ICF Metro DC Speaker Submission Guidelines

ICF Metro DC

Speaker Submission Guidelines

The ICF Metro DC is a leading chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) committed to advancing the art, science and practice of professional coaching. The ICF definition of professional coaching is:

  • Coaching: Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. 
  • A professional coaching relationship: A professional coaching relationship exists when coaching includes a business agreement or contract that defines the responsibilities of each party. 
  • An ICF Professional Coach: An ICF Professional Coach also agrees to practice the ICF Professional Core Competencies and pledges accountability to the ICF Code of Ethics.

Our purpose is to advance a coaching culture as we nurture, serve and expand our vision and allow the footprint of coaching to expand into the global community. Our practice is based on the commitment to hear and bring forward the voice of the ICF Metro DC membership, to be visible and relevant as we raise awareness for our profession and build bridges to create a powerful and inclusive group of coaches, clients and allied professionals dedicated to the vision of people living meaningful and productive lives that serve them and their community. 

We are an interdependent community of professionals whose practice is based on ICF core values of integrity, excellence, collaboration and respect and ICF core coaching competencies as essential to proficiency of professional coaching. Our commitment includes: modeling coaching excellence, advancing public awareness about professional coaching and confidence in coaching as a profession and collecting and disseminating research as it applies to coaching and the impact on consumers of coaching when delivered by a professional coach. We serve people at all system levels ranging from individuals and groups to organizations, communities and the global community. 

Our meetings are a gathering place in which members and allied professionals network together, and leaders and innovators provide instruction and guidance on topics, tools, coaching models and trends important today and in the near future for professional coaches and coaches-in-training. 


Who Attends ICF Metro DC chapter meetings and virtual-seminars? 

Our meetings typically consist of credentialed and certified coaches, students, allied professionals such as Human Resources, Organizational Development, etc., as well as community members with a variety of experience levels. 

Our Ideal Speaker 

We are looking for dynamic speakers who hold the audience’s attention while sharing informative and thought-provoking concepts. Speakers are both facilitators as well as presenters and our expectation is that the speaker understands how to deliver their points with simplicity as well as answer questions with ease while staying on topic. We trust all speakers will be comfortable, inspiring, fully present and courteous. 

We accept speaking proposals for our organization in the following two areas: 

In-Person Chapter Meetings 

We are looking for presentations that will be relevant and exciting to professional coaches, organizational practitioners, strategic partners, and coaches-in-training. Successful proposals will address today’s challenges with pragmatic, proven solutions and/or model fresh approaches and dynamic opportunities for coaching excellence - projects that are unique, innovative and results-focused will be given preference. 

All presentations must take the ICF coaching definition, Ethics & Standards and Core Coaching Competencies into account so that the information presented is directly applicable to coaches and coaching. We expect that each presentation will contain no self-promotion or sales pitches. As part of your presentation, your books or other products can be available and visible in the meeting space. You will be allowed 5 minutes at the conclusion of your presentation to tell the audience what you do, and share information on your products and services.

*In-Person presentations by our speakers will be a minimum of 90 minutes, including Q & A.

Topic Categories for In-Person Meetings 

Our ICF Metro DC chapter vision is “We are at the heart of a healthy sustained coaching profession, filled with innovative leaders who reveal inspiring possibilities for individuals and organizations” and we have identified the following elements and principles from the coaching paradigm that we feel could be integrated into an organizational or team culture, management style, and/or human inter-relating in work and family settings. 

Therefore, we are interested in speakers who can tailor their topic to speak informatively within one or more of the following categories, each of which directly correlate to our ICF Core Coaching Competencies for Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs). 

Your presentation should address one of these elements/principles:

    • Transparency in communicating and relating
    • Thought-provoking questions that go beneath the surface
    • Mutual respect
    • Exploration to create new awareness
    • Communication capability/skills for clarity & alignment
    • Professional skill set
    • Business building
    • Multi-level listening
    • Inter-relating through curiosity
    • Inspiring action, timelines and follow-through (accountability)
    • Establishing benchmarks of progress and success

Session Format for In-Person Meetings

We encourage speakers to allow time for reflection and dialog as part of the presentation in order to honor multiple learning styles. 

Session Format for Virtual Presentations

Virtual presentations may be 1, 2 or 3 hours in length, and the date and time for scheduling the tele-seminar will be confirmed through the ICF Metro DC Professional Development Director. ICF Metro DC telephone bridge line access number and codes are provided upon presentation approval (If the speaker needs it.)

Virtual Presentations are dedicated to coach-specific or business- building topics that could include but are not limited to:

    • Building a service business 
    • Marketing & sales tools and techniques for service professionals 
    • Social networking as a tool in building credibility & attracting clients 
    • Using behavioral assessments in coaching 
    • How to determine a coaching niche 
    • Other - Please explain how the topic would benefit the chapter’s member coaches

The goal of the Virtual Presentations is to provide quality education with experts in a forum for learning and exchanging information and experiences that will add or expand tools at the coach’s disposal for success. 

Virtual Presentation leaders will guide the group though issues, challenges, and applicability of the topic area to individual needs. The leader will also ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be heard and that no one voice dominates, including their own.

A good leader is someone comfortable with enabling group discussions and exercises, has in-depth knowledge and experience of the topic area, and is able to assess challenges presented and provide answers, tips and solutions.

What’s in it for you?

    • 1 free ad on ICF Metro DC website, running the month prior to and up to your presentation date. 
    • Visibility and exposure to our ICF Metro DC community membership 
    • Real-time feedback/input to your presentation from attendees 
    • Receive results of post-presentation electronic survey of attendees regarding your presentation 
    • You will have a table in the back of the room to promote your business/product and you may promote yourself/programs in the last 5 minutes of your presentation.

Speaker Expenses 

Due to a limited budget, speaker travel or other costs will be at their own expense or at the expense of their employer.

Preparing your proposal:

  1. Review the Speaker Submissions Guidelines in entirety. 
  2. Review the Code of Ethics.
  3. Review the ICF Core Competencies. 
  4. Determine how your presentation can best address the professional development needs of our members within the contexts of these.
  5. Complete the Speaker Submission Application.

Here's what you'll need to submit to us:

  1. Your Bio: from 150 - 200 words
  2. Your Photo: jpeg file preferred
  3. Completed Speaker Proposal Submissions Application: Only proposals submitted in the Speaker Submission Application format will be reviewed.
  4. Access link to a 5-minute video clip (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) of you presenting your proposed topic (preferred)

After we receive your proposal:

We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal within five business days; we will respond with our decision regarding your proposal within 30 days of its receipt. Our review will consider individual merit, the needs of the organization, and the balance of our annual program content.



Email us at admin@icfmetrodc.org


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