More than 1,300 coaching professionals from over 40 countries are expected to visit Fort Worth, Texas, USA in October 2010 between the 27th to 30th for the coaching industry’s largest, global event of the year.
Professional coaches, coach trainers, renowned speakers, industry leaders, and exhibitors from all over the world will gather for three days of accredited education, networking, and celebration during the International Coach Federation’s 15th Annual International Conference.
“Celebrating the Art, Science and Practice of Coaching Worldwide” is the theme of this year’s anticipated event, which will open with a special ICF 15th anniversary reception at the Fort Worth Convention Center, located near the city’s exciting entertainment district downtown.
“The ICF is excited to be observing our 15th anniversary in 2010 and what better way to celebrate than with our members and fellow coaches at our annual conference,” exclaimed ICF President and Master Certified Coach Giovanna D’Alessio. “While reflecting on our industry’s young history, we will come together as a profession to embrace the knowledge, innovation, diversity, passion and vision that will move coaching forward another 15 years. We invite coaches and others interested in our profession to join us for this truly, memorable occasion.”
This year’s event promises a fresh, full schedule of educational sessions, offering even more participant interaction and hands-on learning than in the past by introducing breakout sessions of 90 minutes, two and three hours in length. Attendees will experience a new twist on the three general, or “super”, sessions traditionally offered. Rather than three individual speakers, these super sessions will feature a teaching string quartet, a coaching trends exploration time, and one expert speaker.
Through a series of concrete and interactive exercises, the Annesci Quartet, a metaphor for a working team, will offer attendees unprecedented ideas for new ways in management and working with teams during the Oct. 28 super session.
New this year, “Global Conversations” will bring attendees together on October 29th for a rich exploration of five key trends and how coaches can positively and creatively address these trends within the industry and through work with organizations and individuals.
Global futurist and trends expert Anne Lise Kjaer of London will close the conference Oct. 30 on a high note. With her insight into every area of the future—from energy, cars, technology, health, food and fashion, to the next big thing in culture and retail—Lise Kjaer has a unique ability to engage and inspire ICF conference attendees.
Registration is now open for this must-attend coaching event of the year. Early bird rates are good through Aug. 31. ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring or training. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.
The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 13,800 members in more than 90 countries, dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF is the only organization that awards a global credential which is currently held by more than 6,300 coaches worldwide. For more information on how to become or find an ICF Credentialed coach, please visit our website at www.coachfederation.org. Registration is now open for global coaching industry’s largest annual event.
Gráinne Suter of jml Training & Consultancy is a Member of The International Coach Federation
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