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ICF Converge 2019: Call for Proposals

ICF Converge 2019 will take place October 23–26, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic.

ICF Converge challenges both attendees and presenters to push boundaries and explore new experiences. Presenters must be open to new format styles for innovative content delivery with a keen emphasis on collaboration and audience interaction.

Before you submit a proposal, we ask that you carefully review the information about this unique event and consider how your subject matter expertise, experience and skills can best be used to help us deliver a one-of-a-kind conference. Below, we have included more information to help possible presenters understand the desired content areas and the formats we plan to offer.

Content Groups

ICF Converge will include content in four key areas referred to as “groups.” Each content group will have a unique feel and offer attendees different learning experiences.

To learn more about each group, click the teal bars below.

  • Practice

    This content group will showcase information to help coaches, as well as non-coaches interested in using coaching competencies strengthen their skills. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Applying coaching skills in various contexts
    • Assessment tools
    • Career Coaching
    • Coaching presence
    • Coaching supervision
    • Creating awareness
    • Cultural competency
    • Ethics
    • Executive and Leadership Coaching
    • Life Vision and Enhancement Coaching
    • Managing progress and accountability
    • Mentor coaching
    • Motivation
    • Powerful questioning
    • Team Coaching
  • Build

    This content group will help coaches expand and diversify their business and inspire those interested in building a coaching culture within their organization. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Articulating the benefits of coaching
    • Becoming a professional speaker
    • Coaching for executive leadership presence
    • Coaching for organizational inclusiveness
    • Coaching for team effectiveness
    • Coaching to assist with new employee onboarding
    • Developing first-time managers through coaching
    • How coaching impacts change management
    • How to build a strong coaching culture
    • Identifying and targeting organizational decision makers
    • Leveraging social media
    • Measuring the ROI of coaching
    • Personal branding
    • Selecting a coaching niche
    • Strategic networking
    • Using coaching to redesign performance management conversations
    • Using technology platforms to manage a coaching practice
  • Science

    This content group will explore evidence-based practices and the theories that underpin coaching. The main topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Adult learning theories
    • Coachability
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Mindfulness
    • Neuroscience
    • Positive psychology
    • Resilience
    • Systemic Coaching
    • When to refer clients to therapy
  • Discover

    This content group will challenge attendees to look forward and offer them insights that will help the coaching community prepare for what may be ahead. Topic areas we would like to explore in this group include:

    • Agile systems
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Collective intelligence
    • Biometrics and how they can be used in coaching
    • Coaching regulation
    • Engaging Millennials and Generation Z through coaching
    • Future of organizational hierarchies
    • Future of the workforce
    • How can coaching influence social change
    • Impact of new technologies on coaching
    • Women as leaders/gender gap

Session Formats

Our goal at Converge 2019 will be to deliver content in new and innovative ways. We know that coaches want to encounter a variety of new and different professional development experiences in addition to traditional presentations. This event will provide a platform for us to deliver these unique and memorable learning opportunities. Below are examples of some formats we hope to offer at the event. All potential speakers will be asked to identify the specific session format that they plan to offer attendees.

To learn more about session format options, click the teal bars below.

  • Subject-matter Expert (SME) Presentation

    This more traditional or “lecture-style” format allows a facilitator to share subject-matter expertise with the participant audience.

  • Workshop

    Similar to the SME presentation, this session format is typically of a longer duration, with greater depth and additional participant activities.

  • 20-minute Talk

    This shorter session format relies heavily on the quality of the content and the ability of the presenter to deliver a succinct and engaging message.

  • Live-action Role Play (LARP)

    In this session format, participants serve as “players,” each of whom are provided with loosely defined roles and parameters they must follow. Through the process, players are asked to confront uncomfortable and challenging moments where their decisions will impact the flow of what happens next.

  • Lab

    Typically offered in the Build group, labs are hands-on and connect presenters with a small group of participants to develop something that they can immediately implement in their coaching business.  (e.g. a professional bio, a social media landing page, a video).

  • Microlearning Session

    In this unique presentation format, presenters are limited to no more than 10 minutes.

Submission Guidelines and Information

The deadline to submit your proposal is January 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. (New York).

The proposal submission deadline will not be extended for any reason, including technical issues. We advise you to not wait until the deadline to submit your proposal.

Eligibility and Guidelines

ICF Members and non-members are eligible to submit proposals.

There is no proposal submission fee.

Please respond to every question on the proposal.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

If you are speaking about coaching and coaching skills, your session must reflect the ICF definition of coaching, the ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics.

Proposals submitted by email, fax or regular mail will not be considered.

You may submit only one (1) proposal. If additional proposals are submitted under the same name/contact, only the first proposal received will be considered.  You may not submit a proposal and be a co-facilitator on another proposal.

All Converge 2019 sessions will be offered in English. ICF will consider requests from selected session leaders to present in their native language with live English interpretation. However, the session leader will be required to provide the interpreter and offset any associated expenses.

All sessions will be delivered in-person. This means that you must be available and willing to travel to Prague, Czech Republic from October 23–26, 2019, to deliver your session if you are selected. ICF will not provide any compensation nor cover any travel expenses.

ICF will provide OnDemand virtual orientation to all Converge 2019 presenters who are selected for the event. If your proposal is selected, you must complete this orientation.

ICF will provide templates for slide presentations and handout materials.  If your session is selected, you must use the templates provided by ICF and comply with the brand guidelines provided to all presenters by ICF.

Application and Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed from January 10–February 7, 2019. You will be notified of your submission’s status soon thereafter.

A summary of the information that must be provided in the proposal can be found below.

You will have the ability to save your work in the proposal submission site and come back at another time.

Converge 2019 attendees will represent diverse backgrounds and levels of coaching experience. Your proposal should reflect the goals and learning objectives of this diverse audience.

Below is a description of the standard room setup and AV equipment ICF will provide for each accepted session:

  • Setup—theater seating, small stage (if room size accommodates it), small table for presentation materials and presenter’s laptop
  • AV Equipment—wireless lavaliere microphone for each presenter (if room size requires it), projector, screen, and slide advancer

Additional setup and AV requests will be considered on an individual basis and will be at the sole discretion of the ICF.

Submission of a proposal will serve as an “opt in” to receive ongoing communication from ICF regarding the selection process. Further, you acknowledge that ICF will retain information submitted by you via our questionnaire until the conclusion of Converge 2019.

Before entering the ICF Converge Call for Proposals portal, please make sure you have read and understand the information provided above.

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  • Nicole Zafian

    Director of Education

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