UPDATED: Due to popular demand, we have moved our Group Coaching to July 11th. Everything on the FAQ holds true, except the new dates which are on the featured on our coaching registration page. Contact us for more information.
I’m excited to blog about our inaugural Spring Group Coaching Program that starts THIS coming Monday, May 16th! I have wanted to do group coaching since I started The Opportunities Project. I think that group coaching is a great way for young professionals to learn how to advance their careers. It doesn’t matter if you’re nervous about the job search, or a go-getter who wants to solidify his or her career management know-how for now or the future. Group coaching is affordable and convenient and has benefits that individual coaching doesn’t have. Some of these benefits include multiple perspectives from your fellow coachees and an expanded community that can help you long after coaching ends. You can also do group coaching with a friend which can be fun. Finally, if you happen to be a parent who is looking for a great graduation gift for you, this program is a great choice, if we do say so ourselves.
When you decide to become a coach, one of the first things you do is hire your own coach. A little over a year ago, when I was making my choices among coaches, I decided to hire one that offered group coaching. Fifteen months later, I am still happy with my choice. Hearing about other people’s experiences and learning from them made me work through my own decisions much more effectively. Even though coaching stopped last July, I am still close to half a dozen of the other participants, personally and professionally. In addition to emails and brunches, one person I met through coaching is my resident photographer and another has helped me with media relations. Likewise, I’ve helped them with their goal setting and productivity systems.
Intrigued and almost convinced that group coaching is for you? Here are answers to some questions you might have.
1. So how does your group coaching work logistically?
The Spring 20011 coaching program consists of seven group sessions, and one individual targeted coaching session with me, if you choose that option (discussed in question 4). Each session is 90 minutes and will be conducted via Skype. During each session, we’ll tackle the topic via audio conference and a shared desktop. We’ll also use video conference when appropriate. Each group will have between four to eight people in it so everyone has the opportunity to be coached.
Unlike traditional webinars, participants in our group coaching program are required to participate via microphone every session. For example, in our group coaching program, you will practice telling stories about your work and student experiences and answer situational and behavior-based interview questions. You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss your goals with the group and receive feedback and encouragement from your group members. I’ll switch back and forth between coaching and facilitating.
There will be two coaching groups each Monday. One group will meet at 4PM and the other at 7PM. During the week of Memorial Day, we’ll meet on Tuesday the 31st.
2. May 16th is just a few days away… what if I can’t start May 16th?
May 16th is coming quickly. We’re starting on May 16th because of the holidays and we want to accommodate people who want to take advantage of the summer job market, which is the hottest time of the year to find a job. If you cannot make May 16th, you can start on May 23rd without missing a beat. We will schedule a makeup session for the material covered on May 16 for anyone who can’t make that date once we have everyone’s schedules.
3. So what will be doing in our coaching program?
Here’s the schedule:
1. The “soft stuff” – mindset, vision, goals and fear (May 16th)
2. Presenting your authentic brand: resumes, online portfolios and social media (May 23)
3. Acing the interview: Part I (May 31- a Tuesday)
4. Acing the interview: Part II (June 6)
5. Networking your way to success- online and off (June 13)
6. The 15 Hour Job Search Plan (June 20)
7. More “soft stuff” – Success on the job (June 27)
8. One-on-one with Tracy (scheduled second half of June/early July, Option One only)
You’ll also be assigned homework between each session to make sure that you become an expert on that topic.
4. How much does it cost?
The costs are broken down on the registration page and you have two payment options. Depending on which option you pick, each session will cost between $25 and $30 a session.
Option One: Pay for program in full. With this option, you will get
• a $35 discount on the seven group sessions
• a one-on-one targeted coaching session with me
• recordings of all the sessions
• no Eventbrite fees
Option Two: Pay 50% down. We get that not everyone has the cash to pay in full. We still absolutely want you in our program! With this option, you can have more flexibility. You will get
• flexibility to pay for only four of the seven sessions up front
• receive a recorded copy of each session for free
If you want one of the last slots in our program, register now. If you have any questions, contact us. We’ll be available all day Friday and over the weekend to take your calls and emails.
We look forward to helping you get the career you want throughout May and June!