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The Inner Circle - Group Coaching for Small Business

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The Assembly Hall’s Inner Circle is an intimate Coaching Group lead by Organisational and Coaching Psychologist, Helen Barker. With over 15 years experience in executive coaching and leadership development, Helen helps clients to overcome barriers, work effectively and to achieve their goals with joy and purpose. 

Designed with small business owners in mind, joining the Inner Circle will help you to maximise your personal potential and to tackle challenges, helping both you and your business to flourish and thrive. 

 Through the Inner Circle you will gain: 

  • Access to a supportive group; a network of peers who share the challenges and joys of starting, growing and running a small business in Singapore  

  • Coaching input to help you gain insight into and move forward with your personal challenges and goals 

  • Resources, tools and exercises to help you to sharpen your clarity on the purpose and mission that fuels your success

  • A safe space to explore some of the key questions that are fundamental to achieving your dreams and to thriving as a small business owner  

Join us and we will guide you towards meaningful and lasting change for both you and your business. 

So…what are you waiting for? 

With 1 session per month across 6 months, this Coaching Group will take you on an informative and insightful journey, leaving you with practical tools, a map for how to move forward and everything you will need to hold you accountable in your role as a small business owner. 


Who is The Inner Circle perfect for

  • Small business owners interested in unlocking their potential and looking at how and why they work the way they do

  • Small business owners who have been running their businesses for a while and feel stuck or are lacking in inspiration

  • Budding small business owners who are looking to expand, grow or change their offering but are seeking guidance and support in doing so

  • Both new and seasoned small business owners who want to meet and connect with other small business owners in a nurturing and motivating environment

  • Anyone who lacks confidence, direction and motivation and feels the need to be held accountable and supported by a group of like minded people 


How does this group work?

Each group session will be 2 hours long and facilitated by Helen. The same 6-8 members will attend each session – a  great way to make connections with other small business owners.  

Topics covered in the Group Coaching sessions will include: 

  • Defining and honing your personal purpose as a small business owner

  • Understanding your strengths, and how to translate these for success 

  • Overcoming personal blockers such as procrastination, perfectionism or low self-confidence

  • Creating harmony between your business and personal life through setting and managing boundaries

  • Creating relationships that make a difference

  • Creating a plan to bring your goals and dreams to life

In between each session, there will be activities to be completed and brought along to the next session for discussion. 

Everything that is shared in the group will remain completely confidential. We create a safe, trusting, non-judgmental space for all group members and as such the guarantee to uphold these group values is an important condition of entry into the coaching.  

What is the investment and what is included?

For $250 per month, you will attend 12 hours of face-to-face time with Helen during the 6 group coaching sessions.

In addition to the 6 face-to-face group sessions, your Inner Circle membership includes a range of ongoing and additional support: 

  • A private 30 minute coaching call with Helen before the first session to discuss problem areas and desired outcomes 

  • A private 30 minute coaching call with Helen after completing the course to discuss your tailored plan and action points 

  • Comprehensive notes and take home material 

  • Option to join a private Instagram group with other members to continue supporting each other through all your small business ups and downs 

  • Option to continue private coaching with Helen at a discounted rate 

6 month Membership Price = $1500 per person


How can you join?

Absolutely any type of small business can join The Assembly Hall’s Inner Circle. We would love to have you! We will be running two separate groups concurrently – Group A will run on Tuesday evenings and Group B will run on Fridays at lunchtime. Please let us know your group preference when you register your interest below so that we can try to allocate you to the group that works best for you. We are also seeking to enhance the group dynamic so we will be mindful not to allocate conflicting businesses to the same group. 

Group B - Friday lunchtimes 12:30 - 2:30pm (Venue TBC)

Session 1: 20th September

Session 2: 11th October

Session 3: 15th November

Session 4: 6th December

Session 5: 23rd January 2020 (Thursday)

Session 6: 28th February 2020

Group A - Tuesday evenings 7pm - 9pm (Venue TBC)

Session 1: 17th September

Session 2: 8th October

Session 3: 12th November

Session 4: 3rd December

Session 5: 21st January 2020

Session 6: 25th February 2020



Commonly Asked Questions

I currently work in a corporate job and I am thinking about starting my own small business soon. Is this course right for me? 

Yes! Exploring your vision and mission with a psychological lens can be extremely helpful in the early days as it will anchor the business to who you are as an individual. This will provide a solid platform for you to launch your new business when you’re ready. 

 I can make it to 4 out of the 6 sessions as I will be away on holidays for two of them. Is there any way I can make up those sessions on another date or receive a discount? 

Unfortunately no, we will not be offering make-up classes, substitutes or discounts. Sorry! The group nature of the course means that we need to restrict flexibility. Please ensure that you are available to attend all 6 sessions. If you are sick or unable to attend on the day due to an unforeseen circumstance, we will be able to send you the relevant course material via email to get you back on track for the next session.  

I’m a shy person and feel intimidated by groups. Will I have to talk in front of other people and share my ideas with the group? 

Not if you don’t want to. We understand that some people will be more comfortable with the process than others, and it is entirely up to you how much you would like to share with the group. 

 I run a small business with my business partner. Should we both come to the course? 

This course is designed as a journey for the individual rather than for the actual business. Of course you and your partner can both come along and look to align your outcomes for the business however it is not essential to do so. 

 I’ve got a new business idea, but I don’t want to share the idea with the group as I’m worried someone will take it. Can my business remain anonymous? 

Of course. As long as you know what you are working towards, there will be no need to share any sensitive information with the group if you don’t want to. 


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Helen Barker

Helen has over 15 years experience as an Organisational Psychologist and Executive Coach. She has been based in both London and Sydney, before moving to Singapore in 2012. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the BPS (UK) and a Registered Psychologist with AHPRHA (Australia), an accredited AC Coach, Coaching Supervisor and Facilitator. 

 She is passionate about helping people to grow in their business and personal journeys. As a coach and facilitator she is warm, collaborative and stretching, blending depth of knowledge with quick insight into the individual and what makes them tick.  She has worked with clients such as Unilever, Diageo, PZ Cussons, BP, BHP Billiton, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Prior to starting her own Consultancy Helen’s career included Sales Management in FMCG, Talent Management in Investment Banking, and Leadership Consulting roles in Europe and Asia Pacific.


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