Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Group Coaching Topic Inspiration

Many coaches struggle with identifying a topic or theme for their group coaching programs. Think about your own practice -- what is your niche? How could you develop a group coaching program for your clients? What are the topics of interest to them?

If you don't have a niche, or haven't identified one, reflect on your own passions and purpose. What are you passionate about? Knowledgeable about? What areas would you like to create a forum for others to explore or discover? Make a list of your responses to these questions. What jumps out at you? Could this be one possible topic area? Now make a list of the possible topics you could offer group coaching programs on.

Creating a group coaching program around a topic or theme can assist you with the development of the program, its marketing, while narrowing in on the impact of the program for your clients.

Here is a list of some of the areas coaches are offering group coaching programs in: life-work balance, parenting, financial issues, team building, leadership, business success, career transitions, single parents, grief, entrepreneurship, retirement, teenagers, and college student success.

What inspires you?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Group Coaching Delivery Options

A common question I receive is what does group coaching look like? How do you do it? What a great place to start and get the ball rolling.

How you design a group coaching program will be the topic of a number of different posts, but when you are considering putting together your own group coaching program think about these different delivery options. Do you want your program to be:
  • In person?
  • By phone?

Will it be:

  • an intensive program (an evening, one day, a weekend)
  • delivered once a week as a one hour to one-and-a-half hour program
  • delivered every other week
  • delivered once a month

There are also lots of other combinations and options.

Ask yourself, who do I want to attend the program? What are their needs? Where are they located? When are they available? What is more convenient and effective for them - in person or phone sessions?

As you are looking to develop your group coaching program, think about these questions and make notes. More information about identifying your clients needs will follow at a later date, as will more information on the nuts and bolts of designing your own program.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Group Coaching Essentials Program - January 2006

I'm pleased to announce the January course dates for the Group Coaching Essentials program from Potentials Realized. This program is for coaches who are interested in expanding their one-on-one work to group coaching programs, as well as for coaches who are already doing group coaching are a looking to add some new tools and structures to their tool box.

The course will meet on Tuesdays from 7-8:15 pm (EST) on January 10, 17, 24, and 30th, by phone. We will cover the following topics:
  • The Essentials of Group Coaching - how it differs from one-on-one coaching, workshops and retreats
  • The Nuts and Bolts - logistics, group size, length, delivery methods
  • Creating/Designing Your Own program - tools to create your own program
  • Marketing your Group Coaching Program
  • Exercises for Group Coaching Programs

There will also be a one-hour group follow-up call one month in late February/early March. I will also meet with each course participant individually before and after the course to discuss your own projects.

The course is packed with tools, structures and activities for your own group coaching programs. By the end of the program, your own group coaching program will be ready to roll!

I will be offering an Early Bird Discount until this Friday, December 9th, making course pricing $200 USD. The regular registration rate of $225 will go into effect as of December 10th. Visa payments are accepted.

The course size is limited to only eight coaches, to facilitate individualized attention and learning. Spaces are filling quickly, so email me ( if you'd like to join the Group Coaching Essentials program in January. I hope that you will!