Letter from the President | ICF Indy Chapter News | June 2015

Margie BieswangerIt’s finally June and summer seems to be here.

As someone said to me the other day, “Now we can switch from complaining about the winter cold to complaining about the summer heat and humidity.”

It’s kinda true, isn’t it?! It’s what we do here in Indiana! 😉

I know that when summer arrives some coaches continue business as usual and for others things slow down. Some coaches and business owners even take the summer off. There’s no right or wrong way to do things – only YOUR way. But definitely make the choice because it’s yours to make.

If you are preparing to slow down this summer, be sure to add us to your list of fun things to do. We’d love to see you at one of the upcoming events – especially if you haven’t been able to join us previously because of your hectic schedule.

May Chapter MeetingAs an example, here are some photos of the May program with Jim Smith. We had such a great time! The presentation was informative, interactive, and included plenty of coaching tools and ideas for us to use in our practice.

For my own coaching business, things do slow down a bit in the summer – by my design. I love to travel and I spend several weeks here and there throughout the summer relaxing right here in the state – in the woods (usually Brown County) or at a lake (Lake Wawasee, Lake Lemon, and Lake Michigan). I do a combination ‘work and play’ vacation when I do that, talking with some clients, but mostly focusing my energy on planning for the fall.

Summer is a time for me to recharge my batteries and re-energize my coaching offerings for the fall season. I look forward to this time each winter – in fact, it’s what keeps me going on many of those sub-zero days.

What do you have planned for this summer?

And how will you keep yourself energized? I encourage you to build in some time for yourself – whatever that looks like – so that you can continue to serve at your best.

Well, there’s much more to tell you about, so keep reading. Scroll down. Stay connected. Be an active part of this community. And definitely plan to attend chapter events this year.

I can’t wait to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Margie

 

 

Margie Beiswanger
ICF Indianapolis Chapter President 2015-2016

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Our Chapter At A Glance

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The ICF Greater Indianapolis Chapter is comprised of a diverse blend of professional coaches. Here is a snapshot of our membership:

  • Our members represent a mixture of life coaches, business coaches and executive coaches.
  • Curious about our experience? We have coaches brand new to the profession, coaches with 15+ years of experience and all levels in between.
  • We currently have over 80 ICF members and over 200 Guest members.
  • Many of our members have ICF Credentials. In our chapter, we have 18 ACC’s, 9 PCC’s and 2 MCC’s!

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Are Your Activities Giving You Bottom-Line Results?

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Entrepreneurs are busy people. We work on our business and in our business and there is always more to do. The baffling part is that we can work a lot of hours and not get the outcomes we want.

It’s not hard to get busy. The whirlwind of activity is always available to us. If we’re not discerning about the type of activities we focus on, we can end up frustrated, exhausted and no further ahead. It can be challenging to consistently take the actions we need to take to have success but it is critical to the growth of our business.

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – June 2015

Julia MatternIt’s June and that means the 2015 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference is almost here! In just over two weeks, we’ll gather in Kansas City to connect, learn and be inspired. There’s still time for you to join us and take advantage of pre-registration pricing (though June 5). http://www.icf-midwest.com And if you can’t be in Kansas City, no worries-we’ve got you covered. Our July chapter meeting is a conference review, so you can still get some great takeaways to use with your clients and in your business.

At the July meeting, we’ll also have a planning session for 2016. Don’t miss this chance to hear all of the latest conference news and be part of creating this special event in Indy! Some of you have already reached out to volunteer for conference planning teams. I’m thrilled by the enthusiasm and level of support. There are many roles to play. Please give some thought to what you can contribute. I’ll be making specific requests at the July meeting.

This month, I wanted to say a little about our role as the host city. The conference is supported by all MRAC chapters and everyone is expected to contribute volunteers to the various committees. We are the local experts. Our job includes managing the logistics with the hotel (rooms, food, AV, signage, etc.), promoting our city, helping attendees feel welcome (before and during the conference), assisting with travel information and serving as on-site coordinators during the conference. We are also responsible for promoting the conference locally and within our state. The host chapter has historically accounted for as much as 1/3 of the total attendance, so this is something we need to be proactive about from the beginning.

As for advance planning, the Steering Committee is nearly set and I’m excited to have strong, experienced leaders stepping into these roles. We have a major player in the coaching industry committed to being our opening and closing keynote speaker, someone who should be a major draw. And already, lots of great ideas are popping up. I’m excited that Indy is about to step into the spotlight, and look forward to moving full speed ahead with the planning!

As always, I welcome your ideas, suggestions and comments. Please feel free to contact me any time.

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
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