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ICF Michigan Newsletter

December 2016

 

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The ICF Michigan Board wishes you  

and yours a joyous holiday season!

Mary Selzer, 2016 ICF Michigan President

Coaches Column  

  

An Enriching Goal for 2017
 
Have you noticed how much easier it is to find something wrong with a person than it is to find something right? Pit criticism against compliments and criticism usually wins. I think we're naturally hard-wired to be more negative than positive, whether it's what we say or how we hear.

An article in Psychology Today states there are more negative emotional words (62%) than positive words (32 %) in the English dictionary. According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Waldman, authors of Words Can Change Your Brain, a single negative word can increase the activity in our amygdala--the fear center of the brain. Negative words release dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn interrupts our ability to reason logically. (See Therese Borchard's blog in World of Psychology.)

Some people are so used to hearing the negative that they don't know what to do when they hear something positive. Case in point--airport employees. A while back, my husband and I were waiting at the Atlanta airport during a storm. Flight after flight was either delayed or canceled. The attendants studied their monitors, and every twenty minutes or so announced another delay. Disgruntled passengers made their way to the counter, and the attendants braced themselves for verbal attacks. I was curious to see how the employees would respond. It seemed like they put up invisible shields to protect themselves from the barrage of complaints. Their faces looked engaged but they practiced selective hearing.

When our flight was finally announced, we stood in line as the attendants robotically scanned boarding passes, oblivious to the passengers. As I approached the scanner, I leaned toward the attendants and said, "Thanks for serving us so well. You've both done a great job in a challenging situation." They looked at me as if they had never received a compliment.

That one incident has inspired me to set a goal for 2017. I want to be more intentional about letting my words have a positive impact within my sphere of influence. I want to compliment more than I criticize. I want to notice the positive before I see the negative.

A wise man once compared our words to nourishment: "The talk of a good person is rich fare for many." Maybe I can't change the world, but I can at least enrich the lives of a few with my words.  Anyone care to join me?

 

NEWS FROM ICF MICHIGAN 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS!

Nadine Henry (reelected to a 2-year term)
Dmitry Kondratyev
Cedric McSween
Cathy Mott
Nan Twiss


MI COACHES CONNECTION 

If you have attended our recent MI Coaches Connections, then you realize the tremendous value packed into a three-hour space. And, you can earn CCEUs in the process.

Mark your calendar to attend our next Connection: Thursday, March 2, 2017. Location: TBA 

 

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 jbrow603@yahoo.com and start bringing positive change to someone's life. 

 

NEWS & RESOURCES FROM ICF GLOBAL

CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL ARTICLES

* 5 Ways to Use ICF Industry Research to Boost Your Coaching Business: http://bit.ly/2fVMDjr 

* The Coaching Trap: http://bit.ly/2gpUPcz

* Brave New Coaching World: Are Your Clients Ready for Artificial Intelligence? http://bit.ly/2fTeqOz
* Oh, the Questions We Ask: http://bit.ly/2gIdjm9

If you were unable to attend the sold-out ICF Advance 2016: Science of Coaching, you can still benefit from this incredible educational opportunity. OnDemand video sessions are now available. The topic areas covered in this year's incredible event were:
* Coaching Presence
* Creating Awareness
* Team Coaching

CREDENTIAL UPDATE

21,184: ICF Credential-holders  

745: ICF Credential applications approved in November 2016  

ICF implemented a new policy October 1, 2016, regarding the client coaching experience requirements for the ACC and PCC Credentials. This has resulted in an increased volume of applications prior to the change. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to review applications as quickly as possible.

ICF GLOBAL CONFERENCE RETURNS IN AUGUST 2017 

Save the date! The first ICF Global Conference since 2012 will be held August 24-26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park.

 

2016 BOARD MEMBERS

Please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or suggestions. Click here to learn what our board members are excited about for 2016!


Mary Selzer, President

Vicki Hepler, President-Elect/Treasurer, Member Relations

Rebecca Kraus, Past President


Jackie Browning, Outreach

Beki Fraser, Education and Development

Nadine Henry, Marketing


Kathy Vlietstra
, Administrator

MISSION STATEMENT

A dynamic, diverse community of coaches, which grows, develops, connects, and serves members and community with highest standards of professional coaching.

 

CHOICE MAGAZINE

Choice, the magazine of professional coaching, is
a quarterly magazine dedicated to the
coaching industry.
ICF members can use discount code  PROUDMEMBERICF to receive a 10% discount on purchases. 
Visit their site at http://www.choice-online.com/

 

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

Are you excited by the learning opportunities provided through ICF Michigan? Inspired to join the team and continue the momentum? The Education & Development team is looking for two people to support continued programming!
 
1.  An organizer and facilitator for the monthly Teleclasses.
2. An addition to the hosting group for the Core Competency calls.
 
Interested? Contact Beki Fraser at 248-320-9556 or
Education@ICFMichigan.org for more information.

 

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!

 

  ADDITIONAL LINKS

 

  WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!

- Tatiana Botta of Rochester Hills, MI

- Kathy Moore of Alden, MI

- Sylvie Florent of Sainte-Adèle, Quebec, Canada

 

COACH CAFÉS

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


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

 

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