I’m just back from the International Coach Federation (ICF) Midwest Coaches Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. I have attended many of the ICF Conferences over the years – even chaired two of them in 1999 and 2000, helped organize the first ICF European conference in 2001, and presented at several ICF Conferences. At this year’s conference I gave a presentation on “Online Coaching Courses: 7 Steps to Turn Your Passion and Expertise into Your Own Online Courses and Group Coaching Program”. My topic was very popular and I got some nice comments afterward. I’ll offer the topic as a webinar soon.
Here I am making my presentation in the ballroom. I had a really good turnout for my talk:
More than 400 coaches were at the conference with several countries represented. Whenever I gather with other coaches, I always feel very proud to be a part of – and a pioneer in – this growing profession. The ICF is growing with new members every month, and the profession of coaching is thriving.
We heard two inspiring keynote presentations from thought leaders, including Richard Boyatzis sharing his research on creating resonance in coaching relationships, and Alan Seale who spoke very passionately about “The Art and Practice of Rocking” (Coaching Rocks was the conference theme).
Coaches are being encouraged to step into more visible, thought leadership roles to influence change. Coaching can have a big impact on changing the world. I was and am inspired to be a catalyst and leader for change.
Stay tuned for me stepping up in a bigger way!
~ Jan Marie