Many women prefer to work with coaches privately as opposed to group settings. There are two main reasons:

1. They feel they would get greater attention
2. They want to speak about their issue privately

Both of course make sense.

But within this logic there is also flaw… 8 flaws to be exact.

8 reasons workshop are better for you than 1 on 1:

8. Group learning/ sharing: Group work allows you to learn from other women who are going through the same thing. This is better than anything a coach can tell you, because it can give you a sense of ‘normalcy.’ The idea is that problems such as shame, failure, heartbreak are all experienced by other people and have even been survived by people from generations past. It is powerful to learn from women going through the same thing.

7. No more isolation: Women who are unhappy in an area of their life normally hide it from others so they don’t have to feel embarrassed about their situation (and what they do share with the world is usually surface-level). But meeting others and listening to their stories makes you feel less isolated and more connected to a community – this is an important cornerstone of healing. No amount of private attention can give you this valuable lesson.

6. Safe environment: When the group is set up right, workshops allow for just as much privacy, compassion, and confidentiality as 1-on-1 coaching sessions. Women who share private information about themselves understand the importance of confidentiality, respect, and trust. And the sharing of stories from each woman naturally makes the environment feel safe.

5. Losing the shame: Many women are ashamed of the challenges they’re facing (e.g. unable to maintain a happy marriage, tough time in holding down a job, feeling like a poor mother, embarrassed about her low worth). The only way to work through the shame completely is by speaking about it out loud (and not just to a coach… but with a group).

4. Proper support system: Healthy and proper social support system is one thing I always encourage my clients to find. It’s important for their emotional well-being. And it is important to yours. In group settings, this social support system is BROUGHT TO YOU. Remember, everyone at the workshop is there for the same reason. Perhaps they are facing different life challenges but the group has a common goal; to improve their happiness and level of fulfillment.

3. Empowerment: Sharing your story and finding your voice during a workshop is the first step to complete empowerment. For women who have a particularly hard time speaking up, the only way to overcome this is by being finding a safe environment to overcome what you fear. Speaking up is not something you will learn by listening to your coach tell you how important it is.

2. Acceptance and belonging: We often think we would be criticized and rejected if people knew our personal stuff. This simply isn’t true. People are capable of showing compassion, understanding, and love towards others. Being accepted by a group when you are at your most vulnerable has emotional healing power. And 1-on-1 coaching can’t ever provide this to any client.

1. Validation, acknowledgement, and recognition: Lastly, validation and recognition means having a group listen to what you have to say and acknowledge that “what you do and what you say matters. The effort you put in is important. Your accomplishments are impressive. You are appreciated.” Such recognition feels great and teaches you how to give yourself the same type of validation.

Reading about these benefits and understanding them conceptually is not the same thing as experiencing them. Workshops are a MUST for all women who interested in personal growth and development. You owe it to yourself to be empowered.

Author's Bio: 

Toronto Life Coach for Women, Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA, provides training and support to kind-hearted and genuine women who struggle with their self-esteem, feel stuck and trapped, or are emotionally exhausted. I offer educational programs, products, as well as in-person and online coaching and mentoring with the goal of helping my clients Reach Their Full Potential.