Sunday, February 28, 2010

March Program Dates - Group Coaching and Group Program Design

March is always a popular month to start thinking about what you are going to offer to your clients over the summer months. To support you in moving forward with your program ideas, here are some of our offerings for March, and beyond:

Group Program Design Virtual Intensive:
Saturday March 27 (10-4 pm Eastern)

Haven't had the chance to sit down and focus on moving your program ideas forward? join me for this one day phone-based intensive "get it done!". Over the 6 hours of our Virtual Intensive, you will move through a structured series of group conversations and individual exercises around your own program design, marketing and implementation issues.
The program will be of benefit to anyone eager to take action on their own group coaching program, workshop or retreat ideas.
The program includes the 6 hours Virtual Intensive, an accompanying manual/workbook, and a group follow up call.

Cost: $125 US
Click here to register or for more information

Group Coaching Essentials Intensive Training
Toronto, CANADA: May 15 and 16, 2010

Looking for some hands-on training in the area of group coaching? Join me for a two day in person training program where we cover the nuts and bolts of group coaching, as well as give you opportunity to refine your skills.
The program covers the basics of group coaching - design, marketing and implementation - and also provides opportunity for you to practice it.
Cost: $950 for May's program

Click here to register and for more information. Note this program can be brought to your location for groups of 12 or more. Additional programs will be held July 15-16 (Muskoka), October 1 - 2, 2010 (Toronto).

Group Coaching Essentials Program
Next group starts April 6th (Tuesdays 7-8:15 pm ET): April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 18, 2010

Are you a coach wanting to add Group Coaching to your mix? Looking for tested tips, tools and resources to support you? Join me as as we cover the nuts and bolts designing, implementing and marketing your own group coaching programs. This is a hands on, interactive program, and you will leave with the skeleton of your own program.

Here's what Coach Lisa Prinic of said about her recent experience in the program:
"The Group Coaching Essentials program was exactly what I needed to fil in the missing pieces I had about how to make my group programs really effective. this course covers all of the most immportant basics to create a powerful program. I highly recommend it!"

Click here for more information or to register. Cost $275 US includes 5 x 75 minute calls, written modules which accompany each call, and pre and post 1-1s with Jenn.

Engaging Exercises for Teams and Groups

Thursday March 18 - 1:30 - 3 pm ET
Looking for exercises for your next team and group event? This 1.5 hour teleclass includes the Engaging Exercises for Teams and Groups manual (e-edition) and covers foundational exercises you may wish to use within your next program. Particiapnts are asked to bring any, and all, questions they have about group and team exercises to the program.

Cost: $59 US

I look forward to having you join us!

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, CPT

Author of Effective Group Coaching

Group Coaching Essentials

Phone: (416) 996-8326

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Group Coaching: Marketing Materials to have on Hand

Marketing is often an essential part of group coaching success. Without clients/participants in the room or on the phone, the program cannot exist. In my book, Effective Group Coaching, a whole chapter is dedicated to marketing group coaching, and includes worksheets and templates to help you create your own.

Here's a quick list of some of the marketing materials you will want to develop over time for your programs:

1. Program information package: to include
- Program outline
- Logistical information (location, log in info, bridgeline)
- Course dates and times
- Pricing (and payment options)
- Testimonials: what past participants have said about your proram
-Background on yourself and your compnay
- How to register

2. Registration kits or sign up sheets
3. Ways to Accept Registration Payments: Online and/or phone based payment options
4. Post Cards
5. Brochures
6. Website
7. Specific email or newsletter announcements

What other marketing materials would you recommend?

Have a great week!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Group Coaching Essentials: Next Program starts Thursday March 11th at 9am ET with calls held on March 11, 18, 25, April 1 and 22, 2010
Email: info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com
Phone: (416)996.8326 (TEAM)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lessons from West Africa

I spent last week in Senegal, West Africa, working with an incredibly talented group of professionals from UNICEF country offices in the region. I was there to lead a Coaching and Mentoring Training of Trainers program. It was a wonderful experience, and for those who know my background, was an opportunity to return to my own roots in the UN and international development sector. It was the first time I had travelled to Africa, which I was pleasantly surprised to find had such similarities to parts of the Caribbean I had lived in for 12 years.

Travel has always provided me with new perspectives and last week provided no shortage of this. As I looked out to the east, across the Atlantic one evening at sunset, I imagined a short line to my last home in Barbados - the furthest west island in the Caribbean.

So what were the lessons reinforced for me last week as a coach trainer? Here are a few of the insights I jotted down during my trip:

1. The power of experiential approaches cuts across cultural and language difference. Experiential appraoches enable learners to really engage and get the learning in their bones.
2. Developing a coaching approach and culture takes time, and is an essential ingredient in developing and sustaining a high performance environment.
3. Great work takes time and preparation
4. Keeping the (coaching) client front and center is one of the most important things a new coach can learn.
5. Never underestimate the power of a powerful question.
6. Real learning happens with integration and practice.

What have been some of your recent powerful learning expeirences? What were the lessons you've carried forward from them?

Have a terrific week!


PS - My book Effective Group Coaching continues to fly out the door. Haven't ordered your own copy yet at the discounted release price (20% off)? It is avaialble at,, as well as from my site. Orders placed through me are personally signed and sent by me.