Many of you took the time to come out and talk to members of your local Chapter Board in Victoria and Nanaimo at two evenings at the beginning of November.
Our intention was to engage with you, our members, to ask some questions and to hear what you’re looking for from your local ICF Chapter.
We appreciate that the dialogue was rich and energetic. From the initial introductions to the wrap-up with hugs and promises to be in touch, both personally and professionally, it was clear that our chapter is blessed with many talented and enthusiastic coaches.
The questions posed ranged from professional designation, CCEU’s (Continuing Coach Education Units), ways to connect with other coaches in your community through to specifics on the best way to connect with you all. The questions were approached in true collaborative style with sticky notes, coloured pens on whiteboards and lots of conversation to reach consensus.
We heard that professional designation was important because it provided credibility and a standardized body of knowledge. We found that the chapter role is important for learning opportunities and continuing education credits. You told us that the CCE topics that covered business development, mindfulness and culture were of the most interest. Connecting with other coaches serves you with shared experiences, inspiration and learning and growing together. You described how you want to be involved in your chapter by attending events and meetings, creating the possibility of cooperation and collaboration and having events live in your community and online. Communication was discussed and having more chances to get to know other members in REAL conversations, empowering greater coaching in the community and sharing ideas through personal phone calls, face to face socials and emails works for you.
Hosting meet ups and informal gatherings for coaches to connect was a topic we heard from both venues.
The recent phone calls to members were welcomed and this led on to conversations about the value of face-to-face connections, and the importance of widening our exposure in the broader community.
Your 2018 Board will take the key findings from the two events and develop their strategic plan around this feedback.
Watch this space… we loved what was unleashed in these two meetings and look forward to connecting with you soon.
Helen Wale, Director of Membership