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January 2015 President's Message

Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy New Year!

As I take on the role of your 2015-16 chapter president, I am honored and humbled to follow in the footsteps of my predecessor, Kathy Harman. Kathy truly led our chapter to new heights. Kathy built a relationship with coaches in the Roanoke area that expands our own chapter's regional scope, and negotiated our co-sponsorship of a major, regional coaching conference with the ICF Metro DC and ICF Maryland chapters. She has elevated our focus on the core competencies to strengthen the impact of our programs, and with the help of a remarkable volunteer board, extended our coaching connections in new and meaningful ways. In Kathy's words, ICF Greater Richmond is a small, yet mighty chapter, and I am thrilled to lead our chapter's board! Thank you for this opportunity.

As we embark on this New Year, I hope you will join me in renewing your commitment to coaching and becoming a member of ICF Greater Richmond for 2015. As Karen Gulliford, chair of business development, remarked in our first board meeting of the year: If you are a coach, ICF GR is the place to be!

We have much in store for you this year, including:
  • Fantastic programs in exciting new formats, including access to audio and video resources and membership prices to teleseminars presented by our affiliate chapters in the Northeast Region
  • Support for ICF’s coach credentialing process and the opportunity to earn CCEUs registered with ICF Global
  • Networking opportunities with coaches within Virginia and beyond
In addition, with your paid membership with ICF Global, you will also be eligible for the following benefits:
  • Find-A-Coach – this program is open free of charge to all our full members with ICF Global Membership. Members can be listed and seen throughout the region and nation in a searchable database of coaches on ICFGR’s website
  • Eligibility to vote on chapter matters, as well as to join the board to influence innovation, strategy and direction
I look forward to learning and developing alongside you in what I know will be an enlightening and prosperous year!

All the best,
Melissa
2015 President, ICFGR



Competent to the Core: Mastering the ICF Core Competencies


ICFGR is pleased to offer this monthly series of eleven Teleclasses hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter of ICF throughout 2015. The goal of this series is to raise your awareness of the practical benefits of actively weaving the core competencies into each and every client meeting. A unique coaching model will be presented that clearly demonstrates the ease with which all the core competencies can effortlessly flow throughout every coaching conversation. You'll learn to incorporate best practices so that you can be the masterful coach you want to be. You can attend individual classes scheduled for the first Monday of each month except February (first Tuesday),August (no class) and September (second Monday). The cost is only $25 per class! Find out more about the topics and the presenter, Lynn Meinke, PCC.

Register now for February 3, 2015 Core Competency #2: Establishing the Coaching Agreement 7-8:15 PM
Do you think that the coaching agreement is just your contract with the client? Well, it’s much more than that. Read More



February 2015 Program

Coaching Resilience
Friday, February 13, 2014
Networking 11:30-12:00
Lunch 12-12:30
Program 12:30-1:30
Hile Rutledge
Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane
$25 for members; $40 for guests
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Coaching Competencies:
  • Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
  • Designing Actions
  • Planning and Goal Setting
  • Managing Progress and Accountability
  • Personal development of the Coach
  • Business Development and Marketing
Resilience is more than just endurance. True resilience is the ability to return to form or “bounce back.” The current demand and interest in the topic of resilience reflects the bombardment of stressors that so many people are feeling and the sharpness of their impact on our lives and work. Emotional Intelligence in general and the EQ-i tool in particular give us a terrific tool to build our resilience. People with effective EQ have greater resilience. Read More
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ICFGR Sponsored Webinar

Do Your Clients Have Emotions, or Do Their Emotions Have Them? Coaching your clients to value and leverage their emotions

Thursday, February 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ann V. Deaton, PhD, PCC, The Bounce Collective
$20 for Members; $30 for Guests

CCEUs: 1.5 Core Competencies
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My first career was as a Clinical Psychologist specializing in health and neuropsychology. So when I was first learning coaching skills in 2000, more experienced coaches often shared with me their key distinctions between therapy and coaching. One piece of wisdom offered was one I’ll always remember: “Therapy is about emotions and coaching is about action.” Fast forward 15 years, and I notice that no one shares this emotion-action distinction any more; coaches understand that emotions are part of coaching, and key to our clients’ success. Yet coaches don’t always feel comfortable with their clients’ strong emotions, and don’t always know what to do with them.

Whether you call yourself a business or leadership coach, a personal coach, a career coach, a money coach, or something else entirely, you can expect that your clients will bring their emotions to your coaching sessions. How will you listen effectively to their emotions? What questions will you ask to grow your clients’ awareness around emotions? And how, as a coach, will you empower your clients to leverage the power of their emotions and minimize the downside, particularly of so-called “negative” emotions? This session is designed for coaches who want to develop their understanding of emotions (theirs and clients’) in the context of coaching, and experience some tools for enabling your clients to manage their emotions instead of being held back by them.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define emotions in a way that is useful with respect to coaching
  • Understand the myriad of emotions, and one way to distinguish among them
  • Identify the gifts and shadows of several frequently occurring emotions
  • Commit to playing with at least one coaching tool after the session to enable your clients to gain greater value from their experience of emotion
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March 2015 Program

It Takes You to Tango for Coaches: The three (dance) steps from individual expert to expert partner
Friday, March 13, 2014
Networking 11:30-12:00
Lunch 12-12:30
Program 12:30-1:30
Tom Davidson, PCC and Ellen Davidson, RPh
Rigby's Jig, 5470 W Broad St (Willow Place located beside Car Pool at stoplight directly across from Libbie Place)
$25 for members; $40 for guests
Special Offer: Eleanor Robertson, Rigby's Jig, is offering a one hour free group dance lesson immediately following the program.
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Coaching Competencies:
  • Direct Communication
  • Creating Awareness
  • Designing Actions
  • Planning and Goal Setting
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify and articulate a memorable and portable three-part collaboration model that reflects our coaching competencies.
  2. Assess a collaboration relationship (coaching or otherwise) to determine what could be made even better and how.
  3. Apply the three-part collaboration model in their own practices as a way of helping their clients improve partnerships in work and life.
This unique program explores the heart of partnership through the art of dance, illuminating key principles of collaboration familiar to all coaches but in a whole new - and memorable - way. Partnership is at the heart of coaching, one individual collaborating with another to get different or better results. While partnership is also essential to good leadership, teamwork, project coordination and customer service, not all individual contributors make good collaborators, at least not without the right mindset and skill set to get things done with others.
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