2024 Winter Gay Coaches Conference Presenter Application Form
January 19th &20th, 2024
Gay Coaches Alliance (GCA) is a professional association of people who identify as gay men. Members work as coaches or in allied helping professions, or use coaching as a key component of their work.
We aim to build a supportive global community through regular online and in-person events. Our events help to build community and provide continuing professional and personal development. We promote coaching as a method to help each other, and our clients, to have a greater impact on the world.
We are a diverse group, drawn together by our sexual orientation and our passion for coaching. We stay together to inspire, empower, develop, and support each other and our clients.
As a group, we aim to be a welcoming space that allows coaches to:
- Share ideas, skills, and knowledge
- Grow, learn and support
- Promote the value of coaching for gay men and by gay men
- Promote our members’ coaching practices and businesses
- Grow our global network of gay coaches for collaboration, referrals, development, and support.
- Raise the visibility of coaching in the gay community
- Encourage gay men to become coaches.
Although ICF membership is not mandatory to present at our events, we work to align all professional contributions to ICF core competencies and code of ethics.
The theme for the 2024 International Gay Coaches Conference is:
Awareness To Action: Disrupting Limits In Moving From Choice To Change
There are three components to the theme. All submissions should align with at least one of the following:
The Three Components
Click on each component for examples of workshops that may be appropriate. Please use this as a guide only and feel free to be creative.
- How to structure and operate your coaching business, including marketing, operations, client work, and other functions, based on the chosen impact you want to have on the world.
- Tools, techniques, and methods for attracting clients, helping them explore who they are at a deeper level, connecting with areas such as values, spirituality, nature, and emotional intelligence.
- Personal and professional brand - Clear, concise, and concise marketing strategies that get to the heart of who you are, what you offer, and who you can serve.
- Conscious coaching businesses that inspire and invoke change beyond ourselves that has a broader impact on our world. How relevant is our awareness in helping clients become more of who they are in a way that shifts beyond their own needs?
- Sharing your experience and passion for identity, spirituality, and living in authenticity and truth in your ideal market for coaching. How to help our fellow coaches (and our clients) discover who they are at their core to support themselves and others.
- What do we gain from being our true selves in how we show up professionally? Including better connecting with the clients we most want to work with. What are the positives, and are there any potential pitfalls? Selecting coaching niches based on who we are and our various identities.
- Awareness of artificial intelligence (AI) and the impact of coaching practice and coaching businesses.
- Practices to gain deeper insights into your development, knowing yourself better by exploring core values, personality styles, sexuality, strengths, skills, and other areas that can be a mirror for practices with coaching clients.
- Topics, tools, conversations, and creative practices that move us and our clients from self-awareness to self-improvement.
- Perspectives on the "power" of coaching for visioning and empowerment. For example, coaching styles, questions, visioning exercises, play, workshop approaches, and other unique approaches.
- Key topics for coaching perspectives - Adult development, life stages, and life transitions. How do people evolve as they mature in age? What changes over time? What to notice in our clients, and how we can help them move forward.
- The development of internal wisdom (trusting self as a tool) is balanced with adopting external resources, tools, training, and certifications.
- The path of coaching ACC to PCC to MCC, coach mentoring, and coaching supervision. The journey of professional coaching through the ICF.
- Working with creative practices, such as play, music, photography, art, drawing, writing, journaling, and reflection in life. How does this benefit you personally and potentially you’re coaching and support the shifting of a fresh voice or a new perspective?
- What do we need to know about ourselves to tackle challenging life events, such as trauma, mental health issues, substance use, addiction, and recovery? Processes of self-discovery and connection to help ourselves and our clients in these areas.
- Understanding the growing and emerging trends in plant-based medicines, such as THC, psilocybin (mushrooms), mescaline, ketamine and ayahuasca. How is this relevant for us individually, and what interface could it have with our coaching?
- Exploring topics related to non-ICF modes of coaching and other related work. Including the work of sacred intimates, somatic therapy and sex coaching.
- How do your values and identity impact your coaching business? Exploring the balance between how much of your beliefs, values, and identity you present professionally and what you choose not to show.
- Exploration of pitfalls, self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and risk-averse behaviors. All the parts of us that hold us back from putting our wants, hopes, and dreams into action.
- Exploration of possibility, opportunity, dreaming big, courage, success, uniqueness, and putting our wants, hopes, and dreams into action.
- The choice to make a change. How to acknowledge change that is needed and embrace change that we and our clients want to see in themselves. Doing the hard work!
- Knowing your limits and breaking the glass ceiling on limiting beliefs.
- How, as coaches, we work with 'self-talk'. Driving accountability and ownership of our choices. Supporting our clients to develop confidence and other resources, moving from self-doubt toward self-improvement, and the courage to keep going!
- Sharing your experience, practices, discoveries, and journey in spirituality, energy work, reiki, massage, mindfulness, breathwork, connecting with nature, somatic coaching, building presence, and other areas.
- How are conversations and a deeper understanding of the US relevant to our lives, communities, and coaching work? Awareness of mind, body, and spirit connections in building community, based on our identities as gay men.
Guidelines for Presenters: 2024
- Your topic must fit into at least one of the conference sub-categories listed above and align with GCA values interests, specified in the first section of this page.
- The speaker is an effective presenter and can engage and sustain audience interest.
- Content is relevant and customized to the coaching profession and GCA members.
- Speakers understand the engagement is not paid
- All workshops must be stand-alone sessions. The promotion of other sessions and services delivered by the coach (and any organization they may represent) outside of the conference is strictly prohibited.
- The speaker does not have to be an ICF coach. They must however hold recognized coaching qualifications to be eligible to present and have a clear understanding of what coaching is in connection to their presentations, as defined by ICF.
- We will be seeking ICF credits for workshop sessions, if this is appropriate for the session. In the application form we will ask if your session aligns with ICF Core Competencies.
- 75 minutes in total will be allotted for delivery of each session.
- Submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee. You will be notified whether your submission has been successful following the closing date for submissions of 1st of December 2023.
Thank you for your interest.
For questions, contact Peter Simmonds at email@example.com or call (603) 903-4383.