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Group Coaching 101- Structure Your Group_Final

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>> Hello again. Are you interested in taking on more clients and boosting your income without extending your hours? This lecture will walk you through all of the basics you need to consider when organizing a coaching group. We'll start off by looking at six ways that groups are beneficial to clients. Then we'll look at what you need to do to form a new group, and whether or not you might want to partner up to co-facilitate a program with another coach. Lastly, I'll share with you five common mistakes that group facilitators make. Ready? Let's go. You already know the pros and cons of facilitating a coaching group, but what about the benefits to clients? Here are the top six. One, groups provide a feeling of commonality among participants. Being exposed to other people dealing with the same issues will make your clients realize they aren't alone in their struggles, which is supportive in itself. Two, exposure to more people means exposure to more ideas, perspectives, resources, and suggestions. No matter who is being focused on at any point during a group coaching session, there is something for everyone to learn. Three, groups provide a safe arena for clients to try out and practice new ideas, skills, and behaviors with and among each other. In this space, clients can receive constructive feedback from a variety of perspectives. It's also easier to see the validity in an idea suggestion when several people are pointing something out. Four, a group is a whole community of people who can provide accountability. There is more pressure to uphold commitments, and it can be extremely motivating when people struggling with the same issue band together to help support one another towards their goals. Five, within groups there exists the opportunity for vicarious learning. Have you ever read or been told the same information or suggestion over and over again just for it to go in one ear and out the other? But then you see the situation unfold for someone else and suddenly it all clicks. Well, sometimes that's just what we need when learning new behaviors or trying to bust through limiting beliefs. Six, groups have the potential to replicate real life situations better than individual sessions can. In a group session, a whole host of personalities are coming together. And what typically results is a little microcosm of society. This can make it easier to apply information that is gained through experiential learning, especially for people who are kinesthetic learners. Now that you understand the value of groups, it's time to start forming your proposal and creating your own. Good groups take planning and require all the details to be decided upon in advance. The following points should always be considered when forming a new group. What is your rationale? In other words, what's your specific purpose for this group and what exactly do you want your clients to get out of it? To be successful, you must define objectives that are specific, measurable, and obtainable. Next, define your structure. How many sessions will there be? When and where will you hold this group? How long will sessions run? If you don't plan to meet in person, how exactly will you group convene? Define your membership? What is your minimum and maximum enrollment? For new coaches, it's good to start out small, but once you're comfortable and established, studies have shown 8 to 12 adult group members to be in optimal size. Define your members. Create a clear picture of the exact kind of people that you want in the group. What is your target audience? Are there any restrictions to join in your group? Is it for women only? Seniors, Health Coaches, establish your criteria. How will you market and populate your group? Specifically, how will you attract the people in your established criteria? Where are they and how will you reach them? Is there a screening process? If so, what is it? I recommend having everyone fill out an application and meet with you before you determine if they're a good fit for the group, so that you aren't met with a room full of surprises on the first day. You always want to consider the dynamics of the different personalities that you are putting together. Next, what are the expectations of a group member? What are the consequences of failing to meet them? Write out your ground rules before the group begins and share it with interested prospects before they join. Your group should be formed based on quality not quantity. You ideally want a room full of motivated people who are ready to work and be held accountable. What are you charging to join your group? Is there a payment plan? Just like you would with individual coaching programs, set your cost at a level that values your time and expertise and stick to it. What's your plan for communication? Can clients contact you between sessions? How? Is there a Facebook group for support between sessions? If so, how will you moderate it? When planning a group, you want to factor in the total amount of time and energy you expect to devote to it. And you want to let your clients know what exactly they will be getting in your group package, which includes access to you or not. Lastly, how will you evaluate the success of your group? Remember, how I said your objectives need to be measurable, well, how will you measure them? Figuring out your markers for success and how you will obtain feedback in advance set you up to monitor progress throughout the program. This will allow you to improve your group each go around so you can help clients achieve their best results and have the data and testimonials to show for them. If you write out answers to all of these questions, you'll end up with a detailed group proposal that's ready to be put into action. To help you with this, use the "Group at a Glance" worksheet included in this module to help you organize this information. In fact, I encourage you to pause right now and fill it out. Even if you have no intention of running a group anytime soon, create a proposal for your ideal group. If you have that waiting in the wings, you'll be more likely to put it into action and make it your reality. There's a few more basic concepts to cover here in Group Coaching 101, and one of them is the idea of co-facilitation. You always have the option to pair with another coach or health professional to co-facilitate or run a group together. As with anything, there are benefits and limitations to doing this. Here are some of the advantages. Co-facilitation allows you to join forces with someone who has a different background, skill set or area of expertise from you, which will allow you to broaden the scope and uniqueness of your program. In some cases, it may even increase your credibility. Two coaches means two different approaches and styles which can play off of each other and enrich the group experience. Together, you can properly model interactions and activities, and recreate dynamics between group members to emphasize a point. Also, you can get valuable feedback from each other. Another plus is that you can still hold a group session in the event that one of you becomes ill or is having an emergency. And lastly, having two group leaders allows one coach to break off and go deeper or provide extra support to an individual while the other coach continues to work with the group as a whole. Now let's take a look at some of the disadvantages. With two leaders, you run the risk of unsynchronizing or not flowing well together. There's also the risk of conscious or subconscious power struggles. What starts out as a seemingly great working relationship can transcend into relationship issues without proper communication and processing. Two people means half the profit, and this is important because you have to consider if the total amount of time that you're putting into the group is worth the payoff. And finally, this type of arrangement can be difficult to coordinate in a phone coaching group, where it's more likely that you'll cut each other off and face problems with session flow. Co-facilitation tends to work best in face-to-face groups. How do you feel about the idea of co-leading a group with another coach? Does this excite you or sound too complicated? Co-facilitation is loved by some and disliked by others. How might it work for you? If you've ever co-lead a group, share how your experience was in the Facebook group. At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of how to put together a group in a way that's tailored to your personal preferences and to your target audience. Now that you know what to do, I'll leave you with a few tips on what not to do. Here are the five mistakes group facilitators commonly make. One, planning too much or too little. You want to have a game plan for each session and an overall progression for the group, but don't get so detailed that it comes off a scripted. Two, filling the curriculum with irrelevant, repetitive, or meaningless content for the sake of providing information. Coaches, particularly newer ones, are often afraid of not providing enough content to the group. But just like an individual session, your client should be doing the majority of the talking. Come prepared, but sprinkle in information as relevant and necessary. Three, inappropriately timing activities and exercises. Group sessions should have a flow to them. You want to build engagement, go deep gradually and then wind down before the group ends to give clients time to process and reflect upon what transpired. Typically, you wouldn't want to open with an exercise that taps into deep difficult emotions, for example, or introduce a complicated topic in the last few minutes of a session. When you plan your sessions, keep the proper flow of energy in mind. Four, too much or too little time for a warm up. As we'll cover later in this module, you'll always want to start your group sessions with a warm-up activity to get everyone talking and engage with each other. On average, this should take about 10 minutes or so. This activity serves primarily as an icebreaker to ease clients into the session. So you don't want to rush it, and you also don't want to drag it out, so they start becoming complacent before proper group work even begins. Five, lack of flexibility. Just like with individual coaching, it's good to enter each session with a plan. But if your clients want to take it to another direction and it's productive, abandon your plan and go with the flow. Be mindful of these common mistakes and you'll be well on your way to facilitating and engaging inspiring group. So now that you know the value of group coaching to clients, how to put together a plan for a new group, and what not to do in your sessions, you're primed for success. If you didn't stop earlier to complete the Group at a Glance worksheet, now is the time. After you're done, take a picture of your assignment and share with us on the Facebook group page. I hope you found this lecture to be helpful. Bye for now.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Jul 10, 2018

Group Coaching 101- Structure Your Group_Final

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