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October 2013

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In This Month's Issue of Checking In:

President's Message

Greetings Members and Friends!

‘The 10 Happiest Cities in America’
‘37 is the Happiest Age’
‘Private Colleges with the Happiest Freshmen’

An article caught my attention recently about why Generation Y is unhappy.  It was interesting enough for me to finish and contained some cute graphics.  Something stuck with me (and I’m most certainly not Gen Y), so I got curious.  It feels like great effort and emphasis recently is focused on the demographic or categorization of the happy/unhappy:  Who, where, what specific environment, and so on.  The list-making has exploded to the point of suggesting a collective obsession with knowing where to be and what to do to be happy.  Apparently I should move to Napa and become a Real Estate Agent (source: NBCNews; Forbes).

Yes, of course, “obsess” with finding happiness!  Coaches are working with clients on this topic all of the time.  The popularity of Happiest lists shows there is a huge opportunity to help people go deeper.   It has me asking questions about degrees of happiness and awareness.  Are we actually happy and not fully acknowledging it out of an assumption of what happiness should feel like?  Are we comparing our happiness with the apparent happiness of others?    Are fast-paced, short-attention span lifestyles allowing us the space to fully bask in happiness when it shows up?

For myself, I’ve become much more intent on noticing states of happiness.  Allowing myself to fully experience it and notice what and who is around me.  There is a special occasion that always makes me happy that I want to share with you: Each month on a Wednesday evening, after the last of the announcements and guests are departing the Handlery Hotel, I am fully present with a happiness deeply connected to the SFBAC Monthly Program.  I’ll gladly put that on a list.

Best always,


Greg Peters CPCC, ACC
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches

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Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the following new members:

East Bay: Marijke Hallberg-Patiris
North Bay: Ulrika Brattemark, Cynthia Sumner
San Francisco: Lauren Vanett
South Bay: None this month

New members, please be sure to set up your profiles so that prospective clients (and your fellow coaches!) can find you!

Would You Like to RSVP?

The RSVP (Regional Streaming Video Party) program continues to expand, and our technology continues to improve, making it ever easier for members and friends outside of San Francisco to enjoy our monthly gatherings in person – without having to come in to The City!

* We are pleased to announce three new RSVP locations – one in the East Bay (Kensington, near Berkeley), and two in the North Bay (Larkspur and Santa Rosa)!  To learn more, please click here.

* Our South Bay RSVP will continue to meet at Sofia University. Click here for more information.

* Would you like to host an RSVP at your home or office? Or perhaps you know of a low-cost meeting space with a large-screen TV/monitor? Please contact your Regional Liaison!

East Bay Liaison
Veronica Wolfe |

North Bay Liaison
Janet Valette |

South Bay/Silicon Valley Liaison
Liza Sichon | 


Monthly Gathering
Body, Brain, and Behavior: Leveraged Embodied Learning for Durable Changes
Presented by Amanda Blake

Sometimes, people get stuck in limiting behaviors for reasons they don’t understand and can’t make sense of. Despite their desire to change and despite devoting themselves to the changes they want, change remains difficult or impossible. Often this is because we tackle change from a purely cognitive perspective which is only one part of the brain. Understanding how to leverage the body helps coaches help their clients get unstuck.

By showing us how to include the body in our coaching, Mandy will help show us how to create lasting change. Through this presentation we will:
• gain a deeper appreciation for how our bodies affect our behavior;
• understand how the body impacts leadership presence and capacity;
• see why it is essential to address and include the body in coaching;
• experience an embodied centering practice that can shift leadership presence.

Come prepared to move!

Amanda Blake has 10 years experience as a professional coach. She has a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and is a Master Somatic Coach certified @ Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, CA. She has studied at many coaching schools and is the author of the soon to be released book, Your Body is Your Brain: Get smarter about what matters by harnessing your Full Intelligence.

CCEU Credits - 1.5

To attend this event via a Regional Streaming Video Party, Click here
To attend this event at the Handlery Hotel, Click here
                                                                 Wednesday October 9, 2013 6:30-9pm 
                                                                       Handlery Hotel San Francisco 
                                                                 FREE for members. Cost for guests is $20.


Developing New Business Opportunities!

At San Francisco Bay Area Coaches, one of our top strategic priorities is Enabling Business Growth.  We want to provide programs, processes, and opportunities that will enable you – our members – to continue to grow your coaching business.

How would you like to help lead this effort?

My name is Andy Elkind, and I’ve just taken on the role of Business Development Director on your Board.  In that role, I’m going to be marketing to prospective clients and organizations who are interested in hiring coaches and speakers, and encouraging them to connect with our members.  It’s going to be an exciting and challenging effort, and I’m reaching out to find a few committed coaches who would like to join me on the journey.

Working together, we’ll plan, execute, and follow up on a strategy for reaching out to major organizations around the Bay Area.  In the process, you will have an opportunity to work as part of a team to improve your own business development skills.  And you’ll strengthen your own position as what Ari Kaplan calls the “visible enthusiastic expert.”

If you’d like to get involved, let’s talk.  Please reach out to me at: or talk to me at our next meeting on October 9.  I’m looking forward to working with you to build opportunities for all of us!


Wall Flowers We’re Not: ICF SFBAC Gets Even More Social!

As part of our ongoing work to fulfill our mission, especially as we engage in transformational conversations and increase public awareness of the benefits of partnering with a professional coach and expand the public’s awareness of our chapter and its members, ICF SFBAC is expanding its presence in Social Media! 


You may already know about our FaceBook group, where members can post announcements, ask questions, and network on a variety of subjects. Have you visited lately? Check it out:

We are also planning to launch a public FaceBook page that will expand our presence and make information about coaching more accessible to potential members and clients. Stay tuned!


We look forward to connecting with you via Twitter! Twitter will allow us to forward useful tidbits of information, share nuggets from our gatherings as they happen, and interact with coaches around the world. Follow us: @SFBACoaches .


We have recently launched a new Group on LinkedIn, and you’re invited to join! Look for “Golden Gateway to Coaches - ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches” on LinkedIn and ask to join. We intend for this to be a lively discussion room, and we need your questions, discussions and participation!

We are looking for a Social Media Manager to partner with the Directors of Communications and Marketing/PR to both make ICF SFBAC more visible and to interact with members and friends. Are you someone who enjoys Social Media? Do you understand the workings of Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn? Here is your opportunity to support this community of coaches AND expand your own network!

If you would like to support our foray into Social Media, please contact Susan T. Blake, Communications Director, at to find out more!

Special Update from ICF Global

Are you a (former) ICF member with an ICF credential whose ICF membership expired in 2013, 2012 or 2011? The ICF wants you back! You can expect to receive a special invitation to reinstate your membership for the remaining six months of this membership year.  If you take advantage of this offer by November 8th, you can receive special pricing.

If your contact information has changed and you do not receive this invitation, please reach out to Don Whittle, ICF Membership Director at


Coaching Resources and Announcements

Success with Soul – Loving Your Livelihood, Living in Balance

I’m thrilled to announce that my ebook, Success with Soul-- Loving Your Livelihood, Living in Balance, is available as a pdf and for mobile readers!  

This book is definitely for you if you are: 1) a professional in a career or retirement transition; or 2) wanting more time and energy for what’s really important to you now.  
For coaches whose professional niche areas include career transitions, life balance, health/well-being, relationships, creativity, or personal development, it’s an affordable and supportive resource both for you and your clients.

Success with Soul is a traveler’s guide on the path to manifesting a livelihood and a life that authentically express who you are and what you are here to do in this lifetime.  My intention is to engage those of you who are on this journey (including you coaches!) with the learning from my own experiences, transformative client stories, colorful photos, useful exercises, and illuminating quotes.

        Interested?  Great!  You can order my book in three ways:

•  As a pdf download.  Go to
•  Through Amazon for KIndle and for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Blackberry (using free Kindle apps)
•  Through Barnes & Noble for Nook readers

If you enjoy this ebook yourself, thanks for sharing it with others you feel would appreciate it, too!  To share it in another easy way, go to “Eve Siegel, Success with Soul” on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and join others in writing a brief testimonial. 

Eve Siegel, M.S., PCC, CPCC
Career & Life Transitions Coaching


Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

On Saturday, November 16, best-selling author Rick Hanson, Ph.D., will offer strategies for boosting positive emotions and positive experiences.  This day-long seminar is presented by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and co-sponsored by ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, November 16, from 8:30 am to-4:30 pm at UC Berkeley’s International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, in Berkeley.  The event will also be webcast live.

Based on Dr. Hanson’s latest book, Hardwiring Happiness, this seminar will offer concrete, research-based strategies for using everyday positive experiences to develop lasting inner strength.

Participants will:

•  Learn to identify how and why the brain has a “negativity bias”
•  Learn Dr. Hanson’s four-step HEAL method that imprints everyday positive experiences in the memory system, helping you feel strong, happy, peaceful, and loved
•  Learn to process “antidote experiences,” including those useful for healing old pain
•  Explore methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift mood, develop calm and contentment, and fundamentally hardwire happiness into the brain
•  Gain a deeper scientific understanding of “self-directed neuroplasticity,” where we can use our minds to change the shape and functioning of our brains over time

The cost of the seminar is $149 for standard registration, $125 for Webcast registration.  Members of ICF SFBAC receive 10% off.  Use the code PER COACH to receive your discount.

For more information and to register, go to: greatergood.berkeley.eduhanson

We hope you found this issue of Checking In fun and helpful! It is our goal to provide you with information that is useful to you as a Coach, and to help members and friends share their announcements with this community. If you would like to submit an announcement, please contact Submissions are due by the 25th of each month.

Susan T. Blake
Communications Director
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches

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