Presidents Message – May 2016
May 5, 2016
May is off to a beautiful start in Edmonton and International Coaching Week is upon us!
Each year, this week-long global celebration of the coaching profession is intended to increase the visibility, understanding and impact of coaching. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is a proud sponsor of International Coaching Week (ICW) and ICF member coaches around the world are encouraged to participate during the week of May 16-22, 2016.
Originally started in 1999 by ICF Member Jerri N. Udelson, MCC, ICW was created to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach and to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process.
During this week, coaches around the world will be offering a variety of activities and pro-bono services in their local communities to enable others to "Experience Coaching" and its benefits first hand. From educational sessions, to coaching demonstrations, to panel discussions, ICW can offer something for just about everyone.
To help spread the word about ICW, ICF has launched a new Experience Coaching microsite at experiencecoaching.com. The microsite houses information about ICW and professional coaching for coaches to share with the public, resources for both individual coaches or ICF Chapter Leaders who are planning ICW events, and an interactive map that spotlights ICW events around the globe.
As a Chapter, we are kicking off International Coaching Week with a new workshop led by returning guest speaker, Carol Greenaway, on May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Derrick Club. Carol will offer an exciting half day session on the "Book Yourself Solid" referral strategy.
As individuals, outside of our kickoff event I invite each of you to personally get involved during ICW. My call to action is this -- as a member of the Edmonton Chapter, please consider offering 3-5 hours of pro bono services during ICW or throughout the month of May. Whatever best suits you and your practice or business, the idea is for each of us to find a way to play a part in creating an understanding of the benefits of coaching, educating the public about the impact of coaching, and sharing the proven results of coaching in your communities.
May is a special month for the coaching industry. Time has been set aside specifically to provide professional coaches an opportunity to both take part in and witness the unity and collaboration of their profession. Happy coaching!
Cynthia Moffatt, CPCC, ACC