December 20, 2009
Avatar: Wow! Amazing Group Coaching Lessons
On Friday, my 19 year old son and I went to see the movie Avatar. The movie is an amazingly innovative tale about an indigenous community living on a planet named, Pandora. If you know me, you know the compelling story, cutting edge special effects, riveting drama and powerful love story are all right up my alley for a great movie.
My son turned to me about twenty minutes before the end of the movie and said, "I think there's a big secret to this movie." I laughed and replied that I was reminded so much of lessons I've learned that I knew I had to write a blog post. No big surprise there! The movie was filled with lessons about community, networking and most importantly - group coaching.
As a real movie buff, I know how difficult it is when folks share too much about the movie before you ever see it. Rather than give away too much of the kewlness about the movie, I'll share a few quick lessons I remembered that speak to me powerfully about group coaching:
- Look to the members of your group for energy, guidance and insight before, during and after your group coaching program. Appreciate the pace, intrigue and flow from the learners in your group. Remember, you're creating a content-rich experience for each individual, as well as, for the group as a whole. Listen and pay close attention to how your learners are learning to design a positive and highly interactive climate in the group. Be sure everyone wins!
- Borrowing the energy, guidance and insight is acceptable when you know you have to give it back. The people in your group coaching program are there because they know you can help them solve a very unique challenge. Through your content and delivery of your program, you feed them with your own energy, guidance and insight. They count on you as the group coach and resident expert to pave the way for transformation and it's a two-way, multi-dimensional approach to learning, sharing and growing.
- The group is an interdependent network that you're tasked with helping to grow and thrive. Leverage the power and depth of the learning environment you create to benefit everyone. Tap into the senses, memories and minds of your learners to challenge them to creative action, massive connection and lasting change. Create masterful content using metaphors, compelling stories, powerful questions and more. Transformation is guaranteed when you do!
Well, my son was right! There is a big secret: The learners in your group coaching program have two births. The first occurs when they enroll in your group coaching program. Like babies, they need your support and expert direction wrapped with lots of caring and knowledge. The second birth or rebirth happens after they've experienced major breakthroughs as a result of your amazing content and the compelling experience you create. The rebirth is symbolic of the transformation created by your group coaching program.
Like Avatar, group coaching is compelling, cutting edge, riveting and truly transformational. What group coaching lessons did you learn about watching this exciting movie? Leave me a comment
Wendy Y. Bailey is a Master Certified Group Coach, Certified Experienced Coach and Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practictioner. Affectionately called "WendyY" by her business associates, colleagues and friends, she's also the Creator and Founder of Group Coaching Mastery - Master Group Coaching with an NLP Twist. WendyY helps coaches, speakers and trainers learn to create, design, market, fill and deliver bestselling group coaching programs using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (persuasive marketing, language skills and influence strategies.) More about Group Coaching Mastery programs