5 Tips for Coaching Remotely

  • Think about where you are going to be located, ensuring it is somewhere quiet, where you won’t be interrupted
  • Make sure you are familiar with the technology you are using. Try to have a trial run, or even a few practices if it is new to you, so that you feel more confident and in control
  • Make sure the client is comfortable with the platform you will be using as well and is able to choose a time and place where they are comfortable and won’t be interrupted either
  • Think about your energy. Coaching and meeting online can take more focus and can be tiring. Consider when is the best time for both you and your client to meet.
  • Allow yourself time beforehand to get in the right mental space for the coaching session, and afterwards, to make notes and reflect on how the session went.
  • Make sure you have done your prep and are comfortable yourself with the platform you are using
  • Arrive in your virtual room that little bit early, just in case there are any last minute technical hiccups
  • Have a back up plan. For example, it is a good idea to have your client’s mobile number so that you are able to ring them in case the wifi drops out or there are any issues with the platform you are using.
  • It’s your responsibility to manage the time. If you are using a platform that will cut out, make sure that you are keeping track of the time and allowing time at the end to properly finish the coaching conversation
  • Focus on building rapport and trust just as you would if the client was physically in the room with you.
  • Take the time to check in with the client before moving into contracting. These are difficult and challenging times. You may need to spend time chatting with them and helping them to get in the right place for coaching.
  • In our current situation, it may be that interruptions could happen, for example noise outside, a delivery arriving unexpectedly, a child or a pet coming into the room. Chat through how you will both deal with this, so that if it does happen, neither you or your client will feel anxious about it.
  • So, relax, and let the conversation flow.
  • Be authentic. If you are feeling a bit nervous about coaching online for the first time, share that with the client, but don’t let it take over the session
  • Use your coaching skills, listen and be with your client. Trust your skills and your intuition, you can still pick up on so much, especially if you are focused on your client.



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Marie Ferris

Marie Ferris

Helping people to thrive, both at work and in their life. Writing about coaching, leadership and resilience. https://www.thrivecoachingdevelopment.com/