Would you like to work with me one on one… for free?

I thought this might grab your attention.

Although I could have just as easily used…

“Your Chicago Chapter needs your help”


How about, 

“Attend the ICFMidwest Conference in June for FREE”


Or even better

“Want to work with me while doing something big, exciting, that contributes to the coaching community and brings tremendous value to hundreds of coaches just like you?”


There, did I get your attention?

Here’s the scoop.  For three years, the ICF Midwestern Chapters have collaborated together to create an incredibly successful series of annual Coaching Conferences–each of them incredibly successful.

And our next one will be in June in Kansas City.

This conference is created entirely “Of the coaches, by the coaches and for the coaches” because it’s coaches just like you who have committed their time and volunteered their energy to help make this happen.


And we need your help.  Not only do we have open committee positions still available, but the team leader of Sponsor Chair is available and needs to be filled immediately.

What is this position all about?

The Sponsor team is the one that handles all the individuals, companies, products and services that will be featured at the conference.  This is what provides that extra bonus value to all those who attend.  Not only that, but it also brings in a majority of our revenue so we can keep costs down for the coaches attending.



-There’s a weekly Steering committee call all team leaders attend to touch base and ask for any assistance or clarity or to brainstorm.

– It’s recommended having a weekly call with your team to keep the wheels moving and check in and work out any trouble spots, delegate, track progress and success, or generate new ideas and actions.

– Any other time commitment is up to you and your team.



  • You already have a team who has done this before and know the system.
  • You will also be a part of the Conference Steering committee and will receive the support from all the other team leaders.
  • You will be able to engage one on one with some of the biggest contributors of the coaching industry.
  • You will receive free admission to the 2015 conference.
  • You will be recognized and acknowledged as a leader in your community.
  • We already have a list of sponsors from previous years to draw from as well as another large list of potential ne sponsors and partners (not counting any new ones you and your team come up with)
  • Your chapter is required to provide coaches on the teams so you will help them fulfill that as well (it’s up to you how you want to negotiate their undying gratitude).
  • I will also serve as your direct advisor and support, so you can always turn to me.
  • A tremendously rewarding experience.


As I said, we need to fill this role now so please contact our volunteer coordinator Kerry McRae at volunteer@icf-midwest.com or the conference chair Lynn Tumlinson at info@icf-midwest.com immediately to see how you can help be a part of this exciting event.

(And I promise, you’ll get so much more out of it than you would ever put in.)



This was yet another spectacular call.

I CHALLENGE you to listen to it.

That is, unless you aren’t interested in deep coaching insight and growth.

I CHALLENGE you to open yourself to the learning and insights from this call.

That is, unless you don’t want to discover incredible depth to your coaching.

I CHALLENGE you to pass this on to 5 other coaches

That is unless you aren’t interested in growing the coaching community and profession.


And then please visit www.coachingskillsforum.com to join us for the next exciting call.


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WHAT A SPECTACULAR CALL!!! At the risk of sounding cliche, this call is packed with CELEBRATION.

And not just the CELEBRATION that you might think (of course there’s that, too) but so much more.  After doing these calls for 9 years, coaching for 11.5 years and achieving my MCC status, it’s so exciting to continue to discover and learn new things.

And you’ll be absolutely amazed at how we discover the WILL to Be who You Are.

Listen to this call and send me an email if this DOESN’T deepen and empower your CELEBRATION. 

And then go visit www.coachingskillsforum.com for more archive recordings and the calendar for our next call (Wednesday, October 22)

Let’s celebrate the most famous failure in American history.

Columbus day has once again come and gone.  It’s a day where we all get off from school, banks are closed and the mail isn’t delivered.  What a way to celebrate the DISCOVERY OF AMERICA.

But then again, does this really deserve accolades?  Let’s take a closer look at this historical event.

Back in Spain, Columbus wanted to establish a new trade route to the Indies and convinced Queen Isabella to fund his sailing expedition to create a new path to the Eastern Indian continent.

On the surface, his argument made good sense.  It had already been well established that if caravans made the trek westbound, they would eventually come across the Asian countries and the Indies.  But that’s a long and hard journey, made near impossible by mountains, inclement weather, and crazy tribes of savages.  “However, my Queenie” (I can just hear him reasoning), “if we go the other direction, we’ll sail across the smooth and sweet sea and circle around to those countries and we can create powerful and profitable trade routes that way.  What do you think about that, sweet cheeks?”  (After all, he’s Italian, right.)

Isabella, who I think had a crush on Chris, probably also figured it was a good investment, and so she gave him the dough needed and he set sail.

Well, the first thing he discovered was that the sea wasn’t so easy to navigate.   Not only that, but it turned out to be much bigger space than the land terrain that they were avoiding.  The storms are much more fierce out there on the open water, and there are no resources to replenish once you set sail—unless you’re a really big fan of sushi.

Of course, we all know that Columbus didn’t make it to his destination, but in fact, he “discovered” America.  But what did he really discover?

I’ll tell you what.  He discovered a big series of serious blunders and BLUNDERs.

BLUNDER #1- He couldn’t get anyone to buy into his idea.  In fact, he had to go to an entirely different country.

BLUNDER #2 – The world turned out to be twice as big as he thought it was.  Although by that time there were probably still folk who believed the world was flat, it was pretty common knowledge that one could sail around it completely and come out the other end.  (Magellan proved that long before.)  But it turned out his journey was much longer than he estimated.  (To his credit, the instruments that were used were limiting with their information.)

BLUNDER #3- What we call America had already been discovered by the Vikings hundreds of years earlier.  And let’s not forget the people who were already living there.  Over 100 indigenous tribes, all living rather peacefully in their own wonderful way.

BLUNDER #4- Along the way, he saw what he swore were mermaid.  In fact, they were manatees.

BLUNDER #5– He never made it to his final destination, but instead decided to stick around and mingle with the natives.

BLUNDER #6- In fact, he never even made it to the main land of what we call America, but rather landed on a small cluster of islands in the Caribbean.

BLUNDER #7– Along the way he lost many of his ships and many crew.

And for all this, we celebrate.


Are you kidding me?  We’re celebrating failure!   Wake up everyone!  The guy totally blew it, not once, but quite a few blunders.

So why do we celebrate?


Well, setting aside all the nasty stuff that occurred as the settlers came in and took over, what Columbus DID do was discover a new land where Spain could establish colonies.

He brought back home many new and exciting products, like spices and salt, and also cacao, gold and tobacco (which Sir. Walter Raleigh would later make really popular), as well as new plants like cotton, bananas and potatoes, and even exotic and colorful birds, (yes, there was the slavery and the syphilis, but no sense dwelling on the negative), and this new thing called rum.

Although there were others who had “Discovered” this new land before him, he was the first to establish new colonies, allowing for Spain to flourish and prosper in these new islands.

So now, over 600 years later, we look back on this great big bunch of super big blunders, and can see the success that came from them.


Now, let’s be honest.  Have you made any mistakes in your life?  Perhaps you were so sure of something, you even thought you had complete proof to back you up and establish how right you were, only to find out that you misjudged and were wrong.

Did you ever struggle to get people to support you, or believe in you and what you were trying to accomplish?  Were their doubters, nay sayers, or even people who tried to divert you or get in your way?

Did you do or say something that was so completely obvious, or that someone already knew it or did it before you came along?

Did you ever set out to do something, a task or a goal, and then find yourself thrown completely off course. In fact, maybe you never even completed your original goal.

Did you ever think you did something wonderful, only to have someone point out that it wasn’t really.

Did you ever lose money in the process?  Or other possessions?  Was your reputation sullied?

Did you ever have someone laugh at you for your error?

Of course you have.  We all have.  Every single one of us. Including Columbus.


But let me ask you this?  Were any of your blunders as large, as costly, as completely off base, as destructive as Chris’?  Did you have an entire country counting on you?  Were there hundreds of men (or women) not just depending on you, but their very lives were in your hands?  Did you actually face the possibility of death by your decision?  Were you frightened that you might never see your home and loved ones again?  Were you responsible for the deaths of hundreds or more? (Which can happen when you bring syphilis into a country.)

Chances are highly likely your actions were nowhere near that level of failure.

And yet, if we can celebrate Chris’ heavy load of blunders, and all that came out of it, then why can’t we celebrate yours?

And don’t forget.  Chris didn’t even have to wait 600 years to see his success.  When he returned… apparently a completely blunder and failure, what did he do?



So this week, when you think back on Columbus Day, look back at your own blunder, and realize that it’s probably not that bad.  Or better yet, look at what you’re planning, and the blunders you’re afraid of making.  And then ask yourself if it’s anything like going to a completely wrong continent.


Chances are pretty high, it’s not.  And then find something to celebrate about it.

You know Chris would.  And then he’d go back for more.