Salisbury Coaching Group

We are a friendly CPD group for coaches, NLP practitioners and anyone who wants to learn more about coaching and NLP.  We have a broad mix of members including coaches and others from the helping professions such as counsellors and therapists.  We hold monthly meetings in Salisbury and our flagship event each year is Salisbury International Coaching Week (ICW).

Catchment area: Wilts, Dorset, Hants

For further information about our group:

Registration: to register your interest, contact Ross Nichols by email:

Purpose and Vision for the Group:
* A supportive community for coaches, mentor-coaches and supervisors, NLP practitioners, and anyone interested in finding out more about coaching and NLP – all welcome.
* Sponsored by the International Coach Federation (ICF) UK, however non ICF members are welcome.
* The ICF may be able to provide CPD certificates for attendance in due course, and an occasional speaker.
* A great opportunity to network with people with a shared interest, and to get some brief, focused coaching/NLP practice in a safe, friendly environment.
* Default timetable: meet last Thursday of each month 19.00-21.15 hrs except for July, August and December
* Format: speaker presentation on a coaching or related topic followed by open forum discussion. Occasionally we will do some coaching practice.
* No hard selling or aggressive marketing please – the emphasis is on sharing and learning.

Guidance for speakers/discussion leaders:
* If you’d like to lead a discussion, please let me know your topic and dates you are available
* Choose your format. this could be a talk, a lesson or demonstration, a discussion or a debate
* Topics: coaching, NLP, relevant business topic for self-employed practitioners or any related topic
* Plan on c 45 minutes

Guidance for coaching practice:
* Break into ‘triads’ and nominate roles: coachee, coach, observer
* 15 minutes per coaching session, followed by 5 minutes feedback in sequence:

o Coachee

o Coach

o Observer

* Those new to coaching should start as an observer and client before trying their hand at coaching if they wish
* Do ask open exploratory questions; don’t offer advice or solutions (unless it’s after the meeting)
* Rotate roles every 20 minutes to provide 3 coaching sessions within the hour
* Observer manages the time
* Respect confidentiality and only reveal what you are comfortable revealing
* Re-convene as one group at 9.00 pm to share reflective learning and confirm date of next meeting

Other issues:
* we don’t have a nominated coach supervisor for the group, however I have access to trained coach supervisors as well as the ICF (UK) Director for local coaching groups and I will follow up on any supervisory issues raised to me
* To protect privacy, members’ email addresses are now ‘Bcc’