Group Coaching Nuggets
Tips, Tools and Resources for Your Group Programs
Volume 6, Issue 4 - April 2011
In This Issue
Blog Posts: Questions, Blogging Tips, Program Development Pitfalls
Upcoming Programs: Group Coaching Practicum, Mentor Coaching, Summer Intensive Dates
Seven Years, Seven Lessons
Quick Links
Effective Group Coaching Book

Greetings!
I hope that spring has arrived as you look out of your office window - our snow is finally gone and the birds are back! Group

coaching is taking centre stage this spring and is even featured in the latest edition of Choice Magazine. I hope that you will check out my article "Groups That Thrive - Essential Ingredients for Success" in Choice this month. This week also marks the start of our 8th year of business and I hope that you will enjoy 7 Years - 7 Lessons in Business, as well as our special 7th Anniversary specials which will be available until April 17th. Please take advantage of these savings using the coupon link below!   

 

This month's newsletter includes links to resources at our Facebook page - audios and a photo from this past weekend's Group Coaching Intensive, a two day hands-on group coaching training experience. Participants described the weekend as "a MUST a group coach building a business" to "the 'real' thing on group coaching". Join me later this year for this program in either Hunstville, Muskoka (July 14-15) or Toronto (October/November). For those who can't make it to Canada and still want practice in group coaching, consider joining me for the Group Coaching Practicum/Advanced Group Coaching program (by phone) starting on May 19th (Thurs. 10:30 - 11:45 am Eastern) - save $25 using the coupon link below.

 

I'll be hitting both coasts of Canada in the next month - if you are in the West I hope that you will consider joining me for a Pre-Conference Workshop at the 5th Annual Western Coaching Conference (Banff Springs Hotel),"Expand Your Business with Group Coaching - Leverage Your Skills and Time", will be held on Friday April 29th. The following week you can catch me in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I am presenting at the HRANS conference on High Performing Teams. I look forward to meeting you!


Please enjoy this month's newsletter.

 

Warm regards,
Jenn
  
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, CPT
GroupCoachingEssentials.com
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Blog Posts - For Your Reading Pleasure

Here are links to some of my recent posts: 

 

Coaching Practice Builder: Systems Can Make It Smoother

http://bit.ly/igGfmb 

 

10 Questions for Group Coaching:

http://bit.ly/hWI9SP 

 

Coaching Business Builder - Blogging Tips for Coaches

http://bit.ly/gMge6q 

 

Other Interesting Articles:

 

Coaching Takes Center Stage from Workforce Magazine: http://bit.ly/elq2J2  

 

100 Voices in Business: here are 100 tips from female business owners in celebration of March's International Women's Day (check out my tip under Time Mangement) 

 

View photos at our Facebook page of some of my past work in action and a snap of coaches with their Group Coaching Toolkit at the recent Group Coaching Intensive. You can also listen to some of my recent audios on Tricky Issues in Group Coaching by following the links at our Effective Group Coaching Facebook page. I hope that you will like us and follow!

Upcoming Program Dates - Spring/Summer 2011
Group Coaching Practicum/Advanced Group Coaching

Designed for alumni of the Group Coaching Essentials program who want to take their group coaching insights, tools and skills to a deeper level, as well as practice and receive feedback on their group coaching skills. In addition to providing you with more tools and content, coaches will have the chance to practice and receive feedback on their skills by leading the group through a group coaching process on the phone. This program will start on Thursday May 19th from 10:30 - 11:45 am Eastern. Calls will be held on May 19, 26, June 9, 16 and 23. Cost: $325 US or CDN. More info and CDN links here or reserve your spot for the May 19th class in US Dollars using this button: 

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NOTE: You can save an additional $25 off the Advanced Group Coaching Practicum until April 17th (total $300) using the coupon link at the end of this newsletter.


Group Coaching Essentials
(accredited for 6.75 CCEs with the ICF)  
Upcoming Programs start:

April 2011:
Thursdays 10:30 - 11:45 am ET Eastern/New York/Toronto (Day Time): 2 spaces open
April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 2011

Tuesdays 12 - 1:15 pm ET Eastern/New York/Toronto (Day Time): 3 spaces open
April 19, 26, May 3,10, 17 2011

May 2011:
Thursdays 12 - 1:15 pm ET:
May 19, 26, June 9, 16 and 23, 2011 (No class June 2nd)
OR Tuesdays 7-8:15 pm ET: May 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7, 2011

Each month I work with a small group of coaches (maximum 8) in the Group Coaching Essentials program. The program covers tools, exercises and resources to support coaches with the design, marketing and implementation of their own group coaching programs. We look at both in person and virtual (web and phone) based programs, as well as tips for groups from the general public and organizations. The program includes 5 x 75 minute calls, access to lazer/laser(15 minute) 1-1 calls with me (at no additional cost), and an 80 page manual (delivered in weekly modules). Benefit from the accountability and structure of the program to get your own group coaching program going!
Price: $325 US or Canadian (plus HST)  
Click here for more info and to register for upcoming Group Coaching Essentials programs.

 

"I love programs that give you lots of useable takeaways. By that, I mean that I can use the materials I receive immediately in my business. The Group Coaching Essentials program gave me just that. Not only has it jump started my group coaching offerings, it will pay for itself many times over in the additional revenue I will generate."

Nan O'Connor, MCC, http://www.nanoconnor.com



Group Coaching Intensive (In Person Training, 16.25 hours)
July 14-15, 2011: Huntsville, Ontario (Muskoka) and October 2011 - Toronto

This two day in-person group coaching training program focuses on providing coaches with both knowledge and content as well as practice, and feedback, on their group coaching skills. The course covers core group coaching skills, along with practical tips and tools for designing, running and marketing your own programs. Both new and experienced coaches can benefit from this program, as can alumni of the Group Coaching Essentials program.

Participants will leave the program with tools, resources, skills and practice in group coaching
The program includes:
  • 15 hours of instruction and contact in an in-person envrionment (our April program was accredited for 15 hours of CCES with the ICF - 13 hrs Core Competencies, 2 hrs Business Development) 
  •  The Group Coaching Intensive Manual
  • A Group Coaching Toolbox (yes! your own physical toolbox of program tools and resources)
  • A copy of the Effective Group Coaching book
  • A follow up call with Jenn and the group in May (time to be determined by group)  
Early Bird Pricing: $775 CDN plus HST(Tax) - To May 31, 2011. Regular pricing = $950 CDN plus HST.
Click here to learn more or reserve your spot or use the PayPal link which calculates registration with tax here (Total: $775 CDN plus 100.75 HST = $875.75 CDN)
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Mentor Coaching Group - For ACC Renewals
Starting May 13th (Fridays 12 - 1 pm Eastern) I will also be offering a special mentor coaching program which meets the requirements of the ICF for ACC renewal for mentor coaching. I will be working with a small group of coaches over a three month period delivering 7 hours of mentor coaching group calls where we will explore the ICF Core Competencies. I will also meet you for 3 hours of individual mentor coaching calls monthly. This meets the 10 hour requirement of mentor coaching for ICF re-certification.
Cost: $1000 US for the 10 hour package. Space is limited to 4-6 coaches. Click here for more information or reserve your spot here by PayPal:
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I look forward to having you join me for an upcoming program. If you have any questions, or would like to register offline, please feel free to contact me directly at (416) 996-8326 or by email at info@potentialsrealized.com.  

Seven Years, Seven Lessons Copyright 2011: Jennifer Britton
Seven years ago this week I took the plunge of moving full time into my own business and work as a coach, trainer and consultant. Every day has been a learning moment, and I haven't looked back. Whether you are in your own business, or work internally,  here are seven lessons that have been really important in my work:

1. Build on to what you know - We each bring experience under our belt. Find opportunities to continue to use what you know and what you believe in.

2. Track it - Notice where you are getting your results, in the short, medium and long-term. Track: What's working, what's not, when requests come in, registration fluctuations. Tracking this over one or more business cycles can be useful with your planning and positioning as you move forward.

3. Have a big stake - What is your vision for your business? What is the impact, or ripple, you want to create? Spend time identifying what the stake is for your work. This stake can help us remain connected to the bigger picture and our bigger vision, especially when we get stuck in the smaller details.

4. Don't be afraid to chart a new trail - Had I listened to many of the "senior coaches" when I started I would not be where I am today in the area of group coaching. Don't be afraid to chart a new trail and expand the horizons in your work. Where do you want to be a pioneer?

5. Diversify with Focus - The economic events of the past few years have reinforced the need for a diversity of services and products. Without getting too unfocused, what are the different revenue streams you want to create in your business and work?

6. Persevere - Seeds which you plant today may not sprout for some time. Persevere with what you are doing and what you believe in, and also identify what will generate money and work in the short and medium term.

7. Invest in Yourself - It's important to keep ourselves renewed, and at the top of our game. What activities do you have planned this year to become a better professional and a better person?

I look forward to many more years supporting you through my business and thank you for your continued support and inspiration.


In closing, I continue to get inquiries from coaches who are eager to run their own programs and don't want to reinvent the wheel. Over the past six months I have made two of my programs available for Coaches through a program license - the 90 Day Your Balanced Life program, a work-life balance group coaching program (6 session, Virtual Retreat and Retreat options avaialble) and the 90 Day BizSuccess program - a program for small business owners. If you are a coach who wants to expand their offering without having to create a program from scratch I hope that you may be interested in learning more about becoming a licensor. Interested coaches are invited to join me on a call on Friday April 15th from 1-1:30 pm Eastern at 1-712-432-3030, access 503003 when I will answer any questions you have about the programs and the licensing process. For more information about cost and more about the programs, please visit http://bit.ly/egvaY3.  

 

I look forward to connecting with many of you in the coming weeks! 


Best wishes for your group programs,
Jenn

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC, CHRP, CPT
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
Potentials Realized.com
GroupCoachingEssentials.com
Phone: (416) 996-TEAM (8326) | Toll Free Voice Mail: 1-866-217-1960

Anniversary Specials!
In honor of our 7th Anniversary, I am offering the following savings until April 17th. Please use this link to benefit from the special pricing on these products and services:
1. $25 off the Advanced Group Coaching/Practicum starting on May 19th.
2. $100 off a 5 x 30 minute individual coaching package (must be taken by end of August 2011)
3. 25% off the Effective Group Coaching book (US and CDN dollars)

To access these special anniversary specials, click here (NOTE special pricing is not available using the links in this newsletter)

 

Offer Expires: April 17, 2011