of different activities to pull upon.
Today I wanted to share an audio post which includes 28 ideas for different activities you may want to bring into your own group or team programs work. Whether you are creating a workshop, retreat, group or team coaching program, chances are this short audio will spark some ideas for you.

Listen into this 10 minute audio here:

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What are your favorite activities to use? Please feel free to comment below.

A couple of tips in selecting activities:
1. What is the purpose of the activity - to spark conversation, create new insights, clarify, expand, facilitate action, support goals, other?
2. How long do you have to undertake the activity?
3. Remember to leave as much time around dialogue as the actual activity itself, if you are coaching.
4. What supports/materials will you need?
5. How will this connect in with other activities or themes you are working around?
6. What pre-work is there to set people up for maximum advantage?
7. What post-work is there?

Have a great start to your week,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials : our site for Coaches wanting to expand their work with groups and teams
PotentialsRealized: our main site focusing on leadership, virtual facilitation, coaching and other support
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com
Phone: (416)996-8326
About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Day 7 of 12 of the Holiday Goodies - The Learning Lab and Design Studio

This past year I started hosting a group which meets on Friday mornings at 8 am ET, focusing on group and team programming, and by extension, coaching business building. It's call the Learning Lab and Design Studio and we'll be continuing in 2017 in a new format of two Friday morning calls a month starting on January 13th at 8 am ET. It's a mix of both learning and design for coaches. A place to gain valuable tools and resources, but also a place which encourages you to roll up your sleeves and get your hands "dirty" or into action  - whether it's designing a new program, or moving the marketing forward with your business.

This year we've focused on a range of pertinent topics from working around goals, and vision, metaphors to undertaking design and vision sprints and hacks.

Topics planned for 2017 include:
Creating your 2017 roadmap
Building Your Toolkit
Marketing
Accountability
Designing your own on-demand programming

Group members have full access to the resources that are only available in the lab, which includes a new monthly article and a new template to use in your work.

As today's goodie, I wanted to make available a couple of these resources to you,

Here are the links to the two goodies I wanted to make avaialbe:
A social media worksheet you may want to use in planning your social media focus for 2017. Click here to view.
A link into the most recent call I did on the top 10 tools of 2016 and questions I received about group and team coaching. Click here to view this 45 minute lecture call.

I hope that you will join me starting January 13th at 8am ET for the two calls a month. Cost for the 2017 programming will be $149/month or $1250 US for the year. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot. Registration links at the end of the page - you can also add on a block of individual coaching to your package at a reduced rate. Download a 2017 brochure here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCCGroup Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized 
Phone: (416)996-8326
Email: info(at)potentialsrealized(dot)com


About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts January as well (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Working With Strengths - Day 6 of the 12 Days of Holidays

One area many of us find ourselves working around as coaches is the area of strengths. Earlier this

week I shared my love of incorporating different visual cards into my work with groups and teams. Today I wanted to share with you one of the facilitated activities which makes up the 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards e-manual. This activity includes instructions on how to work with groups on Strengths.You can download it here. You'll be taken to a free download which is part of our newest on-demand bundle - The 2017 Kickstart Your Coaching Business.

Research from the Gallup organization shows that teams who are able to leverage their strengths are 12.5% more productive and individuals can be six times more engaged.

Coaching as a modality is also strengths-focused. It doesn't mean that we shy away from having clients explore weaknesses or growth edges, but it does mean that we start from strengths, or lead from that place.


What are the different activities you use to work with strengths? What new activities do you want to add to your toolbox for 2017? Be sure to take a look here at the blog at the different activities we cover. I also dedicate one week to focusing on different resources during the Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar which will be starting again on Friday January 13th. Hope that you'll join us to deepen your toolbox next year!

Didn't catch the first five days of the 12 Days of Holidays this year? Check them out here.

Best wishes,
Jennifer



Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials | PotentialsRealized
Email: info (at)potentialsrealized (dot)com
About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts Friday January 13th at 8am Eastern (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Holidays: Mentor Coach Resources

Fridays are usually my busiest day for programming with coaches. It's fitting that today's resource is
all about mentor coaching. As coaches it is important that we continue to develop our skill set, and sharpen our skills. Mentor coaching provides a vehicle for both of these.

Curious about how to find a great mentor coach? Check out this 2012 article I wrote for Choice Magazine entitled Mentor Coaching: Developing Your Muscle and Refining Your Craft.

Needing to complete your mentor coaching hours during 2017? I hope that you will consider joining me for a Mentor Coaching Group (10 hours of mentor coaching for ACC/PCC meeting for 7 hours of group calls, and 3 hours of individual coaching). We've got 2 groups starting January 13th (9-10 am ET and 12 - 1pm ET)

If you've missed any of the goodies this week in days 1 - 4 of the 2016 12 Days of Holidays, check them out here.

Have a great weekend,
Jennifer


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials | PotentialsRealized
(416)996-8326


About Us: Jennifer Britton is author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts January as well (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Day 4 of 12 Days of Holidays: Team Vs Group Coaching

I often get asked, "What's the difference between Team and Group Coaching?" This is the focus of Day 4 of the 12 Days of Holidays series.

There are some important and subtle differences in terms of the stance we take as a coach when working with a group of individuals versus a team (virtual, intact, project team). If you haven't read my Choice magazine article from a few years ago on the topic of group and team coaching I would encourage you to download it and read it now.

Some key differences between team and group coaching which are important to keep in mind include the:
  • Role of relationships, power and leadership
  • The lifecycle of the grouping  - does the grouping start and end with the coach (mostly the case of group coaching) or is the coach coming in to work with an entity that continues in its lifecycle (mostly in the case of team coaching)
  • Roles that exist
  • Whether there is a shared purpose and/or vision amongst the grouping
  • Stance and orientation of the coach
  • Whether we are holding the entity as a system or as a collection of individuals

The differences between team and group coaching is the focus of my second book, From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching. Pick up a copy at Amazon in hardcopy or Kindle.

Be sure to check out Days 1-3 of the 12 Days of holiday resources I've shared this week. You can view them here.

Have a great Thursday,
Jennifer

About Us: Jennifer Britton is the Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches will be meeting on Fridays at 8 am for coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs.




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day 3 - 12 Days: Working With Visual Cards


One of my favorite tools in working with groups and teams is bringing in visual cards. Given that I work with many multi-national groups, English is not always the first language. Visuals create a new way to connect across the group. Visuals often spark deeper level of individual insights. Many of you are familiar with the Conversation Sparker Cards I launched back in 2014. This past year we made available a French series for coaches who work with francophone clients. 22 of the 70 Conversation Sparker cards are questions.
There are a variety of different ways be can use visual cards. Consider the opportunities:
a. As a way to open the conversation
b. As a way to close a session with a group
c. As a creative sparker for new ideas when a group is stuck or when you need a little something different
d. When you are working with a team on visioning
e. When you are working with business owners on innovation
f. When you are undertaking a strategic planning session
Many of you viewed my 2015 blab on different ways to work with visual cards over at our YouTube channel. You can view that 30 min call here.
During 2015 I created the 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards E-Manual, which includes facilitated instructions for more than 40 different ways to incorporate your favorite visual deck in an upcoming workshop, retreat, or virtual  program. The 40 Ways E-manual is a digital download and includes 40 different activities you can facilitate, along with five worksheets you can reproduce and bring into your session. Cost is $40 US. Pick up your copy here.


Have a great Wednesday,
Jennifer
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials | PotentialsRealized

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About Us: Jennifer Britton is the author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts January as well (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Day 2 -12 Days of Holidays: Year End Group and Team Program Goodies: Marketing tips

Welcome back to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Holidays, a daily dose of year -end goodies for those who are leading group and team programs. Yesterday, I shared a link to my 13th annual year-end group programs call. Today's goodie is a link to a digital chapter on Marketing Tips for Your Team and Group Coaching.

Since 2006, I've been leading the Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar, an ICF-CCE approved program supporting coaches who want to lead their own group and team coaching work. One of the #1 questions I receive each year is how do I fill my groups? Having voices on the line is a critical part of the group experience.

I hope that the digital chapter provides you with some more ideas on what might work for you. Key to marketing is consistent action, as well as tracking your results. Build in some touch points to check in what you notice around the results you are getting. Download the Marketing Tips for  Your Team and Group Coaching Programs here. (use code 4411 if prompted). If you are looking for more on this I hope you may check out the new 2017 Kickstart Your Coaching Bundle which includes 3 courses geared to marketing and business development.

For more ideas and past posts on marketing tips please check out these posts:

Planning for An Exceptional Group Program in the New Year (November 2016): Read it here.

Key Marketing Tips For Your Group Coaching Work (2012): Read it here

Marketing Success for Your Group Programs (2006): Read it here

As well as our Coaching Business Builder series of posts

Have  a great Tuesday,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
GroupCoachingEssentials | Potentials Realized
Email: info@potentialsrealized.com
(416)996-8326


About Us: Jennifer Britton is the Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts January as well (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)



Monday, December 12, 2016

12 days of holidays - Day 1 Group and Team Program Goodies

As we start to wind down the business year of 2016 in lead up to the holidays, I wanted to resuscitate an older tradition I've undertaken over the last decade a couple of times - the 12 days of holidays series. Each day up to December 23rd I'll be posting a link to a different resource or special I think you might be able to benefit from when pulling together your own group and team programs - workshops, retreats, group and team coaching, webinars etc. I hope that you will also share these with your friends and colleagues!

Today is day 1 of 12 and I'm including a link to the 13th Annual Year End Group and Team Programs call I held on Friday December 9th. In this year's call I took a look back at some of the key themes and trends in group and team programing this past year, and looked ahead to three possibilities which will likely impact our work with groups and teams during 2017. You can view this video online at our EffectiveGroupCoach YouTube Channel, or view  it here. Run time is 45 minutes:



Enjoy! I'm excited about the resources and specials I will be sharing before December 23rd and I hope that you will enjoy them too. Stay tuned for tomorrow's goodie. It is related to the #1 question I received about groups this year.

Best wishes,
Jennifer


Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCCGroup Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized 
Phone: (416)996-8326
Email: info(at)potentialsrealized(dot)com


About Us: Jennifer Britton Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts January as well (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A book in 30 days? The power of a 30 day challenge and a community

Some of you may know that in the past two years I have dedicated part of my focus during the month of November to writing. Today I've just penned off on 62,042 words of my latest book. That's about 160 pages. I often get asked by coaches and business owners I know, "What's it like to write a book?" I wanted to shed a little light on the birthing of my latest manuscript (manuscript #4 in the last 7 years) while it is still fresh.


Last November I heard for the first time about NANOWRIMO (which stands for National Novel Writing Month) through a collection of colleagues on Facebook who were going to focus on NABIZWRIMO (National Business Writing Month). I jumped in and pumped out over the course of the month a great manuscript on leadership. I recall my first experience of going from 0 to more than 14 chapters in a month as exciting and quite a bit of work.  As usual work resumed it's normal pace after the November US Thanksgiving lull for me in the month of December 2015 (always a popular month for coaching), so that manuscript has sat and percolated on the side burner since.

With 2016 having been a busy year and a number of commitments in early to mid-November I wasn't sure what the writing process would be like this year. I had a topic in mind and that's about it! The former "planner and project manager" in me loves a plan and in late October I felt that I was a little unprepared but committed to make this happen. On November 1st sat down and drafted out names of the potential chapters (which of course have change). Day 1 I hit 3000 words noticing that it was double the daily amount needed if I wanted to write consistently for 30 days. With the power of the larger virtual NANOWRIMO community as inspiration, along with amazing writing sprints that were streamed on YouTube between November 1 - 15th I was able to hit the 50,000 word mark. That's the goal post set as the monthly goal for the month, and one that was hoping to hit over the month.

When I've had time in the last two weeks I've been able to move the manuscript ahead to a place where it's really taken firm shape. After revising chapters and completing almost a full edit of the text I'm going to celebrate by ordering myself a nifty scarf with part of the text embossed on it.

I'm already planning to square off some time in the first half of 2017 to brush off my 2015 leadership manuscript and get that polished for publication in late 2017 as well.

Now the big question exists. Do I go the traditional publishing route for this new manuscript as I have for my first two books - or do I self-publish? As an experienced author I know that writing the book is only one part of the journey. Now begins the editing, promotion and building a community around it which does take effort as I have seen with Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices for Group and Team Coaching.

It's been a fun month and I am hopeful that this new book is as impactful as my others have been. Stay tuned in the new year for more info as I know many of you will find this another rich compendium to your work.

I know many of you are interested in writing your own books so here are some of my key lessons of the writing a book in a 30 day challenge this November:
1. Create a goal that's important and meaningful to you;
2. Connect with a community that can support you through the process. With how busy the first part of the month was for me with my own work, I can't say how invaluable the word sprints were for me to get focused and get things on paper, especially when I felt I was too tired or busy to write!
3. Undertake daily action, every day, no matter what
4. Trust that the gems will emerge as you find focus and create space for what's important, and what you've committed to
5. Be ruthless in carving out time in your schedule, even if you don't have a plan on how you are going to use it. I've seen how what I call my "15 minute rule" works - set a time for 15 minutes and start writing and usually by the timer goes you'll have a good idea of where your writing is going to take you.

An important reminder for me this month has been how important it is to be part of community and to make sure that I am building in time for myself. As a mom, business owner, and partner/supporter with many, it's easy to have my own needs (beyond regular workouts at the pool) squeezed. The rest of today I'm going to be celebrating in small ways.

Did any of you complete the NANOWRIMO Challenge this year? What was your experience like?
I hope that this post sheds some light "behind the curtains" on the writing process. You'll note in my photo above the three stages completed of the manuscript so far - left is the first draft of approx. 50,000 words, next comes the new chunking of the book into chapters, and the thrid pile on the right are the revisions of the chapters (8 chapters done, 4 to go).

And as an FYI (For Your INFO)..... to anyone who as looked at the amount of paper used in horror....Two fun things -The first two drafts were printed on a whole pile of old 1980s computer paper which had come from my parent's house. Who remembers the old DOS printers with the holes on the side? It was amazing thin paper to print on which meant my briefcase was not as heavy when I had to travel with the first draft!

Second, one of my summer jobs during an undergrad was as a tree planter up the beautiful wilderness of Northern Ontario. While it was a rough job for a young woman in her late teens in early twenties up "in the bush" (as we call it), six weeks of work paid for most of my tuition and expenses during my 4 years of university. We were paid by the tree, and with some days being what we called "highball" days of 1000 new trees in the ground, with 30 days a year, over 4 years, I'm sure some of the paper I used was planted by me or some of the crews I worked with.

Have a great start to your December!

Jennifer


Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCCGroup Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized  
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
Phone: (416)996-8326
Email: info(at)potentialsrealized(dot)com

PS- The final Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar for 2016 starts tomorrow, Thurs Dec 1st. Consider joining us if you want to launch your own group coaching program in 2017. Calls will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:15 pm ET on December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 by zoom. 8.75 CCEs. More info and registration here. 3 spots still open. Cost: $450 US.

Want to carve out some space to move your program plans, business plans or projects forward? I'm hosting at least 2 more Virtual Retreats before the end of the year - join me for one or both. Thursday December 1 from 10-2 pm ET I'll be focusing on Program Planning for 2017, and on Friday December 9th from 1-5pm ET join me for a Get it Done Virtual Retreat where you can focus on business or program planning or a project of your own. Cost: $97/one day  More info here. 



Monday, November 28, 2016

Planning for an Exceptional Group Coaching Program in the New Year

As we move towards the end of the year it's time to gear up for new year planning, if you haven't
already. You might think that you don't have enough time but with the way the holidays are falling this year, some people and many schools will be taking holidays from December 24th through to January 9th. That leaves a good 6-7 weeks for planning, and marketing.  The new year is a great time to launch new programs, as many coaching clients are looking to make their changes stick come January 2nd!

Here are several considerations for your planning over the next few weeks:

1. Consider or listen into the focus areas your clients are looking for group coaching support in.

  • If they are a business owner, what are the key 3-4 areas they are looking for support in? 
  • How can these areas become the foundation of a new program areas for you?
2. Consider how long you want to be offering groups for.
  • Is this a short term group or long term group?
  • How frequently are you meeting?
  • When are people able to meet?
  • What do they want/expect in terms of contact points with you as coach? With each other?
  • Be noticing what your clients are hungry for in terms of support areas.
3. How do you want to offer this? Virtually or in person?
  • Again, consider your client preferences, as well as your own.
  • If you need to set up a bridgeline or zoom room, do that now.
4. What are the 5-10 ways you can consistently get the message out to people about your offering.
  • Marketing is often left as the final thing to do and in group programs we need people on the line in order to have a group.
  • Grab a calendar and map out your daily actions for the next 30-45 days in these 5-10 strategies. What exactly will you do?
  • What are the things you want to communicate? What's included in the program? What benefits are there? What can people expect from your work together?
  • Check out past posts here about marketing and promotion
5. Consider what additional support is going to make this group become a reality?
  • What support you do need in order to make it happen?
  • What program supports are going to make this an exceptional program?
  • Who can help you make this a reality?

What other things are going to make this real for you? Grab a pen and paper and make a list right now - scheduling it in.

As we know "What doesn't get scheduled, doesn't get done!" - Peter Drucker.

Have a great start to your week,
Jennifer

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCCGroup Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized  
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
Phone: (416)996-8326
Email: info(at)potentialsrealized(dot)com
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➪If you are looking for some support, join me this Thursday, December 1st from 10-2 pm ET for a Virtual Retreat Day focused on Program Development. Over the course of the 4 hours you will move through a series of group calls and individual exercises (offline) to breathe life into your program plans. I'll be available for part of the day as well for "Drop in" 1-1 mentoring as well. You can also join us for a second virtual retreat day on Friday December 9th from 1 - 5 pm ET with a focus on Getting Things Done. Sometimes we need the space and focus to make things happen. Register for one, or the two (and receive access to the recording of a virtual retreat I held a few weeks ago on Business Development - if you opt for the two program option).

Looking for more tips, tools and best practices? The final Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar is starting this week and we'll be meeting in an accelerated fashion with calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:15 pm Eastern/New York on December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15. This program is approved for 8.75 CCEs with the ICF and covers the best practices of designing, implementing and marketing group coaching (Virtual/in person/corporate and public). 3 spots still open. More info and registration link here.