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ICF Michigan Newsletter

August 2017

 

Coaches Column  

 

Vicki Hepler,
2017 Board President

Our Words Matter

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me". Certainly everyone has heard that saying at some point in their lives. Someone very likely had good intentions saying that to comfort us and we may have been comforted for a moment but that age-old piece of advice is flawed. Words are indeed powerful enough to hurt us, sometimes deeply and permanently. Conversely, words are also powerful enough to inspire us, motivate us and to even change the direction of our lives forever. As coaches serving our clients, we especially have an obligation to choose our words carefully. Though there is much to be said about the power of words, consider the following points:

 
First, the words we use when we talk to ourselves matter.  

The way you talk to yourself reflects how you were talked to in your formative years.  Whatever you heard repeatedly became part of who you are, whether it was true or not. Those words became the programs that determined your self-esteem, your attitudes, beliefs and even actions. The good news is that if you want to change any of your negative programs, you can do that with concentrated effort.  Imagine what could happen if instead of uttering phrases like, "I always get the short end of the stick" or "nothing ever goes right for me", a person would start saying instead, "things always have a way of working out for me" or "I have favor everywhere I go". You can change the way you talk to yourself and consequently change your whole outlook on life.

Second, the words we use when we talk to other people matter.

We know that the words that were spoken to us early on have influenced who we are today. It follows, then, that the words we speak to others can make a difference in their lives. The words we use can lift up or even destroy the lives of others.  Once you put words out there, they are out there forever even if you did not mean them. It has been observed that it takes 1,000 positive words to overcome just one negative word.  We all have a need to be affirmed and words are a major way that can be conveyed. Mother Teresa has said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless".  

Third, the words we hear matter.

Throughout history, great leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to influence our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, incite us to action and to shape the course of destiny. Words have the power to change. If that were not true then companies would spend their money on something other than advertising and politicians wouldn't bother giving speeches. The point here is that what you hear everyday has an impact on you even decades later, whether you realize it or not. So, it is important that you are conscious and mindful of what you are hearing.

In summary then, words matter when you talk to yourself, when you talk to others and when others talk to you. In all cases, you have a choice, you are in control.  It's entirely up to you, choose to change your words and you choose to change your own life and quite possibly someone else's life as well!

 

NEWS FROM ICF MICHIGAN 

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP?

If you were an ICF Michigan member last year (through May of this year), your renewal is past due. Please renew now if you haven't done so.  Starting this month, you are no longer be considered an active member if you have not renewed.  We don't want you to miss out on all the benefits a membership offers!

Click here to renew your existing membership.

Click here if you would like to become an ICF Michigan member for the first time.
If you are unsure if your membership is overdue, or if you have questions, please contact support@icfmichigan.org


YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR NETWORKING EVENT!! 

Join us on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Skyline Club in Southfield for appetizers as we discover the heart and soul of The Michigan Coaching Community. Cash bar also available.
For more information and tickets, click here 


Also, watch for Networking Events coming to additional locations like Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids or Lansing this Fall!


ICF MICHIGAN MEMBER COACH CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to Dmitry Kondratyev! Dmitry just received a patent for "Four Wheel Alignment for Your Life" - this solidifies a series of coaching products that include assessments, coaching model, and a book under the same name. After some additional development, these products will become a licensed coaching methodology for new coaches to consider.

 

Congratulations to David Chinsky!  David Chinsky, PCC has been inducted as a Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers Association.  Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession's international measure of speaking experience and skill. About 12 percent of the speakers worldwide hold this professional designation. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise, as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior.

   

If you have something to celebrate, we want to hear from you! Have you recently completed a training?  Received your credentials? Been honored? Please send your coaching-related successes to get posted in the next newsletter to support@icfmichigan.org by September 12th for the next newsletter. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR PRO BONO COACHING 

Looking for an excellent opportunity to offer pro bono coaching? Consider Women For Change, a non-profit organization that makes coaching accessible to lower-income women who are seeking to change their lives. The coaching program covers a 12-week period. If you are a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation or International Association of Coaches, Jackie Browning can give you more information. Contact her at parkside@parksideconsultants.com and start bringing positive change to someone's life.

 

NEWS & RESOURCES FROM ICF GLOBAL

NEW INDUSTRY RESEARCH UNVEILED AT CONVERGE 

ICF Converge17 attendees got a sneak preview of the findings from the 2017 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study during a presentation by Colin McIlheney, Global Research Director for PwC Research. The executive summary of this research is now available at coachfederation.org/consumerstudy2017

ARTICLES OF INTEREST 

* Ethics in Coaching http://bit.ly/2vwcXtC
* 12 Ways to Turn "I Don't Know" into an Aha Moment http://bit.ly/2uSV9V5
* Coaching Presence and Being at Your Best http://bit.ly/2woOdA4
* Previous Experience Desired http://bit.ly/2unvCCZ

 

2017 BOARD MEMBERS

Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions. 

 

Vicki Hepler President

Mary Selzer Past President

 

Andrea Fleischfresser Secretary, Social Media

Beki Fraser President Elect


Cathy Mott Director

Cedric McSween
Director 


Dmitry Kondratyev Member Relations


Jackie Browning Treasurer, Outreach

Nadine Henry Marketing

Nan Reed Twiss Education & Development


Kathy Vlietstra
Administrator

MISSION STATEMENT

A dynamic, diverse community of coaches, which grows, develops, connects, and serves  

our members, supporting communities and individuals with the highest standards of professional coaching.

 

CHOICE MAGAZINE

Choice, the magazine of professional coaching, is
a quarterly magazine dedicated to the
coaching industry.

ICF Michigan members
can use discount code  PROUDMEMBERICF to receive a 10% discount on purchases. 
Visit their site at
 http://www.choice-online.com/ 

 

TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN ICF MICHIGAN

There are lots of great reasons to join ICF Michigan, whether you are just starting out as a coach or have an established career... 

Check them out here!

 

LINKS TO OUR CURRENT TELECLASSES AND CALLS

 

CORE COMPETENCY TELECLASS 

September 12 at 2:30 pm

Topic: "Communicating Effectively: Direct Communication"

Click here to register


TELECLASS WITH GUEST SPEAKER SANDY MOBLEY
September 20 at 1:00 pm 
 

Topic: "Coaching Clients to More Fulfilling Careers"
Click here to register

 

ARE YOU AN EXECUTIVE COACH INTERESTED IN HIGH QUALITY COACHING RELATIONSHIPS?

 Share your experiences in building quality coaching relationships for a leading edge research study. Jennifer Nash, a doctoral researcher and management consultant, is seeking coaching dyads (1 Executive Leader + 1 Executive Coach = 1 Dyad) to participate in her current executive coaching study.  Time required is a 60-minute individual interview for you and your executive leader. Phone interviews will take place between now and September 30, 2017.

 

Contact: To participate in the study, or for more information, reach out to Jennifer at 734.864.2287 or jennifer.nash@case.edu

 

  ADDITIONAL LINKS

 

COACH CAFÉS

 Join us for Collaborative Coaching Conversations both virtually and throughout Michigan!!  


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for more information about locations and meeting dates for Coach Cafés.
 

 

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