I appreciate it’s not always easy to work out what coaches do and how they could support you. Over the course of a few weeks I’m going to share a little more info on what working together could look like.
Today I’ll talk about group coaching which you may initiate for yourself, or it may be via the organisation you work for to support your professional development. Either way, it is extremely challenging to separate personal coaching from professional coaching - the reasons for our challenges, our behaviours, the way we approach things, our wants and needs - these are not reserved for one part of our lives. We are all people and coaching with me allows for this ‘whole person’ exploration.
What is group coaching?
Group coaching is taking part in a session around a particular theme or subject with people that you may or may not know. These sessions are likely to be more structured than 1-2-1 coaching, with a set agenda and format, whereas 1-2-1 can be more fluid.
Being listened to, having space to reflect and dedicated attention for you to explore the subject are all vital parts of this experience.
Being part of a group may or may not appeal to you. However, the group supporting each other is often the greatest benefit for those involved. Sharing experiences and learning from the group in a non judgemental way is hugely powerful and can help individuals to feel connected to others and not alone in the challenges they face.
With group coaching, it is important to set out how the group will be so that everyone feels comfortable in the environment. We always discuss this first and foremost and ensure confidentiality and the psychological safety of everyone is adhered to.
I joined your session on imposter syndrome last April and it was hugely beneficial to me. I use the tools of reframing to this day. I love what you do and I wanted to thank you for such empowering insight. It made me realise that I am not alone with my challenges of imposter syndrome.
I offer regular workshops on building confidence and overcoming imposter syndrome as well as leadership development programmes for women. Other subjects include:
Coaching skills to empower yourself and others
Well-being and building resilience
Coaching skills for new managers
Watch out for face to face events in the Cambridge area too. In September, I will be hosting a group session on being your authentic self.
Have you tried group coaching before? Did you enjoy the experience?
Gemma Brown is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, working with individuals and groups to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma works face to face with clients in the Cambridge area as well as via Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.