86: Private Coaching vs Group Coaching: What's Best for Your Business

podcast private coaching Apr 11, 2024
Should you prioritize one-on-one private coaching or group coaching programs?

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The world of online coaching can be exciting, but also overwhelming. One of the first decisions you'll face is whether to focus on private coaching or group coaching. Both options have pros and cons, and the best choice for you will depend on your goals and resources.

In this blog post, we'll dive into the key differences between private coaching and group coaching. We'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and ultimately, I'll share why I recommend starting with private coaching, especially for new coaches.


What is Private Coaching?

Private coaching involves working one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their goals. This typically involves personalized coaching sessions, tailored action plans, and ongoing support. Private coaching allows for a deep dive into your client's specific needs and challenges.


Pros of Private Coaching

  • Deep Client Transformation: You can provide highly personalized coaching and support, leading to significant client results.
  • Expertise & Credibility Building: Working closely with clients allows you to refine your coaching approach and establish yourself as an expert.
  • Higher Income Potential: You can typically charge premium rates for private coaching compared to group programs.
  • Easier Selling: The value proposition of one-on-one attention is clear, simplifying the sales process.
  • Simpler Logistics: Private coaching requires minimal overhead and technology compared to group programs.
  • Faster Growth: You can quickly build momentum and expertise by focusing on private coaching first.


Cons of Private Coaching

  • Limited Client Reach: You can only work with a small number of clients at a time.
  • Potential for Booking Out: Your success can lead to reaching your maximum client capacity quickly.


What is Group Coaching?

Group coaching involves working with a small group of clients who share similar goals. This often involves group coaching calls, online modules, and a community element. Group coaching allows you to work with more clients while still offering a supportive environment.


Pros of Group Coaching

  • Scalability: You can reach a wider audience and grow your income more quickly.
  • Community Building: Group programs can foster a sense of connection and support among participants.


Cons of Group Coaching

  • Less Personalized Attention: Clients receive less individualized coaching compared to private coaching.
  • Higher Complexity: Launching and managing group programs requires more resources and planning.
  • More Challenging Sales: The value proposition of group coaching may be less clear, requiring a more strategic sales approach.
  • Energetically Demanding: Holding space for a large group can be draining, especially for new coaches.
  • Difficulty Getting Results: Delivering consistent results for a wider range of clients can be more challenging.


Why I Recommend Starting with Private Coaching

While group coaching offers scalability, I believe private coaching provides a stronger foundation for new coaches. Here's why:

  • Master Your Craft: Private coaching allows you to hone your coaching skills and refine your approach with each client.
  • Build Confidence: Witnessing client transformations firsthand boosts your confidence and establishes you as a credible coach.
  • Develop Strong Client Relationships: You gain valuable insights into your ideal client's needs and challenges.
  • Learn to Sell Effectively: Private coaching hones your sales skills in a low-pressure environment.
  • Simpler Business Model: Private coaching requires less upfront investment in technology and systems.
  • Faster Path to Profitability: You can start generating income sooner with private coaching.
  • Transitioning to Group Coaching Later: Once you've mastered private coaching, you can seamlessly transition into offering group programs. You'll have the skills, experience, and client testimonials to create a high-value group coaching experience.



The decision between private coaching and group coaching is personal. However, for most new coaches, I strongly recommend starting with private coaching. It allows you to build a solid foundation, establish yourself as an expert, and develop the skills you need for long-term success.



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