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Creative Coach Salons

The first in a series of  “Creative Coach Salons” was held in Victoria on April 2nd. Approximately 16 coaches showed up to network with fellow coaches and to hear members of the Chapter’s Leadership Team report on the ICF Global Leaders Conference in Atlanta (Lily Seto) and explain the results of the last membership survey and its implications for the 2015 Strategic Plan (Shyrl Kennedy). There was an overwhelming display of support for the plan and an acknowledgement of the effort and involvement of Chapter Members it would take to bring the plan to fruition.  Many attendees offered their time and energy but it was acknowledged more support was needed.
Lily and Shyrl duplicated this session in Nanaimo on June 6th  so that up-island members would also be provided the opportunity to network, gain understanding of our current year’s strategic plan and hopefully provide insights and tangible support. Here is the presentation for you to view:
The Strategic Plan was represented by this pyramid….Questions/Comments?
Please email Lily Seto or Shyrl Kennedy

 

Forum on Coach Supervision

Forum on Coach Supervision

July 4-5, 2015 Royal Roads University

Last fall, ICF Vancouver Island Board of Directors approved an international forum on Coach Supervision as a Chapter event,, to be held July 4-5th at Royal Roads University! This blurb gives you what we know now. Stay tuned for more details as they become available! An Invitation To Participate In A Global Conversation: The International Coach Federation – Vancouver Island Chapter, is pleased to host a global forum on an emerging trend in the field of coaching called “Coaching Supervision”. Globally, it is becoming a recognized practice for coaches at every stage in their coaching practice to improve their personal mastery through continuous development; both personally in terms of deepening their coaching presence and awareness, and professionally in terms of competencies, ethics and standards. One of the growing trends internationally for such development is engaging in the practice of ‘coaching supervision’; similar in concept to the supervision which supports many behavioral science professions. We are very excited to host this forum here on Vancouver Island, drawing international attention and global participation. What is Coaching Supervision? Coaching Supervision is described as engaging in reflective practice in order to further develop personal efficacy. It is an opportunity for coaches and facilitators to, in partnership, reflect, increase awareness of what their patterns are, clarify and explore the Coach’s approach, process, energy, beliefs and in turn, the impact that these elements have on their coaching, in service of the client. The practice of Coaching Supervision focuses solely on you the Coach and provides you with many benefits including but not limited to expansion of your coaching competencies, ethics and standards, identification of personal development edges, presence, confidence and an increase in your overall effectiveness as Coach. Who Are We Inviting To This Global Conversation on Coaching Supervision? For most of you, coaching isn’t just a profession, it’s a calling. Passionate about your clients and the results they produce you are keenly aware that your own development and self-awareness runs synonymous with those you work with. You are committed to continuous self-development, you thirst for expanded ways to work with your clients, you appreciate that like your own clients you too will always have your blind spots. If we’ve just described you, then consider this Forum as the possible next step in your Coaching evolution. You may have noticed a lot of hot chatter on the ICF Global website on this topic. Become informed and then you get to decide whether to continue with the conversation or not. Registration opens on March 31. Space is limited to 100 participants. You will not want to miss this exciting opportunity to be part

of the first organized conversation on coaching supervision hosted in North America. What Does Your Registration Include?

  • Conversations and sessions with international guests who are globally recognized as experts in the field of Coaching Supervision
  • The opportunity to hear an expert panel of coaching supervisors weigh in on the benefits of this emerging practice and answer questions on how supervision is used in other parts of the world
  • The opportunity to collectively explore, express, question and reflect on the topic of “Coaching Supervision”
  • Multiple Networking opportunities with your peers and fellow coaches from around the world
  • Breakout sessions designed to provide you with experiential practice in “Coaching Supervision”
  • Increase understanding and experience how Coaching Supervision can expand your coaching services, increase your client pool and provide you with more opportunities to thrive in your practice
  • Access to ICF Global task force on Coaching Supervision
  • One ticket to our VIP Event Wine & Cheese
  • CCEUs for ICF Re-Credentialing purposes – to be determined

Why is this event important to us? Why are we hosting it? We have an opportunity to engage in the discussion on the relevancy of coaching supervision to our practice. Royal Roads is sponsoring the event venue and it promises to be a sold out event. So far, the following have confirmed their participation and are donating their time and travel as presenters or panelists:

  • Pat Marum, PCC, Past Charter President (Arizona)
  • Janet Harvey, MCC, Past President, ICF Global (Seattle)
  • Damian Goldvarg, MCC, Past President, ICF Global (Los Angeles)
  • Colin Brett, PCC, Owner of Coaching Development and Coaching Changes (Britain)
  • Edna Murdoch, Coaching Supervision Academy (Britain)

Watch for more details to come! We are still confirming the speakers list, collecting hand-outs that we will make available for download before the event. We will also provide schedules, maps, and the number of CCEU’s available as we finalize these details. This is exciting stuff! Stay tuned!

Register Here

Vancouver Island Coaches Association

Supportive Community

Vancouver Island Coaches AssociationA supportive community can be critical to help you through the stress of tough times, whether you’ve had a bad day at work or a year filled with loss or illness. Since your family, friends, and colleagues are such an important part of your life, it’s never too soon to cultivate these important relationships.

People who surround themselves with support not only reach their goals quicker and with more gusto but they also experience more fulfillment while having fun getting there.

A perfect way to support each other in the coaching community is our September Coaches Café – Share Your Favourite Coaching Resources on Tuesday, September 9th. We hope you will be joining us. Even if you don’t have a resource to share come learn about what other coaches are using in their practices. Always lots of sharing, laughter and support!

Register Here

Don’t be shy to bring your favourite resource or tool. The more we help and support each other the more we gain help and support ourselves. You never know if what you are using with your coaching clients could have a major impact on someone else or their client.

To start us off, one of our Chapter Members, Anneli Driessen shared the following website that she though may be of interest to our membership:  www.toolsshare.com. Thank you Anneli.

In the spirit of sharing – If you find this website useful, we would love to hear your comments below.

“Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.” William Arthur Ward

This year we have been focusing on the larger community of coaching. We have travelled to Saltspring Island to play, share and support our Gulf Island members and colleagues. In November we will be travelling up island to play, share and support our members who can’t always travel to Victoria to attend our events. These pockets of communities help to make ICF Vancouver Island Coaching Association what it is. A sharing, caring, supportive community of coaches. Thank you for being part of this journey and for supporting myself and our Leadership Team along the way.

On that note, I invite you to join me in welcoming our two newest members to our Leadership Team. Lily Seto is stepping in as Vice President and will be taking over my role as President next year. Maria Lironi has stepped in as our Director of Events so you will be hearing more from her very shortly. We are thrilled to be working with the curious, creative minds of Lily and Maria and are looking forward to what unfolds next.

Here’s to caring and sharing with a wonderful community of coaches!

Coaching Happenings in our Broader Community

heartinhandsVancouver Island Coaches Association has so many exciting things happening that involve our broader coaching community.

THIS MONTH

Starting with the International Coaching Events this month from May 20 – 23:

We are pleased to welcome Laurie Hillis who will be presenting ‘The Wholehearted Resilient Coach’ based on Brene Brown’s inspirational The Daring Way™ program on Tuesday, May 20th from 8:00 – 12:00 at the Victoria Executive Centre.

We invite people to experience the power of coaching with Coaching Demonstrations in the Square daily from May 20 – 22 from 12:00 – 1:30 in Centennial Square. Do you know anyone who would like to benefit the experience of coaching to help them understand how coaching can contribute to a vibrant community? Why not send them down Centennial Square to give it a try?

We have a series of webinars from May 21 – 23:

  • Coaching as an Essential Tool for Organizational Development
  • Happiness Works Best
  • Create Your Inspired Life
  • The 4 Key Ingredients of a Sustainable Coaching Business
  • How to Integrate Coaching into International Change Programs

Which events will we see you at? To sign up for any of these events please go to: http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/vancouver-island-coaches-association-1457362624

CCE’s are available for each event.

JUNE

We are taking our June Member Event to Saltspring Island where we will explore the differences between Group Coaching and Team Coaching with Lynda Monk. What a wonderful way to meet and learn from our

fellow neighbour coaches on Saltspring Island who may not have had an opportunity to join us in Victoria for our events. Plus for those who don’t have an opportunity to explore the Saltspring Market here is your opportunity to combine fun and coach learning. Complete details tbd.

JULY

On July 14th we will be welcoming Damian Goldvarg, President of the International Coach Federation to our beautiful city where we invite you all to come and hear him speak about Mentor Coaching and Coaching Supervision. This is your opportunity to meet your ICF President and ask him questions about what is happening in the ICF Global community. Complete details tbd.

We thought these events would be a perfect way to help our members to get to know each other and the broader coaching community.

Which events will we see you at?

Leveraging Social Media for your Coaching Business

Image_of_Social Media_ConceptsA few short years ago, social media seemed to be a fad, but it is clear today that social media tools are growing in significance, especially for business use. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, blogs and many other channels of social media are changing the way we communicate and certainly have changed the way business communicates with customers, opening the door to more engaged dialogue between customers and businesses. For coaches, social media has expanded how we can relate with our clients and our potential clients and many coaches have jumped in with both feet

and leveraged social media to expand their businesses, while others have held back.

When you consider the statistics, it seems worthwhile to consider adding a well thought out social media strategy to your marketing mix.

Facebook: 727 million daily active users on average in September 2013. 23% of Facebook users check their account more than 5 times per day; 80% of social media users prefer to connect with brands through Facebook; 77% of B2C companies and 43% of B2B companies acquired customers from Facebook (2012).

LinkedIn: 259 million users as at October: 92 million in the U.S. and 8 million in Canada.

Pinterest: more than 25 million members, over half a million business accounts and gets 2.5 billion page views per month and ‘pins’ and ‘pin-boards’ have a longer shelf life than posts on Facebook or Twitter. Young, well-educated women with disposable incomes make up 82% of active users on Pinterest.

You Tube: 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month.

Twitter: 500 million tweets sent everyday and 75% access via a mobile device. In 2012, one million accounts were added to Twitter every day. 230 million monthly active users and 100 million daily active users as at October 2013. Estimate daily active users in 22.9 million US and 2.8 million in Canada.

In this interview with JUHLi SELBy, Social Media consultant and trainer, we explore a few of the top questions coaches have about social media in anticipation of JUHLi’s VI Coaches workshop in Victoria on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 where she will provide an in-depth overview of how coaches can leverage social media.

Delaney: Many coaches are independent small business owners. With all the choices of social media channels, what advice do you have for coaches on choosing the most appropriate media to leverage social media to their advantage?

JUHli: If you don’t have the budget to hire someone to manage your social media marketing for you, when you are doing it yourself, you need to choose wisely where you are going to spend your time. You need to consider several factors: Where you are comfortable, what social media you already use, where your target market is spending time, how much time you have available in your schedule to manage your social media strategy, and what your talents and resources are (e.g. writing articles and producing videos). Considering these factors will help determine what the best fit is for you and your business. The answer to your question is really a different answer for each person and their business.

DT: A common complaint is, “I don’t have the time”. Launching and managing a social media strategy can be overwhelming at first. What advice to you have as a getting started strategy for coaches?

JS: A big tip is to make sure you are creating the right channels for you and your talents which includes getting good advice and making sure your audience is there.

Another tip is to consider time management and setting up the tools to support your time management. For example, I use a reader (such as Feedly which works great on most devices and most browsers) to help me find and create good content to share. I also designate a specific time for my social media management.

I log into my reader, look at the dashboard with my flow of content and then I curate content to share across social channels staggering the time it goes out using a scheduling tool, such as Hootsuite, Buffer, Tweetdeck or Social Oomph, which allows you to include several

different media and cross post to them all.

Two other time management tips:

Manage the email notifications – anytime you sign up for a social media, you will get email notifications so it is wise to change the settings so that your inbox doesn’t bog down.

Organize by list or by folder where possible. – Facebook and Twitter allow you to organize by lists, so you can make a custom newsfeed.

Take some time to map it out and set up the tools and it doesn’t have to be this big overwhelming thing.

DT: What’s possible in terms of ROI with a well-managed social media strategy?

JS: What is possible with social media? It is a wonderful way to remain top of mind with contacts and it is a wonderful way to strengthen relationships with potential customers, strategic alliances, the press. An example of the benefit of developing relationships is that you could then create opportunities to write an article that a strategic alliance would post, thereby expanding your reach.

Social media can also be used to create increased awareness of your business, it can complement your email marketing, but unlike with email marketing, you can leverage your contacts’ networks through social media – your content can go forward into the newsfeeds of their contacts.

Social media can provide a good way to get referral business through the building of relationships in many ways. It does bring in leads and sales, but it really is about building relationships, which then can lead to increased leads and sales. It is two-way marketing, which takes a bit of work, so strategically you want to look at who you want to build relationship with, be it journalists, possible clients, or strategic alliances.


 

This is just a taste of the knowledge JUHLi SELBy has on creating a social media strategy. Learn more about how to put a social media strategy to work for your coaching business at the VI Coaches social media workshop featuring JUHLi SELBy on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. Registration and course outline can be found here.

For more on leveraging social media tools visit these articles from the ICF Blog:

Get LinkedIn! Leverage LinkedIn to Build Your coaching Practice.

How I Got 1000 Facebook Fans in three Months

Social Networking: Stress to Success

Or read the entire Leveraging Technology issue in the ICF’s Coaching World.

 

 

CTI Co-Active Fundamentals – Introductory Coaching Course

November 22-24, 2013
Friday 1:00-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm

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Location: TBA

DESCRIPTION
Course participants get the opportunity to explore Co-Active Coaching in a
small group, where the focus is on active participants and practical
experience rather than lecture.

Over the weekend, participants will also learn:
Listening techniques to expand awareness and improve communication

Powerful questions to empower and inspire action
Intentional relationship design to get the most out of any working
relationship
How to expand leadership presence for greatest impact as a coach and beyond.

By the end of the program, participants will have concrete tools to
immediately improve their effectiveness, as a well as a clear idea of how
to incorporate coaching into their life and work.

ICF CREDITS
20 hours of approved Coach Specific Training hours as recognized by the ICF

OTHER DETAILS
Cost $525 ($200 off regular price of $725 if you register more than 2 weeks
prior to the course)

Register by call CTI – 1-800-691-6008 ext 655 or contact event sponsor, Sue
Jordan, CPCC at 604-417-5214 or sue@coactive.com

Three Reasons for Coaches to use Assessments to Forward Your Client’s Action

There are thousands of assessments on the market that coaches could utilize in their practice of coaching. Part of a coach’s role is to determine if an assessment would be useful and determine best fit for their client in helping that client gain awareness and forward their learning and growth.

What are the reasons a coach would consider using an assessment and how would it benefit the client?

A Starting point and a structure

An assessment helps identify the current state – it establishes a baseline. The coaching relationship is a journey and the client in on a journey of learning, self-discovery and growth. An assessment can identify some starting points and provide the coach with something to structure the coaching conversation towards learning and action. With the coach, the client can establish a road map for their growth and for setting actions.

Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Clients come to coaching with some goals and a desire to make changes that will support them in achieving those goals. An assessment can provide information that supports the client in examining how she operates. It is an opportunity for self-reflection and the door to self-awareness.

Central to growth and change is the ability to see how you operate in the world and in relationship with others, and the ability to see yourself as others experience you. This is the key to developing emotional intelligence.

Measuring success

Using an assessment to identify the current state provides a baseline from which to measure growth. The client has an objective set of data that can show where growth has occurred and where further attention and actions are needed, especially if the coach uses an assessment to re-assess after the coaching relationship has progressed over a period of time.

Once a coach has determined

that using an assessment will be of benefit for the client, the next question the coach would consider is:

  • Which is the best assessment for the client?

A few examples of assessments:

Myers Briggs (MBTI)
DiSC Profile
Barrett Personal Values Assessment (PVA) – It’s free
Barrett Leadership Values Development Report
EQ in Action

Profile
Strengths Deployment Inventory
Leadership Practices Inventory (360)
StandOut Assessment
Strong Interest Inventory
Barrett Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT)
The Leadership Circle

And there are thousands more…..

Finally, the coach would ask:

  • What is the best way to use an assessment throughout the coaching relationship?

For answers to these questions, tune in to VI Coaches’ upcoming webinar on Tuesday, October 8th when Yvonne Mann will lead a discussion on choosing assessments and how to use assessments to lead your client to action. Click here for details and registration.

Continuing Coaching Education: NLP Practitioner

June 5-10 & June 13-18 (96 hours)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Erickson College, Vancouver, BC
CCEU: 84 (24 of which are core competencies)

Description: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the systemic study of human communication and how we create our reality. It is an integration of several disciplines such as neurology, psychology, linguistics, cybernetics and systems theory. The name was chosen by the co-developers of NLP to reflect that unique synthesis. More about NLP.

Details & Registration

Continuing Coaching Education: Whole-Self-Journey Practitioner Accreditation Program

Program consists of 3 workshops running May & June, 2013
CCEU: 49 (28 Core Competencies, 21 Resource Development)
Details & Registration

 

Details

  • Whole-Self-Alchemy One-Day Workshop (Choose May 1 or May 4) 9:30-4:00pm
  • May 2 – June 20: 8-Session Online Whole-Self-Journey Orientation
  • June 10-12: In-person 3-day Residential Practitioner Accreditation

This course offers a complete and transformational set of tools to use with clients by providing you with a rich, inspiring system for individuals, groups, in private or professional settings.

You will learn a new and unique system that allows you to dive deeper from the first coaching session to support your clients on their journey of personal transformation and to build and market your own practice and business.