Letter from the President | ICF Indy Chapter News | May 2016

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Chapter Information | 0 comments

Margie BieswangerWow, it’s already May. How did that happen?!

Spring is officially here and with it a sense of renewal and energy.

Spring energy brings new adventures and possibilities. You might find that a million ideas are bubbling to the surface, jostling for your attention.

That can feel great … or chaotic.

IdeaWe can find ourselves re-energized and focused … or scattered and overwhelmed by all the spring energy.

If that happens, it’s okay. Spring is supposed to be full of energy and awakening! AND you might need to tame that energy before you can move forward in a focused way.

So breathe. Ahhh, breathe.

Welcome spring and the exuberant energy it brings. Then make it your own.

Focus in on your highest priorities. What will deepen your coaching skills? What will help you build your successful business? Create your action list and dive in.

ICF Indianapolis ProgramIn fact, why not join us at the May Chapter Meeting and Program? It’s our business development day. Lunch is included, followed by three outstanding presenters, and then a panel of local coaches answering your questions about how they built their businesses.

You don’t want to miss this afternoon of community and business development. Learn more HERE and get registered – your coaching practice will thank you.

Well, there’s much more to tell you about, so keep reading. 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 Beiswanger
ICF Indianapolis Chapter President 2015-2016

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – May 2016

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in ICF Midwest Region | 0 comments

Julia MatternMay means racing in Indy and the conference team is heading into the home stretch–putting on the finishing touches and getting ready to welcome coaches from around the world to Indy, June 23-25! We can’t say enough about how much it means to have the support of the home team–our chapter–behind us.

One exciting new development to announce is that Marshall Goldsmith has agreed to give three free one-on-one sessions with attendees during the conference! All paid registrants will automatically be entered into a drawing to be held Friday morning during breakfast. The three lucky coaches chosen will meet individually with Marshall, one each during lunch on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

In honor of our conference’s fifth anniversary, there will also be another drawing held following the closing keynote for five special gift baskets of prizes donated by our sponsors, vendors and speakers. Conference attendees will play a game to connect with vendors to be eligible for this drawing. This year, we will have more white space than ever for networking, visiting tables and simply relaxing, plus a special Vendor Appreciation Event during the pre-cocktail on Friday. WBECS will also host a photo booth for attendees to capture all the fun and new relationships formed during the conference.

Speaking of connecting, don’t forget the opening reception on Thursday, May 23, 7-9 p.m. at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Enjoy appetizers, live classical music, art by coach artists in attendance and networking with colleagues from around the world. Even if you can’t attend the conference, you can buy a ticket to the opening reception only for $40 and be part of this great gathering of coaches. If you are attending the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to dine out with small groups of colleagues on Friday night. It’s a great way to build connections and sample some of Indy’s finest cuisine. You can peruse the list of participating restaurants and make reservations here. And when you need a little break from all the great learning and connecting, we’ll even have a special quiet room for you to recharge your batteries.

If this is your first conference, we’ve got you covered! There will be an orientation for first-time attendees on Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm in Grand 1 at the Westin. And don’t forget to take advantage of our new Ambassador program to help you make the most of your conference experience. Sign up during online registration to be connected with an Ambassador.

Another great way to meet people is to volunteer onsite. There’s already several people from Indy on the list and we always have room for more. You can work the registration table, introduce speakers, stamp passports or help in other ways. It’s fun and we promise that you will still have plenty of time to experience all our conference has to offer. Our slogan is “you don’t have to miss out to help out”!

49 days and counting-I can’t wait to see you at the Crossroads!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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

Posted by on April 12, 2016 in ICF Global | 0 comments


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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Community Corner | ICF Indy Chapter News | April 2016

Posted by on April 4, 2016 in Chapter Information | 0 comments

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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Midwest Conference Corner Update – April 2016

Posted by on April 4, 2016 in ICF Midwest Region | 0 comments

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 sponsors@icf-midwest.com

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
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Letter from the Treasurer | ICF Indy Chapter News | March 2016

Posted by on March 5, 2016 in Chapter Information | 0 comments

What an exciting year to be part of ICF-Indy!

I say this with enthusiastic certainty because I have the pleasure and distinct honor to be actively involved in much of what has been going on.

As the Chapter Treasurer and the Host City Chair for the ICF Midwest Regional Conference, I have seen first-hand the commitment of dedicated teams to make this a banner year for the chapter.

If you’ve thought about getting involved, the time couldn’t be better!

The ICF-Indy Chapter is looking forward to a significant presence at the upcoming Conference on June 23-25.

ArtsgardenFrom planning a chapter Social Event in conjunction with the Opening Reception at the Artsgarden, to participating in the Conference Ambassadors program to welcome attendees and showcase Hoosier Hospitality, as well as involvement with the Community Service Project, the ICF-Indy chapter will prove itself worthy as a memorable host city chapter.

We hope you will be part of this fun and educational experience by registering for the Conference.

Check out the conference website to see all that’s planned. Early bird registration ends March 15, so register in time to save $100!

And if you can’t attend the conference, be sure to join us for the June 23rd Artsgarden Reception.

We certainly hope to see you before the June Conference at our March Chapter Meeting and April Coffee Chat. Two great opportunities for networking and learning and being part of a great coaching community.

Please join us – we look forward to seeing you again, or perhaps meeting you for the first time. I promise either way, you’ll leave feeling like you’ve been with old friends!

Barbara BougherRegards,
Barbara Bougher
ICF Indianapolis Chapter Treasurer 2016-2017
2016 Indianapolis Midwest Regional Conference Host City Chair



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Midwest Conference Corner Update – March 2016

Posted by on March 4, 2016 in ICF Midwest Region | 0 comments

Julia MatternI’m excited to report that we currently have 114 coaches registered for the conference, including 15 from ICF Indy! Our registration numbers are running ahead of any other year at this point in the process. This is great news AND we still need to keep getting the word out to colleagues in order to meet our goals.

As of February 29, the following members of our chapter have already registered: Robin Barr, Margie Beiswanger, Barbara Bougher, Jane Creswell, Danielle Dittberne, Mary DuVall, Ashley English, Dan Johnson, Kathryn Martinie, Julia Mattern, Julianne Miranda, Nina Nealy, Bud Roth, Mark Sprout and Lynn Zettler. We would love to add you to the list. Click here to claim your seat and take advantage of the ICF member discount!

I’m pleased to announce we have secured 3 Major Sponsors. Our Global Sponsor is ICF Global, Wiley is once again our Premier Sponsor and The World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS) is our Fifth-Anniversary Sponsor. We also have three Advantage Sponsors and have sold a number of exhibitor tables. There are still a few tables left, plus opportunities to advertise in the program book. Click here for more information.

As part of our partnership with WBECS, we will have a Special Fifth-Anniversary Pre-Conference Session on Conversational Intelligence with Judith Glaser on Thursday, June 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Westin. This session will generate two ICF CCE Units, giving you the opportunity to earn up to 14 for the conference! WBECS is also making available three virtual sessions from their 2015 event for attendees to listen to at their convenience, for additional ICF CCE Units.

The conference kicks off with our community-service project at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Westin. Our Business Outreach, “Coaching for Organizational Effectiveness” with Jane Creswell will be held from 1-4 p.m. Click here for information. Please pass the word to business, corporate, government and non-profit leaders in your networks. Our Community Service, The Promise Zone Project, will have coaching starting at 1:00 p.m. We are still looking for coaches to volunteer their time and talents. Click here for information and to apply.

We are also looking for coaches who are artists to participate in our first-ever art exhibit during the opening reception at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. More information is available here. Please help us spread the word about this unique opportunity!

And if you’re joining us for the conference, please consider becoming an Ambassador or an onsite volunteer. It’s a great way to meet people and enhance your conference experience. We promise that you don’t have to miss out to help out! Just check “yes” to volunteering and/or being an Ambassador when you register and we’ll follow up with you.

I cannot be more proud of our chapter and more excited to show our colleagues some Hoosier Hospitality in June! Thank you all for your continued support of this exciting event.

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Letter from the President | ICF Indy Chapter News | February 2016

Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Chapter Information | 0 comments

Margie BieswangerAnd so another year of outstanding ICF Indy programming has begun. Wow!

We had 20 people attend the January chapter meeting and the feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for attending!

If you’ve been thinking about attending a program or becoming active with the chapter, this is the year to do it. We have a lot in store for you. I’m sure that something will appeal to you. 🙂

In fact, we’ve got a Coffee Chat coming up next Thursday, February 11th. I hope to see you there. We already have 13 people RSVPed and we want YOU to join us. (Register here.)

I'm AttendingThe last thing I want to be sure you’re aware of – and it’s a really BIG thing to be aware of – is that Early Bird registration is OPEN for the Midwest Regional Conference. You remember … the conference that is taking place right here in Indianapolis, Indiana, this June?!

Be sure to read Julia Mattern’s column. She is keeping us updated on the conference planning (thank you, Julia). And get yourself registered. I’m already registered and cannot wait to see you there!

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 Beiswanger
ICF Indianapolis Chapter President 2015-2016

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Midwest Conference Corner Update – February 2016

Posted by on February 3, 2016 in ICF Midwest Region | 0 comments

Julia MatternIt’s February and that means registration for the 5th Annual ICF Midwest Regional Conference is officially open! Now’s your chance to claim one of 400 tickets for The Crossroads of Coaching, June 23-25, 2016 at the Westin Indianapolis. Register before March 15 to save $100 on your conference fees. Be part of the largest gathering of coaches in the US in 2016, happening right in your own backyard!

As a special bonus, the first 100 paid registrants will also receive a free, autographed copy of 2016 keynoter Marshall Goldsmith’s newest book Triggers, A New York Times Bestseller!

To make it even easier for you to say yes, we also have a two-payment plan available for the Early Bird registration period only (February 1-March 15). Details and registration are here.

You will:

  • Learn proven methods and the latest research findings from experts and thought leaders, including:
    • Opening and Closing keynotes by Marshall Goldsmith
    • General Sessions by Ann Betz, Ursula Pottinga and Amoráh Ross (Neuroscience and the ICF Core Competencies) and Judith Glaser (Conversational Intelligence)
    • Interactive Breakout Sessions, including ICF-Indianapolis Vice-President Dan Johnson, who will be presenting on Resilience!
    • Click here for complete program information
  • Earn up to 12.75 ICF CCE Units
  • Network with 400 of your coaching colleagues from across the US, Canada and beyond
  • Learn about the latest coaching products and services from our industry-leading exhibitors

We’ll also help you connect with the greater coaching community:

  • Opening Reception-June 23, 7-9 pm at the Arts Garden, featuring an art exhibit by coach artists and live classical music
  • Crossroads Cuisine and Connections-make new friends and dine out in small groups on Friday evening at Indy’s best restaurants
  • Ambassador Program-new for 2016, it’s our way of welcoming first-time conference attendees to Indy and helping them make the most of their conference experience. We hope to have lots of volunteers from our chapter serve as Ambassadors!

As a conference attendee, you can also participate in Community Crossroads: The Promise Zone Project!

Our first-ever conference community-service project is a partnership with The Promise Zone Project on the East Side of Indianapolis. Coaching will be offered to leaders and volunteers within neighborhood organizations and will be aligned with the goals of the project. Click here for more information and to volunteer as a coach.

We are also offering a Business Outreach Project Coaching for Organizational Effectiveness, led by our chapter’s own Jane Creswell, MCC. This three-hour workshop is geared to business, corporate, non-profit and government leaders, and will give practical tools for accelerating leadership through coaching.

Take advantage of these great opportunities to learn, grow and connect with the greater coaching community, without even leaving town. Let’s have a great turnout from ICF-Indianapolis and show our colleagues what an amazing chapter we have!

Julia Mattern
Chair, 2016 ICF-Midwest Regional Conference
The Crossroads of Coaching

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Letter from the President | ICF Indy Chapter News | January 2016

Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Chapter Information | 0 comments

Margie BieswangerHappy 2016!

I do hope that you took some time out of your normal routine to reflect on 2015, recharge your batteries, and prepare for the new opportunities that await you this coming year.

2016 promises to be a most exciting year for our chapter! We’re hosting the Midwest Regional Conference in June (as if you didn’t know) and couldn’t be more thrilled to do so. You can read more about the conference below – and even volunteer to help.

ICF Indianapolis ProgramThe programming committee has been hard at work behind the scenes to create a dynamic lineup of meetings for you this year. I do hope that you’ll join us for as many meetings as your schedule allows.

The January 26th meeting will put the spotlight on assessment tools you can use in your coaching practice. And really, who doesn’t love to learn about assessments?!

annual meetingPlus, we’ll hold a brief and informative State of the Chapter annual report, which I know you don’t want to miss. We want YOU to be involved in the chapter. So come to the January 26th meeting, learn about what’s happening in your chapter, and plan to contribute.

I look forward to seeing you there!

We’ll also be offering additional ways to connect with your colleagues, network, socialize, learn about credentialing, add to your coaching toolbox, and more.

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 Beiswanger
ICF Indianapolis Chapter President 2015-2016

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