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2012 ICF Global Coaching Study Reveals True Size of a Growing Industry
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Lexington, Kentucky, USA – Newly published research on professional coaching shows coaching is growing globally. Information just released from the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study commissioned by the International Coach Federation (ICF) shows an estimated 47,500 professional coaches worldwide

The newly released figure–the most accurate estimation of the total number of coaches in the world–is a significant increase over the results of the 2007 ICF Global Coaching Study which estimated 30,000 professional coaches worldwide.

“The study shows that people everywhere are turning to professional coaching for the positive difference it can make in their lives and communities,” said ICF President and Master Certified Coach Janet M. Harvey. “ICF is committed to ensuring that consumers of coaching get the quality of coaching they deserve.”

Corresponding to professional coaching’s growth; study results show that during the last 12 months, coaches have seen a significant rise in the number of clients they service. According to responses, nearly 60 percent of coaches said they had experienced an increase in clients. Data also shows increases in the amount of coaching sessions being given and in the annual income received from coaching services.

In addition, more than three out of four coaches reported that they expect the increases in clients and annual revenue to continue in the coming year. Roughly 62 percent of coaches also expect their number of coaching sessions to increase.

“Amidst the current global financial crisis, coaches everywhere are still seeing an increase in clients and coaching generated income,” explained Harvey. “What is also especially encouraging, results show that these current trends are expected to rise even more.”

Over 12,000 coaches representing 117 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America participated in the study commissioned by ICF and conducted independently by the International Survey Unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2011.

To learn more about the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study, please visit

The 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study complements ICF’s previous industry research efforts, including the ICF Global Coaching Awareness Study (2010) which demonstrated worldwide interest in professional coaching, the ICF Global Coaching Client Study (2009), which studied individuals throughout 64 countries who had experienced professional coaching and the results they achieved from it, and the ICF Global Coaching Study (2007) which created a global baseline picture of the profession.

The International Coach Federation is the leading global organization for coaches, with over 19,000 members in more than 100 countries worldwide. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from therapy, consulting, mentoring, or training. ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. For more information, please visit our website at

ICF-LI To Celebrate 15th Anniversary This Fall

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 17 August 2012

Trained coaches offer personal and professional support, job interview tips When most people think of coaching, they think of energetic men and women in sweats and baseball caps yelling encouragement at young athletes on the ball field. However, ICF-LI, soon to be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, deals with a very different kind of coaching: helping people better manage their careers, transitions, relationships, parenting, and all manner of concerns. A chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the organization is made up of professionally certified executive, business, and personal coaches from all over the Island.

“Coaching is kind of like a personal trainer for your brain,” explains ICF-LI President Josephine Rotolo. “People benefit from having a kind of partner in crime; someone to help with brainstorming ideas, figuring out where they want to be.”

While to some, this explanation of coaching may sound similar to therapy, according to Rotolo, coaches are future-oriented, and there lies the distinction. “We’re not going to talk about something that happened back in your childhood, or focus on the past,” she explains. People who are best able to take advantage of the kind of coaching ICF-LI offers will have changes they wish to make, but feel empowered to make those changes and move forward. Those who do not feel empowered, or do not feel like they are in a good place to move forward from, may be better served by pursuing therapy first, or in addition to coaching.

While all ICF-LI coaches must be certified, they come from many different backgrounds and have different specialties; in fact, people can choose which coach they think will be the best match for them based on their profile on the ICF-LI website. Barbara Kessler, treasurer of ICF-LI, came to the organization after 25 years of working in law. After conducting many interviews in her former career, Kessler realized that most people were woefully unprepared for interviews, leading to good candidates losing out on positions due to a lack of interviewing experience rather than the ability to perform the job.

“I’ve interviewed hundreds of people and I’ve heard just about everything,” said Kessler. “I decided I wanted to focus on helping people tell their stories better.” Kessler left law to start her own coaching firm, Life In Focus LLC.

While ICF-LI has been around since 1997, coaching has perhaps taken on new importance in the last few years. In this economy, many people have had their confidence shaken, and can benefit from working with a trained professional to help them focus on the positive. Some may scoff at the idea of positive thinking, preferring to adhere to realistic thinking, but Rotolo is skeptical of that approach.

“Realistic for who?” she asks quickly, going on to explain that there is scientific research that strongly supports the idea that positive thinking tends to lead to more positive actions. Some coaches come from a neurology background, she continues, and they recommend positive thinking on a medical basis.

Besides contacting ICF-LI if someone feels that coaching may be the right choice for them, Rotolo recommends that people ask themselves some basic, but highly important questions: “If I’m not confident, what do I need to do to get there? What am I doing that’s working, and how can I continue to build on that?” Furthermore, it’s important to actually write down the answers; taking the step to write things down is more likely to lead to results.

On Oct. 16, ICF-LI will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a discussion panel featuring coaching experts: “Why Coaching Matters, and the Future of Coaching”. Visit the website,, for more information about upcoming ICF-LI events.

To contact coach Josephine Rotolo, visit To contact coach Barbara Kessler, visit 15th-anniversary-this-fall.html

Five Tips For Job Interviews

From Barbara Kessler of ICF-LI and Life In Focus LLC

Really know the job description for the job you are interviewing for; most people who go in for interviews don’t know the job description very well. Furthermore, give specific examples of how you fill the needs listed in the description. If they ask for problem-solving, explain your experience solving specific problems, including the multiple solutions you considered and why you chose the ones you eventually did. Keep the explanations no longer than two or three minutes.
Have questions for the employer that can’t be answered by looking at the website. “Don’t ever not have a question,” cautions Kessler.
Your interview starts not in the office, but in the parking lot; as soon as you show up, present yourself professionally. Don’t ever neglect the receptionist, as some interviewers will ask the receptionist how the candidates conducted themselves before the interview started.
Remember to send a thank you note after the interview, mentioning something positive from the interview. With a likely 10 qualified people for every job, being nice and conscientious will help you stand out. Of course, be absolutely sure to proofread your note for proper spelling and grammar first.
Create a narrative. “The best way to sell yourself is to be honest and tell your story,” says Kessler. Be concise, but rise above repeating the catchphrases you think the employer wants to hear and really give the interviewer a sense of your individual skills and accomplishments.

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