Philadelphia Area Coaches Alliance October 2009 Newsletter
October 2009 Newsletter
In This Issue
President's Message PACA's Monthly Dinner
Dear PACA Community-
New Member Event
Every year the Past President coordinates the Developing deeper
annual survey and I thank Maria van Hekken, Laura
Pumo and the rest of the Board members for their
work on this year's survey. It was comprehensive
Get your nametags!
and really gave us a snapshot into WHO PACA is.
The information provided was very valuable and November Dinner
We are you, the membership, and the board takes into account WHO
PACA Holiday Party
you are and WHAT you want when making decisions regarding
programming and special events and also what organizations we align ICF Credential
with. Sometimes we hit a home run and sometimes, we strike out.
Having the survey responses helps us be on target. So thank you to the
51 of you who completed this year's survey. We very much appreciate
New Member Corner
your time and effort.
2009 ICF Int'l
So drum roll please...... some insight to who PACA really is and what
you really want this year.
I am curious how well you know the fellow members of PACA so I wrote
this from that perspective. Quick Links
Did you know the age range of our members? PACA Website
- 48% of our members are between 51 and 60 years old?
- 36.2 % were between 20 and 50 years old? Member Area
- 15.5 % were over 60 years old?
Did you know that 82.8 % of our members are female?
Geographically, we are spread out over more than 5 counties in
Pennsylvania and we have a strong presence in New Jersey so PACA Connect with
members are everywhere. PACA
Consistent with some other studies, 50% of our members earn less than
$30,000 annually from coaching income alone. We are evenly split with
50% of our members doing coaching part-time and 50% reporting that
they coach full-time. 41% of you have been coaching for more than 5
Add PACA as a friend
73.2 % of respondents are members of the ICF and 64.3% are on Facebook
credentialed by the ICF or are intending to seek credentialing. We were
trained at many diverse coaching institutions and have a diverse
You reported that 48.2% of you provide personal/life coaching, followed
closely by 46.4% who provide executive/organizational coaching, 39.3 %
career coaching, 28.6% provide business coaching and 21.4% provide Connect with PACA
other coaching services such as retreats, ADHD, wellness coaching to on LinkedIn
name a few. WHEW- we provide a lot of coaching services over many
Over 50% of you would considering volunteering to help PACA (THANK Interested in
YOU) and we welcome your contributions. You can contact any Board
Member to offer to help at any time. Being
Good news: 94% are proud to be members of PACA, recommend PACA
to coaching colleagues and trust the board to make good decisions. Our New Member
Over 90% of you value the monthly speaker and 84% of you rate the Column?
networking as average value or above.
There were also many wonderful suggestions you made regarding Pat Weeks at:
presenters and events and our website which we are reviewing. Each
Vice President is looking at specific feedback and will be incorporating firstname.lastname@example.org
this information into their plan for 2010.
On behalf of the entire board, I thank you for the time and effort you put
forth in completing the survey. Display Your
Wishing you a wonderful month -
All the best - Materials At
sue Monthly Meetings
Susan Guiher, MS CCC
President, Philadelphia Area Coaches Alliance Did you know?
PACA members are
welcome to bring and
display their coaching
products at all monthly
PACA meetings. A long-
PACA's October Monthly Dinner Meeting benefit, a table will now
be available just for
PACA members to
display their items.
Date & Time: Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
So bring your coaching
tools, books, flyers of
Topic: "The Business of Change: Breaking the Cycle of upcoming events, etc.
Struggle" and share with our
Speaker: David C. Miller, MS, PCC
For more information,
Location: Double Tree Guest Suites, 640 W. Germantown please contact Chris
Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA (610) 834-8300 Coward at
Details & Registration: Click here
Tension Management is essential to all change work. This principle
enables you to understanding the level of productive tension operating in
your clients around specific activities and providing the appropriate Good News for
support to help your clients make the changes they want to make. This You
can be applied to both clients and prospects and in this monthly meeting
you will learn how managing your prospect's and client's tension will Have you been:
break the "cycle of struggle." Along the way, you will also learn how to
manage YOUR own productive tension!
Covered in the
Additionally, in this fast-paced, interactive session, you will: news?
Published in a
Find out why the statement "people resist change" is a myth Quoted as an
Learn the singular reason people change expert?
Learn the reason clients get involved and stay involved with
Understand the key role productive tension plays in every Then we want to know!
coaching situation Send your good news
See specific applications of tension and how a coach can use links to
these principles to get straight to the core of their client's issues communications@
Discover specific ways coaches mismanage their client's tension philadelphiacoaches.org
so we can share with the
whole PACA community.
As an added bonus, you will be able to complete your own personal
ChangeGridTM profile (after the session), which will reveal your
readiness to market and sell your services successfully. This includes a
personal debrief with guest speaker, Dave Miller.
Get it While it's
1.5 CCEU's will be awarded in the area of Personal Development and
Core Competencies. Take advantage of our
SPEAKER BIO: Membership Drive.
David C. Miller MSCC, CPCC, PCC is an Enjoy a free dinner
executive and leadership coach with over 20 years meeting on us when you
of business experience, working in corporate, recommend someone to
consulting and entrepreneurial environments. He PACA and they join!
works with executives and leaders to have more
influence and make a greater impact on their This offer ends October
organizations. 31, 2009.
Dave uses his business expertise to help his
clients (from individuals to Fortune 500 companies)
achieve transformational solutions. He also teaches leadership, team
building, emotional intelligence, conflict management, change
management, tension management and coaching skills to some of the
most accomplished executives.
Dave also helps coaches, consultants, business owners and sales
professionals attract more clients, obtain larger engagements and
generate higher revenue.
Executives from prominent organizations rely on David C. Miller &
Associates including: BlueCross BlueShieldTN, Emerging Growth
Equities, Guardian, Hanover Insurance, IKEA, KPMG, Milliman USA,
Prudential, QPS Pharmaceutical Services, Society of Actuaries, Solstice
Neurosciences and Westport Worldwide.
Dave is certified by the International Coach Federation as a Professional
Certified Coach and is a member of the National Speakers Association.
He is also a Certified ChangeWorks Analyst and a Certified
Dave can be contacted by phone at 215-968-2483 or email at
Register online now!
Semi-Annual New Member Event Announcement!
Are you new to PACA? Are you not so new and ready to get more
Please join us for our semi-annual new member's event, where you
Meet PACA's VP of Membership and find out
how PACA can support your growing business
Cheryl Vermey, the VP of Professional
Development, will join us to answer any of
your coach training and credentialing
Enjoy a more intimate setting with other new
Get all your questions answered about PACA
and how to get involved
Begin networking with other coaches
What: New Member Event
When: Thursday, October 22 12:30 pm
Where: Maggiano's (205 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia. (610) 992-3333)
Cost: Simply pay the charges for your own meal!
RSVP to Rosy Elliott, VP of Membership by e-mail.
On behalf of the entire Board, I look forward to connecting with you,
answering any questions you may have about PACA and welcoming
you into this vibrant community.
VP of Membership
Developing deeper relationships with our new members
As VP of Membership at PACA, I am thrilled to announce the launch a
new way of connecting with our new members. Working closely with
Angel Fields and Trinette Ricks at thinkBIG* to create this three phase
New Member Drip Campaign, PACA has identified a solid process to
reach and welcome all new members to our vibrant community.
And speaking of new members feeling connected . . . Our next New
Member Lunch will be held at 12:30pm at Maggiano's in King of Prussia
on October 22. Look out for an invitation or just RSVP to me at
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Marketing-Advertising-Public Relations agency that works as your
practice's in-house marketing department. Their creative & unique
approach to marketing delivers global thinking, fresh ideas and execution
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Nametags! Nametags! Get your nametags!
One year ago this October, PACA went green by issuing all members
their own beautiful, permanent nametags. No more glue leaving residue
on your silk blouse. No more stick pins accidentally pricking you. And
importantly - no more trash.
With the conclusion of 10th Anniversary celebrations, PACA is doing
some housekeeping and it's time to play your part! Come to the next
PACA dinner meeting and pick up your official PACA name badge. We
still have lots of them, clueing us into the fact that there are lots of you out
there without them.
You'll also be pleased to note that permanent, magnetic name tags offer
the following additional benefits. You can:
Easily hide a lost shirt button or stain
Always know your name, no matter what happens on Saturday
Quickly add flair for your messenger bag, briefcase or purse
So come on in and get your nametag!
SAVE THE DATE!
PACA's November Monthly Dinner Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, 11/19/2009 - 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Topic: "Stand Up, Stand Out-And Change The World:
How Businesses of the Future Will Gain the
Speaker: Lizabeth Phelps, Influential Communications
Trainer, Certified Empowerment Coach
Location: The Double Tree Guest Suites
640 W. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Details & Registration: Click here
SAVE THE DATE! PACA Holiday Party
Date: Thursday December 17th, 2009
Topic: "It's OK to Play"
Speaker: Evan Marcus
Location: Double Tree Guest Suites
640 W. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA
ICF Credential Mentoring Call
Open as a PACA MEMBER BENEFIT!
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7 pm - 8 pm EST
Facilitator: Ken Abrams, MCC
PACA Bridge Line: 712-429-0700
This call is an extremely valuable learning experience for ALL coaches -
even the most experienced! If you are you already a credentialed
coach, this experience serves to stretch your coaching skills and
challenge you to become an even more masterful coach!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Contact to register:
Ken Abrams, MCC-ICF Credential Committee Chair,
New Member Corner - Mark Goodwin
Interviewed by Patricia Weeks
Looking back, Mark Goodwin's path to coaching
seems almost preordained. Founder and CEO of
All-n-Won Wellness, Mark has been involved in
foodservice for 30 years as a Certified Executive
Chef (ACF), working in Culinary Nutrition for 12
years and for the last 15 years as Executive
Chef and Wellness Coordinator for QVC prior to
his lay off in November 2008.
When a Senior VP of Human Resources said he
needed more to move to the next level, he earned his Certified
Personal Trainer (AFPA) and then last August, Mark earned his
coaching certification from Wellcoaches™. Part of his inspiration
dates back to an October, 1998, article in the American Dietetic
Association Journal calling for a multidisciplinary approach to the
epidemic of obesity. In order to play a more effective role in fighting
this epidemic, he has also studied at Immaculata College and is now
a third of his way toward his BS in Nutrition. Mark has also just
completed his 10th marathon and was recognized in 2004 by Main
Line Today Magazine as one of "33 Men to Watch."
The single biggest surprise Mark encountered in coaching is "having
not to talk." The hardest thing is not being the "expert." Along with
being an Executive Chef, Mark has 20 years as a Chief Petty Officer
in the Navy and has been a dad for 25 years - none of which
prepared him to impact someone's life with a question and reflection.
He says that realizing the massive power of silence is overwhelming.
Not a registered dietician, he can still coach in food choices, cooking
skills and educate in general nutrition. When sitting with clients, it's
the wellness coach they are sitting with and, now and then, the
culinary coach or trainer comes in.
Mark loves to coach the people who have tried and tried but failed at
a diet, a gym membership or are overly stressed out, whose feeling
of empowerment and self-efficacy are going down the drain despite
many years of diets or training programs. Mark quotes one of his
mentors who says, "People spend all this effort banging down the
nails not realizing why the floor boards are popping up." Instead,
Mark loves to find the starting point, loves listening for connections to
how they got where they are now. He tell his clients that they first
need to find out how they got where they are today and secondly
enjoy finding the paths that will impact tomorrow.
If given two weeks of free professional development Mark would
strengthen his coaching skills and coaching business by working with
additional mentor coaches, beyond the life coach he has now. He
would focus on finding out how to attract the right clients, further
developing the skills that would enhance his success with clients and
his business and look at how to achieve balance with his family.
Aside from a 26 year marriage to a "beautiful bride" and four kids,
Mark feels his greatest success is when a client "gets it." He says to
potential clients, "If weight loss is your sole purpose, you're working
with the wrong person." In fact, when he asked about 15 women
what the most important thing in their life was, not one responded
with "weight". However, the reason often given by clients who sign up
for coaching, especially women, is that they want to work on weight
Instead of dealing with the symptom (weight), Mark talks about
lifestyle changes, with weight loss being the by-product of that. After
a few months of training and coaching, Mark often hears, "You know,
I am not seeing the weight loss I thought I would" or "I'm not as far
along as I thought I would be." He responds with four questions: How
do you feel? "I feel great." How is your energy level? "It is so much
better!" How is your stress? "You know, I really haven't thought that
much about it because my stress seems down." How do your clothes
fit? "I am down a whole dress size"!
Mark tells his clients: "Slow, progressive, quality lifestyle changes are
like your favorite food. With every bite...you want a little bit more."
Mark passionately believes that where we are today is a result of the
path we've walked upon. The choices we've made and what we do
today will create the future. Each of us has our own path. His
experience as a 20-year recovering alcoholic finds Mark often not
coaching his clients, but sitting right next to them, knowing what it's
like to have that cake calling from the kitchen or the failure to take
that walk haunting them...and discovering that the answer to a joyful
life is within each of them.
2009 ICF International Conference
Inspiring individuals, Building
communities, Impacting the world
Make plans now to attend the 14th ICF Annual International
Join this year's largest global gathering of professional coaches,
December 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, USA. If you are passionate and
curious about professional coaching, don't miss this premiere industry
event expected to draw 1,200 attendees, over 40 expert speakers
(including our very own Cheryl Vermey!) and more than 50 unique
All events will take place at one convenient location, the breathtaking
Rosen Shingle Creek resort.
What to do at conference:
Dialogue with peers, industry experts and ICF leaders.
Learn and earn Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs).
Connect during special networking and social events.
See and try new coaching products and materials.
Enjoy your stay at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek.
Have fun at Orlando's world famous attractions and theme
In Florida, we'll engage in Global Conversations about the
sustainability and future impact of the worldwide coaching community.
Join the conversation and let your voice be heard!
Register early to maximize your savings. Discounts available if
you register before September 30, 2009.
For more Conference information and to register, go to:
Connection with Your Executive Board!
Join us at a PACA Board Meeting to get better acquainted with your Board:
1st Thursday of each month from 10:15 AM - 12:00 Noon.
As location varies, please contact PACA Secretary Christine Fontana
email@example.com or 610-585-6960 to confirm your
attendance at a Board meeting and receive instructions.
If you have suggestions or observations about our community, please feel free
to contact any of the Board members