Monday Club

The world of self-employment is very different to working as an employee. Clients often tell me that they struggle with focus, time management, and accountability (among other things!), and would value the opportunity to have more regular contact with women in similar circumstances for support and encouragement. They are looking for something which goes beyond networking, and provides regular, detailed conversations to support their progress.

The Monday Club was piloted for two months at the end of 2016, to test an approach for Anna Bell Coaching to work with a small group of entrepreneurs on a long-term regular basis.

There was an immediate benefit from having structured weekly conversations, and holding ourselves and each other accountable made a big difference to what we could achieve. Let’s face it, none of us like letting others down, and knowing we’d be checking back in the next Monday was a big incentive! It’s amazing what impact it can have just talking things through out loud, and with a supportive group it’s even better.

We saw an immediate impact on the areas we were focusing on, noticed how closely our actions aligned with plans, and how motivated and energetic we felt by recognising our achievements.

 

This page provides information for potential members who would like to join. There is a 2 week free trial period before deciding whether to sign up for 6 months.

 

Objectives

  • Increase focus, productivity, motivation, time management and life balance

  • Improve results for your business in a supportive, accountable environment

  • Develop awareness of the strengths and needs of your business, and learn from a range of experiences in the group

  • Have a structured sounding-board for challenges and opportunities

  • Gain opportunities for personal and professional development

  • Develop relationships and a sense of community, which is often missed when moving into self-employment

 

Note: This is not a forum for formal business advice and input. It’s intended for coaching, support and experience sharing. Any actions taken are the sole responsibility of the business owner.

 

When

Every Monday at 9.15. This allows for school drop-offs and other commitments at the start of the week, while leaving the rest of the day free afterwards.

Approach

  • Hosted on Zoom by Anna Bell, who leads and facilitates the group, also coaching and challenging individuals towards the results they are looking for.

  • 4 members initially – may increase to 6 people by the end of the year.

  • 10 minutes allocated to each member to talk through their updates and focus for the week ahead, using a structured questionnaire to prepare beforehand.

There will be a 10 minute ‘spotlight’ session available at the end of each week’s regular updates, for individuals (in rotation) to have more time to talk through a challenge or opportunity, with the option to talk 1:1 with Anna or seek support from the group. This time can also be used to expand on a topic of interest from the group’s conversations.

Membership fee also includes:

  • A 1-hour individual coaching session via Zoom every 3 months

  • Access to a private Facebook Group as a way to connect between sessions

  • Tips and tools appropriate to the needs of the group

  • Access to special offers and discounts for workshops, coaching packages, and consultancy

Cost is £60 per calendar month for all of the above benefits, paid in advance by standing order. Members must be willing to sign up for 6 months at a time. A 2-week free trial is available to new members before committing.

Longer/separate sessions, e.g. online workshops on goal-setting, business planning, & soft skills development, may be arranged where there is interest from the group, subject to an additional charge.

Principles

  • Members are committed to put in the effort and focus required to make it work for themselves and all in the group, sharing regular feedback, support, challenge and encouragement.

  • Everyone is expected to come prepared and be on time for the meeting, and keep to their time slot. Whenever possible, the meeting will take place at the same time each week.

  • We have a supportive and encouraging atmosphere of openness, honesty, trust and confidentiality.

  • Each member will be accountable for their own results and decisions, including any advice or suggestions which may have come from other members.

  • Sessions will be led and facilitated by Anna to support timekeeping, progress, and outcomes.

  • Sharing of skills and expertise will be encouraged, to help to address individual needs.

  • There’s no such thing as failure or blame, only learning and feedback.

  • The format, structure and materials are copyright of Anna Bell Coaching and must not be shared or used outside the membership group (and are for members’ personal use only)

  • No direct marketing - there will be plenty of chance to share what you're working on when it's your slot anyway!

Criteria for group members

  • Mixed backgrounds/industries/specialisms

  • Different experience levels, from new start-ups to experienced business owners

  • Ability to commit to meet online every week, except for occasional holidays and client commitments (please note the monthly fee will apply regardless of attendance, and where possible an individual short call can be arranged)

  • Must have capacity to follow up on actions and meet commitments in between weekly sessions

To check this is a good fit for you and for the group…

We encourage this self-reflection before getting involved, as this is a small and focused group, and to maximise results for individuals through complementary skills and experiences. It also supports the message of accountability to say what you’re willing to sign up for.

Please email info@annabellcoaching.com with the following information:

  • What’s your professional background, industry and specialism(s)?

  • What other valuable skills and experience can you bring to the group?

  • How long have you been running your own business?

  • How do you expect to benefit from being involved? What difference will it make to you and your business?

  • What are your current strengths and challenges with your business?

  • Confirm your commitment and availability on Mondays for 6 months, and potentially beyond.

 

If you have any questions you can send an email to the above address, or call 07977377163.

Thanks,

Anna

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur?

 

Could you benefit from regular catchups with a supportive group to help with accountability and progress for your business?

Testimonial from Claire Newlands, member since November 2016:

"I find the Monday Club is a very motivating start to the week. We have a structure that we follow which includes sharing our highlights and achievements, our challenges and learning and thinking about the mindset that we will need through the coming week which will allow us to complete our goals.

I find in particular that taking some time to look at what I achieved is very helpful. Like many people I’m very good at focussing on the items on my to do list that are not ticked off rather than celebrating what I have done. I love the Monday Club and I believe that it is really helping me to be more focussed on improving my business."

Claire also said: "I have been self- employed now for just over 3 years and mostly working from home. This was a huge change for me as I had been working in an open office with 30 colleagues for the previous 7 years. One of the hardest adjustments for me has been working completely on my own. I’ve been used to working with a team and reporting to a director on a weekly basis which was a set up that I was very comfortable with."

The aim of Monday Club is to provide support for aspects of performance and motivation, which would not otherwise be possible as a result of working independently.

Would you like to join us for a free trial? Read more on the rest of this page, and contact me at info@annabellcoaching.com if there's anything you'd like to discuss.

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