The January 2015 Chapter Meeting centered around a World Cafe style discussion about the future of the chapter. Below are the summarized take-aways. We're continuing to build on these suggestions in 2016.
As a chapter, let’s work TOGETHER to CREATE these great ideas!
From the initial round of talks about your peak ICF experiences and what keeps bringing you to meetings, we learned that you’re part of ICF Phoenix for engaging conversation, lots of energy, practicing and demonstrating, intellectualizing and “feeling it” through intuition and energy, support and community and connections.
How can we meet those needs and expectations? You answered that by telling us what to stop doing, what to keep doing and what to start doing.
Too Frequent Communications-Stop the continuous bombardment of emails. Once we register on EventBrite, make the emails stop.
Prism Award- It was mentioned a number of times that the Prism Award takes too much energy from the chapter with minimal return for the membership. Instead, the same energy can be used towards an educational conference or other event that benefits more members directly.
Categorization of Coaches- Stop separating business/executive/life coaches during networking and in conversation. "We are all coaches and coaching touches all aspects of people."
Keep or Do Even Better
Networking-We'll continue to provide networking time and create more opportunities to do so.
Triads-The chapter will encourage and support opportunities for smaller interactive groups.
Webinars- We'll continue to promote quality webinar programs offered by partner organizations or host our own.
Master Coach Demos-You all expressed the enormous value of having highly skilled peers demonstrate their coaching mastery and techniques. We'll include more of this through special programming.
High Quality of Programs- Providing high quality programming remains one of the main objectives of the Board. We have almost the entire year planned to cover many of the core principles.
Start or CREATE
Opportunities to Connect Outside Meetings- Informal meetings outside of the second Wednesday – could be focused on topics i.e. business development, or social – happy hour, saloon – could do at rotating places around the valley. (Note the saloon v. salon)
Online Community- Closed facebook or yahoo group – for communication among members could be focused on topics like business development – certification – or multiple topics for people to share resources, ideas, on the spot help with questions being answered etc. If you're a Facebook user, request to join us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/icfphoenix/
Virtual Programs- Offer more virtual programs for members that can't regularly attend meetings because of time or distance.
Evangelize the Value of Coaching- Get a CEO/high level person (or multiple) who has benefited from coaching to come and talk about how they were helped/transformed by coaching and how this positively impacted the business – getting the clients perspective. Reach out to coaching schools to recruit “future” members from people going through training – to demystify the ICF group.
Coach Conference- Resume doing 1 day conference in conjunction with Tucson coaches – have done in the past in Casa Grande.
Support Each Other More- Provide a mechanism for referrals between members. Find ways to leverage strengths, resources, knowledge of members with each other. Find way to help people with certification process.