Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Group Coaching Intensive - Toronto - April 13-14, 2012

Looking for some in-person training in group coaching? If so, I hope that you will join me here in Toronto, CANADA for the two day Group Coaching Intensive program. This is a 2 day (15 hour) hands-on training program for coaches who want to build and/or refine their skills in group coaching. In addition to multiple practice and feedback opportunities in coaching a group throughout the program, we'll also explore dozens of tools, templates and resources to support you in the design, marketing and implementation of group coaching (for corporate groups, public groups, in person and virtual programs).

I offer this in-person training a couple of times a year - 2012 dates are Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14 (Friday/Saturday) in Toronto, CANADA, and Thursday July 12 and Friday July 13 in Huntsville, Ontario. An application is being submitted to have these programs approved for ICF CCEs. Past programs have been approved for 15 hrs of Core Coaching Competencies by the ICF.

Who the program is for:
This program will be of interest to:
- coaches wanting to add group coaching to their service offerings
- experienced coaches wanting to refine their group coaching skills
- coaches looking for tips and road-tested group coaching techniques

What we'll cover:
The program covers key topics including:
- Best Practices of Group Coaching
- How group coaching is similar to, and different from, individual coaching, team coaching, training
- Core skills and competencies for group coaching, along with practice and feedback opportunities
- Tricky issues, and how to avoid them
- Marketing for group coaching - Filling Seats and Adding it your business mix
- Group Dynamics
- Structuring Group Coaching
- Tools, Exercises and Resources for group coaching
- Templates and checklists to make your program design, delivery and marketing easier
- Programming Considerations when running programs virtually
- Corporate Programming Considerations
and many more topics.

Your registration includes:
  • copy of my book Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
  • The Group Coaching Intensive Participants Manual (65 + pages of content and worksheets)
  • The Group Coaching Toolbox - A core selection of group coaching tools/resources in one box, which you will use time and time again!
  • An individual pre-program call with me
  • A group follow up call one month after the Intensive to check in on your progress and successes.
  • 15 hours of training (an application for renewal of 15 hrs ICF CCEs is being submitted) in the area of group coaching with a light lunch both days
  • Invitations to community calls for alumni of the Group Coaching Essentials program

Cost: $950 CDN (plus HST) which includes the program, a copy of the Effective Group Coaching book, a light lunch both days, a Group Coaching Toolkit to take home. Coaches responsible for their own accommodation.
EARLY BIRD RATE: $775 plus HST ($875.75) available until February 29th for the April 2012 Toronto Program. Use this special registration link.

Dates: Friday April 13 (8:30-5) and Saturday April 14 (8:30 - 5) (Pre-registration required)

Registration/More Info: Online or contact me (Jennifer) directly at (416)996-8326
Program size is limited to ensure individualized attention.

Can't make it to Toronto? Bring us to you - we will deliver the program to groups of 8-10 coaches at your location/venue.

Here's what past participants have said about the program:

MUST for a group coach building their business – Ellen Nyland, CPCC

Informative, Action Oriented and Professional – Beverley Rodrigues

The “REAL” thing on group coaching – Elaine Bradshaw

If you want to create, synergize, and learn about group coaching, then this is for you.– Ryan DaCosta

Hands-on, practical, great practice sessions, and lots of opportunity to interact with peer coaches – Margaret Imai-Compton

A fantastic incubator for group coaching.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Rate for the next week (until February 29, 2012).

I look forward to having you join us!

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 201o)
Email: info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com
Phone: (416)996-8326

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Co-Facilitation Video for Valentines Day

Happy Valentine's Day! In the spirit of creating great relationships, I've added a quick video on 10 questions to consider for co-facilitators. I also blogged on the same topic today over at my BizToolkit blog (for leaders and business owners) in the area of Developing Strong Work Patnerships.

Hope that you will click on over to YouTube to listen into 10 questions for you and your co-facilitator to consider (before, during and after engagements). Please feel free to share (social media links below) with those who would benefit!

Have a great day,

Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPCC
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) - Pick up an autographed copy today
Group Coaching Essentials (6.75 CCEs) Teleseminar starts this Thursday Feb 16th at 10:30 am (ET): 3 spots still open
Phone: (416) 996-8326 (TEAM)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Group Coaching Tip - Visual Anchor Points

Providing visual anchor points for group coaching programs are important when facilitating in the virtual realm, particularly if your program is being delivered only by telephone. Approximately 60% of adult learners have a preference for visual learning, with this number expected to increase in years to come. What visual anchor points do you provide in your virtual programs?

Here are a few suggestions of things you may want to consider incorporating:

1. A handout/worksheet which can be PDFed and sent to participants before the call, or downloaded during the call (note: consider what will be easier and less distracting for participants). The worksheet might include:
  • Space for people to note what they would like to share about their commitments/accountabilities
  • Any questions they have or areas they would like to explore
  • Space for any activities/exercises/discussions to be undertaken during the call
  • Fieldwork/assignments after the call
  • Resources for further follow up

2. Encourage group members to take notes during the call, or send out a journal they can use for the course of the program. It can be useful to give people an idea at the start and throughout the call where you are going. The program journal can be a great resource throughout the course of the program, and after it ends.

3. At the start of a call have people create a map or table of who is who on the call, so they have a visual representation of who is who.

4. Consider exploring the integration of a screensharing or webinar platform, if you think it will add value and not detract from the core of the group coaching conversation. Also consider what may create barriers to participation (i.e. does everyone have broadband access).

Questions to consider:

What anchor points do you already have in place?

What visual anchor points would you like to add/incorporate into future programs?

For more tips and ideas on virtual programming, you may wish to check out Chapter 6 of my book, Effective Group Coaching, which goes into further detail about virtual and in person program delivery.

Have a great week!

Warm regards


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC

Author of Effective Group Coaching

Host of the Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar program (6.75 CCEs) - 3 spots still open in the program starting this Thursday Feb 16th (10:30 - 11:45 am Eastern): Feb 16, 23, March 1, 15, and 22.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Group Coaching Tip Video - What? So What? Now What? Questions

I hope that you are all enjoying International Coaching Week, this week. I am speaking on one of the ICF Vancouver Island webinars they are running this week. My presentation is on the What? So What? and Now What? Questions which flow from the experiential model and how they connect to group coaching. This is a question I often get from coaches.

I've just made a new video on the same topic which I hope you will check out. I talk a little about the Experiential Model and how the What? So What? and Now What? questions can be useful in your coaching conversations (with individuals, groups and teams). Enjoy!

I hope that you will also check out some of the other videos I've done over the past few months.

Warm regards

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
Looking for more tools in the area of group coaching? Join me for the Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar program. 6.75 CCEs with the ICF. Next session starts next week Thursday, Feb 16th (Thurs 10:30 - 11:45 am Eastern/New York/Toronto). Five spaces still open - More info and to register.