May is a good month to reflect on the value of
investing in our chosen profession. We just celebrated International Coaching
Week last week (see sidebar) and the ICF Midwest Regional
Conference to be held in Minneapolis is just one
month away. The subject of investing in our own development or
"sharpening the saw" as Stephen Covey puts it, is the focus
of this newsletter
month, I attended a conference with fellow coaches from my coaching
school in San Francisco. Besides having a wonderful time reconnecting
with old friends and meeting new ones, I was grateful for the
opportunity to learn again - to be in the presence of intelligent,
experienced, and healthy human beings who were committed to doing
this work of coaching in a way that was compassionate, informed, and
integral. We listened to poet, David Whyte, talk about the challenge
of life "transitions" and we engaged in "open
space" conversations that explored opportunities that beckon us
to full commitment and service. I left that gathering on a
"high" and still feel the afterglow. I also left with the
tangible reminder of the importance of "Self Care" as a
coach - the need to feed my brain, open my heart and yes, even
stretch my body in new ways so that I can be a better human being and
a better coach for others.
With that recent experience in mind, I invite you to do the same for
Midwest Regional Conference is just around the
20-22 in Minneapolis. The program looks to be quite
exciting and the prospect of spending a couple of days with fellow
coaches could be the shot in the arm that's needed. Please
visit http://icf-midwest.com/ for
details and take the leap! Join other MI coaches in Minneapolis
for what will surely be a fantastic experience. I asked some coaches
who attended last year's Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago to
submit testimonial statements about their experiences last year.
Hopefully their testimonials will inspire you to register for the
upcoming conference. You can see these testimonials on the ICF Michigan website.
There is an exciting Teleclass scheduled for June 6 with
Michael Stratford. Be sure to check out the information below
and sign up for this accessible, exciting program.
Many of you attended the Spring Forum in Grand
Rapids on May 16 and had the chance to learn from
Michigan coach, Grace Menzel and improvisational actor, Sarah
Cavanaugh. I regretted not being able to attend the Forum due to my
travel back from San Francisco, but I heard it was fantastic.
is dedicated to providing opportunities for ongoing professional
development and we are now pleased to offer continuing education
credit (CEU) for our programs. Please, take advantage of these
offerings so that you continue to bring a better you
to each coaching engagement.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS
June 6th Teleclass
"Provoke, Evoke or Go Home" with Michael Stratford. Click here for more info about this
class and a link to register.
"Coaching at the Intersection of Success and
Spirituality: Integrating Business and Spirituality in
Coaching" with Val Hastings and Cornelia
Shipley. More info coming very soon so be on the lookout!
Affiliate Relationship - MBPA
and ICF Michigan
Consider joining the Michigan Business and Professional Association
(MBPA) (http://michbusiness.org/). 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
Please don't hesitate to
contact our dedicated Board members with questions, observations or
Vice-President, Marketing and Outreach Champion
Mary Jo Asmus,
Jan Martinez, Sponsorship
Education and Events Champion
Education and Events Champion
Sandy Marshall, Education and Events Champion
Deb Voyt, Membership and Volunteer Opportunities Champion
Kathy Vlietstra, Administrator
We can't wait to hear of some of the exciting and fun
things you did to promote coaching in your local communities.
Please submit a brief description (and photo, if you have one) of
your offering to
by June 30th so that we can include it in next month's
Come and join us for Collaborative
Click Here for more information about locations and
meeting dates for Coach Cafés.
Check us out on Facebook!
Connect with us on Twitter!