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Good leaders know that strong, trust-based relationships are the key to personal and professional success—and that relationship building is integral to the advancement of every individual on their team. And yet…few business schools teach relationship building skills and companies don’t prioritize them often enough. The result? It doesn’t take long for an organization’s collective business relationship building skills to become rusty.

A relationship-focused organization understands that:

  • Everything in business is connected to other people
  • Connecting and networking are not the same
  • Sales are a result (not an indicator) of strong relationships
  • Interpersonal trust is more important than ever
  • Strategic relationship building is a skilled activity that can be learned, improved, tracked, and measured
  • Employees at every job level are more effective at earning trust and building strong relationships when when they work toward clearly defined goals and objectives

What will an intentional focus on relationship building do for your business and your team?

Continue reading below to learn more about our innovative Connecting Cohort Coaching Program for high-performance companies and teams.

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The Connecting Cohort Coaching Program

The Connecting Cohort Coaching Program is for high-performance companies and teams that are committed to achieving business success through better internal and external relationships and who seek the accountability of a small group and the support of an experienced coach to meet their goals and objectives.

 The Model

Connecting Cohorts are six to eight individuals from a company, organization, or industry. Our program improves people’s skills as connectors while holding them accountable to key performance indicators (KPIs). Organizations benefit from the collective learning of the cohort and the relationship building momentum that the cohort generates.

The Mechanics

Cohort members take part in nine interactive video sessions over three months (a calendar quarter). Each session is one hour and is facilitated by a Certified Connecting Cohort Coach. Sessions are arranged at the beginning of the program with the understanding that participants will clear time on their calendars and commit to making relationship building a priority. 

The Measurables

Participants develop a detailed Relationship Building Action Plan to align their professional relationship building activities with long-term objectives and short-term goals. They learn to cultivate connections with people they already know, develop new and strategic relationships, and identify relationship building patterns that may be helping or hindering their success.

“With decades of outside sales experience, I can say that this was the first program to offer a clear strategy around managing my contacts to achieve my goals. By applying the techniques learned as part of the Cohort Coaching Program, I achieved my stated business goals within 60 days.”

Erica Hynek, Relationship Manager, Fannie Mae

“Our team of highly experienced Alliance Directors participated in the Connecting Cohort Program and their feedback was tremendous. In addition to sharing their own philosophies for creating deep trusted relationships with busy CEOs, they generated fresh ideas and, in the process, formed deeper relationships between themselves to become a real team. I recommend the program to anyone wanting their team to build relationships and not just make sales.”

Paul Witkay, Founder & CEO, Alliance of Chief Executives

“Our Cohort Coaching sessions became a steady source of inspiration. In fact, they’ve been such a source of positive influence on our group that we’ve continued to meet twice a month in order keep building upon what we’ve learned.”

Brandon McGee, Relationship Manager, Fannie Mae

“Most of us in real estate have large databases. Learning how to organize my relationships and align them with my business goals was eye-opening. I also learned so much from my fellow cohort members. Our open discussions created a sense of support and accountability that inspired us to bring our A-games!”

Carter Williams, Vice President, The Wiliams Team, Keller Williams Realty

The Connector’s Way coaching program helped me and my fellow cohort members become more focused on our professional priorities. The Relationship Action Plan is a particularly great tool for meeting goals and staying accountable.”

Ann Peniston, Senior Learning Specialist, Fannie Mae

Benefits of The Connecting Cohort Coaching Program

 Measurable Results

The Connecting Cohort Coaching Program is designed to align each participant’s relationship building activities with the setting of individual goals and objectives that meet the S.M.A.R.T. criteria (i.e., Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound). Cohort program participants will learn to:

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Nurture a Connector's Mindset

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Define Relationship Building Goals

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Develop a Relationship Building Plan

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Cultivate Strategic Connections

Internal Team Building

The nature of the group cohort model encourages valuable internal team building and inspires collective learning and momentum that is transferred back to the workplace. In a testament to the program’s effectiveness, participants often continue meeting as a group after the program has ended so they may continue to connect and collaborate for success.

Feedback & Support

Participants have unlimited access to phone, email and text support from their coach for the duration of the program and are encouraged to take advantage of this support to stay motivated and on-target. In addition, participants will have a 1:1 check-in call with their coach at the program’s mid-point to discuss any issues or concerns and assess their progress.

Coaching & Training Materials

Upon program commencement, each participant will receive a copy of The Connecting Cohort Coaching Guide. In addition, cohort participants are granted full access for the duration of the coaching program to the online courses in The Galvanizing Group®’s digital Business Relationship Building Library. Hosted on a secure and state of the art LMS (learning management system), the curriculum consists of 50+ SCORM-compliant courses that can each be completed in 15 to 20 minutes. Courses cover important relationship building topics and are taught through a combination of videos, interactive exercises, and downloadable materials. Coaching program participants also have priority for registering for special relationship building programs and events as they are developed.

Our Commitment

The Connecting Cohort Coaching Program is not for everyone. But if your company is committed to achieving business success through better relationships and you are looking for the expertise, accountability and support to help your team members become better connectors, then we are confident in our ability to help them reach their goals. In doing so, we acknowledge our responsibility to preserve the confidentiality of any information or data disclosed by or developed on behalf of participants during our coaching sessions. At the same time, participants understand that they are in control of their own decisions, choices, actions—and results.

Getting Started with Coaching

Please contact or call 503.249.8800 for additional program information including client testimonials, available start dates, and organizational incentives for multiple cohort enrollments.

The Connecting Cohort Coaching Certification Program

Connector's Way Certification

Are you an experienced business coach who believes in the bottom-line benefits of strong relationships? Are you eager to share your knowledge and help other business professionals develop their relationship-building confidence and skill? Continue reading below to learn more about becoming certified to use the methodology and materials of The Connecting Cohort Coaching Program to help high-performance companies and teams build better internal and external relationships​.

A Passion for Relationship Building

Certified Connecting Cohort Coaches know that relationships drive results. They understand from years of experience that people with strong relationships are healthier, happier, and more likely to perform at their peak to earn more money and achieve greater success in business and life. Importantly, they are excited about applying our proven curriculum to transform organizations from the inside out.

 What you will get from the program:

  • A proven framework for working with high-performance companies and teams to improve their business relationship building skills
  • A fully developed curriculum that offers a systematic and strategic approach to business relationship building
  • The affiliation of a well-respected program that organizations like Fannie Mae, Banner Bank, and the Alliance of CEOs are using with their teams
  • Ongoing training and support from The Galvanizing Group® to help develop and grow your coaching business
  • Access to a network of like-minded business coaches who are committed to continuous learning and who generously share their knowledge and talent with others

What you bring to the program:

  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated record of success building strong trust-based relationships
  • A Connector’s Mindset, i.e., the desire to serve others without consideration for how you will benefit
  • Deep business knowledge and experience; you must be able to make a connection between relationships and results
  • An unwavering attention to detail and a high standard of personal and professional excellence
  • The ability to work independently (all work is performed on a contractor basis)
  • Creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor; you find fulfillment and joy in helping people build relationships that lead to personal and professional success

Want to learn more? Contact us to shedule a conversation to see if The Connecting Cohort Coaching Certification Program is a fit.