May17–23

International Coaching Week – May 17-23, 2021

International Coaching Week will take place from May 17 to 23 this year. Beginning in 1999, it is a week-long celebration of the coaching profession and its importance in uplifting the skill sets of its clients. International Coaching Week sees people around the world acknowledge the importance of professional coaching for a thriving society. It enlightens people about coaching as well as encourages them to spread the word for better development of the self.

History of International Coaching Week

Jerri Udelson launched International Coaching Week in the year 1999 as a week-long celebration to promote the importance of working with a professionally accredited coach. It also celebrates the progress made through the process of coaching. Jerri Udelson is known as a “coaching pioneer and visionary.” She is among the first hundred people to hold the title of a Master Certified Coach, a designation given by the International Coaching Federation. 

International Coaching Week educates people about the value of working with a trained professional coach with expertise in the personal, executive, or business sector. It is also a great opportunity for coaches to demonstrate their skill set to their clients. 

During International Coaching Week, coaches around the world offer different kinds of pro bono services and activities in their local groups and communities to help people experience the benefits of coaching firsthand.

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the largest coaching organization in the world aimed at the global advancement of coaching. It fosters the role of coaches as a crucial part of a growing society. The federation was founded in 1995 and has more than 35,000 members located across 140+ countries and territories with the aim to enhance coaching awareness and uphold the integrity of coaching through continuous learning. The International Coaching Federation empowers coaches, clients, communities, organizations, and the world as a whole through coaching.

International Coaching Week timeline

1999
International Coaching Week

Jerri Udelson creates International Coaching Week to promote the profession and its importance.

2000
International Personal and Business Coaching Week

International Coaching Week is changed to International Personal and Business Coaching Week after Canadian coaches show their interest in participation.

2001
ICW Logo

Thomas Leonard, the founder of CoachVille, designs the ICW logo and creates a Coaching Week page on his website.

2002
Coaching Week Website

Thomas Leonard creates the Coaching Week website and invites coaches to post events.

International Coaching Week FAQs

What does coaching mean?

Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future. Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them,” according to SkillsYouNeed.

What is the purpose of coaching?

“The purpose of coaching is to unlock people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching or telling them,” according to Performance Consultants. 

What are the 3 types of coaching styles?

There are three generally accepted styles of coaching in sports: autocratic, democratic, and holistic,” according to KU Sport Online. 

International Coaching Week Activities

  1. Share on social media

    Share resources and articles on your social media profiles. Find out what’s happening in your neighborhood and spread the word. Use the hashtag #InternationalCoachingWeek.

  2. Reach out via your organization

    If you are a coach, then reach out to more people via social media as well as personally. Tell your clients to spread the word and tell more people about it.

  3. Host an event

    Organize an event in your neighborhood to help people understand the importance of coaching. Invite a coach if you can so that the people can get a clearer insight into coaching.

5 Facts About Coaching That You Should Know

  1. The best qualities

    Coaching develops your strongest qualities and enables you to make use of these qualities for the benefit of yourself and your community.

  2. Improvement of relationships

    Coaching leads to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect that serves as a fertile ground for productivity.

  3. Flexibility

    Coaching assists in flexibility and adapting to change, which is important in many of today’s business scenarios.

  4. Staff motivation

    Coaching helps people to grow their potential and self-esteem and improves their quality of work.

  5. Creativity

    Coaching encourages people to take creative steps, try new things, and make changes in their lives.

Why We Love International Coaching Week

  1. It creates a meaningful life

    It helps people to build a life that is worth getting out of bed for. It helps a person with clarity, courage, and commitment in life.

  2. It helps you overcome obstacles

    It helps a person partner with a compassionate coach who will help them discover how to live life to the fullest. It enables a person to be challenged in order to grow.

  3. It helps you discover who you are

    It allows a person to create a life aligned with their authentic self and core values. It increases a person’s self-awareness and pinpoints their blind spots.

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