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12 Jun, 2012

How To Set Up A Coaching Community

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How To Set Up A Coaching Community

The benefits of running and being involved in a successful coaching community are plenty. Involvement in a group can make all the difference. Simply by regularly attending a circle you can not only network with fellow coaches but you will also stay informed and potentially become a change maker.

We would encourage coaches and trainees who are looking to build their practices to join a local group, or even set one up in their area.

Here are our 10 top tips

1. Contact Kris at the Coaching Academy to set up a Coaching Community for you on www.coaching-communities.com – you will continue to attract new coaches to your group.

2. Use a meeting organiser website such as meetup.com to arrange and promote your events and handle RSVPs. The low quarterly subscription can be shared by your group members.

3. Arrange the meeting for a time that suits YOU. Meetings can be arranged for anytime of the day, any day of the week. You never find a time that works for everyone. Arrange your first meeting and see how it goes before committing to future dates.

4. Make a list of what you will need for each meeting, and keep it in a bag or box that you can just pick up before your next meeting.

My Bag Includes:

  • A list for attendees to write their names on, with a column to tick that they have paid.
  • An envelope in which they place their meeting fee.
  • An outline of the meeting plan – you could use the same one all the time, simply changing the topic.
  • Plastic name badges and card for people to write their names on.
  • Any useful articles/ books I have come across since the last meeting.

5. When selecting a venue, think about accessibility, parking (at the time of day you are planning to meet), and whether you’d like a quiet, private environment (like a meeting room at a hotel or business centre), or a more public venue such as a pub or restaurant.

6. Have a topic for each event – your members will have lots of suggestions.

7. When attending Accelerator Days, add your county name on your name badge – people will ALWAYS approach you this way. Encourage your fellow group members to do the same, and to promote the group when they meet other coaches from your area.

8. Have a fellow organiser who is happy to run your group if there is an emergency, and you cannot attend at the last minute.

9. Although rules aren’t necessary – guidelines are. At the beginning of each meeting, remind people of what is expected, for example, confidentiality, mutual support, etc.

10. Remember your priorities – if building your coaching practice and generating an income stream is important to you, don’t let running your networking group or coaching community consume too much of your time.

6 Responses to "How To Set Up A Coaching Community"

1 | Christopher Catt

June 12th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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Really intersting. The closest to Devon that I am aware of is Bristol. If anyone knows differently, I would appreciate you letting me know. i would be interested in forming a Coaching Community in Devon. I would like to see if anyone is inteested first. Any tips?

2 | Lynne

June 19th, 2012 at 7:10 am

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Very interesting post. You explain everything very clearly.

3 | Norbert Hennemann

June 19th, 2012 at 9:22 am

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Interesting. :-)

4 | Sousa Hari

June 22nd, 2012 at 7:43 am

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Thanks very much for these 10 tips, very useful indeed.
I’ve moved counties several times over the last two years, I’m now in Gloucestershire in the Forest of Dean.
I’ve contacted local coaches each time I’ve moved, to find coaching or NLP groups but have yet to receive one reply from a coach in any area. The groups I’ve contacted online have folded, a great disappointment.
I have put a request for people from my area to add their names on a board at an accelerater day, put my area on my badge each time and have used MeetUp to drum up interest, but still no contacts.
As I realise it’s very important for CPD to belong to a coaching community, I have to travel at least an hour to take part in a group, but I’m prepared to do this as the benefit is so great.
This article has sprurred me on to give it another go. Thanks again, Sousa

5 | Dyllis Faife

June 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am

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Really helpful article-has motivated me too!I live in Norfolk and am keen to set up a coaching community as I don’t believe one exists here yet.

Always in my professional life I have spent some of my time and energy promoting Norfolk as often people still tend to believe that nothing much happens here as we are geographically out on a limb,so to speak-so am keen to demonstrate that we are at the forefront with our coaching skills too-and Skype is far reaching!

Having set up my coaching business and spent time on my networking and marketing,I feel that I now have a bit of spare time and energy to focus on getting a new group established and am happy to give it a go.

So,I have set myself a GOAL and I will be in touch with Kris later today!

In the meantime,if anyone reading this lives in or nearby to Norfolk, and is interested to join a local group please feel free to contact me at dyllis@dfcoaching.com

6 | Marli Netterberg

June 29th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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Thanks for the great tips!

I started a coaching community in my area with just two of us and we have grown to 22 coaches in our community in less than a year! I really like your idea of having a ‘community bag’ ready and handy; something I will start using.

Our community is based in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey and new coaches are always welcome.

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