“Coaches ‘thrive’ at this year’s Annual Coaching Conference”!

15th February 2018

The Annual Coaching Conference is always one of the highlights of the EELGA Regional Coaching Pools year, and 2018 was no exception to that (now in its fifth year). Over 100 coaches came together on 7 February at the Moller Centre in Cambridge to network together and enjoy a range of exceptional speakers/facilitators, who shared their expertise to make the conference such a success. Once again, EELGA worked in partnership with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC UK), and we were joined by one of EMCC UK’s Strategic Directors, Liz Clothier, to co-chair the event.

Delegates arrived with enthusiasm for the day ahead, engaged and input throughout the day, and as the day concluded there was an overwhelming sense of “buzz” around the room about the power of our internal coaching community and how this can be embraced for the challenges ahead. The theme of the event, “Coaching: How do we move from ‘survivor’ to ‘thriver’” focussed on the power of coaching as a tool, how we can unite as a wider coaching community in the East of England, and help meet the greater agenda. 

Keynote speaker Julie Starr, Managing Director of Starr Consulting, opened the day with a lively, interactive session to help coaches to reflect upon their own behaviour and approach, with an emphasis on greater personal success and fulfilment, to thrive as a Coach. Delegates found this session very thought provoking and comments included “more of Julie Starr please!” and “very engaging session”.

Picture: Julie Starr opening keynote session, When ‘the mind’ and ‘life’ can get in the way, and create an illusionary sense of our world - “Don’t believe everything you think” (Quote from Byron Katie)

There was a real mix of workshops and master classes for delegates to choose from when delegates broke out into groups throughout the day and there was of time for networking and connecting with colleagues old and new too. 

The afternoon keynote session delivered by Paul McVeigh, Trainer at Mindspan Global Ltd, focussed on elite performance and what the components are that create it. Paul drew on his experiences as a Professional Premiership and International Footballer to illustrate how we can use a ‘high performing mind’ to maximise our potential. One delegate commented “excellent to have a motivational speaker” and another even said “Who would have thought football could be so interesting (!) – loved it”.

Picture: Paul McVeigh audience participation during his session exploring the ‘four corners of performance’

The energy in the room as delegates shared their experiences was reflected on at the close of the conference, with delegates commenting that there was “a great energy in the room” and that “the energy and ideas throughout the day was a great combination”.
One delegate described the conference as “inspiring and invigorating”, with another who said it was “an insightful and engaging day, and they hope to return next year” and describing it as “an inspirational and motivational day, good to refresh and focus”.

If you are thinking about attending next year, please don’t just take our word for it… delegates said this year’s conference was “an excellent event to coaches and those who are considering / aspiring to”, “a superb day of learning, connection and professional development” and it was a “great value day to be refreshed and inspired and know there are fellow coaches out there who share your passion”.

We are currently working on a date for the annual conference in 2019 and will publish this shortly. If you have any feedback about the event, including ideas for next year, which you did not capture in the evaluation forms, we would love to hear from you. Equally, if you might be interested in speaking or sponsoring the 2019 event, please do let me know (emma.moore@eelga.gov.uk), as we are already in the throes of planning.

Missed this year’s conference? Why not come along to one of our Coaching CPD sessions scheduled throughout 2018 (see our events page for further details).  Or, if you would like to find out more about how the East of England LGA Coaching Pool works please contact Emma Moore on 01284 758326 or emma.moore@eelga.gov.uk.

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