Having a reliable space for your coaching business is crucial. Not only do you need to know it will have everything you need, but that it provides the right atmosphere and tone for your particular business.
In this article we share with you some spaces that are suited to coaching sessions and their key features so you can choose which one suits your requirements best.
Not only has this room been purposely designed for coaching and therapy sessions but the whole ethos of Unicorn House is one of relaxation and friendliness.
With an onsite yoga studio and located in the stunning Cotswolds town of Cirencester not only does this room suits coaching perfectly, but the whole atmosphere lends itself to that as well.
In The Den you will have complete privacy and comfort as well as access to other meeting spaces to use for group work if you needed a base for a variety of formats. The owner Catherine, is a huge supporter of growing businesses especially in the wellness space so would be on hand to help you provide the best coaching experience possible for your clients.
If you require an informal setting at a very reasonable price, then Chase Meadow has a perfect solution. Located in the Community Centre just outside Warwick, the Willow room has comfy seating and privacy with an on-site kitchen for tea/coffee. When you add in free parking and easy access from Leamington & Warwick it is a great, centrally located and good value space to use.
St Michael's Centre is a popular venue due to it’s picturesque location, free on-site parking and flexibility.
As well as having multiple meeting rooms, there is also this smaller room ideal for coaching or small group sessions. With a kitchen available to use for tea/coffee and a huge outside space available to hire, this venue provides various options. That said, even if a simple, private room with masses of natural daylight is all you need, then the Warwick room is perfect.
If you are operating on behalf of a charity/community group then you are able to benefit from using the rooms at Tyler House Hub right in the middle of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The venue prides itself on helping charities and not for profit organisations thrive. If you are a 'for profit' business and need a private space in the centre of Stratford, then it is still very much worthwhile enquiring as their ethos is centred around supporting others.
The ‘face-to-face’ room is purposely designed for coaching and private conversations so this modern building will give you a professional but relaxed environment for you to support others.
We know that many people arranging meeting or networking events in Warwickshire and Gloucestershire may need a way to 'break the ice'. Here are a few of our thoughts to consider before you go automatically ask people 'to go around the table and introduce yourself'
Why do you need one?
When someone says, “can you start with an ice breaker?” it poses a number of questions. If you don’t do one, what are you afraid might happen? Are you afraid that people are being artificially brought together, and that they won’t open up or engage with the content, or even speak to each other without something to get them over their paralysing awkwardness? Do you think that this kind of coming together is a fraught, painful, scary place? Or – dare I say it? – you’re not convinced that there is anything engaging in the meeting itself? Or could it be that you’re looking at a blank sheet of paper, and you don’t know where to begin.
So, here’s a thought rather than an ice-breaker...Start with “hello”.
It doesn’t matter if the attendees are strangers, if they know each other a bit, or are people who work with each other every day. They are people who are completely capable of talking to each other and contributing to the topics being presented without first being treated like children and treated to an out-of-context parlour game, to “break the ice”. Instead, look at the environment, and the level of permission you are affording them. If you are hosting the event, how do they see you, and their fellow attendees? Are they turning up to something that reminds them of school? If they start filling up from the back – like they did at school – they don’t need an ice breaker, they need something to break that paradigm. If there only a few people coming, try greeting people as they arrive – start with “hello” – and engage with them as humans. Just a few words will suffice, but it will make people feel less passive, and help them to open up to you.
If there are a few more people to engage with, that might not be so easy, and you may have to be a bit more creative…
Get people to talk to each other
That’s what you want to do isn’t it? That, and be interested in what you have brought them together for, so why not combine the two?
You could go down some hackneyed route of asking people to share three things about themselves that other people wouldn’t know… and you can revel in the awkwardness as people swing between mundane facts about their lives, embarrassing personal skills and lists of famous people they once saw in a bar. Then you launch into your content…
…Or pitch them into the topic you want to cover.
Give them the subject you are going to talk to them about – no details, just the general topic – and get them to turn to each other in small groups of 3, 4 or 5 and come up with a few areas, or questions that they would like to have answered. That way they are talking to each other and beginning to engage with your subject matter. If you’ve done your homework they shouldn’t be dealing you too many wildcards… and if they do, that’s just good information about what people have at the front of their minds, and it’s better to know rather than not know…
Of course, they don’t have to talk…
This isn't to say that you shouldn't do an exercise to kick the day off… as long as it has relevance for what is going to follow. If you’ve come across something that will make people think, and perhaps make them laugh, or connect them to the topic, go for it. Just don’t treat the first thing you do with them, the first mark on the blank sheet, as a standalone, throwaway moment that will miraculously unite people – and “break the ice” – as an end in itself.
So, do you need an ice breaker?…
Just think about this. What do you want to say, and what would be the best way to introduce the topic that will make people sit up and take notice, and feel that they have a personal connection to it?
When people come together to address a common cause, there isn’t ever any ice to break.
Home to The Cotswolds, regency Cheltenham and some of the most picturesque parts of the UK, Gloucestershire is a perfect location to bring colleagues together for a meeting, team away day or networking event.
In our search for non-traditional meeting rooms and spaces in Gloucestershire we have found a wide range of options suitable for almost any event. Here is a selection:
With a huge amount of outdoor space, stunning views and an onsite brewery Hillside Brewery can cater for pretty much anything you throw at them. This could be a smaller event in the Malt House meeting room or a large conference with beer tasting in their Hopbarn space they can do it all. Fashion shows, comedy nights and corporate entertainment have all featured here and with the land outside, outdoor activities are not beyond them either.
Located in the Forest of Dean this local brewery offers a meeting or event location with a touch of rural tranquility about it.
A traditional, Cotswold stone building converted in to a contemporary co-working and meeting venue managing to stay true to its historic past whilst being modern and comfortable in its décor and environment. With a variety of meeting rooms and networking spaces including a private counselling or therapy room this venue, close to Cirencester town centre is a beautifully relaxed meeting location.
Cheltenham Ladies College.
Located in the centre of Cheltenham this large, thriving college offers a wide range of rooms. Most unusually, in the school holidays there is a vast array of classrooms that are hired out offering a perfect option for training or assessments. As well as those there is the impressive great hall as well as other boardroom type facilities.
If you are after functional and fully inclusive then Fig Offices in the centre of Gloucester have a variety of rooms of various sizes suitable for everything from interviews to large networking and training sessions. As a modern fully equipped building you will have everything you need and it is only a short walk to Gloucester Quays outlet village for a spot of designer shopping!
Engaging Spaces is dedicated to helping small and medium sized business in Warwickshire and Gloucestershire find venues that are suitable for them to use for meetings, workshops and training sessions.
Leamington Spa, with its central location, mainline train station and thriving economy is a popular place to do business. This is why we have pulled together the best cost-effective meeting room options in Leamington town centre for you all in one place.
The Royal Pug
Suitable for: Large meetings, team meetings, networking sessions, workshops
A large, quirky and centrally located space in The Royal Pug. Brightly coloured, natural daylight and flexible layout options. With plenty of food and drink options this is a perfect venue when you want and informal but professional feel for you next event.
Slate Art Gallery
Suitable for: Larger meetings, networking events
One of our most inspiring and interesting spaces. With a constantly changing exhibition of artwork this gallery makes for a stimulating backdrop for your next event. Ideal for networking meetings, larger gatherings or launch events this is a open, flexible space again located right in the centre of town.
Apehangers (bar below Procaffinate)
Suitable for: Informal meetings and gatherings, Networking events.
There are not many meeting rooms that you enter by walking through a fridge but it is the case at Apehangers in the centre of Leamington. Located just 10 mins walk from Leamington train station this venue is suitable for informal meetings, networking events or other business gathering. Not only is the space flexible and casual, there is a mouth-watering selection of food and drink available to purchase. We highly recommend the broccoli smoothie (so much nicer than it sounds!!)
The Parade Meeting Room - Rickett Architects
Suitable for: Team/Board Meetings
You can’t get more central than the Parade in Leamington and this meeting room not only is located there but it overlooks the park with its huge windows. With oodles of natural daylight and plenty of space this is a great option for team meetings. It is within a working office but the Ricketts team are friendly and welcoming and will be more than happy to hire there space to you for your next meeting.
Purple Monster Meeting Room
Suitable for: Small meetings
This meeting room is part of a working office in a small creative company. A very short walk from Leamington train station this room is equipped with TV screen and large whiteboard so great for team meetings where some creative thinking is required. As it is a working office expect a friendly welcome and an explanation of the creative quarter development!
If none of these spaces are what you are after then get in touch with us here and we will see what else we can recommend.