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President’s Message for May and June

Happy June!

 

I am excited that we are choosing to focus this newsletter on the many International Coaching Week events this year that brought our membership together and also served to reach out to our business community.  It’s been a whirlwind of activity – proudly supported not only by your Board, but also several committee members.

Striving to create a mix of awareness for members and the community, and ensuring a balance of face-to-face and virtual options, the ripple effect was felt from Comox, through Nanaimo, in Duncan and down through to Victoria.  From a lunch and learn to a Chamber of Commerce, to a coaching demo and laser coaching sessions for a business – a big thank you to our members who stepped up to offer the experience of being coached.  Your efforts have expanded someone’s understanding of the power of professional coaching.

In case you missed the opportunity to participate, I hope the short articles in this newsletter about the many ICW activities will give you a reason to celebrate this amazing profession and organization you have joined.

As with all experiences, there was learning for everyone, including for us, your Board.  We appreciate the feedback around not only the effectiveness of the events, but also around the trickiness of our communication about ICW week.  We are trying to balance our desire to reach out, with some compassion for email overload, and in that endeavor, some of you may not feel as if you had enough information about what we planned for the week.  We are reviewing our approach and will launch our week differently next year.  Please share your ideas with Carol at communications@vicoaches.org  on how to best loop you in!

And finally, what a dynamic organization!  I am thrilled to see members stepping up to share their expertise, helping is to grow in our understanding and skills.  The exchange of knowledge is gracious and generous. So far this year we have experienced Ethics (in three parts) with Lily Seto, Mary Prefontaine and Michael J. Marx, Preparing for your PCC with Tracey Burns, and Conversational Intelligence with Diane Lloyd.  That’s one per month, not even counting the ICW events!

Thanks for breathing life into our chapter,

Tracy Houser

President

Vancouver Island Coaches Association

International Coaching Week – Overview of membership benefits and resources

Come join us during International Coaching Week to hear more about the benefits of ICF membership, the fabulous resources available to you and how to find them on the ICF Global Website.

This webinar on Tuesday, May 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm will be offered through Zoom and the link will be provided to registered attendees closer to the event.

Our Presenter – April Summerford  

As a Regional Development Advocate with the International Coach Federation, April engages strategically with ICF Chapters and regional groups. Through constant connection with volunteer leadership she helps to identify solutions to regional challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth and development in the regions within North America. April holds a BA in Psychology, a MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, along with an ACC credential with the ICF.

You can register here.

Kicking off ICW Week…Island Style!

We are excited to offer MANY different ways for people to experience International Coaching Week!
ICW 2016, is taking place May 16-22nd as a week-long worldwide celebration of coaching and the coaching profession. Join in and help increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching!

Join the Kick Off With Purpose!
Monday, May 16th from 6:00-8:00p.m.
International Coaching Week starts out with a wine + cheese social filled with purpose. This gathering will accept donations to support those impacted by the devastating Fort McMurray fires. Come out to the Victoria Executive Centre to mix & mingle with your coaching colleagues and help us kick off with purpose by inviting your clients, your business associates and your best friends! Fellow coach, Ian Chisholm of Roy Group, will help us embark with an inspiring presentation that is sure to leave us all a little lighter and with a deeper sense of community. . Read about the associations we are inviting, donate or register here.

Experience Ethics in Coaching
Wednesday, May 18th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ethics is a HUGE topic globally in the ICF and we can now join in on this discussion with this free webinar, Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions”. Read more here and sign up for this robust conversation.Your facilitator is Lily Seto, PCC and Past President of the Chapter.

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International Coaching Week May 18-24, 2015

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Calling all Coaches!! Get involved! International Coaching Week is Coming

May 18 – 24th, 2015!

ICW

International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual week-long global celebration of the coaching profession. It’s our chapter’s coaches who make ICW successful here across Vancouver Island. Help spread the word about coaching, by getting involved!

This year’s celebration of coaching is extra special, as it also marks the International Coach Federation’s 20th Anniversary.

Let’s make this year’s celebration extra special. The chapter is looking to you to volunteer a little time to organize events in your communities across the island, with a focus on:

  1. Planning and participating in learning events in our island communities and digitally, that will inspire you and provide CCEU credits, and
  2. Setting up promotional events connecting coaches to niche markets in our communities!

Learning Events:

A number of local coaching learning event topics (CCEU credits pending), offered during the week are already in planning stages. See our Chapter’s events page for more information. Topics include:

  • May 19: The secret to goal setting (webinar) (NOTE: date change from May 18th originally) In this one hour webinar, business Coach Inga Michaelsen will share with you the most common mistakes we make when setting our goals, and how to avoid these potential pitfalls. Inga will also speak to the importance of setting the “right” goals – the ones that are in alignment with your deepest values and most authentic desires. Once you are clear on these, working with goals will bring more focus, fun, inspiration, momentum and success to your business and life. This webinar is worth 1 CCEU.
  • May 19: Branding your coaching business (webinar)Branding Your Coaching Business is a 90-minute interactive webinar with author and business coach Mike Iamele. Over the course of the session, you will learn a highly effective and radically different approach to communicating and marketing your business. Developed from years in public relations, Mike’s A-C-M branding system will teach you who your audience is, how to find them, how to differentiate yourself in your industry, and how to keep a consistent branding across everything you do.  This webinar will help you look at branding in a whole new (and more fun) light. This presentation is worth 1.5 CCEUs (resource).
  • May 20: Sales can be a breeze: Mastering the core competencies to increase sales (webinar)Join Coach Carla Reeves for this 60-minute webinar and you’ll learn:
    • Why coaches struggle to sell coaching – there are 6 key problems.
    • How to overcome these 6 problems – one at a time.
    • How to leverage the Core Competencies to master sales.
    • How to equip yourself to have easy sales conversations.
    • How to demonstrate value and easily justify your price.
    • How to increase your sales confidence.

    This webinar is worth 1 CCEU (core competency).

As part of the 20th Anniversary of ICF, ICF Western Regional Chapters in British Columbia, Alberta and south of the border in Washington, Oregon and California have also joined together to collaborate on regionally-offered digital or web-based events. Stay tuned for more events we can all connect to, learn from and celebrate across Western North America.
Promotional Events – Engagement and Promotional Opportunities!

As part of promoting ICW on May 18-24, we are looking for coaches inspired to:

  • Network, promote coaching and provide coaching demonstrations to people working or interested in your coaching niches, in your own communities. Let us know what niche(s) you work in and the people/organizations you would connect to and we’ll add your volunteer demos to the ICW Events Calendar!


Get involved!
Contact Robin Swets with your ideas, interest in participating or questions, at 250-217-8855, or email to vicepresident@vicoaches.org with the message “I’m interested”

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?

International Coaching Week – Call for Proposals

The Vancouver Island Coaches Association is pleased to present “The Sustainability of Coaching” as our International Coaching Week (ICW) theme for May 20-23, 2014. The focus will be on looking after ourselves, our business, our clients, and our community. This is an opportunity to showcase the difference coaching has and can make in our communities.

We are inviting proposals to participate in the virtual conference aspect of the week. The deadline for proposals to participate in this week is Friday, February 28. Please consider putting in a proposal and passing this on to others who might be interested.

Proposal Form

The intention of International Coaching Week is to:

  1. Promote, demonstrate, and market coaching to the public;
  2. Spotlight what coaches are doing in the community;
  3. Provide continuing coach education (CCE) opportunities for coaches.

We are also considering a half day face to face session during that week and would like to bring in a high interest speaker. Any ideas for speakers please get in touch with Tammy Dewar atvicepresident@12.idee.ca.

Similarly we would like to engage coaches in giving back to the community during this week. Again, any ideas you might have please get in touch with Tammy at vicepresident@12.idee.ca

We are looking forward to an exciting week and welcome your ideas for how to make it great!

Tammy Dewar

Vice President, VI Coaches Association