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February 27, 2003


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- A Note from Jennifer


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- Live Coach Training!!!  If you are interested in becoming a coach, please participate in our pilot Core Essentials Fast Track™ Program.  This program will include all of the materials in our regular Core Essentials Program, however, most of the material will be presented live in San Diego, California.  

New Student Orientation - TeleClass
- Wednesday, April 23, 2003
- 1 hour TeleClass at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT

C1-C12 Core Modules & Strong Start - In Person
- Monday, April 28, 2003 to Saturday, May 3, 2003
- 8am to 5:30pm daily
- San Diego, California

Personal Foundation - TeleClass
- Monday, May 19, 2003 to Friday, May May 23, 2003
- 2 hour daily TeleClass from 8-10pm ET 

If you are interested in this program, act now!  This program is limited to 16 participants and we don't have another fast track program scheduled.  This may be a once in a lifetime offer!!! You will complete the Core Essentials Fast Track Program within one month; the regular Core Essentials Program will take up to one year.  For more information or to register, click here.

- The next Public Personal Foundation Course will begin on Tuesday, March 11, 2003.  If you are interested in seriously improving the quality of your life, career and/or business, this 12-week course is a must!  Led by experienced faculty, you will learn how to eliminate and prevent tolerations, prioritize your time for self-care, set realistic standards, establish and communicate effective boundaries, handle your money, build reserves, get your personal needs met in a healthy way and design a life according to what you value most.  Act fast -- this is the *official* Personal Foundation™ Program and the next course begins on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 3pm ET.  For more information or to register, click here.

- It's been a sad month for the coaching community with the news that Thomas J. Leonard, the founder of Coach U, passed away suddenly.   He passed away February 11, 2003 after a sudden heart attack at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.  Many of you could not attend the funeral, so there will be a memorial service in San Diego on Sunday, March 9 from 10am-1pm at the Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California, 92108.  Please contact us for more information.

- The Coach U Community Newsletter is now being delivered to all Coach U and Corporate Coach U students and graduates.  If you received multiple copies of this newsletter and don't wish to, please contact us at and we will modify this list.  Please feel free to share this newsletter with your family, friends and co-workers -- they can subscribe and unsubscribe here.


... on Coaching Skills.  

Empowering is a great core coaching skill.  How successful might someone be as a coach, manager or leader if they have a reputation of disempowering people -- telling others that something can't be done, focusing on mistakes and weaknesses, taking away choices, making others feel less than, pointing out flaws or reminding people that failure is likely so why even try.   

At the end of every coaching session, you want to make sure that your client walks away with the sense that they can. They can have it, do it, want it, let it go, figure it out, deserve it, accept it, stop it, attract it, etc.  We can do this by:  being unconditionally constructive; getting the person into action, rather than just discussion; identifying all of the possibilities; using acknowledgements and endorsements in a timely manner (fewer compliments as they are about you, not them); remaining silent so that they have space to explore things out loud; focusing on their strengths; doubling their goals; and setting up structures that support them.

... on Practice Development.  

Stop droning on about what you do for a living.  Your introduction can be delivered in about 30 seconds, unless someone simply insists on all of the details.  People are so much more interested in handling their immediate problems, living their ideal life and/or achieving their goals than they are in the details of coaching.  After your 30-second introduction, why not start coaching?  The easiest way for them to get a sense of what you do and more specifically what you can do for them is to provide them with a mini-coaching session. For instance you might ask, "If we were to work together, what do you think you'd like to focus on first?"  You can provide value to people simply by listening and asking questions to discover how they can break down their goals into manageable action steps.   If you hear, "I can take this action step by next week," you'll know that they feel empowered.

... on Personal Foundation.  

Do you feel empowered?  If not, set your self up for success by under-promising and over-delivering to yourself.   Rather than setting up impossible goals and expectations, lower them so that you can consistently meet or exceed them.  When you are consistently over-delivering to yourself, notice this and then, perhaps, raise the bar.  This will provide you with energy, rather than depleting this precious resource.    


- March 6-8, 2003.  The Professional Coaches and Mentors Alliance (PCMA) will hold their 8th National Conference this year at the Renaissance Hotel, 111 East Ocean Avenue, Long Beach, California.  For more information about this conference, click here.  Here, you will be able to meet Allen Nohre, President, of Corporate Coach U.

- May 7-10, 2003.  The International Coach Federation's European Conference will be held in Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy.  From all reports, the ICF's European conferences are a blast and packed with useful information!  For more information, click here

- August 22-24, 2003.  The 2003 International Coach Federation Australasia Conference will be held at the Star City Hotel in Sydney, Australia.  This year's theme is "Coaching - Partnering for Success." 

- November 13-15, 2003.  The 8th Annual International Coach Federation Conference will be located in Denver, Colorado, USA.  If you are a new or a seasoned coach, this conference is worth attending.  It's not too soon to begin planning!!! For more information, visit the ICF's website

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Jennifer Corbin, PCC

Vice President

Coach U


A Note from Jennifer 

As you may know, we launched our brand new Becoming A Coach TeleClass this month.  We are thrilled that so many of you have decided to participate -- thank you so much!  If you have enrolled in this course, please do share your experience with us.  We need to hear from you in order to make sure that we continue to meet your needs. In this class, you'll learn all about our new coaching model, the 123 Coach! model.  Click here to get more information on the teleclass, or contact us at

Next week, I'll be flying to Toronto to meet with a few staff members and our web programmers.  We are always interested in providing more value to our students and graduates, so during 2002, our director of training, Jodi Jan, and the Coach U faculty have worked on updating our curriculum. We are just getting started on a project that will make our curriculum more user friendly and will even better support our students in managing the wealth of information and resources that are available.  More later on this...

Best wishes,

Jennifer Corbin
1-858-847-0144 - San Diego, CA, USA

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