What is Co-coaching?
As professional coaches Co-coaching gives us the time and opportunity to practice coaching, to try new ways of coaching or to work on something that we might want to improve. Attending a Co-coaching Forum allows us, as coaches to have the opportunity of practicing in a safe environment and of receiving feedback.
The feedback can be targeted - for instance if a coach would like to receive specific feedback on one aspect of their coaching - then they can ask for this
Co-coaching provides an opportunity to reflect on your coaching style, and to experience and experiment with new coaching techniques. It is a three way learning opportunity:
- Being coached by others
- Observing others being coached
- Coaching others on their coaching technique
You can discover an amazing range of coaching methods and styles that have developed to satisfy different needs and circumstances, and so benchmark your own practice.
How are AC Co-coaching Forums run?
Co-coaching forums are run by experienced facilitators who are coaches themselves and who follow AC excellence guidelines. These ensure that the maximum time is spent in coaching practice and that new ideas are continually investigated and explored.
There is a growing network of Co-coaching Forums across the United Kingdom. The current Forum’s are listed below and if you visit the Association for Coaching Website (www.associationforcoaching.com) you will find more details about where and when the forums meet.
However please be aware that dates, times and venues may be changed. Therefore you should always book your intention to attend with the relevant forum facilitator, to avoid any disappointment.
What are the benefits of attending a Co-coaching Forum?
Participating in Co-coaching will give you:
- A CPD certificate for each forum you attend
- Access to a network of like-minded people to share ideas and resources
- A ‘Super-view’ of your coaching practice
It is becoming increasingly important to employers that coaches are supervised and this experience of a ‘Super-view’ may encourage your next step towards getting your own supervision.
What forum participants say.
Here are a few comments from our members who have attended recent events:
"I highly recommend coaches, both new and experienced to come along and take advantage of the opportunity to coach and be coached and to discover an amazing range of coaching methods and styles. Co Coaching has been a great way to develop my own coaching skills and to add to my Continuous Professional Development." John Arthurs, Dancing Leopards
My experience of the Co-coaching Forum was extremely positive. Right from the get-go. The insights personally and professionally from being coached, coaching and observer were very useful to my present practice. Concerns I had before attending the forum were mainly around 'performance anxiety' re coaching in front of peers and even on what I might present as my 'issue' to be coached on; all these 'fears' melted away in the trustful and safe hands of our coaching fraternity and peers." Mary Foley, Mary Foley Coaching
The most important reason for attending is to be able to practice my coaching in a safe environment and to get open and honest feedback. It is a space to try out new ways and methods of coaching and to try something you may not be sure of, to experience how it works. It also provides a great opportunity to see other coaches in action....I love being able to bring issues of my own to be able to work through them with other coaches. I always come away feeling very motivated. It's a great service." Nuala Doherty, True Potential Coaching
"I feel a real balance of support and coaching experience from everyone during the Co-Coaching. I leave feeling motivated, and driven to develop my coaching, also having picked up on what is current within the coaching environment. A very positive experience overall" Shaun McMonagle
"There aren't many places where coaches get the opportunity to see how others do it. The forum is a great opportunity to learn different ways of doing things and also to have your own practice affirmed. Like minded people, different approaches, different niches" Cathy Mullan, NLP Coach and Trainer
'...I felt warmly welcomed, included as an equal and a valued member of the group...'
'...a space to try out new ways and methods of coaching and to try something you may not be sure of, to experience how it works...'
"...sharing best practice research and integrating skills development together with time to reflect and plan.... a gift you can give to yourself..."
Who can attend a Co-coaching Forum?
Regular attendance at a Co-Coaching Forum is one of the privileges of membership. However if you are not a member of the Association for Coaching, that's OK, we welcome you to attend up to 3 sessions as 'tasters'.
Click on this link to find a Co-coaching Forum near you.
If you cannot find a group in your area and you are a full member of the Association for Coaching you might be interested in starting one. You will receive help and support in doing so. If this sounds like something that might interest you and you would like to find out more then please contact one of our Lead Co-Coaching Facilitators: