Community Corner | ICF Indy Chapter News | April 2016

We have one of the most energetic chapters with high attendance at our meetings and events. It is our vision to continue to add to this energy by hosting engaging activities that foster community.

Our newest activity will be a wine and painting event to be held on Sunday, April 24. We are straying away from only meeting at the local watering holes for our community activities.

In June we will have a social event that will take place at the ArtsGarden in conjunction with the ICF Midwest Regional Conference opening reception. Whether or not you are attending the conference, you may attend the opening reception. It will be a great time to see friends and make some new ones.

Looking forward to the second half of the year we will plan a family picnic or party in August. We also would like to have a holiday party in December.

icf indy coffee chat VIRTUALTo complement Margie’s Coffee Chats, we are investigating a way to host a virtual coffee chat where you could be sitting in the comfort of your home, coffee in hand, and join us via Internet for some chat time. Look for this to happen in May.

The Membership Committee is always open to your suggestions for activities. If you would like to host an event let’s make it happen. I remember an event a few years ago when a member hosted us on her pontoon boat. That was great fun!

If you would like to volunteer to be on this exciting committee please let us know.

Your Membership Committee,
Mark Sprout and Danielle Dittberner

Mark Sprout and Danielle Dittberner





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Our Chapter At A Glance


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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Why Nobody Reads Your Coaching Newsletter (and What To Do About It)


Staying in touch with your network is essential if you want to build a successful coaching business, and email marketing is still one of the best ways to do that. However, with an average person checking their phone 221 times per day and receiving over 1,500 irrelevant emails per year (U.K. data), it is becoming increasingly difficult for any coach to engage with their prospective clients.

Below are some typical mistakes that you as a coach are probably making when sending a newsletter to your database and a few quick fixes. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to double your open rate.

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – April 2016

Julia MatternThe 2016 ICF Midwest Regional Conference is just 78 days away and that’s no April Fools! We have 269 coaches registered, from all regions of the US, plus Canada, Germany, Sweden and China. That number includes 42 coaches from our chapter – over half of our members! Special thanks to Mark Sprout for organizing a team to reach out and encourage Indy coaches to attend.

Registration is going well AND we would love to sell the remaining 131 tickets. Our chapter benefits from every ticket sold in two ways. First, higher attendance means more potential profit to be shared with participating chapters as marketing reimbursement. Also, our share of any profits is based on the number of people from our chapter who attend, so it really pays to encourage other Indy members to register.

Part of our Crossroads theme is also engaging people from allied professions and others who are stakeholders in professional coaching. This has the potential for growing our community and developing long-term relationships to benefit coaches doing business in Indy, something that will last long past the conference. To that end, we are offering discounts of $100 off the current registration price for those organizations sending 2 or more people.

We’re so grateful to those who have already registered. If you haven’t yet committed, we are offering a special extension of the Early Bird discount to coaches who are members of both our chapter and ICF Global until May 1. (Check your April Chapter newsletter for the discount code.) Register here.

Even if you can’t join us, we would appreciate you reaching out to people in your networks, coaches and allied professionals. Your personal touch can make a difference and help our chapter!

We’re also pleased to announce our major sponsorships are filled and many of our exhibitor tables sold. We still have a few tables and some advertising space available in the program. It’s a great way to get exposure for coaching products and services and build relationships. Information is available here. Please send any leads for exhibitors and/or advertisers to

We’ve gotten good response to our service projects and volunteer requests. And, it’s not too late to help. Our partnership with The Promise Zone provides three pro bono coaching sessions, which count as hours towards ICF credentials, while giving back to the community. Click here for more information. Volunteering onsite at the conference is a great way to meet new people and its fun! Click here to apply or say yes to volunteering when you register.

Remember, the next conference is in 2018 (Pittsburgh), so it’s your last chance for great learning, 18.5 ICF CCE Units and networking with coaches from around the world for two years!

Hope to see you at the Crossroads!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
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