Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Amazing Resource for Group Activities and Exercises:

Keeping in the theme of powerful and engaging exercises for small groups, I wanted to share a great link with you to Wilderdom - If you are looking for some free resources to incorporate into your next program check out their index of group activities at There is also great information about outdoor and experiential education, as well as quotes on inspiration, life and wilderness.

As a former outdoor and experiential educator myself, I was so pleased to come across this fantastic site which originates from James Neill in Australia. Thank you James for putting this amazing body of work together.

Enjoy checking out the site! I'll be back later this week with more on games, and a special offer on my Engaging Exercises for Teams and Groups Manual.

Jennifer Britton ~ Potentials Realized
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A few spaces still remain for the next Group Coaching Essentials program which starts next Tuesday October 3rd at 10:45 - 12 noon(EST). The dates for the program are: Oct. 3, 17, 24 and 31st (note a slight change to originally published dates as a client has booked me to run an all day retreat on the 10th).

You'll participate in 5 x 75 minute teleseminars on the HOW TOs for developing and marketing your group coaching programs. You'll also receive a 70 page manual, full of information, resources and links to support you in your program development, marketing and implementation. In addition, all participants can access me for 1-1 meetings throughout the course of the program at no extra charge. The cost for the program is $225 USD.

This program is hands-on and interactive - space is limited to 8 coaches. Click here for an overview of the program. Downloadable registration forms are available here. Please email or phone to reserve your spot. I look forward to serving you!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Exercises for Group Programs - The Importance of Closure

Closure for Group Programs
Jennifer Britton, CPCC, CHRP, CPT - Potentials Realized
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Closure is an important part of any group program, even though it may be the first thing that is cut out when programs are running a little long. Effective closure activities can serve many purposes including, creating:

1. A framework for participants to identify:

  • What they have learned from the program
  • What they will take away in terms of learning, new perspectives/insights etc
  • How they will apply their new learning into their daily life - at work or home

2. A forum for participants to create an action plan to reinforce the learning that they have undertaken during the course of the program. How will the participants be "bringing the learning home" to their real lives?

3. An opportunity to reflect upon the learning journey in the context of the program

4. An opportunity for celebration and to give thanks

What type of closure activities do you use in your programs? Is this the first thing that gets cut off when time is running short?

Here a couple of ideas for your next program:

1. Develop an action plan handout (or at the end of a participants notebook/manual) which has participants make commitments as to specific actions they are going to undertake.

2. Learning Partners - Have participants pair up with another/or two other participants to discuss their major learning throughout the program. Provide each group with two or three structured questions they can discuss. have them contact each other by email/phone/in person one month after the program to discusss how their learning has impacted their work/life. Get each group to contact you with a summary of the results. Allot sufficient time for each group to meet, get to know each other and design how and when they will reconnect.

3. Closure Circle - Have each participant share with the group the one most important learning point for them and how they are going to integrate this in their daily life and work.

4. Nature Walk and Closure - To add a creative twist, allow participants 5 - 10 minutes to do a silent walk in the surrounding environment (if venue permits) and have them select a piece of nature which they bring back into the program (i.e. stone/flower/leaf). Participants can close with a discussion of what they have chosen in the closure circle format. A neat thing about it is that participants can take this object home with them as a reminder of their learning and commitments.

I hope that you will try some of these out in your upcoming programs. If you do, I'd love to hear how it went.

Jennifer J. Britton - Potentials Realized ( and

Jennifer J. Britton has been faciltiating group programs (workshops, retreats and group coaching) since 1988. Her work with teams and groups has taken her around the world, and she has faciltiated programs in over 14 countries. Jennifer is the founder of Potentials Realized, a coaching, training and consulting firm, and works with corporate and group clients in the areas of teamwork, leadership and enhanced business results. She is the author of the Engaging Exercises for Teams and Groups Manual, and also a co-author of Starting Your Own Business - A Guide for Women in York Region.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

7 Success Strategies for Your Group Programs

Over the weekend I was one of nine presenters at the ICF-GTA Fall Conference (International Coach Federation - Greater Toronto Area Chapter) and spoke about "7 Success Strategies for Your Group Programs".

There was a great turnout at an enriching and powerful day of learning, sharing and building community. The coaching community in Toronto continues to grow vibrantly (there were about 100 coaches at the one day event), and it was very encouraging how many coaches are considering expanding their skills into the area of group programs. I hope that I can act as a resource for you in your journey - through this blog, and also my individual and group programs.

If you weren't able to join me over the weekend in Toronto to hear about 7 Success Strategies for Your Group programs, I will be offering a call on this topic in the near future. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I want to leave you with a question -- "If you knew that you would be amazingly successful - what group program would you offer right now?". I'd love to hear your comments...please post them!

Have an amazingly creative and rewarding week,

Jennifer Britton, CPCC, CHRP, CPT
Potentials Realized
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October's Group Coaching Essentials program starts on October 3rd - Tuesdays 10:45 - 12 noon (EST), meeting on October 3, 10, 17, 24 and for a follow-up call in November/December. Move your group coaching program vision into action!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Exercises for Group Programs - Icebreakers

Affectionately known as "icebreakers", these are activities used at the start of a group program - whether it is a workshop, retreat or group coaching program. Icebreakers are important for many reasons. First, they help to set the tone of a program, while allowing participants to get to know each other. Icebreakers, when chosen effectively, can help to reduce the anxiety participants arrive at a program with. As we know, anxiety is a blockage to learning, so reducing anxiety for adult learners is an important concept.

There are literally millions of icebreakers out there, in print and on the web. As I have asked in previous posts, what exercises do you have available at your disposal? Is it time to update some of your icebreaker activities? Spend some time adding to your list of exercises at your disposal.

As a group coach, introductory exercises (icebreakers) can be very powerful in starting to create the environment of trust between group coaching participants, while setting the stage for whatever topics the coaching revolves around (for example, work-life balance, values, business vision, career transition, leadership -- these are all areas I often run group coaching programs on). When you are looking at designing your next group coaching program, think about what exercises might be great at setting the stage for your work together.

In my next post, I'll share with you one of my favorite icebreakers from my toolkit, so stay tuned!

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, CPCC, CHRP
Potentials Realized
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960

Have you checked out our upcoming programs for the fall? There is a wide variety of teleseminars, in person intensive programs, and virtual retreats that I will be offering over the coming months. I know that they would be useful in supporting you with your work with teams and groups. Check out our upcoming events listing at and register. Spaces are limited for all programs, so reserve yours today!