2023 Virtual Winter Conference Sessions

winter 2023

The program for the Winter Virtual Conference 2023 is designed to provide a high quality mix of sessions* delivered over two days by coaches from our talented GCA community. These are centered around our theme for the event of exploring the role of gay coaches in evoking the change we need to see in the world.

It will be a great way to kick of your 2023, providing insights and encouraging actions that will help you develop personally, professionally and with your coaching business.

All sessions will be highly interactive and accessed using Zoom. In addition to workshops, there are social hours on each day to better get to know other men in our community.

There are two options for purchasing tickets for the conference, either as single event days, or the two days together. The latter option provides a saving of $50 compared to booking each day individually.

Given the current cost of living crisis, we want to help our community by holding prices for the 2023 Winter Virtual Conference at the same level as for 2022. At $200 for 2 full days, we doubt there is a better value coaching conference available!

We will be submitting the program for ICF CCEUs, so attending will also provide a CPD opportunity for re-certification.


 

The Sessions 

 

20
Jan
2023

Who We Are: Exploring Identity in Creating Change

January 20th, 2023 10:00 am EDT -12:00 pm EDT

petesimmonds400circlechris cooperwith Chris Cooper & Pete Simmonds

Your Event Provocateurs for the 2023 conference, Chris Cooper and Pete Simmonds, kick off our two days together with a powerful, fun and highly interactive session focused on the theme for our 2023 Virtual and In Person conferences.

20
Jan
2023

Break Lunchtime Social

January 20th, 2023 12:00 pm EDT -1:00 pm EDT
20
Jan
2023

Maximising Potential within Group Coaching

January 20th, 2023 1:00 pm EDT -2:15 pm EDT

damian goldvargwith Damian Goldvarg

In this session, we will explain ICF definition of team coaching, differentiate it from other developmental modalities such as facilitation and team building and present the 8 ICF Team Coaching Competencies.

 

20
Jan
2023

Finding your biological comfort zone

January 20th, 2023 2:30 pm EDT -3:45 pm EDT

bach howith Bach Ho

What if growth involved, not getting out of your comfort zone, but actually digging into and enjoying your comfort zone? In this workshop, you will learn about a coaching paradigm, Organic Intelligence® (OI™), that focuses on helping both coach and client grow through experiencing their biological comfort zones. The biological comfort zone is a level of intensity that is easy and pleasant for your biology to process, which will typically mean a lower level of intensity. The more access both you and your client have to your biological comfort zones, in life and in session, the more effective your coaching will be.

20
Jan
2023

From Imposter to Influencer

January 20th, 2023 4:00 pm EDT -5:15 pm EDT

Bret Shuford200circlewith Bret Shuford

Social Media and online marketing can feel like cumbersome task, but all it has to be is an extension of your creative self. In this workshop, we will unlock how to create consistent habits to put the real you out into the content you create.

20
Jan
2023

Social Hour

January 20th, 2023 5:30 pm EDT -6:30 pm EDT
21
Jan
2023

Stories Big and Small: The Role of Story as a Coaching Tool

January 21st, 2023 10:00 am EDT -11:15 am EDT

brian gorman circle200with Brian Gorman

The human mind is a story processor, and we are all good storytellers. From early childhood, we have been telling ourselves stories that became truths that shape how we live every day. In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the neuroscience of story. They will learn and practice an approach to changing the stories that limit them ("gremlins to gurus"), as well as an approach to using story as the foundation for personal and/or professional transformation.

21
Jan
2023

The Power and Importance of Authenticity – Be You and Bring You.

January 21st, 2023 11:30 am EDT -12:45 pm EDT

scott spanwith Scott Span

Have you ever had someone say to you, “Who do you think you are?” Have you ever asked yourself, “Who do I think I am and who do I want to be, and why?” Answering those questions is the first step in defining your authenticity. How do you define who you are and what makes you - you? This workshop explores the topic of authenticity and provides insights on how we can identify what it means to us so we can be and bring our authentic selves to our personal and professional relationships.

21
Jan
2023

Break Lunchtime Social

January 21st, 2023 1:00 pm EDT -2:00 pm EDT
21
Jan
2023

Songs in the Key of Coaching

January 21st, 2023 2:00 pm EDT -3:15 pm EDT

jim cartwrightwith Jim Cartwright

This class/offering will examine using songwriting as a way of exploring key issues connected to coaching. Jim will be sharing several songs he has written while studying to become a coach and receiving coaching himself involving the following themes:

  • A vow to support clients based on the ICF model.
  • A song of support for another new coach.
  • Envisioning future goals being moved towards as already being realized in the present tense.
  • Songs of emotional granularity( e.g., anger, fear, etc.).
  • Songs of inner voices(e.g., Inner child, inner critic, ego, etc.).
  • Overcoming limiting beliefs.
  • Use of metaphor as a change agent.

Additionally, Jim will share a couple of sonic self-care practices he uses to prepare himself to be fully present for his clients, involving vocalizing and chanting seed syllables and mantras. Participants will be invited to explore at least one of these practices during the presentation.
While Jim’s particular modalities are chanting and songwriting, and these can be shared as tools for clients to use when appropriate to their skills, wants, and needs, the practice of connecting coaching to creative modalities can be used with whatever modality the client is most drawn to.

21
Jan
2023

The Art of Qigong", Deconditioning Your Mind and Reconnecting to Your Genuine Self

January 21st, 2023 3:30 pm EDT -4:45 pm EDT

DeVante Lovewith DeVante Love

Nowadays, we are constantly bombarded with information and, yet, feel more lost and confused than ever before. This workshop makes the bold claim that the copious amount of information we are consuming is the source of the disconnection we feel from ourselves. When feeling disconnected from ourselves, we not only struggle to understand (yet alone process) our emotions. We also attract conditioning and begin to behave inauthentically. From an eastern philosophical perspective, we lose touch with our authentic mind, body, and soul.

This workshop will show us how to disconnect from the flurry of information around us and begin to undo the disingenuous conditioning put upon us. We will begin by examining authenticity from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy. Then, we will integrate these mental principles into the body through a guided TCM-inspired meditative practice, Qigong. Throughout the facilitation, we will feel and understand how information has conditioned our behavior and caused us to feel lost. We will also consciously reconnect to our authentic selves and leave the session inspired to continue fostering this connection.

21
Jan
2023

Social Hour

January 21st, 2023 5:30 pm EDT -6:30 pm EDT