CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETING
RESOURCES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
It’s hard to believe it is already March! As spring approaches, the fruit trees are beginning to bloom, early bulbs are beginning to pop out and we can breathe more easily as the Great Drought of California is finally over.
March is also the time to renew your ICF Global membership. I am frequently asked, “What do the ICF Global and SFBAC memberships provide?” and “How do these memberships work together?” I thought I would take this opportunity to share my personal perspectives on these questions.
ICF Global membership is an important aspect of our professional standing. Just as a Certified Financial Planner is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), or a Marriage and Life Therapist is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as professional life and executive coaches, we are members of our certifying organization.
How important is this to my practice? I joined ICF because it is an important facet of providing my clients a source of accreditation, ethics standards and is the largest accrediting body of professional coaches around the world. I joined the ICF because they have a website with coaching resources to support my growing business. I joined the ICF because it separates me from others who may have coaching practices, but have not taken the time to go through the accreditation process. Don’t get me wrong, I have been coaching individuals and teams since 1980. Until 2010, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a certified life coach! But once I did, I got curious, and decided that there were still things I could learn and places I could work with this additional credential.
I also joined the ICF because I was looking to associate with my professional peers - I was looking for a community that spoke my language and understood the passion I have in participating in helping others to identify and fulfill their life passion. This is how I found the San Francisco Bay Area Coaches (SFBAC).
Membership with SFBAC provides opportunities in four specific areas:
Connection - to our professional community, to be a resource for each other and find strategic partners to collaborate with;
Competency - in providing programs that enrich our professional abilities with our clients and in helping each other to build and market our businesses successfully;
Commerce - we focus on creating opportunities within the business community, conferences and conventions to provide our members access to new, potential coaching clients, exposure to internal coaching opportunities and sharing your gifts with individuals who may never have experienced the impact of what a 30-minute coaching session can accomplish;
Creativity - one of the greatest skill sets in our coaching toolbox is our resourcefulness, curiosity and most especially creativity. It is the mechanism for “dancing in the moment” and staying present, no matter what happens within and outside of our coaching relationships. We strive to offer quarterly programs where we can stretch your coaching toolbox in ways you may have never thought of before!
How do these memberships work together? ICF Global, as the accrediting association, works hand-in-hand with SFBAC, as their local chapter for the SF Bay Area to promote ways to support coaches and the coaching profession within the community. SFBAC provides on-going programs & continuing education credits, guidance in business development and marketing, exposure to local community coaching opportunities and most importantly, community with our peers.
When was the last time you attended one of our chapter meetings? If it’s been awhile, I invite you personally to come and join us! We have a full half-hour before and after each program for you to meet and mingle with each other. I can tell you that most evenings, we have a tough time closing the house, as people continue to chat, share and network with each other. We are also going to be providing more webinars so that those of you who may not be able to drive into San Francisco, can still participate in the SFBAC experience.
Let’s face it, most of us work remotely a great deal of the time, unless we have a corporate client where we are doing team coaching on-site. Even though we are in deep conversations via telephone or webcam, we are working with clients in a virtual world. For most of us, there aren’t colleagues just down the hall to debrief with after a difficult session, or to unwind with after a long day. It feels great to meet with people who are fully present, living their passion, speak their truth and are curious to learn about each other.
With gratitude and love,
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker
Welcome New Members
We are happy to have you as part of the the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of ICF and want to make sure that you feel at home and as part of this group of outstanding coaches.
Please reach out to any of our board members should you have a question.
San Francisco: Matthew DeMarco
East Bay: Karla Campbell
Which brings our new member count to 11 for this year.
As a member you get the benefit of creating a profile at www.sfbayareacoaches.org. Please make sure you complete the profile as it shows both potential clients and your peers that you are now part of the leading professional association in coaching.
We are on several social media platforms. Please consider joining us!
Facebook Group - SF Bay Area Coaches
Facebook Page - ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
Twitter - @SFBACoaches
LinkedIn - ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
Meetup - ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
If you have questions about this, contact Tony Scopelite email@example.com
Call For Volunteers
Come be part of a larger team! Want to join a team dedicated to fostering community, service, connection, and opportunity for Bay Area coaches? We have space for people who want to volunteer an hour or more a month and we also have Board positions available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get questions answered and see what might be a good fit! Ask for a job description! Come be part of our FUN team.
Current positions available:
Public Relations and Outreach
Ask The Master Coach
Coach training is just the beginning of your education as a coach. Once you're out of the classroom, questions may crop up about specific client situations, accreditation and continuing education, and/or best practices for your business. We've rounded up a panel of master coaches who will address your questions on our upcoming blog. Our aim is to make the information we present relevant and topical to our members, so please let us know what's on your mind! To submit questions to our master coaches, email email@example.com.
Getting to a Powerful “Yes”-—how to enroll clients to fill your practice with ease
Featuring Tara Butler
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:30 to 9:00 pm
American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
One of the biggest challenges that coaches face is powerfully enrolling clients. Did you know that the average coach has only 1 client a year after they’ve graduated? If you want to have a sustainable, full practice then it’s key to master the art of client enrollment. Unfortunately, most enrollment methods taught by the Marketing Gurus don’t work well for coaches, who want to have an authentic and genuine connection with their prospects and not be too “salesy.” Conversely, giving away free sample sessions may give the prospective client a great coaching experience but rarely leads to a powerful conversation about working together. During this presentation Getting To a Powerful “Yes” —how to enroll clients to fill your practice with ease you will learn how to:
Create the container to have deep learning and insight and lead your prospect down a path to work with you, simultaneously
Create your own template using our methodology and process for client enrollment conversations
Frame your enrollment conversations to create clear expectations for the experience (no bait and switch!)
Hold a perspective that serves your ideal outcome and serves the client
Handle and navigate sticky issues around money
Get to a clear and powerful “yes” or “no” (no more wishy washy-ness!)
Incorporate ICF core competencies and the experience of coaching into your enrollment conversations to create a very powerful coaching and enrollment experience.
Tara Butler, CPCC, PCC is known as “The coaches’ coach.” She has been passionately committed to helping entrepreneurs launch and grow simple, joyous, and prosperous businesses since 2000 when she founded her own consulting and coaching practice. She has helped hundreds of clients create meaningful, sustainable, thriving businesses. As a coach herself, she has witnessed many passionate coaches quit their full time job to launch their practice, only to put their dream on the shelf because they didn’t know how to build a successful practice and couldn’t do it on their own. In 2010, this inspired her to shift her own practice from Executive Coaching and Leadership/Team Training to helping coaches and “coach like” entrepreneurs create simple, elegant, prosperous coaching practices in less than a year.
CCEU Credits - 1.5
To register: http://bit.ly/2jR6Oiw
Our Monthly SFBAC meetings
The ICF San Francisco Bay Area Chapter meets monthly either in person or via webinar. We have secured a temporary space at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco located at 355 Clementina Street. If you have access to space, please contact Sue Steinfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of our webinars and presentations will qualify you to earn CCEUs for continuing education.
Please register at the SFBAC website to save your place at the in-person meeting or receive instructions on how to view the live stream from your computer.
Details about our new location:
Bookbinders Museum website: Bookbinders Museum
SFMTA Fifth & Mission Parking Garage 833 Mission St. (between Fifth and Fourth streets)
SFMOMA Garage 147 Minna St. (between Third and New Montgomery)
Hearst Parking Center 45 Third St. (between Mission and Market)
Ace Parking 322 Tehama St. (between Howard and Folsom)
AC Transit/Golden Gate Transit/SamTrans Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets
Caltrain Fourth and Townsend St. station
BART Montgomery or Powell St. station
Muni Metro Montgomery or Powell St. station serves J-Church, KT-Ingleside/Third St., L-Taraval, M-Oceanview and N-Judah lines
Muni Bus Routes 8-Bayshore, 14-Mission, 27-Bryant, 30-Stockton, 45-Union/Stockton
“The Value of Checking In” by Carly Anderson, MCC, appeared in Coaching World magazine recently and offers an easy-to-apply tip to ensure that you address what your client wants each session.
For the CLOs of Today and Tomorrow
ICF SF Bay Area Coaches is partnering with Chief Learning Officer Week: Silicon Valley!
March 20-23, 2017
Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA
Successful change starts at the top. Bringing together today’s chief learning leaders with tomorrow’s successors, this four-day summit will uncover ways to:
Enhance their 21st century learning ecosystem with social, mobile, collaborative, and bite-sized learning
Create behavioral change—redesigning entire processes or ways of thinking
Accelerate the impact of leadership development programs
Implement design thinking to transform workplace engagement
Prioritize mindfulness and wellness at work
Explore what’s possible with cognitive learning and virtual reality solutions
Leverage learning as a Strategic Business Partner
Prioritize learning measurement to demonstrate training’s impact to the organization
Build streamlined, flexible, and adaptable platforms that allow employees to learn as fast as today’s business
Attend Chief Learning Officer Week: Silicon Valley and walk away with new strategies to fulfill
your L&D investments, drive organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, and ensure
quality training experiences. This Conference is designed for those within organizations and companies who strive for high performance and for executive-level professionals who service them.
Download the Agenda: http://bit.ly/2jgmewc
Take a look at last year’s event: http://bit.ly/2kaWHbF
Who’s Attending? http://bit.ly/2jI7Lw
About CLN: Corporate Learning Network, a division of IQPC, is an online community for sharing ideas, best practices and solutions along with learning through systematic, well-organized learning programs within the training and learning professional community. Corporate Learning Network’s mission is to supply training executives with the thinking, the knowledge and the skills required to make training a results-focused activity.
Get A Free Ticket To The Big Shift Experience!
When: March 24-26
Where: San Jose, CA
During this event you will discover:
• A simple, focused plan for adding $100,000 or more to your business
• A powerful new way of enrolling clients into premium coaching packages that is in complete alignment with your personal values and integrity
• How to achieve freedom from beliefs and mindsets that hold you back from success
As an ICF member, you can attend this highly-experiential, 3-day business growth workshop led by Bill Baren (past Co-President, SF Coaches) for FREE!
You'll leave this unique transformational business training event with your own roadmap for expanding your business in 2017 that's far greater than what you currently imagine is possible.
Get Your FREE Big Shift Experience Ticket Here! http://ow.ly/imv9308R7Ye
*This event is not endorsed by or affiliated with ICF SFBAC
Save the Date: International Coaches Week
When: May 15-21
Since 1999, International Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual event organized by ICF Chapters around the world as a week-long celebration and education about the coaching profession. During this week, coaches come together to organize educational sessions, panel discussions, and/or pro-bono coaching opportunities as a way to connect with the public and share the impact and importance of coaching.
Our ICF SF Bay Area Chapter has been part of this large movement for the last several years by holding several special events locally.
We are seeking those that would like to participate in the brainstorming and organization of this year’s International Coaching Week, which will be held May 15-21.
If you would like to team up with other coaches to shape this year’s activities or would like to participate in some other way, please complete this short survey:
For more information on International Coaching Week, please visit the general ICF web page: http://www.coachfederation.org/coachingweek/
ICF Events and Announcements
SAVE the DATE: ICF Converge 2017
Join the global coaching community at the intersection of coaching and potential for ICF Converge 2017. ICF Converge is a dynamic, first-of-its-kind global event designed to strengthen connections within the coaching community and offer cutting-edge learning opportunities.
August 24–26, 2017
Washington, D.C., USA
Marriott Wardman Park
Registration will open soon for ICF Converge 2017, the first large-scale global ICF event since 2012. Sign up below to be notified when registration opens. In the coming weeks, we will announce an exciting giveaway opportunity for individuals who are on the notification list and register early for the event.
ICF Converge 2017 is also announcing a call for proposals!