One of many excellent bits of advice for coaches that I got from the late Thomas Leonard was, in the context of beginning coaches, to ‘hang out with coaches’.

Following that advice has been very rewarding and thanks to electronic communications I am able to hang out virtually with coaches around the world, especially through one of the organisations kicked off by Thomas, the International Association of Coaches (IAC). As a foundation member of IAC, I have been able to connect for the past three years and more with coaches working in various fields, from life coaching to executive coaching, and to share with and learn from them.

So I was delighted to receive the other day the new look IAC Voice newsletter, with the very stylish new IAC logo. The June issue includes

  • Editor Barbra Sundquist’s interview with IAC President Natalie Tucker Miller, IAC-CC, where Natalie gives us some insight into what it’s like heading up the IAC.
  • IAC certifying examiners outline the important points to keep in mind when preparing to take the Step 2 IAC Certification exam.
  • And in Coaching Moments, Janice Hunter shares what she learned about certification at her kitchen sink.

You don’t have to be a member of IAC to subscribe to the newsletter, but I always recommend to coaches who have a vision bigger than their own backyard that they join – and as membership is complimentary, that’s an easy way to start hanging out with the more than 9,000 members.

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).