Monday, September 26, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials - #11 of 18 - Learning Styles

 This week's blog is written by Evana Valle, our Team Lead for Group Coaching. Evana has


been leading many of our Group Coaching Essentials cohorts this year, after shadowing with me, being an alumni and an amazing group coach herself. 

One of the things that gets pronounced in a group is the different ways people connect in with the coaching process. While there's still debate about the "validity of different learning styles" in the academic world, as a practitioner I see this play out every day in conversations - in person and virtually.

Here's our 11th in the 18 series:

This week focuses on the value and benefit of intentionally considering and including various learning styles in your group programs. For example, approximately 60% of adults in North America have a preference for visual learning. Surprised? Likely not; however, what about the remaining forty percent?

In group programs, various learning styles are likely to be present, and you want to be mindful of who’s in your room (virtual or in-person) and how you can keep everyone learning, engaged, and moving towards their goals in a meaningful way. Here’s a table to help you:

 

Learning Style

Preferences

Possible questions by learning style?

Visual- learn by seeing.

Video over phone call

Appreciate PowerPoint presentations and visual images

1.What does that look like?

2. What impact do you envision?

Auditory- learn by hearing.

Prefer conference calls and enjoy supplementary programs through Ted Talks, audios, Podcasts and peer dialogue

1. What does it sound like?

Kinesthetic – learn by engaging with the world.

Love to try things out. Can be challenged in virtual reality IF no hands-on, active exercises are included

1.What does it feel like?

2. What would you do?

*Source: Effective Virtual Conversations by Jennifer Britton

 

Consider how you can integrate learning styles throughout the various elements of your overall program, including marketing and sales (to maximize interest and buyers), session design, in-between session interaction, and fieldwork. 

 

Principle – Consider the four core learning styles (visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic). 

 

Action: Create your programs to include all or a combination throughout each session to support maximum learning and embodiment.

 

 

This week, consider reviewing various aspects of your program (design, marketing, sales copy) to ensure the different learning styles are included. 

Consider the following ideas/ questions: 

 

* How do you ensure all learning styles are incorporated into your programs and marketing? 

 

* How can you leverage technology to support your participants to lean into their natural learning style?

 

*What further learning/development would benefit you as a coach to support you in identifying your participant’s preferred learning style? 

 

*How can you integrate the learning styles in pre-work? 

 

*How can you diversify your marketing and sales copy to include the various learning styles? 

 

*How might you use learning styles to deepen participant awareness? Forward their Actions? Goal-setting? And accountability? 

Enjoy the conversation and exploration,

Evana

What is your unique style as a coach? Take 2-minutes to complete the NEW Group and Team Coaching Superpower Quiz. You can find it at https://bit.ly/gtcoachingsuperpower. Share your style using the comments below and/or follow along on Instagram at our CoachingBizBuilder site.

Join us for an upcoming program including: 

Group Coaching Essentials - Tuesdays 830 - 945 am ET starting Tuesday September 27 - running for 5 weeks to end of October (8.75 CCEs). Best practices for design, marketing and implementing group coaching.

Virtual Facilitation Essentials - One Day Offering - Wednesday October 5 - 830 - 430 pm ET (8.5 CCEs). Come build your confidence and skills with Virtual Facilitation (yes, there still is more to learn about zoom, Teams and the virtual world!)

Coaching the 5 (Hybrid) Work Styles (based on our Hybrid Work Styes Quiz) - Tuesdays 1230- 230 pm ET - September 27 - end of October (currently being reviewed for 14 CCEs). Geared for coaches who are looking for a quick, (and free!), framework to use with teams as a conversation sparker around different styles, approaches and teamwork.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials 10 of 18 - Creating an Active Experience for our Clients

 


Welcome back to our tenth of our eighteen Group Coaching Core Essentials. This week’s focus is on the principle of “ Maximum learning requires individuals to participate actively in an experience.”

Coaching is an active learning experience SHAPED by the clients we work with.

Co-Creation is at the heart of a group or peer coaching process and coaches will practically want to build in time and space for debriefing or discussion.

In group coaching, you will want to spend time early on in the process to identify and shape your roadmap as a group.

Unlike training which is content-rich and all about the passage of information, group coaching is primarily about discovery and dialogue. Any training/content elements are best kept separate, either as pre-work or post work to enable the time together to be focused on dialogue. It is in this space of dialogue that we want to FORWARD ACTION and DEEPEN AWARENESS.

Understanding and integrating experiential education principles allows participants to discover knowledge for themselves.

As I have shared before, experiential processes are based on the models of David Kolb and his four-stage process often referred to as the ERGA. ERGA stands for Experience, Reflection, Generalization and Application. Experiential processes are also defined as “learning by reflecting on doing”.

In experiential processes (which could find us coaching, facilitating or training) we support learning, and conversations around:

Experience – What the person/group member is experiencing int heir world. In other words: WHAT?

Reflection – Creating a pause for reflection on what is going on? What really happened? This is known as the SO What?

Generalization – Based on what you have learned or experienced, what can you apply to other contexts?

Application – What might you be able to apply?

Check out this great video from the Experiential Learning Institute (4 min) on Experiential Education:

https://vimeo.com/415465791

 

As you consider this best practice, practically you will want to:

  • Consider what "ACTIVE EXPERIENCES" mean? Does this mean creating things in the moment (i.e. like a hands-on design weekend where people build out a business plan? Does ACTIVE mean incorporating kinesthetic, somatic or body-centered approaches?  
  •  Consider what pauses you provide for people to look at, and reflect on their everyday experiences.
  •   Consider what pauses you provide for people to explore WHAT ELSE is possible as you move forward.
  • Experiential processes can take a number of forms in a coaching conversations including:
  • Paired work, or triad work, around what experiences people are having
  • Create the space for reflective pauses like Journaling Prompts like our Square Journaling Cards which are available as a digital product you can incorporate into your own work

What are you doing to create the space for group coaching members to bring in their own experiences, reflect on them and consider what they want to apply going forward?

Enjoy the conversation,

Jennifer

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

Upcoming Programming this fall includes:

Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs) - Join us in September on Fridays from 1015 - 1130 am ET starting September 9th for 5 weeks

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs) - next starts on Monday September 12th for 6 weeks - With Kathy Vaughan and Jennifer

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs): Starting Fridays at 1230 pm ET on September 9th for 6 weeks (With Jennifer)

Mentor Coaching Group - for ACC/PCC - Fridays 9-10 am ET running from September 9 - December 9th (with Jennifer)

Supervision Group for Team Coaches - 10 hours - Thursdays starting September 15th and running to March (with Jennifer and Kathy - meets ICF and EMCC supervision requirements for team coaches)

Jennifer is also the 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 her author page on Amazon for all publications.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Group Coaching Core Essentials - 9 of 18: Exercises

This week's blog post comes to us from Evana, our Team Lead for Group Coaching.Thanks !

This week focuses on the value and benefit of including exercises in your group programs to support participants in achieving their goals and integrating their learning after sessions through action and accountability by group coach and their respective peers in the program. 

 

Similar to the experiential learning model, “What? So what? Now what?” it supports layers of awareness, and also action based on awareness; its equally important coaches have participants bring their learning outside of the program and integrating their knowledge in their lives.

 

Depending on your programs focus, you will likely have a toolbox of tools, exercises and possibly assessments to draw upon based on participant’s needs and goals. As a group coach your role is to stay present to participants needs providing feedback on what’s showing up in the sessions as possible topics to support participants achieving their goals and fulfilling their commitments.

 

 

Principle – Provide space in your program for exercises such as action planning, setting commitments, creating structures, and identifying accountability steps.

 

Action: Participants have frameworks to take learning of the programs back to their every day lives.

 

 

This week, consider reviewing what you can add or modify within your program (or separate sessions) to include exercises that support your participants to bring the learning from your program back into their lives. Consider the following questions: 

 

 

*How are you ensuring everyone is autonomous in the design of goals, actions and accountability during the group coaching program process?

 

*What structures can you add in your programs to create accountability both with the coach and within the group?

 

*How can you support participants integrate their learning outside of the session?

 

*What activities can you modify and migrate individual coaching to group setting to support awareness and action of participants goals?

 

 *What technologies are available to create accountability and action amongst the group members?

 

* How is your How are you continuing to develop yourself as a coach ?

 

*How can you leverage participant experiences and synergies to support participants to propel action?

 Blog post by: 

Evana Valle - Team Lead - Group Coaching, Potentials Realized

For more on this topic check out the Appendices of  Jennifer Britton's books - Effective Group Coaching, and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching

 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

Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs) - Join us in September on Fridays from 1015 - 1130 am ET starting September 9th for 5 weeks

Team Coaching Essentials (14 CCEs) - next starts on Monday September 12th from 130 - 3 pm ET for 6 weeks - With Kathy Vaughan and Jennifer

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs): Starting Fridays at 1230 pm ET on September 9th for 6 weeks (With Jennifer)

Mentor Coaching Group - for ACC/PCC - Fridays 9-10 am ET running from September 9 - December 9th (with Jennifer)

Supervision Group for Team Coaches - 10 hours - Thursdays starting September 15th and running to March (with Jennifer and Kathy - meets ICF and EMCC supervision requirements for team coaches)

Jennifer is also the 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 her author page on Amazon for all publications.