As I was
preparing to write this month's newsletter, I recognized the need for
inspiration and ideas. I decided to visit the ICF website to see what
might be of value to pass along to our Michigan Chapter members. Two
hours later, here I am. Rather than forward some wisdom or data that
will inform your own coaching practice, I highly encourage you to
dedicate some of your own time to perusing the site: www.coachfederation.org.
Be sure to check out the "About" tab where you will find a
collection of Coaching
World publications from the past 2 years
including the most recent Issue
7: "Theory and Practice". Spending time
on the ICF website made me proud to be a professional coach and also
somewhat humbled. I realized that if I don't continuously explore new
ideas, theories and practices, I'm stunting my own growth and
dishonoring the profession I've chosen.
Labor Day has come and gone and the mood in the air has shifted
dramatically from fun and games to serious business. That's OK. ICF
Michigan is ready. With an exciting Fall Forum scheduled for October 17
Growing Your Business, we're focused on the
development of our members and other coaches who choose to join us.
Based on registrations received so far, it looks like the ICF
Michigan Annual Coaches Forum will be well attended! It's not
too late to take advantage of the Early Registration Fee which ends
Friday, Sept. 20 (members pay only $89). After September 20,
the fee increases to $99. Still a great value for all that you
will receive. Curious to learn more? Go to the Forum's special
website - also known as "base camp" - to get the details. http://icfmichiganannualcoachesforum.weebly.com
The dedication of our Education & Development Board members and
volunteers has been evident this year. In addition to the upcoming
Forum, new Teleclass offerings have attracted members and non-members
from all over Michigan and even beyond state borders. Fresh topics,
excellent speakers and CEUs for participation are getting rave
reviews. Networking is growing too with a new Coach Café in Grand
Rapids and the new evening café in Royal Oak. What a fun year to be
involved with ICF Michigan!
One more important "coming attraction" to bring to your
attention.... the new ICF MI website is getting ready to debut this
coming month. How exciting is that? The new website will
provide all the information that we've been squeezing into these
newsletters and more - including a "Members Only"
page. Keep your eyes open for the invitation to check out our
Enjoy the new season of autumn and all the new developmental
offerings coming your way through ICF Michigan. I look forward
to seeing you at the Fall Forum next month.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS
September 19th Teleclass
"Coach to Trust: Helping Clients Establish,
Maintain and Restore Trust at Work and In Life" with Charles Feltman. Click here for
more information, and the link to register.
19th Coach Happy Hour
Join us at the Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
for an informal yet structured gathering to meet with other coaches.
Click here for
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
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.
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