What Will Be Your Conference Take-Away?

Guest columnist, Vice-President Robb Garrett

Ian King, President of the ACO, is taking a two month leave of absence to practice what he preaches: extraordinary self-care. He will return to active duty in time for the conference. As vice-president, it is my privilege to fill in for him during this interval. Which means that I also have the privilege of writing this month’s President’s column.

As we stage the final preparations for our annual conference, I am reminded of the many reasons I enjoy this gathering. Where else can I be with one hundred ADHD Coaches, face-to-face, with time to learn, enjoying old friends while making new ones, working, playing and being in the coaching space? Our ADHD coaching community consists of so many people—from seasoned veterans to the newest of new coaches—and our conference has something for all. The conference committee has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone will walk away with something valuable to use immediately in their practice.

All of this makes me excited to see you in Chicago! For those of you coming to the conference, I encourage you to think ahead about what you wish to take away with you.

  • Do you want to learn a new way to help your clients get “unstuck”? Many of the break-out sessions are designed to help you do just that. Additionally, the conference is a great way to network and find out how other coaches handle these coaching situations.
  • Do you want to build your business? Attend the sessions designed to show you how to be come a for-fee speaker, position yourself as the local ADHD expert, or make the best use of hired help. Additionally, you can pick the brains of those coaches who have full practices and who are making a living from their coaching. The conference provides invaluable access to those who can help you take your business to the next level.
  • Do you want to impact the ADHD coaching world? This is a great time to talk with ACO leadership and find out how you can help. Volunteering your time is a great way to get exposure, make connections, build skills and develop an impressive résumé – all of it free marketing for your personal brand and business – as well as being a lot of fun!

Taking my own advice, my plan is to take away at least one thing that will enhance my coaching skills, at least one thing that I can implement to build my practice, and most importantly, start at least one new friendship that will grow and blossom over the following year.

If you have not yet signed up for the conference, I encourage you to do so. We sold out last year and we are well on our way to selling out this year and I’d hate for you to miss out. There are many reasons to come to the conference and every one of them is a very personal reason. What will be yours?


Robb Garrett