COVID-19 changed so many things in our daily lives. Many workplaces moved out of office settings and into a virtual setting. Coaching had already been moving in this direction, which made it easier for many life coaches to transition quickly. However, not all clients chose to do online coaching before COVID. It was intimidating, some people thought it wouldn't be as effective, and it was just different and unknown. But, once everyone started doing online coaching, what we found was that it was not only a comprable alternative to in-person meetings, it actually allowed us to enhance our coaching work. Because of what we learned during COVID, we have moved our whole practice online and added features we couldn't do before. Here are some of the reasons we have found online coaching to be the best option for our clients:
1) It's Convenient - No longer to you have to account for 30-60 minutes of round trip drive time. You don't have to worry about going into an office waiting room with others around. You choose when and how to meet that fits your life and schedule the best!
2) It Keeps Accountability Up - We use our Quenza app to keep in touch with clients between sessions. They message us, do online activities, and relay updates through this online app. So often, clients leave a session feeling energized to make positive changes in their lives, but after a few days that motivation can wane. Utilizing online messaging helps keep accountability and motivation high throughout the weeks and months.
3) You Meet In Your Environment - Rather than coming out of your environment into an office, you can meet where you live and/or work. This allows for a couple of things. First, it allows your coach to know you and your situation more clearly to be able to support you better. I have had clients show we art they did in their home that they were proud of, and others who showed me a stack of unopened bills they are struggling to get through. Whatever it is, this is helpful in the coaching relationship. Also, if you are having trouble with stress at work, we can actually guide you through techniques to reduce stress while you are at work. I have had people meet over a break to calm themselves in order to finish the day. Doing this once or more with your coach makes it easier to then do on your own.
As you can see, we have found that online coaching can not only work in place of in-person, it can actually enhance our work together.