A Thrilling Night Igniting the Fire in our Hearts – The IAC Pan Greater China Chapters Annual Dinner 2009

Karen Au

It was a night filled with warmth and
cheer. It was a night for friends and strangers to share life, love and fun. It
was a night when people with different nationalities were connected and united.
It was a night when spirits were inspired and enlightened. It was the night that
marked the first time in history – and signified the ignition of the sustaining
passion – The IAC Pan Greater China Chapters Annual Dinner 2009.

The event was jointly organized by the IAC
Hong Kong & Shenzhen Chapters driven by the initiative of Coach Bonnie, who
established the 1st IAC chapter in Greater China. I was honored to be one of the
members of the organizing committee to create the special time together with
other friends whom I did not know before, yet I could feel their generous
support and sensed the deep connection right from the beginning. We decided the
theme of the dinner to be “Sharing Love, Inspiring Life” – which we believed is
one of the wonderful ingredients we experience in coaching.

Held in a local restaurant in Shenzhen,
the 1st IAC Pan Greater China Chapters Annual Dinner 2009 attracted over 40 IAC
members and friends around the region, including coaches, coaching learners,
trainers, executives and university students, who have a keen interest in
coaching and sharing from the heart. The event started with an activity of
“Sharing of Blessing and Aspirations” which set the scene for the guests to
exchange views and get to know each other. What could be more meaningful for us
than to count our blessings and affirm our goals at the beginning of the New
Year, and share that with old and new friends who have common interests with us?

The President of IAC, Ms. Angela Spaxman
had extended her heartfelt support to us by being our honorable guest and the
keynote speaker. It was her presence that drew us closer to the big family of
IAC, and reinforced to us that the world of coaching is virtually borderless.
Coaching is a universal language that transcends our professions, culture and

The rest of the night was immersed in the
atmosphere of cheering and sharing. We cheered for the opportunity to meet and
unite; we shared our inspirations and dreams for coaching. It was particularly
enlightening to see that we had made a milestone in the development of coaching
in China. As commented by Coach Meiling, “The program was nicely organized with
time to connect, share ideas and have fun…Not only was it a valuable opportunity
to meet with other coaches and coaches-in-training, it also gave me new insight
on the trends of the coaching profession in Greater China. It was positive and

What really motivated us was the fact that
the idea of coaching had already been spread in the new generation in China.
Jane, a university student, shared, “I think the dinner was fresh, and I met
many different kinds of people, who have one thing in common – strong interest
in human beings and developing themselves and helping others. They inspired me
that coaching can apply to many fields.”

The end of the dinner was highlighted by
the activity of appreciation. All the participants exchanged words of gratitude,
encouragement and appreciation to each other, affixed each with stickers in a
heart shape, symbolizing that our words were expressed from our hearts. It was
the moment we experienced once again the power of affirming one’s potential,
which was so touching and awakening.

We were not only glad to see that the
theme of the dinner “Sharing Love, Inspiring Life” had been actualized by all
the guests’ hearty presence, but also delighted to realize that the seeds of
coaching had been planted in the field of mainland China with the devoting
efforts of coaches and coaching learners in the region. We could foresee that
more and more IAC chapters would be established in different cities of China in
near future. Although the event was over, fires were ignited in our hearts, and
our passions to nurture the growth of coaching in our homeland will be sustained
and exalted.

Please click here to share with
us the precious time in the IAC Pan Greater China Chapters Annual Dinner 2009.
Special thanks to Summer who helped us to take snapshots throughout the night to
capture our memorable moments.

Karen Au is a personal coach and also a
consultant in corporate training and development. She has passion to support
people to thrive and excel in personal and corporate lives through coaching. One
of her lifelong missions is to build the culture of collaboration and
appreciation in every organization. Karen can be contacted at karen@apexinstitute.com.


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