Tuesday Cruise-Day: Planning ahead for next year

Once I said yes, then the next step was to figure out when would be the best time to have a Coaching Cruise.

Considering the idea came up in the middle of this past winter, I was well immersed in that unpleasant environment.  

I don’t know about you, but we sure had more than our fair share of winter this season.  Relentless record breaking sub-zero temperatures–some of the coldest I’ve ever felt–, ongoing seemingly endless passages of grey skies with no sun to give us a sense of hope.  A continuous onslaught of winds that found every little crack and opening in your clothing and home, and the incessant piles of snow all around.  

And it wasn’t just that, it was the forever combination of all four, day after day after week and after month.  And just when we could get a glimmer of hope–the sun would peek through the dreary clouds, the thermometer would go above freezing, the wind would still–mother nature would swing it back, as if she was offering her handshake only to pull it back with that teasing “Skye!”

I tell you, by the end of this last season we were all worn down.  Our resistance, strength and sense of positivity and hope was strained.  And it’s really hard to be a source for others to lean on when you are beating down and tired and ready to just give it up.

The only thing that kept us going was the promise that we would have a couple days in California in March.

You see, every year we try to get to some warmer climate in the middle of the winter.  As a way to recharge our batteries.  the sunshine, the blue sky, the warm air, all welcoming us and inviting us to relax our tense and tired shivering bodies.

And I know that it wasn’t me.  There were hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of other people feeling the same way… and some of them might even be coaches.

So it made perfect sense that we try to schedule this cruise sometime in the winter.

Well, of course everyone else has the same idea in those December/January months, so the prices were crazy.  not only that, but it would be tough for people to schedule in December.  

So February and March became the options.

And it seemed like 7 days was the perfect amount of time.  (those first three days are necessary just to slow down and get acclimated).

Of course this all seemed like a great idea to me.  but I had to ask myself, “Who in their right mind would be willing to spend about $1000 to get away from the cold, snowing, grey, dreary winter, and go to the Caribbean, bask in the warm healing sun, eat copious amounts of awesome food, spend hours upon hours of fun and activity or just doing a whole lot of nothing AND experience awesome advanced coaching workshops and get CCEUs?”

Hm.  When you put it that way, it seems like a great idea.

So… are you with me?

Shall we plan to take a break next year?


Tuesday Cruise-Day: Why I said Yes

I’ll be honest, when someone says to you, “Hey, would you like to plan a cruise?” my first reaction would normally be, “What?  Are you crazy?”

First off, it’s never been done before.  And there’s probably a reason for that.  Sure, there have been some “self-development” cruises out there, consisting of several figures in the business offering one or two workshops and anyone can register.  But we’re talking about a COACH TRAINING CRUISE… like, just for coaches.

But then again, I’ve had a past history of creating things to deepen our discovery of coaching–our power, confidence and success in this profession.

The Coaching Skills Forum started over 8 years ago when I was looking around for someplace I could go to have deep, provocative and engaging conversations about our coaching skills with other coaches.  I was only two years a coach and already sick of the calls out there that were all about getting on and listening for an hour to some other coach droning on about what they know.  That wasn’t fun.  And amazingly I found other coaches who felt the same way.  There is nothing else like it out there.

Coaches all over where (and still are) struggling with how to find their first five clients and get started.  And while there are lots of experts on building super coaching businesses, there was (and still is) precious little resources to help coaches really get moving to start building their business.  So I wrote “Finding Your First Five Clients”, which to this day answers so many questions.


Then I developed the Fast Pass to MasterFull Coaching, again because there was no place really coaches could go for Advanced Coach training.  Sure there were and always will be tons of workshops and classes that add to our toolbox, but precious few really sharpen our blades and provide us with powerful foundations that focus on the ART and PERFORMANCE of coaching.  And I continue to find coaches who are hungry for this experience and learning.  There really is nothing else like it out there.

And then I realized that while the ICF was stepping away from doing conferences, the Midwest chapters were beginning to collaborate with each other and a Midwest regional conference seemed the perfect things to focus our forces and combine our energies towards.  Now in our third year, it’s bigger and better than ever and is one of the largest and most exciting coaching events in the country.  And the unique part is that it’s a conference that’s created entirely “Of the Coaches, by the coaches and for the coaches.”  This conference continues to thrive because I was able to find other coaches out there who believed in the same thing and wanted to be a part of it.  Truly there is nothing else like it out there.

So I guess I’ve created a history of creating things that I feel are missing, that there’s a need for, and (and here’s the important part) there’s nothing else like it out there.

I think that’s what tipped it over the edge for me.

Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it can’t be done.  Think about it.  Everything that you have experienced didn’t exist at some point.

There was a time when someone had to recognize that now was the time, be willing to take the risk and find those others out there who were willing to support and play along.

So when one of my coach students proposed this idea to me, it tapped into three powerful motivators for me.

A) It was another way for me to help coaches and the coaching profession grow.

B) There were other coaches interested in participating and helping out.

C) It had never been done before.

So I guess I’m willing to take the risk.  Yes, it could be an absolute bust.    Who, after all, in their right mind would spend $1000 to get out of the cold and grey winter, play in the sun, eat as much wonderful food as they could, relax and rejuvanate, and grow their coaching?   Well, since i put it that way… maybe it’s not such a crazy idea after all.

I sure know it’s something that I would like.  And that’s how everything else has started.