ONLINE MASTER LIFE & NLP COACH vernon@uk.vernonfroneman.com

ONLINE COACHING

Providing online coaching services, allows for considerable flexibility. Besides the obvious benefits of online coaching – I find that the process of coaching, has much more potential when my clients are, in an environment that they are comfortable with. Below I have provided insight to the advantages of Skype/Zoom, Email and Instant Messaging solutions.

Advantages to Online Life Coaching

  • Reduced Rates; I am no longer working from an office, which reduces costs significantly on rent and the associated expenses. It also add’s more time to my day as I no longer have to travel. This affords me the opportunity to prepare and conclude each session comprehensively.
  • Convenience; You save on time. Your only requirement is a computer, skype software and decent internet access. The coaching session can be conducted in the privacy of your home, office, or even car. You can travel and still have online sessions to keep you on track.
  • Anonymity; Many people do not seek help, as they still find there is a stigma associated in working with a coach for personal growth. You don’t have to be seen going in and out of my office. This can be crucial for someone who lives in a small town, where everyone knows each other. There is no other record of the services being provided, except between you and I.
  • Safety and Accessibility; You may be cautious or guarded when you first go to meet with a coach in an office. This can pose a barrier when seeking help. You may get more out of the online coaching experience and feel comfortable with personal exploration from a distance, in your own comfort zone.
    Clients with disabilities may find it easier to access help from the safety of their home and not have to navigate accessibility issues.
    Depending on where you live and time of appointment, you don’t have to risk the logistics and sometimes personal safety issues with public transportation, driving, parking, and walking to an office.
  • Flexibility of Scheduling; Often there is limited time to meet, or we prefer certain times of the day for sessions. Since you don’t need to go out for your session, it is often easier to find at least an hour somewhere in your schedule to meet online.
  • Enhanced Online Services; Many of the video calling services, provide the ability to share screens. Which is a lot easier than trying to sit behind a small screen together, watching diagrams or presentations. You also have the ability to record the sessions – which is great for reference.
  • Worldwide Access; We don’t think about accessing professional help outside of our local area, but with online life coaching you have access locally, nationally, and internationally.
    This gives you many more options to find a life coach that is a good match for your requirements.

Online coaching provides the best of both world’s;

  1. Some people work better when given time to word things, the way they want to. That may mean writing things down and then e-mailing or messaging.
  2. Others work better verbally and need, or at least do better with interaction to help them structure their thoughts.

Below I have provided some additional insight to Zoom/Skype, Email and instant Messaging solutions. There’s a variety of flexible packages provided for in my online coaching services.  Alternatives are either through a session by session basis, or a two-month, six-month or a years agreement. These scenarios can also be built into my Premium Online Coaching Service – which entails providing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

SKYPE & ZOOM

In my opinion; Skype and Zoom provide the near perfect coaching solutions. You have the luxury of being in your own environment, which generally means you are more relaxed and open to change. It’s important to note that within minutes into the session, you will forget that, we are not in the same room and that it’s just as personal as being face to face. Utilizing these platforms has many benefits and does not detract from a wholesome coaching session. Exceptional levels of connection, quality, impact and results are achieved. 

With the camera either on or off (on certain issues some clients prefer the camera to be off – however, for interventions in, neuro linguistic programming, time line therapy and/or a breakthrough experience, it will be necessary to utilize the camera during our sessions). The flexibility and freedom to have the coaching session, when and where you choose, does make a tremendous amount of sense for busy individuals.  

EMAIL

Email coaching takes on a different angle. I usually use email in conjunction with my other services. However, there are scenarios where clients prefer to conduct their coaching exclusively through email. I have two provisos for this; firstly, that the initial two sessions are conducted face to face, whether in person or online. Secondly, we will require at least once a month, to have an 1hr’s Zoom/Skype (with or without camera) session.

It goes without saying, that rapport is extremely important in a coaching/client relationship. Who wants a Coach they don’t trust or can’t synergize with? For a client, building rapport and trust via email is usually a lot more difficult (though not impossible), so I’d say this is the main limitation of email coaching. For this reason, I prefer to enter into an email based coaching arrangement with existing clients. This is obviously because, a high level of rapport would have been attained prior to the email arrangement.

A major advantage in Email coaching is that both my client and I have a record which we can refer to. In addition, you can take time to reflect on what you want to write and make sure that every facet of a situation is accounted for.

INSTANT MESSAGING

Obviously communicating by instant message is quick. But, with this comes the risk of a message being misconstrued. I utilize text with established clients, in helping to deal with issues that might arise between sessions.

It is difficult to get a clear picture of the issues this way with a new client. The important point here is the relationship. What is the level of rapport and understanding between the client and I? This is crucial as it can break down the level of trust and the ability to work through issues effectively.

CONCLUSION

As I’ve mentioned online coaching does provide flexibility. Every client naturally has different requirements. I therefore tailor a bespoke solution for each of my clients. I am flexible in being able to provide a range of solutions. However, let’s keep one thing in mind; it doesn’t matter which is the primary mode of coaching – what is important, is the decision, action, energy and willingness to find solutions is always present – this will ultimately bring about the best version of yourself.