I spent the last two days at the ICFA (International Coach Federation of Australasia) conference here in sunny (and stormy and humid) Brisbane.
It was held at my old alma mater – Queensland University of
Technology. And as I walked through the campus on the first morning I
felt that odd feeling of being home. Being back. Even though it has
changed significantly in the 18 or so years since I graduated.
Everything from the paving and pathways to the layout of the campus has
changed… but I still felt that familiar sense of belonging.
Thinking, this is why some people go back after all those years – and
this is why some people never leave!
I went to sessions at the conference, but found that the connection
with new friends and old was far more valuable to me than anything else
- this alone was worth the price.
I met some wonderful people, caught up with friends from interstate
and made new friends. There wasnt a lot of business card handing out,
it was more about making personal connections with people. And isnt
this really what is more important in our lives at any time?
For without friends, and personal connection with other likeminded
people, life gets pretty dull, and we can start to believe that we
exist in a vacuum of self – that others dont think or dont understand
like we do.
Coaches are an amazing bunch of people – who believe in synergy, and
the power of the collective over the individual. They also talk to one
another on a much deeper level, on the whole, than the general
population. I have been to business seminars where you dont get past
who you work for, what you do for them, and possibly where you live…
but at this conference these things hardly got a look in. Generally,
they go much deeper, connecting from the heart and soul, rather than
from the head.
I for one would like to say a huge thank you to all I connected with
over the two days. Connecting with you was truly an honour.