Did you know that group coaching is a thing? Many people are mystified by what coaching is, and unsure why they would use a coach on a 1:1 basis, let alone in a group. So we’re here to explain!
Put simply, coaching is a fantastic way of moving forward. It’s all about making progress. Working out where you’re going and taking steps to make it happen. Often, this is done on a 1:1 basis, where clients work with their coach over a course of sessions. They benefit enormously from the accountability that comes from having a coach, as well as from having the headspace to work out what THEY want, not what others think they should do. Or even what they think they should do! Instead they learn to focus on what they actually want to make happen.
A group coaching approach works equally well, and in fact has huge benefits. I absolutely love running coaching groups and feeling the enthusiasm and collective sense of momentum and motivation that comes with it.
Benefits of group coaching
There are a number of benefits of group coaching. These include:
- Learning from others. In a coaching group, you not only benefit from the questions, accountability and encouragement of your coach. You will also find the insights and experiences of your peers added to the mix. Sometimes, these can really aid your thought process and allow you to think outside the box. With coaching you are often looking for a new approach. To encourage new habits. Or to create a different outcome to the one you currently have. And group coaching is a great way to achieve that.
- More affordable. A simple thing, but for some, 1:1 coaching is just not accessible from a cost perspective. Coaching as part of a group has all the benefits of 1:1, but at a lower cost.
- Amazing accountability. I am a huge advocate of the huge impact that accountability can have on what you do and what you can achieve. Being accountable to a coach is fantastic. But being accountable to a coach AND the rest of your coaching group holds a huge amount of power.
- Less “on the spot” than 1:1 coaching. Coaching can be intense, especially in a 1:1 situation. It’s a good kind of intense, but for some, the reduced pressure of group coaching can be helpful to give you more space and time to think.
- Group energy and bonding. Something I absolutely love with group coaching is the amazing way people take to each other. I’ve led coaching groups with a truly diverse range of individuals. But what brings them together is the desire to change something and create direction and momentum. This threads through the group and brings a huge sense of togetherness. It’s both uplifting and motivating in equal measure.
Create Habits that Last a Lifetime
If you like the sound of group coaching, our upcoming course is an ideal way to start. Beginning on Thursday 14th January at 10am, the course Create Habits That Last a Lifetime, will help you do exactly that!
I think most of us are of the opinion, and have had the experience, that New Year’s Resolutions just don’t work. But why is that? Well, by making a New Year’s Resolution, we make a statement about what we will change. But the problem is, we do so without the back up to actually make any of it happen. And the result? Feeling a bit rubbish about yourself quite frankly!
This January, with the help of our coaching course, you can take time to really think about which areas of your life you want to give focus to, and what exactly you want to change. We will be working through 5 x 2 hour online sessions, held over 5 weeks. Each with its own structure and workbook. Your attention will be brought to rest on a specific set of actions and exercises to aid your thought process and aim you in the direction of achieving the change you want to.
As the title suggests, the aim of the course is to help you set in place new, helpful habits that you want to last. Tackle those things in your life that keep you stuck or hold you back. When actually you know that if you could just do X, Y or Z, you’d reach a different place!
Topics that will be covered include:
- where you are right now and how the balance is in your life,
- vision and goal setting,
- looking at what is holding you back,
- what your values are and why they are important to honour.
This will all feed into the habits you want to have. And we’ll cover how to get them started, how to stick to them, how to manage hiccups, maintain accountability and continue to plan and execute your goals for the future.
If you’d like to see changes in your life in 2021, why not have a chat with Chloe, who will be running the course, and find out if it’s a good fit for you? Alternatively, head to our coaching page to learn more about our 2-to-1 programme.