Group & Team Coaching Nuggets
Tips, Tools and Resources for Your Group & Team Programs
Volume  11, Issue 3
March 2016     
In This Issue
80/20 Rule to Design, Coaching Questions, Making Group Coaching Work for You
Join us on Friday at 12noonET for a Coach-on-Call at the Learning Lab and Design Studio
Advanced Group Coaching Practicum starts 3/31, Mentor Coaching Group 4/15, Group Coaching Essentials
Six Tips for Integrating More Audio/Video into your programs
Quick  Items:
Upcoming Programs:

Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar; Thursdays 1015 - 1130 am ET April 7 - May 12 - no call 4/21(8.75 CCEs)

Advanced Group Coaching - 10 CCEs - Thurs 12 - 1:15 pm ET: March 31 - May 5, 2016 - no call 4/21

Mentor Coaching Group (ACC renewal, ACC/PCC portfolio)  - 10 hours: April 15 - July 15 (Fridays 8:30 -9:30 am Eastern)

Join us on Fridays at the Learning Lab and Design Studio - 1, 6 and 12 month group experience (calls held mostly from 12 - 12:50 pm ET with some 8-8:50 am calls. Next call 3/11

Want to amp up your confidence & skills in virtual programming? The Virtual Facilitation Skills Intensive a 15 hr Train-the-Trainer will start again on Tuesday April 19th (10 weeks)

Group Coaching Ins and Outs Blog

Individual Mentor Coaching - ICF Credentialing & CPCC Certification

On-Demand Video Based programs (participate 24/7 at your own pace) at the Learning Lab and Design Studio:

Coaching Business Builder
- 12 Tips for Starting, or Growing Your Coaching Business - NEW

Marketing Tips for Your Team and Group Programs -  5 hour video based course focusing on marketing tips for your workshops, retreats, webinars, teleclasses team and group coaching!

  Tips For Your Group and Team Program - Part 1: Covering Design, Implementation, Pre- and post-program.

Inner Biz Leader(TM) Virtual Business Planning Retreat - Create a plan for the next year while exploring your leadership foundations.

Conversation Sparker Cards(TM.

Other Resources:

Welcome back to the March 2016 newsletter. With spring around the corner it's a popular time to get your next group going! With this in mind I'll be hosting our first quarterly call for 2016 later this week on Thursday March 10th from 230 -3 pm ET on Zoom. Details below - hope you will join us!

This month's article is 7 tips for creating audio and video for your programming, has been shaped by my own foray into e-learning, and video based programming. this is one of many topics we're exploring this month in the LLDS . How m ight video and audio support you in your work? Coaching is primarily a verbal channel and it is important for us to adapt our approaches to meet the needs of the diverse learners who find their way to us.

The Learning Lab and Design Studio continues to grow in size and momentum. Geared for coaches, and other professionals who want a sustained focus on group and team issues, we meet on Fridays three times a month. More information can be found in this month's newsletter along with a monthly, six month and annual sign up link.

Spring is in the air and with that it ushers in Spring programming. Later this month on Tuesday March 22nd (8-4pm ET) I will be hosting the Spring 2016 Virtual Business Planning Retreat. The spring Advanced Group Coaching Practicum will start on Thursday March 31st (running to May 12th) - 10 CCEs, followed by the Group Coaching Essentials program Thursday starting April 7th - 8.75 CCEs. In April I will also be leading a 38 hr CCE program for Impact Coaching Academy on Group and Team Coaching - click here for more info.

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Posts and Resources to Support Your Work PLUS FROM The VAULT
A number of rich blog posts to support you this month:

Six Coaching Questions - Goals - Read it here

Four Essentials In Making Group Coaching work for You - Read it here

Six Coaching Questions - Focus - Read it here

and a link again to one of the most commented on blogs from earlier this year:

Ethics and Group and Team Coaching - Read it here

From the Vault - What we were focusing on 10 years ago in March 2006:

The power of a takeaway - Read it here
and one of my favorite design tips - the 80/20 rule which you can read here.

Are you ready to expand your group and team programs?
Are you a coach who:
Wants to focus more on leveraging their time through group and team programs?
Wants to continue to add to their toolbox?
Is looking for longer term coaching support and accountability?
Wants to connect with an exceptional group of other coaches?

In late January I opened the doors to the Learning Lab and Design Studio. Join  us this year on Fridays (usually 12 - 12:50 pm ET) at the LLDS for longer term focus and support around your group and team program ideas (workshops, retreats, video based programs, masterminds, teleclasses). Each month we meet for:
  • A monthly lecture on core topics related to group and team coaching - this month we explored neuroscience and the realm of team effectiveness;
  • a monthly Facilitation Lab where we get to "play" with different tools/approaches you may want to bring into your work.
  • a  monthly group coaching call where you get to bring your own topics to the table to be coached around;
  • A monthly article and template you can use in your programming!

PLUS you get to participate in:
* One laser one-on-one coaching call per month with me of 20 minutes. Bring your own unique questions. Calls are typically scheduled between 630 am ET/New York and 3 pm ET/ New York by phone or skype.
* Quarterly Virtual Retreat Days (4 hours each 4 times a year) to support you in getting your work done!( Worth almost $1600 alone)
* Access to dozens of hours audio and video libraries of past calls and presentations
* Complimentary Access to the 28 Tips E-Book (the foundation of the Tips Program here at the Learning Lab)
* The opportunity to beta test some of our newer products before they roll out to market. This might be a new on-demand course, worksheets, templates or other resources geared to support program design and/or business development.

Join us for a month at $250 US, for six months for $1250 US and 12 months for $2500 US.
Download our call schedule for the next few months here

Please take  look at what the lab has to offer (and it will be growing each month). You can join at any time, with monthly, six month and annual memberships starting the day you join.

Our next call is this Friday March 11th where we will be undertaking a Facilitation Lab. We'll be exploring 5 different ways to work with metaphors with groups and teams.

I hope that you will make 2016 the year to focus on you and your growth with groups and teams. Jump on in....

Click here to sign up for a six month membership (starts the day you register) for $1250 US:

Or join us monthly at $250 US per month (monthly installment payments of $250/month):

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Looking to grow your skills in the areas of group or team coaching, facilitation or coaching in general? Join us this winter/spring to sharpen your coaching competencies, learn more about group coaching, and build your virtual facilitation skills. Here's what we have coming up:    
  Mentor Coaching Group (ACC Renewals & ACC/PCC Portfolio)   - By phone 
Upcoming Program Dates:    
Fridays 830 - 930 am ET Eastern/New York - April 15 - July 15, 2016
The Mentor Coaching Group will be of interest for ACC renewals, as well as those working towards their ACC and PCC portfolio applications with the ICF. This is a 10 hour mentor coaching program, which includes 7 hours of group mentor coaching calls, and 3 hours of individual mentor coaching sessions (held monthly). We look at all 11 core coaching competencies of the ICF, and coaches have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on their skills during the program. Each class you'll receive module notes to support you with your learning and coaching work  These will also be supportive for you with the new knowledge exam. Click here   for more info about the Mentor Coaching Group. 
Four open in the April - July group group - Group calls will be held
April 15, 29, May 6, 13, June 10, 17, July 15  
 Current pricing: $1000/10 hour program.      
Reserve your spot in the April 15 - July 15 2016 program - $1000 US: 
Here's what one coach recently said about her experience with the Mentor Coaching Group:
"I gained much more than expected from the Mentor Coaching group program. In addition to bringing greater significance and integrated meaning to the ICF competencies that will clearly support my goal of achieving ICF certification, the individual and group practice and feedback gave me huge self-appreciation of where I am and what I do and how I do it! My belief in myself has grown exponentially! Thank you to Jennifer and my group" 

Group Coaching Essentials - Thursdays 1030-1145 am ET: April 7, 14,  28 and May 5 and 12- 8.75 CCEs
Looking to add group coaching to  your mix, and want road-tested tips to support you in
design, marketing, and implementation? Join me for this five p art teleclass as we take a look at  activities, resources and approaches to support you in your work with public and corporate groups, for in-person and virtual programming. Course is approved for 8.75 CCEs with the ICF, which is now 2 more hours, including a new blended learning component. Weekly module notes and four laser 1-1s with Jenn, provide you with the  Essentials to get you started!

Cost: $450 US
Reserve your spot in the April 7th program:

Enroll in both the March Essentials and Spring  or Summer Advanced Practicum (A total of 18.75 CCEs for the current discounted pricing of $850 US - save $95 off current pricing when you purchase both):

Advanced Group Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs incl. 9.25 Core Competencies) -
Looking to take your Group  and Team Coaching Skills to a deeper level? Gain more practice with the skills of group and team coaching virtually. This six session program provides you with more content about advanced issues in grou p and team  coaching like engagement, tricky issues, virtual programming, scalability, and LOTS of practice, feedback  and modelling in what group coaching looks like. This is a 6 week program.
Thursdays 12 - 1:15 pm  ET/New York: March 31, April 7, 14,  28 and May 5, and 12 2016 Four spots open. Cost: $495 US:

Please reach out to me directly at (416)996-8326 or by email at 
Six Tips for Integrating more Audio and Video into your programs 
Copyright 2016- Jennifer Britton. All Rights Reserved
Over the last year as part of both the Group Coaching Essentials and Advanced practicum programs, participants have engaged in blended learning assignments, where they have had to listen into 2 hours of past presentations. It's been very exciting to hear  what a significant impact this has had on people's learning. It's been a huge reminder to me about the importance of creating diverse touch points and learning opportunities in rich programming.

Whether you are looking to launch your own video based programs on platforms like Udemy, where students can access them 24/7 at their own pace; or whether you are looking to integrate more audio and video into your programming, today's article covers six tips for creating and offering more audio and video.

1. Make a list of the tips you want to cover - In today's busy world a lot of professionals appreciate shorter sound bytes (supplemented by longer ones).
Activity: Make a list of twenty different topic areas you might create a video or audio on. What do your clients/audience want to hear about?

2. Consider what length you want to aim for - On platforms like Udemy, video based lectures are usually no longer than 20 minutes. What length is going to work with your people? over the years I have experimented with tips as short as 3 minutes (see the Effective Group Coaching tips at our YouTube page), to 30 minute Streaming blabs (which are then converted into video).
Activity- Taking a look at your list of topics, which ones s are appropriate for the different channels. how long do you want to make them? What are the preferences of your audience in terms of length and platform (on-demand vs live, streaming video vs audio etc)

3. Check out what equipment you have. Today's tablets, and smartphones, often record in HD, and many laptops have great webcams which cover some or most of your video needs.
Activity- Take stock of what you have already? What do you need to learn about how to record these?

4. Set up accounts you might need. If you choose to supplement with audio, all you'll need is a bridgeline service, like, which can double as a host for your calls. Zoom, is another great platform which allows you to record up to 40 minutes on free accounts, and will send you both video and audio recordings after your sessions (as long as you record them!)
Activity - Set up at least one account this week and start to learn how to use it. Most of these have great tutorials

5. Script it out - Taking time to script out your recording can go a far way. Whether you are writing out a full script, using a design matrix or bulletting it out, get into action around this.

6. Do a dry run and see what tweaks are needed  I remember doing the first recording of my first video based program (the Inner Biz Leader Virtual Planning Retreat) thinking I had the audio down, but when I listened back to my test record (only 3 min) I knew the quality needed to be amped up. This is where trial and error, and investing in some good equipment comes into play.

For those interested in video based programming and support in getting yours out into the world, I am available for some 1-1 coaching work (download our current pages here), and will be continuing to expand on this topic at the Learning Lab and Design Studio. Whether it's questions about design, logistics, how to film, or market, let me help you create your first video based program.

I'll be hosting the March 2016 community call later this week - on Thursday March 10th from 2:30- 3 pm ET. I hope that you will be able to join us! The topic this quarter will be on Creating a Business Case for Group and Team Coaching. You can join in on Zoom  by following these instructions:

Jennifer` Britton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Group and Team Coaching community call with Jennifer Britton
Time: Mar 10, 2016 2:30 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
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Best wishes,
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, CHRP, CPT
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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