My hope is that for all of you reading this, that you and your loved ones are remaining healthy. As we step into the end of Q1, I think many of us have been struck that the new decade has been full of surprises and pivots for business.
Over the last few weeks as COVID-19 has impacted North America after sweeping the rest of the world, I've been hosting regular virtual lunchtime calls, bringing together coaches from all backgrounds for some connection, discussion around what it means to go virtual, support for clients as they go virtual, virtual facilitation skills, and also business pivot topics.
If you weren't able to join me for those calls, I hope you will take a look at some of the recordings here at the Virtual Lunchtime Playlist, including Thursday March 26ths call geared to virtual small business.
It's an unprecedented time, which is encouraging all of us to step up and lead in our own way.
I will continue to take a lead in our work here at Potentials Realized around support for coaches as well as the larger cross section of virtual and remote professionals which continues to focus on support for virtual teams and leaders. My 2017 book, Effective Virtual Conversations, has been embraced by many organizations who are using it internally to guide their virtual meeting practices, virtual leadership, and also
As some of you know, over the last year I've been training up a number of professionals who are also able to lead work around PlanDoTrack, which is a workbook and planner geared for virtual and remote professionals. I'll be doing another facilitator training for this whole body of work starting in a few weeks - it's a 24 hour course. Email me if you want to learn more.
Our focus at the Learning Lab and Design Studio in the last couple of months has been on virtual work and designing and leading programming that has the greatest impact. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 8 - 845 am ET or 845 - 930 am ET.
Another area of growth I've seen in recently months with programming has been attendance at the Virtual Facilitation Essentials program, which I call a virtual train-the-trainer. It's geared for those who want hands-on practice and learning about how to lead and design INTERACTIVE, VIRTUAL CONVERSATIONS, based on my 2017 book, Effective Virtual Conversations. Upcoming dates include a five week session starting on Monday March 30th, and one day offerings on Wednesday April 1 and 8, 2020. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot.
Business at the heart of any coaching business. With that in mind, I want to remind you of the regular community calls open to everyone and complimentary which I will continue to hold on Mondays from 11 - 1130 am ET several times a month. Please drop in and see us.
Join us tomorrow, Monday March 3oth, from 11-1130 am ET for a hands-on Quarterly Planning Hack, taking stock of where you want to go for Q2 and where you've been in Q1. Join us in my zoom room tomorrow.
I look forward to continuing to serve you.
One of my favorite activities over the last few years has been to create a summer project list of small, and larger tasks, to complete in what some find to be a quieter time. There always are lots of project possibilities in the summer months. Have you considered:
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Author multiple books including the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner (2018), Effective Group Coaching (2010)
Check out the #90DaysPlanDoTrack series of daily prompts for your work and business over on Instagram @CoachingBizBuilder.
It's September and the start of a new month. I've been so excited to receive lots of emails and photos of coaches receiving their copies of the Coaching Business Builder in the mail. Have you cracked open the cover yet?
My guess is - MAYBE.
Well, we are stepping into a new month, and I wanted to make it super-easy for you to get going on the planner.
First, you may know that each month I am starting to host a 60 minute one-hour real-time virtual planning session to create a pause for you to take stock of the "Month that Was" (the one wrapping up), and do some planning for the month ahead. I call these Month End Reflection Planning Hacks. I hosted one yesterday (August 31st) and will be scheduling these paid sessions each month. During the session I get you to work "real-time" on your plans, capturing them as we go, so you leave the session with your monthly roadmap DONE!
As you step into September I'll invite you to grab an hour (or even 15 minutes!) for yourself to start setting out your plan for the month. With Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner in hand here are five things you will want to fill in, as you step into a new month:
1. Taking Stock - Monthly Reflections (There are 12 of thee in the monthly sections. This page gets you to note some of your key achievement, metrics, projects and items to look ahead for the next month). See page 154.
2. Monthly Plan for - Use one of these 12 undated pages to start capturing your ideas, thoughts and images for the month ahead. For linear thinkers, bullet out your ideas. For creatives, use it as a mini-tablet for images, drawings, items. This may be your meta-view or 30,000 foot view of the month. See page 147.
3. Monthly Calendar - Note key business (and personal) dates of importance. Again, there are 12 of these in the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner. Use the right hand column to note anything else that is important for the month. See pages 148 and 149.
4. Monthly To Dos
complete this page with all the things you want to, and need to do this month. Refer back to your "Monthly Plan for " page to get inspire. See page 150.
5. Monthly One Pager:
Use this page to capture your top 5 goals, key financial, marketing and relationship goals, Key tasks for each week, as well as habits you want to employ. This one page can help you stay on track and serves as a quick go to. If you prefer more detail you've got the previous four resources to look at! See page 151.
Having a plan is key for business success. In today's ever changing world, it can help us remain grounded and focused on what's important, rather than getting distracted by the many "shiny red objects" which can seek our attention. I hope that you will schedule in a block of time for yourself to complete these pages (20-60 minutes) AND/OR join me for this month's Month End Reflection and Planning Session to work on October's plans!
The Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner (CBBWP for short!) provides you with 12 undated monthly sets of planning pages, along with quarterly and annual undated pages, and a variety of content creation tools. Pick up a signed copy directly from me, or you can also order through Amazon.
Have a great start to the new month! As I always ask in my planning hacks - What will WILD SUCCESS look like to you this month?
Coach and Author of Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching
Interested in more on this topic? Join me for one of the complimentary Virtual Book Club Calls to go inside the book! Next call is scheduled for Thursday September 6th - Business Habits and Mindsets. Download the upcoming book club call list here.
If you are interested in growing your coaching business this fall, join me for the Coaching Biz Growth Lab, a coaching group for coaches. We meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 3 - 4 pm ET, providing you the space to focus and accelerate your business actions. More information and registration here.
Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC - Fridays 9 - 10 am ET - March 20 to June 20, 2020 - Reserve your spot.
Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs) - Mondays 9-1015 am ET starting March 20. Next group will start Fridays 1015 - 1130 am ET April 17 - mid-May (5 weeks)
Virtual Facilitation Essentials (8.5 CCEs) - Mondays 1:30 - 2:45 pm ET starting March 30 and April 6, 13, 20, 27 2020 (5 weeks) OR one day programs being offered on Wednesday April 1, 8 or 15.
Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - starts Friday April 3 (6 weeks): Fridays 12 - 1:15 pm Eastern: April 3, 17, 24, 31, May 1 and 8 (10 CCEs): Focused on providing you with virtual practice and feedback around your group coaching skills.
60 Day CBB Accelerator - 60 days of focused action around your business. Starts 1st day of each month.
Bonus! This month's 1BizStepADay
Coach Jennifer Britton has worked with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors since the late 1990s, even before she was in business herself. From supporting micro-entreprise and eco-tourism businesses to working with service based entrepreneurs and coaches, her PRACTICAL and TACTICAL approach to business coaching is ACTION focused, with emphasis on AWARENESS as well. Jenn is the author of the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and planner, and 3 others books related to group and team coaching and virtual conversations. She also hosts the Coaching BIzGrowth Lab, an open-enrollment group coaching program for coaches. Jenn founded her business - Potentials Realized - in April 2004.