International Coach Federation-- Opening Doors for Coaches and the Coaching Profession

For those of you who wonder about the profession of coaching (I mean, anyone can call themselves a coach, right?), I’d like to share some of my own experience in becoming part of the professional field and community of coaching.  Since I became certified with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2007, I’ve also been an active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)-- the major international professional association for coaches.  ICF provides accreditation standards for certified coaches and coaching training, ethical standards for professional conduct, numerous opportunities for coaches worldwide to connect with each other through conferences and publications, plus opportunities for continuing education.  As a member of ICF, I’m part of an organization that’s committed to promoting high-quality coaching throughout the world.  As the ICF Liaison on the board of San Francisco Coaches-- a charter member of ICF-- I’m also committed to sharing the value of being an ICF member with other coaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This month I’m stepping up to another professional platform through ICF.  My article, “The High Cost of Ignoring Your Calling-- or Why to Work and Live Authentically!”, has been published in the ICF magazine, Coaching World.  (Some of you may recognize it as a recent, adapted blog post of mine.)  To read it, just click the following link:  http://kailasbodytherapy.com/Coaching-World-Article-6-11.pdf  To read the entire issue of Coaching World (you’ll find my article on Page 13) please visit:  http://www.coachfederation.org/includes/docs/June-2011-Final.pdf