But in today's modern world this is not always the way we should do things. Indeed, if you happen to live somewhere quite remote and you have a desire to coach people, you have one of two options. You will either have to relocate to somewhere where you know you can get enough clients, or you can consider coaching remotely.
If you want to try this route you should be aware that several opportunities exist to coach in this way. For instance the telephone would be the most obvious option. It would also be the option most people feel at ease with. But you should also develop your coaching skills by using other methods too.
Many of these alternative methods are internet based - instant messenger, Skype and video conferencing can all work well. The key is to develop your skills in each area on a constant basis. Coaching by telephone requires a different approach to coaching via a video conference. Here you can see the person you are coaching, which obviously adds another dimension to the process.
Some people feel awkward when using the telephone for coaching, since it means there will be silences at times. It may help to visualize your client sitting in front of you. If you were to ask them a question you wouldn't want them to reply without thinking through the answer first. The same applies during a phone consultation. You need to allow them time to consider your question and come up with an answer to it.
Different coaches will feel more comfortable with certain methods of coaching. But if you can offer remote coaching as well as face to face coaching, it gives you another string to your bow.
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