As Membership Director for our ICF Vancouver Chapter, I think of myself less as a ‘director’ of membership; more as our Chapter’s member ‘gratitude’ champion. I say this in all honesty because every year (February – March) at Membership renewal time, I do an inventory of why I am an ICF member, and what’s in it for me to renew my membership!
I always come away from this reflective exercise refreshed and with a renewed sense of what brought me to the profession and practice of coaching in the first place.
In speaking with other Board colleagues, I learned they too are making the most of their ICF membership by exploring the wealth of resources and programs available to us all through the ICF Global website.
Here then, are some reasons why we will renew our ICF Global membership this year, how we see the value of belonging, and what we are particularly grateful for….
“ICF offers great opportunities” – Donna Howes, Director of Membership
Over the past five years, ICF and our Chapter in particular has offered me truly wonderful opportunities to:
- work with a strong, supportive Board and extraordinary volunteers from within our Chapter’s membership to promote coaching in the community through the creation of CoachingWise
- experience a true sense of connection with other coaches in my region; to know that we can share our perceptions and experiences, and come together with a sense of belonging
- hear from great guest speakers who bring their deep experience and perspectives so that I can continue to learn and grow as a person, and a professional
“ICF helps me build my business” – Suzanne Ricard-Greenway, Past President
Past President Suzanne is excited about ICF’s popular Business Development Series which returned in 2016 to deliver virtual education designed to help coaches build, sustain and expand a successful coaching practice.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Business Development Series hosted by ICF Global this year, especially after missing the opportunity last year.
They have a great line up of speakers, and the added bonus is they are sharing the links from last year’s series so they can deepen the learning. Great value at $200 US – that is, if you are an ICF member! A $250 saving for members!”
“ICF helps transform my coaching practice” -Charmaine Tuner, Director of Events
Events Director, Charmaine Turner learned about the ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program and benefits of this ICF initiative when networking with a colleague.
“I was surprised to learn of this member benefit and I remember looking into it right away. I didn’t realize that I’d have the options that were available, to choose what coaching round that suited my needs, and then once registered in my coaching round, I was able to put forward three preferences of who I thought would be a good match to be my coach”.
The ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program coordinates rounds of six sessions that are tailored by coaching skill from new and student coaches to MCC credentialed coaches, as well as by geographical region, session duration and frequency.
Additionally the program provides rounds for those coaches who are seeking their MCC level and includes immediate feedback within the session. Once members have completed their profile and paid a nominal registration fee for the desired Coaching Round, the ICF Global Program Coordinator completes the matches and each registered member receives the contact details of their new coach/coachee for the round.
“What I love about this program is that I have been paired with a coach who has a very different style and focus than my own Executive Coach. The ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching gave me the chance to experience a new style of coaching that resulted in transformative moments that were more important to me than I initially realized. My learning has also evolved through my role as a coach whereby through my own post-session reflection I can continue to refine my skills as a coach and serve my client well through our coaching partnership.”
By giving coaching to one ICF coach, you can receive coaching from another ICF coach. In so doing, you pay for your coaching by giving coaching to another ICF coach and no longer need to pay financially for coaching sessions. For those who are still working towards their ICF credential, these coaching hours are able to be included in your credentialing application.
The aim of the ICF Reciprocal Peer Coaching program is to make coaching more financially accessible for coaches, thereby strengthening the ICF coaching community by supporting ICF coaches in their ongoing professional and personal development with the best means we know how – coaching! https://peercoaching.coachfederation.org/