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January 3, 2010

Take a Tip from Sherlock Holmes: You Must Have a Group Coaching Process

sherlock-holmes-movieGoing to the movies is one of my favorite outings.  Just the other day I went to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie.  As usual, I wanted to be thoroughly entertained and escape into a world of mystery and adventure.

Well, I was totally entertained!  Holmes is portrayed as quite an interesting character who doesn't bathe often and lives in a constant state of clutter.  Fortunately, these things don't seem to have much impact on his keen deductive reasoning skills or on his ability to successfully win a fight every single time.  Amazing!  It's all about having a great process!

Group coaching works very much the same way and these steps work together:

  • You must have a group coaching process.
  • You must follow your group coaching process.
  • You must know your group coaching process at all times.

I spent several years in telecommunications and IT managing processes.  I learned that a process is very simply a way of creating structure or organization by identifying all of the steps.  In group coaching, your process is the strategy or methodology you use to coach in your groups.  Your organized strategy (or process) determines the content flow to your group learners.  You see how your content excites and ignites your group.  You identify your learners' challenges more readily.   You learn how to coach your learners more deeply.  You gotta have a process!

group-coaching-processThe key to having a solid process or strategy is for it to be 1-repeatable and 2-without holes or flaws.  Follow your process again and again to identify the holes.  Your process will have flaws that you'll only recognize when you follow it consistently.  In my IT days, we called that continuous improvement.  Today, I say look for ways to constantly evolve your process and make it better for your community of learners. Your coaching clients will give you great feedback to support you along the way.  All you have to do is ask.  Pay attention to their responses and incorporate their worthwhile input to make your group coaching strategy better.  There is always room for going deeper and improving your process for your learners if you just listen.

It's not enough to have a process and follow it.  You must also know your process very well so you can call it forth and coach on your process in the moment — in an instant, to support your coaching clients in a group.  Repeat your process consistently and you'll find yourself standing confidently in your area of expertise.  You won't have to look for answers to questions or solutions to challenges in your written notes because you have the answers right there inside because you know your process.  That's pretty kewl, right?!

Do you have a group coaching process?  Do you follow it?  What steps do you take to refine your group coaching process?   I'd love to hear your comments.

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Certified Group Coach

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Certified Group Coach

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

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December 20, 2009

Avatar: Wow! Amazing Group Coaching Lessons

avatar-movieOn 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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 - Master Certified Group Coach

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Certified Group Coach

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

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January 27, 2009

Group Coaching Mastery in Review

Group Coaching Mastery, the blog for Group Mastery for Speakers, Trainers and Workshop Leaders, was launched July 13, 2008.  I jumped into blogging with both feet with my love for writing in tow.  I began writing more than ever.  As a result, the blog has continued to evolve.  We've moved from a free WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted platform using Semiologic.

By way of review, I'd like to share a few of my favorite blog posts.  I have various reasons for selecting each of these posts - too many to really get into.  I'm confident that you'll readily see and understand as you click and read through each post.

Give Your Group Coaching A Creative Kick

People ask me why I chose 33 minutes for my newest group coaching program.  It's such a funny story that I decided to share it in this post.  My hope is that you'll learn from my experience and push the bounds of creativity in marketing your group coaching programs, too.  Read the full post

An Underutilized Strategy

Group hug, anyone?!  Building rapport and connection is one of the most important yet underutilized strategies in group coaching. You cannot dismiss the power of a good connection, a solid handshake or a warm group hug.  Unconsciously, each of your learners wants to know you relate to her perspective or shares her view of the world.  There's just no mistaking the sense of synchronicity when she knows her perceptions are acknowledged and understood.  It just feels good!  Read the full post

Powerfully Persuasive Marketing Pumps Profits

Persuasive marketing involves emotions.  Very simply, every word you speak or write has to touch deeply, genuinely inspire and intentionally motivate your audience to act.  Ok, so maybe that's not so simple. :)  I thought stirring emotions was pretty easy the first time I heard about persuasive marketing.  I quickly learned the real value for business growth as well as for boosting profits.  Read the full post

Pathways to Transformation

As a group coach, your job is to facilitate change. Very simply, people join your group coaching program because they want change and expect you to support them in making change happen.  In facilitating the all important change for your learners, you're creating pathways to transformation that spell lasting change.  Read the full post

Olympian Models Group Leadership

I've had fun watching the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.  Although I'm new to the intricacies of most of the events, it's very clear that each athlete brings a high level of skill, expertise and determination.  Each athlete passed the muster and is expertly qualified to be there.   Read the full post

Capitalize on Compelling Info Products

Lately I've been sharing strategies at Group Mastery encouraging and even, inciting the community of learners to create compelling info products.  In the process, I've reflected on my own experiences and interesting insights have surfaced in my mind.  Read the full post

Blogging and Group Coaching Work Hand In Hand

I read an amazing post about blogging by new media expert and well-known blogger, Chris Brogan.  I've been actively blogging less than a year so I'm kinda new to blogging.  The post made me think about how blogging can be leveraged as a key element of bringing your group coaching program to life.  Blogging gives you a great forum for potential clients to experience your style.  Read the full post

I'd love to know which post is your favorite and why?  Your comments will help me and the experts at Group Mastery to serve you that much better.  THANKS in advance.

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