Friday, February 24, 2006

What's the optimum size of a group coaching session?

I often get asked the question - what's the optimum size of a group coaching session? I'm afraid that there is no one single response. One of my values in running programs is interactivity, so I tend to limit most of my group coaching programs run by phone to 8 participants for an hour - 75 minute session. This allows for discussion amongst individual clients, and both individual and group work on the phone.

In looking at your own programs and identifying the ideal group size, consider the following:
  • What is your company and coaching philosophy?
  • Is the program in person? By phone?
  • How long is the program running - individual sessions, number of sessions?
  • What are the goals of the program?
  • What do your clients expect? What will benefit them most?
  • What do you want clients to take away? To experience in your program?
  • How have you priced the program? What is your financial bottom line?

Considering these questions will support you in coming up with your own optimum group coaching session size.

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