Monday, March 4, 2002
If you've ever been part of a group workshop, seminar, or TeleClass,
you're aware of the energy and special results that can come out of a
group of people working as a team. How can you, a coach, further
support your clients using a group coaching model?
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When you combine "coaching", which helps people to achieve their goals, with the "team" concept of doing so in a committed group, you have a very powerful combination. A homogenous group is best for the coaching team, so that members can pull together in the same direction with compatible goals.
Over time, I found the most successful group service delivery model for me was to offer classes for my niche, followed by coaching teams for applying what they learned in the class to everyday life. I found that when introducing the structure and benefits of a coaching team at the end of the class, about 50% choose to continue and join the coaching team. My speculation about the reason for the success of this model is that by the end of the class, participants are excited about the class content and it's application to their life, have bonded with each other, are comfortable with the coach, are more comfortable with the idea of coaching, and the thought of the support ending and going out there on their own is scary!
A typical practice mix for a coaching niche using coaching teams might be:
The Coaching Team helps participants implement their goals and overcome their barriers to doing so, but so can individual coaching, or a computer program for that matter. What makes a coaching team unique is having a group of men and women committed to each other's success, which means showing up for each other in very concrete ways outside of the meeting, and team mates can provide wonderful feedback and support that is not as effective when coming from friends or family. In addition, it is very common for coaching team participants to choose to work with the coach 1:1 on an as-needed basis.
This brings me to the issues of supportability, which is our ability to identify our support needs and initiate getting them met with others. We can go so much further if we allow ourselves to be supportable and get and accept help from others, but in our "do it yourself" culture, this can be hard to do on your own. The coach's most valuable role is to facilitate supportability, which would most likely not happen if the participant were not on the coaching team.
Two important features that differentiate a Coaching Team from other group models are (1) Everyone coaches, and (2) Support goes beyond the meeting.
Coaching Team Meeting Format
Coaching Team Guidelines
Coaching teams are fun
for participants and coach, profitable (provide steady, predictable
income), and are a powerful and effective support mechanism for participants.
The format and structure of a coaching team builds participant loyalty
and retention as they bond, help each other, and experience a boost
in their quality of life as a result.
David Steele, MA, LMFT, CLC is a relationship
and mentor coach, founder and CEO of Relationship Coaching Institute
for training coaches and other helping professionals to help singles
and couples have successful life partnerships.
Readers are invited to join a FREE 3 teleclass series "Introduction To Relationship Coaching" beginning May 13th. To register visit http://www.relationshipcoachinginstitute.com/forms/freeteleclass.htm
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