Thursday, January 29, 2009

BizTips on Thursday: Twitter

This year I am starting a new column for the Group Coaching blog on BizTips. Many coaches continue to struggle from a business perspective. This is particularly true in the current economic climate. Keep posted for BizTips which will be posted on a semi-monthly basis to support you in a different aspect of your business success. Many of these topics are ones that I passionately have lectured on as a former Business Faculty Member, cover in the 90 DayBizSuccess program, and work around in the small business coaching work that I do.

This week's post is all about one of the latest social media crazes -- Twitter.

Wikipedia describesTwitter as:
" a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length".

If you've heard about twitter and are wondering what it might do for your business, here are some great web resources to get you started:

Duct Tape Marketing has produced a short Twitter for Business booklet which you can download here.

Some Tips from Claire Chapman:

The Twitter Handbook:

How are you using Twitter? What success stories do you have about it? What's the downside?

As always, please feel free to comment below. You can find me at Twitter at

Have a great week!


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Group Coaching Essentials

Monday, January 26, 2009

Join me for lunch: Tuesday Feb 3 at 12 noon (ET)

I hope that you will join me next Tuesday Feb 3rd from 12 - 12:45 pm (Eastern) for a lunchtime speaking engagement with the ICF-GTA Chapter Practice Talks call. I'll be speaking next week on Expanding Your Reach - Tips and Tools for Group and Team Coaching.

Each month a 45 minute teleconference call on issues related to coaching and business building is held.

I hope that you will join me next week for an engaging lunch time discussion.

Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday Feb 3 from 12 - 12:45 pm (Eastern)

Dial in to: (218) 339-2626, access code 164873 (Note: Callers are responsible for their own long distance charges)

What I'll be talking about:
Wondering about how you can leverage your time and serve more clients outside just a 1-1 model? During this month’s ICF GTA Practice Building call, Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, will be covering some quick tips and tools to support you in expanding your coaching reach to groups and teams. She’ll be discussing how group coaching is similar to, and also different from, individual one-on-one coaching. She’ll also share how you can adapt some of your current coaching tools to teams and groups. Please bring any and all of your questions about group coaching to this month’s lunchtime call.

There's no cost and no need to register.

I look forward to having you join me for lunch next week!


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, CHRP
Potentials Realized
Group Coaching Essentials
Phone: (416) 996-TEAM (8326)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

4th Annual Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey Now Available

The 4th Annual Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey has just been released and is now available for download. You can download your own copy of the survey here.

The survey answers questions including
  • What is executive coaching?
  • Who gets a coach?
  • How are services delivered?
  • Who becomes a coach?
  • How do they get their training?
  • How much does coaching cost?
  • Is it worth the money

1500 participants, primarily executive coaches, participated in the survey. Participants came from the US, Canada and 40 other countries, showing the global nature of executive coaching. The survey also highlights some interesting differences about the background, training and type of work executive coaches are doing on both sides of the Canadian and US border.

I hope that you will take a look at the 4th Annual Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey .

If you are aware of other surveys on coaching which have been released recently, please feel free to comment below. The need for more research on the profession continues to be a major issue - as such it is always wonderful to hear of new survey results being published.

Have a great week!

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC

Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960

Email: info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com

Monday, January 12, 2009

Exercises: The Backbone of Any Program

Exercises: The Backbone of Any Program
Copyright 2009 - Jennifer Britton. All Rights Reserved.

I am preparing this month for a number of team and group engagements -- both in person work and virtual work. I am reminded of how exercises really form the backbone of any group coaching or team coaching program.

When considering your next choice of exercise, consider the following questions:

1. What is the theme/message/learning you want to create for the exercise?
2. What's the tempo that will work for the group?
3. How will this exercise support different learning styles?
4. How will it compliment other exercises - in terms of theme/learning styles?
5. What risks are associated with this exercise?
6. When would this exercise be most suited in terms of placement - i.e. icebreaker, closure exercises etc?
7. What else does this exercise need as a compliment?
8. What questions should follow/be part of this exercise to allow the group to learn the most from it (jot down 3-5 questions you will follow the exercise with).

Challenge this week: If you are preparing for a new program, use these questions to help you take your exercise choice to the next level.
If you don't have a new program on the books, but are looking to create the foundation for a new one of your own, pick a theme (i.e. leadership, work-life balance) and spend 30-60 minutes gathering/researching exercises you could include.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out James Neill's -- which houses a really fantastic resource base of group exercises (copyleft!). Thanks James for this contribution. Know of other resources -- please feel free to comment below!

Have a great week!

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Group Coaching Essentials
Toll Free: 1-866-217-1960
Email: info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com

PS -- There are still a few spaces in two programs which are starting this week: Group Coaching Essentials starts Wednesday evening from 8-9:15 pm (ET) this week (Jan 14th), and the 90 Day BizSuccess starts Friday (the 16th) at 12 noon (ET). Looking forward to having you join me!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Upcoming January Programs

It's a new year and a great time to put some structure behind making those new year's resolutions - especially if you are a coach and have resolved to start offering group programs this year or grow your business.

Here's what's on tap this month:

Group Coaching Essentials Wednesdays 8-9:15 pm (EST), January 14, 21, Feb 4 and 11 plus a fifth call in March. Cost $275 US. Come celebrate our 3rd anniversary of this program! The ever popular Group Coaching Essentials program will be offered again this month. If you are a coach wanting to offer group coaching to your clients this program is for you. Full of tips, tools, exercises and other resources, you will leave the program with:
  • A structure to quickly design your next group coaching program - whether by phone or in person

  • Exercises to incorporate into your programs

  • Marketing ideas so you can get "bums in seat"

  • Your own group coaching program design.

Space is limited to 6-8 coaches. As part of the program you will have pre and post course 1-1s with me, and receive a 90 page manual (sent electronically in modules)

90 Day BizSuccess Program: Now entering it's second year, the 90 Day BizSuccess program is for coaches serious about focusing on, and growing their business. We meet twice a month for a one hour group coaching call, and you'll also schedule a 1-1 lazer coaching session with me.

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • Creating a Powerful Vision and RoadMap for Your Business

  • Busting through Limiting Beliefs about your business

  • Essential Business Systems (budgets, marketing plans etc)

  • Leveraging Your Network

  • Social Networking 101: Twitter, Blogging, Facebook - Make it work for you!

Cost: $347 US for the 3 month program which includes 7 group calls, 3 lazer 1-1s, a 70 page workbook manual and 36 e-biz tips delivered to your email box. Calls are held Fridays from 12 - 1pm (Eastern) on January 16, 23, Feburary 6, 28, March 13, 27, April 17, 2009.

Click here for more information or to register

For those interested in designing and delivering Workshops and Retreats, the Workshop and Retreat Essentials program will be held on Fridays 10:30 - 11:45 am(EST), Janaury 23, Feb 6, 20 and 27 plus 5th call in March. Click here for more information on the Workshop and Retreat Essentials program. Cost: $250 US

If you have any questions, please give me a call at (416) 996-TEAM (8326) or drop me an email at info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com. (AND if you are Canadian and prefer to pay in Canadian dollars, please let me know)

Have a great start to 2009 with your groups!


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC

Group Coaching Essentials