Highlights from Martha Beck Coaches Summit 2012
I just got back from presenting at Martha Beck’s third annual Coaches Summit in Phoenix, Arizona and wanted to share highlights for those who’ve been asking about it …
Over 300 Martha Beck coaches gathered to share their experiences, amp up their coaching skills, integrate collective wisdom and party the nights away in the beautiful setting of Tapatio Cliffs Resort.
There were too many fun and inspiring moments to count, so I’ll just share my top three highlights from the event and invite other coaches to share their favorites as well.
Since I was presenting four different times during the three summit, I wasn’t able to attend the other breakout sessions when I was speaking, but I was fortunate enough to hear Sheila Whittington teach scanners “how to thrive without finishing, focusing or committing!”
That seems a tall order considering how often we’re encouraged to follow through and see a project to fruition. But if you were to list all the things you’ve done throughout your life, then review that list to discover the common thread of why you engaged these things, and also why you left them – you’ll soon reveal what your true reward is. That was refreshingly comforting to reframe things that might have seemed unfinished to understand why everything has unfolded perfectly.
Anna Kunnecke taught us how to go from stage fright to the spotlight, and shared this tip that I’ll always appreciate: fear can work to your advantage. As she learned from a professional actor, feeling a bit of fear about your performance can actually make you sharper, so it’s not to be wished away.
I didn’t realize until I heard that that I’d been resisting my own fear of speaking. Anna also taught us how to move and channel that energy to the benefit of ourselves and our audience. A lovely perspective on a common vibe!
Cath Duncan offered a perspective on working with grief I hadn’t heard before and wouldn’t do justice to in a short paragraph here. I’d love to get her interviewed at GVU on “wholehearted living after loss.” But if this is something you’ve wanted uplifting support with, check out Cath’s work.
Martha Beck was inspiring as always, but the most memorable thought I took away from her talks was this one: love is hunting you. And it will not stop until it finds you. That thought is just delicious to me.
I spoke about deliberately creating clients and building your tribe, which would be nothing new to you regulars here. But if you’d like to hear more details about the event, join Laura English and I for a review call (hopefully with other GVU folks who attended like Susan, Eva, Darliss, Jody, Sarah, Bev , Sandy, Kimberly, Emily, Ned, Gina and friends).
This post wouldn’t be complete without sharing some of my other favorite moments:
- falafel sandwiches at the local deli with Darliss O’Donnell and Eva Lewandowski
- fruit pancakes with Michele Woodward all to myself
- chanting with Andy Newman after presenting alongside Abigail Steidley and Koelle Simpson
- the lovely rainstorm Sunday morning, and certainly
- meeting dozens of amazing coaches I’ve only known virtually – or even meeting for the first time. (Especially cadet Maureen at the airport!)
Loved the hugs, the bright energy, genuine smiles and ready laughter. My only complaint was that it was too much fabulousness to take in over a three day period.
Thanks to everyone who took a moment to introduce themselves and share a smile and a hug, and for all the great conversations and inspirations!