So you’ve been thinking about ways to serve more clients but you’re not sure how to transition to group coaching.
If you’re concerned about how this shift will affect your personal connection with clients, then my simple approach will help take away those worries.
As you know, group coaching is an excellent opportunity to scale your business and create lasting change in your clients’ lives.
In this video, I’m going to share a few tips so read on and discover how you can make group coaching work for you!
You will learn:
- The secret to making the transition easier
- Two questions you need to ask yourself to determine your topic
- How to improve the overall coaching experience
- How to ensure your program appeals to the larger client base
- Whether or not you should offer your program as a pilot
- How to prepare for a smoother transition into the group coaching model
How to Transition to Group Coaching
Working with one-on-one coaching clients is a great way to start your coaching business, but there certainly comes a time when you are starting to look for a more scalable business model.
Group coaching offers a way to leverage your time and experience and build a truly scalable coaching business.
When you decide to transition to a group coaching model, it might feel a little overwhelming, intimidating, and if that sounds like you, let’s take a look at a few steps to make your transition easier.
So the secret to making this transition easier is to start by creating a one-on-one client coaching program.
Instead of thinking of this as jumping into group coaching right away, think of it as creating a coaching program for your private clients.
Then making the transition to delivering it as a group is going to be a lot easier.
Here’s how to transition to group coaching in 4 easy steps:
1. Narrow your niche, pick a “slice” and develop your coaching program.
So this is perhaps one of the most challenging things to do for a coach who has been helping all kinds of clients to solve all kinds of problems.
But once you decide on a topic for your program, all things will start falling with much more ease. You have a lot of expertise and experience.
That’s why I like to think of a niche as a slice of your expertise, like a pizza slice, a specific issue or topic that you work with your clients on.
So you want to ask yourself two questions:
- What is the most common topic that you work with your clients on?
- What is the first thing that you work with your clients?
Once you determine your specific topic, you can then build a step-by-step program to help people succeed with it. The next steps are simple.
2. Test the program and coach one-on-one.
So, the first step is to narrow your niche and pick out just one area that you’re really passionate about.
After that, develop an individualized coaching program for private clients so you can test the waters before diving into the group coaching model. You’ll want to start inviting existing clients or offer it to potential clients.
As you meet new people, this gives you an opportunity to actually build and deliver your coaching program without worrying about filling a group.
As you can see, you’re taking your coaching skills to new heights by testing your program, and that’s just a natural way on how to transition to group coaching.
3. Get feedback and improve your program.
As you’re delivering your coaching program, be sure to keep track of your client’s questions and challenges, and then use them to improve the coaching experience overall.
You may find yourself creating additional tools or modules to support your clients in achieving better results.
And of course, remember to ask for testimonials so that you can market your program when you’re ready to coach a group.
4. Expand your program to a small group.
Your target audience is already clearly identified by your niche slice.
During coaching, you’ll discover the nuances that the group presents, get feedback, and be able to further enhance your program.
Your program gets better each time you practice its delivery and understand what your clients need.
You remain agile and continue to adjust your program. The end result will be a program that appeals to the larger client base.
Should you call your first program a “pilot”?
I noticed that some coaches like to call their program a pilot if this is their first time delivering it, and you can certainly do that.
But also keep in mind that you are an expert on your topic. You have already coached your clients through this program.
There is no reason to just go ahead and treat it like a real coaching program (and charge accordingly).
After delivering hundreds of coaching programs for more than 20 years, I believe it’s one of the simplest ways on how to transition to group coaching.
Group Coaching Model: How to Prepare for a Smoother Transition
Coaching larger groups can be a little bit intimidating, but there is a way to prepare for a smoother transition.
So a few small steps in the right direction helps you create the best content, build your confidence, and transition your business to the next level.
I highly recommend that you use Coaching Genie because it’s a group coaching software that makes it a lot easier to create your coaching programs.
Coaching Genie’s framework supports you as you scale your business from 1-on-1 coaching to group coaching, making the transition much easier.
You can build and deliver your program, ask clients to submit their homework inside their journals, share coaching exercises, send email reminders, post call replays, and more.
The goal is to prepare yourself and your program for larger group coaching – whether you decide to have bigger groups or simply more small groups.
Get started with your transition today and gain the experience you need to navigate through the waters of coaching larger groups.
So there you have it, the simpler approach on how to transition to group coaching.
It’s time to make room for new possibilities in your business!
Milana is an entrepreneur, business strategist, and marketing mentor to coaches, authors, and speakers. She is the author of two books, “Coaching Millions” and “Simplicity Entrepreneurship”, the creator of telesummit. She is also the creator of Coaching Genie, an online platform for designing and delivering coaching programs with ease. She came from Soviet Ukraine almost three decades ago as a classical musician with zero knowledge of the business world and has since built multiple six and seven-figure businesses. Today she’s passionate about showing entrepreneurs how to use simplicity as a growth strategy. Goodbye complexity and overwhelm. Hello, simplicity, profits, and ease.