Online coaching has become extremely popular for both coaches and those who want to be coached. The big question is: Does online coaching work?
If you have ever considered becoming a coach; or thought about finding an online coach for yourself, you have probably completed a number of searches on line and found that there are a multitude of choices.
Online coaching programs are offered for just about any topic you can imagine.
Some of traditional coaching programs currently offered are:
- Life Coaching
- Stress Management
- Health and Fitness
- Internet Marketing
Because the Internet is so vast and the primary source of information for many people, you will also find coaching programs in other areas such as:
- Setting-up an Online Business
- Writing a Book
- Creating Your Own Products
Online coaching programs are typically offered as small group classes or one-on-one instruction, which makes the price point much higher than other Internet- based learning options.
Because of the cost, it is important to do your homework and decide if this type of coaching will work for you.
Selecting a Coach
Factors to consider:
- Coach’s experience and track record – ask for proof of expertise.
- Accessibility – Will the coaching sessions be by phone or skype, webinars, or email-based only?
- How many sessions will be provided and how long are the sessions?
- What kind of follow up assistance, if any, will you receive once the course is complete?
What Is Your Goal?
Why you want a coach? Dig deep and be very clear about why you are taking this step. Do you want to take your business to the next level? Have you been trying to lose weight and realize that you cannot do it on your own? Have you decided it is time to write and publish your book?
Your personal why for taking this step is critical. When your reasons are clear, they will help you stay the course and also justify the cost of the program.
Online Coaching Can be Effective
It is a great way to find a good fit for your particular need. The Internet provides access to coaches from around the world. If you choose to hire one, you will become privy to his/her expertise without traveling to an expensive seminar or live training sessions.
Another big plus is that online coaching is convenient and private because it takes place in the comfort of your own home. This is particularly important if you need help with a delicate issue – no-one else needs to know.
Success Is up to YOU
Keep in mind that just because you hire a coach, it does not ensure success. You may find the best coach in the world, but if you do not fully participate and put in the required effort, you will not accomplish what you want to accomplish.
The coach can lead (coach) you through the process, but you must do the work. A coach’s job is to give you instruction, advice and guidance. What you do with the information is up to you.
Online coaching can and does work. The secret to success is finding the right coach for you and being committed to completing the work required to reach your goal.
Good searching and good luck!