With online coaching, your choice of coach is no longer limited to someone who is in your locale. Skype and other online meeting software mean that busy leaders and executives can fit in a 60-minute coaching session with the coach of their choice, from anywhere in the world.
Online coaching also creates additional benefits for the client, not directly related to coaching.
More coaches to choose from
When coaching is limited to face-to-face and in person, the pool of coaches to choose from is limited to those within travelling distance. This means that you may not be able to access the coach most suited to your needs. With online coaching over Skype, Zoom or other virtual meeting platforms you can choose from a far larger pool of coaches, thus you increase the likelihood of finding a perfect coach match for your needs.
Greater time efficiency
In many major centres travel between offices takes a minimum of an hour. This means that for a 60 minute coaching session you will have used 3 hours of office time. Alternatively, if a coach travels to you, they may charge for the travel time. Online coaching meetings allow for instant transition between meetings. As a result, online coaching meetings tend to begin on time and end on time. Online coaching meetings are purposeful in nature. There is less temptation to delay the start of a meeting with chit-chat.
- Environmental control
Many of my executive online coaching clients have the flexibility to have their session wherever they choose to. Some work from home, others from their office. Others sit outside in the park for their session. Do not underestimate the powerful impact of this!
To begin with, environments can determine the success or otherwise of a coaching session. A noisy and distracting environment will hinder the coaching process.
Secondly, a coaching relationship involves meetings at regular intervals. Missing these meetings, certainly in the early stages of coaching, delays the work of the coaching and slows progress.
Online coaching means you can incorporate the coaching sessions into any work-related travel without losing the benefit of either.
Online meeting platforms add enormous value to the coaching profession, both for clients and coaches. It is for this reason that my preferred method of coaching is via online coaching or telephonic coaching.
If you are interested in exploring the options for online coaching book a free, no obligations initial session to determine whether coaching with me is for you.