April 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue:

President’s Message

As we finally seem to have broken winter’s hold and we welcome sunshine and spring flowers, I am pleased to announce the following changes to the Board:

We welcome Dawn Firestone to the role of Director of Communications including the newsletter which she takes over from Carrie Morgan, who after working incredibly hard to build her coaching hours to meet ACC requirements, as well as work on the newsletter, is focusing on further building her coaching practice.

A further welcome to Jason Billows to the role of Director of Programming, replacing Irene Roberts who is moving on to work with Community Mediation, Ottawa. Please read more about each of these wonderful people further on in the newsletter.

Matt Varney of ICF Global complimented the chapter last year for being one of the chapters with the highest number of membership renewals for the year and wanted to know our secret. I could only say that it had to do with the energy board members brought to their roles as well as their commitment to coaching and our community.

We are busy planning and creating next year’s program now and will be making some exciting announcements during International Coaching Week.

In the meantime enjoy the grass getting greener and flowers blooming and the splendor of spring. I know for me, it has made a huge impact on me now that it is here.

The Ottawa Chapter is now active on Facebook! Click HERE to go to our Facebook page and like us.

Transition Announcement

After two years as Ottawa ICF Director of Programming, Irene Roberts is resigning to take on a new role to work with Community Mediation Ottawa in the conflict coaching area and assisting them with building their capacity to serve the Ottawa community. The Board wishes to thank Irene for her dedicated contribution to the Ottawa Chapter programming and to wish her well in her new endeavor.

Jason Billows, an active member of the chapter and the Ottawa coaching community is taking over Irene’s role as Director of Programming. Jason brings his enthusiasm for coaching, experience as a former CTI Ambassador and extensive experience in coaching to the Board. Welcome Jason.

We are delighted to welcome Dawn Firestone to the Ottawa Board of Directors. Dawn will be assuming the role of Director of Communications. She has more than 20 years in Corporate Communications with Bell Canada and 5 years as Executive Director of a national nonprofit focused on young Canadian performing artists and the Canadian Visuls Arts community. Dawn has a passion for community involvement and brings creative and visionary thinking to this important role.

Thank you to those that responded recently to our “WANTED” poster. We will be following up with those of you who expressed interest in supporting the Board. It’s not too late: if you would like to be a part of growing the ICF Ottawa Chapter. If you would like to grow your leadership skills in this capacity, please email Karen Hanna, Director of Membership at karen_hanna@sympatico.ca before April 30, 2015.

Announcing the Gestalt Coaching Program in Toronto (ICF-ACTP) beginning October 2015

Gestalt LogoWe are proud to bring a successful, high-impact ICF-ACTP coach training program to the exciting coaching world of Toronto. The program teaches the theory and practice of coaching leadership and management using the fields of Gestalt theory, concepts, and methods. Participants develop a system of ongoing assessment, practice coaching, and receive feedback and guidance in the coaching behaviors needed for individual, executive, and organizational coaching engagements. This program is targeted to support effective coaching interventions with individuals, groups, and complex systems. Participants also learn how to design their coaching practice to stimulate client learning, development, creativity, and intentional and transformational change. The program offers:

  • Four 4.5-day sessions over 7 months (18 days of face-to-face teaching)
  • An online tele-seminar series between sessions
  • A student-faculty ratio of 4 to 1
  • A faculty mentor assigned to each student
  • A full-immersion, experiential learning environment that supports participants to embody the teachings
  • 125 CEU’s

CCE LogoGCP-Toronto satisfies all requirements for the ICF credentialing application for program participants. Whether you are looking to add process or system skills to your coaching repertoire, strengthen your coaching effectiveness, and/or learn well grounded approaches to today’s challenges in the company of a thriving global Gestalt community, this program will meet your needs. Send inquiries to Dorothy Siminovitch, PhD, MCC and Director of Training at info@gestaltcoachingworks.com. Learn more about the program at Gestalt Coaching Program in Toronto.

CAPS Ottawa Feature Event – Double Shot of David Newman, Marketing Guru & Author + Silent Auction

This is a Special Event for Speakers, Trainers & Coaches and a Rare Opportunity to Radically Improve Your Business!

For more information and to register for this rare opportunity, visit the CAPS Ottawa website.

Plus You Get to Take Part in the Annual CAPS Ottawa Live Silent Auction!

Date: May 30, 2015
Time: Morning Session – 08:30 – 12:00
“Help Me Hire YOU! 21 Strategies to Get Booked and Stay Booked”

As a full-time speaker who spent a year booking other speakers for 160+ events, David will show you how to build your business and increase your visibility, credibility, and hire-ability! Learn exactly what gets speakers hired using 21 specific strategies from someone who booked speakers daily. Extensive handouts will be provided.

As a result of attending this program, participants will learn:

  • 21 step-by-step strategies for increasing your magnetism, credibility, and marketability as an expert who speaks
  • What meeting planners and conference producers really look for when making buying decisions
  • How to rapidly make subtle changes in your own positioning, packaging, promotion, and performance to dramatically boost your business

The Most Important Information You Will Take Away: 21 specific, actionable steps speakers can take immediately to re-position, re-package, and re-focus their business to attract dramatically more and better bookings by learning what a full-time speaker turned conference producer looks for (and runs away from!) when booking paid speakers for events.

Date: May 30, 2015
Time: Afternoon Session – 13:15 – 15:30
“Live Ammo Marketing Lab for Speakers”

This hands-on, “roll-your-sleeves-up” program is designed for both emerging and experienced professional speakers who want to grow their businesses more rapidly, stand out from the competition more clearly, and win bigger and better clients.

Truth is: people, products, and services that solve real client problems are recession-proof.

After this highly interactive (and often contrarian) program, you will be able to:

  • Answer 7 key questions to laser-focus on the clients you serve best and want to serve most
  • Increase your visibility, credibility and “buy-ability”
  • Position yourself as a problem-solver, not a peddler, so you never need to compete on price again
  • Attract more and better clients by making rapid yet subtle changes to your A&D (Articulation and Distinction)
  • Consistently close bigger and better deals in any economy – even against larger, meaner, and better-funded competitors

International Coach Week

ICF 20 YearsInternational Coaching Week (ICW) is an annual weeklong global celebration of the coaching profession. It’s the local ICF Chapters and coaches who make ICW successful. Help spread the word about coaching by getting involved! ICW is scheduled for May 18-24, 2015.
Here in Ottawa, we have a special event planned to support our coaches. We will be hosting an awesome event on Friday May 22, 2015 8:30 am to noon at The Hub, 71 Bank Street. Plan to join us for a continental breakfast, panel discussion with senior coaches and plenty of networking. More details will follow soon and don’t forget to follow the activity on our Facebook page.

ICF Ottawa Chapter Professional Development Event

“From Overwhelmed to Flourishing: How to leverage your different
brains to thrive” – Understanding the neuroscience behind overwhelm.

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Presenter: Carlos Davidovich, MD, MBA
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Room 1A Ben Franklin Place (City of Ottawa) 101 Centrepoint Drive Nepean, Ontario

Our presenter Carlos Davidovich from Optimum Talent recently led a workshop on this topic for the ICF Toronto Chapter Conference in February and we are fortunate to have him with us at our event! The objective of this session is to:

  • Understand what happens to our multiple brains when we are overwhelmed and the implications for our life.

In this presentation Carlos will focus on:

  • How our different brains are involved when we feel overwhelmed.
  • How to increase our level of awareness to recognize when we are overstressed (in distress)
  • The impact on our emotions and physical body
  • How to recognize our internal rhythms and use them in our favour and
  • The 7 steps to flourishing and thriving

Carlos will work in a very dynamic and participative way; through participants┬┤ concrete situations from their lives.

Program: The first section will be an interactive lecture proving information on the foundations of our brains and how they interact.

For the second section, the participants will be discussing in small groups, concrete experiences of being overwhelmed and their actions to flourish and thrive.

The third section will be focused on developing new ways of thinkingabout being overwhelmed. Carlos will introduce the seven steps to flourishing and thriving!

About Carlos: For more than 15 years,Carlos has been coaching across a diversity of geographies (Argentina, UK, Luxembourg, Central Europe, Poland and USA), supporting the Leadership development of individuals and management teams alike. For a number of years,he has focused his expertise on NeuroManagement and NeuroLeadership. Drawing on his skills as a medical doctor,he has adapted the latest findings on how the brain works,delivering insights to both organizations and executives. He is focused on supporting “Unity in Diversity” initiatives within his overall coaching approach.
Carlos’ passion for coaching relies on the insight of the importance of not walking alone at key turning points in life. For Carlos, coaching represents the highway by which to reach people’s objectives and offers the right context to define and achieve their greatest potential.
Cost: members-$20.00 non-members-$30.00
CCEUs: 1.5 core competency
Register today on the ICF Ottawa website.

Ready to earn ICF ACC or PCC or renew your ACC?

If you are then this group is for you! Work with a small group of fellow coaches and an experienced certified mentor coach, to:

  • meet all the ICF’s coaching requirements
  • receive both live and recorded feedback on your coaching
  • deepen your understanding and use of the coaching core competencies
  • eliminate any performance anxiety, especially around the exam
  • have fun!

Act now! Space is limited. Next cohort begins the week of May 11th. Individual mentor coaching is also available. For details go to http://creavision.ca/credentialing/group or contact Frances Paquette at 613.797.0488 or fpaquette@creavision.ca.