Online or telephone coaching

Online or telephone coaching

Traditionally, the most common method of coaching involves coaches meeting one-to-one with clients in an office. However, online, email and telephone sessions are emerging as an alternative and offer a more convenient way to access coaching.

In this article we will explore these types of coaching and why they may be better for you.

Online, email and telephone coaching offer individuals the same level of support and confidentiality as meeting face to face with a life coach, as well as offering solutions to some of the difficulties associated with receiving treatment in a traditional setting.

What are the benefits of online and telephone coaching?

Accessibility – Whether you’re working full-time, have a family to look after or have a particularly busy schedule, it can be difficult to find the time to travel to and attend a coaching session. This is where online or telephone coaching come into their prime. Sessions can be arranged with minimum prior notice, for a convenient time that slots easily into your schedule.

Flexibility – A lessened crossover period between clients, in combination with a series of additional factors, often mean that online and telephone sessions can be offered at more flexible times than face to face coaching. Whether your preference is for early in the morning or late in the evening, coaching remotely offers this kind of flexibility more than traditional coaching.

Affordability – It does vary from coach to coach but, generally, online and telephone coaching is less expensive for both the client and the coach. Costs such as travelling expenses, staff-hire and venue use are automatically lost. This can mean that some coaches can offer these types of sessions at a reduced rate.

Anonymity – Online and telephone coaching services offer the client a higher level of privacy as well as leaving them the option to remain anonymous. This is beneficial for clients who may feel uncomfortable in a face to face setting – especially when answering personal questions about themselves. Telephone or email conversations with a coach can help clients to be less inhibited and more likely to discuss important, but sometimes embarrassing, issues they are seeking coaching for.

Better connection – Despite what you may initially think, it’s thought that talking on the phone or via email can provide a better client-coach connection. By minimising external distractions, this can help to improve the efficiency of the coaching service and promote better results.

Convenience – Online and telephone services mean that clients are able to receive support from the comfort of their own home, or wherever it is that they are – as long as there is Internet and a phone connection available.

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