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Bird Table groups are for women business owners but they can come from a range of types and size of businesses – we have had people attend who are in ‘start up’ mode, through to more established business owners who may have employees and business premises, and all variations in between! We use the term SME to refer to any small sized business. Women within a business can attend but it’s best for them if they are a key decision maker (for example the CEO of a Charity).
Bird Table groups have 6 women attending so the good news is it’s not many people you need! You may find you can use contacts in your local network as a starting point, others you know who are business owners – we have found that face to face networking has been over and above the best way to let people know about The Bird Table and to get lots of interest. Social media is a useful way to supplement this, particularly if you have a good level of interaction and followers already, but we are also ‘noisy’ on social media at HQ to spread the word about your groups!
At the training day we cover group coaching but it is more focused on the TBT ‘way’ of running a group, which is taken from various methodologies and ways of thinking. All new TBT coaches therefore need to attend, and your past experience will be useful for you to draw on over the course of the day.
We put a top limit of £200 per attendee as a change for attending the 3 sessions within a group (and recommend a minimum of £75 for those targeting more of a start-up market). This allows the group to stay in the ‘affordable’ coaching ethos which is an important part of TBT. However, you can run as many groups as you wish, in fact some coaches in the past have run 4 or 5 groups in each 3 session period, so your earning potential from the groups is uncapped in this respect.
We try to run the groups in free or low-cost venues to keep your costs down, with teas/coffees as you wish. For example these have been in the reception area of hotels, in a room of a pub in the quieter morning times, in art galleries, in the venue owned by a group attendee in return for a space in the group, and sometimes in coaches homes. We can help with ideas for venues and appreciate that in some areas of the country (e.g. London) this is trickier but it is possible!
Definitely not, we have had many examples of successful groups working well near each other and in fact it can help create a local ‘buzz’ and a combined marketing effort. There would be a time potentially where too many groups near each other may be an issue but we can review this with the coaches as time goes on.