The basics are simple – take individual coaching and add more people to the mix. The big questions are: what can get out of group coaching, what types are there, and how can you choose the right sessions for you?
Whether you’re considering subscribing to an online group coaching course or in-person group coaching programs, let’s break down the fundamentals of what it is, from the benefits to preparation.
Benefits of Group Coaching
All coaching comes with awesome benefits, like valuable business guidance and strategy. On top of all the benefits you get with individual coaching, group coaching comes with its own range of perks. Here are the top five benefits that I’ve seen throughout my own programs.
The hands-down best thing you’ll get from any business coaching is strategic direction and advice from someone who understands business. So often business owners are running a business with zero strategy. This may work in the short term, but if you want to grow a profitable business you’re going to need to get your goals out of your head and create a strategic plan that’s right for your business. The best way to do that is with help from someone who knows the ropes and support from people developing their strategy alongside you.
One of the biggest practical benefits you can experience is accountability. By sharing your business goals and making an actionable plan with a group of your peers, you’re more likely to see it through. They’ll hold you accountable week after week, leaving you no option to procrastinate progress.
Being a business owner can be lonely. So many of us work from home alone which can leave you feeling disconnected. Group sessions provide you with a community of like-minded business owners who are going through exactly what you are. It’s a chance for you to build a community that inspires and supports you.
Perspective & Innovation
When we work on and in our businesses day in and day out, it’s common for ideas to get stale. Working with a group of other business owners gives you access to different perspectives and ideas. Whether they’ve faced your current problem before or have a new take that you never thought of, group coaching can take the pressure off you being the ideas-person 24/7.
Making lasting, meaningful connections with people in business is a great thing. It allows you to collaborate, help each other grow, and move in brand new directions that were otherwise unavailable. Whether you join forces with a supplier to enhance your gift-package business or find a badass copywriter to take over your blog, collaborations can take your business to the next level.
Last but certainly not least, group coaching prices are often way cheaper than individual coaching. While you don’t get as much individual attention, you do get the benefit of all the above perks – a pretty good trade-off depending on your business needs.
Different Types of Group Coaching
Different types of sessions run differently and offer different outcomes. Here are some of the most common types.
Group Business Coaching Vs Group Career Coaching
This is an easy one to mix up. Believe it or not, the two can actually be extremely different. Group business coaching is all about helping you run and grow your own business with other business owners to support you. Group career coaching helps you manage your overall career trajectory which may not involve running your own business. In short, one is all about your business, the other is all about you.
Online Vs In-Person Group Coaching
Thanks to modern technology and social media, group coaching is now easier to access than ever. While you will still find in-person classes out there, the majority of programs – including mine – are mostly run online. This gives the group more flexibility and more opportunity to collaborate and help one another through spaces like private Facebook groups.
Group Coaching Vs. Team Coaching
If all the information so far isn’t what you’re looking for, you may be on the hunt for team coaching. While group coaching brings unrelated business owners together, team coaching focuses on developing skills within an already established team. This team will usually all work for the same business or company in the same field with common goals.
How To Prepare For Group Coaching Classes
Before you join any classes, there are a few things you should check out and compare. These things will help you choose the most effective group coaching sessions for you so that you don’t waste your time or money.
Group Coaching Prices
Compare prices. There are plenty of programs out there, and some are either overpriced or underpriced. While you don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money, you also don’t want to pay a pittance. Usually, if a price seems completely outrageous or too good to be true, it is.
Testimonials & Reviews
To find out if your potential group business coach is worthwhile or not, read reviews. If the reviews are on social media or testimonials offer contact details, you can even reach out politely to the reviewer to get their direct opinion. If you can’t find any reviews or testimonials at all, that could be a red flag.
Inclusions & Guarantees
Lastly, take a look at what the program includes and whether they guarantee results. If all you’re getting is a weekly one-hour Zoom call, it may not be worth your time. Look for extras like a private Facebook group, individual attention, downloadables, courses, and other perks to help you make your decision.
Where to From Here
Looking for coaching that will take your business to the next level? Stop trying to figure everything out on your own and give yourself advice from someone who has created not 1 but 2 successful 6-figure businesses. Let’s hop on a 30-minute discovery call where we can chat about your goals, struggles and how I can help you as your business consultant/coach. BOOK YOUR CALL HERE.
Ready to reach 6-figure years and sign up for group coaching immediately? Check out my group business coaching program online, Profit Pillars, where you’ll get the clarity, support, and systems you need to grow. You can also connect with a community of small business owners by joining my Facebook group, the Women in Business Collaborative.
Have an awesome day,