corners of the calendar from July to August always causes me to go
into a bit of a funk. How can summer be so fleeting? Despite my
grumbling, I must admit it's been a wonderful summer providing ample
time to balance work with weekend pleasures. The Tigers are on a
"come back" and summertime beauty and abundance are on
display everywhere. It's a perfect time to reflect on ABUNDANCE
as it relates to our coaching community. As I write this summer
newsletter, I marvel at the abundance
of contributions being made by fellow coaches
within our ICF chapter.
One example is the excellent work being done in preparing for the ICF Michigan Statewide
Forum. This year's theme is "GROW Your Coaching
Business - Making it Happen!" Why is it that
some very competent and committed coaches are able to financially
succeed and others struggle to survive? One of the goals of ICF
Michigan is to support members who follow this career path, who
launch their own coaching practice with the intention of making it a
viable business. We want more coaches to be successful - with
businesses that grow year after year, providing sustainable financial
Forum in October
is dedicated to doing just that. It is dedicated to the work of
creating, building and sustaining viable coaching businesses for new
and experienced coaches. The Forum will be held at the Okemos Conference Center
October 17, 2013. If you don't have it on your
calendar already I encourage you to do so because you won't want to
Other rich learning opportunities have abounded this
year. ICF Michigan launched its new Teleclass series in June with
attendance that far exceeds expectations. Check here for
upcoming topics and speakers. The West Michigan Forum and the Midwest
Regional Conference held in June were well attended and received
stellar feedback. Our regional Coach Cafes continue to meet on a
regular basis with growing outreach and attendance.
abundance of coach activity and learning, there is still room for
more. ICF Michigan is committed to assisting all coaches to grow
their coaching skills and become ICF credentialed, should they choose
to do so. Please see the sidebar box describing the Coaching Core
Competency Telecalls beginning this Fall. Volunteers are needed to
co-facilitate this new offering.
So - thanks to all you coaches who show up at coach cafes as well as
those of you who plan, facilitate or participate in learning and
networking experiences for ICF Michigan. Your contributions are
making ICF Michigan a vibrant and growing professional community. The
abundance of your energy and gifts has made this entire year a season
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS
August 14th Teleclass
"Selling Without Hype or Manipulation Using the
Core Competencies" with Denis
Hedges. Click here for
more information, and the link to register.
Annual Statewide Forum
In Okemos, MI. Don't miss our all-day event packed with
business development sessions, special speakers and panelists,
networking and more. Click here for
Affiliate Relationship - MBPA
and ICF Michigan
Consider joining the Michigan Business and Professional Association
Benefits of membership include joining an association of 20,000
business owners and professionals, state-wide networking events and
seminars, vendor discounts, and much more. ICF Michigan members will
be invited to join MBPA at a substantially discounted annual rate of
$50 (normally $125).
Please don't hesitate to
contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or
Vice-President, Marketing and Outreach Champion
Mary Jo Asmus,
Education and Events Champion
Education and Events Champion
Sandy Marshall, Education and Events Champion
Deb Voyt, Membership and Volunteer Opportunities Champion
Kathy Vlietstra, Administrator
ICF Michigan is opening its doors to coaching-related
sponsors and advertisers. The dollars generated will help to
underwrite future ICF Michigan programs and will help keep our
membership dues and activities at their current affordable rate.
In an effort to identify organizations that would be
willing to serve as advertisers and/or sponsors of ICF Michigan, we
need your assistance in collecting information. Please click here
to take the Membership Survey;
ICF Michigan Statewide
Annual Forum -
Are you a new or experienced coach seeking to grow
your coaching business? Join us for our upcoming Statewide Annual
Forum, "GROW Your Coaching Business - Making it Happen!".
Come learn, grow and be challenged! Learn more here.
Interested in continuing to GROW your coaching skills
AND on giving back to the coach community??
A great way to make this happen is to co-facilitate the planned ICF Michigan Coaching Core
Competency Telecalls this Fall! If you are an
ICF credentialed coach and have a passion to help others "raise
the bar" on their coaching, then please contact Kyle Kinder.
We need your help to launch this important offering!
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