10 Tips for Virtual Coaching

Most of us coaches are lucky at this time because we are used to working from home. But if you have another job and are suddenly needing to work from home, or you haven’t worked your coaching business at home, being productive and efficient while working remotely is one of the bigger challenges you may be facing right now. So here are some tips for virtual coaching: 

  1. Establish a Coaching Mindset: First and foremost, remember that your coaching goal is to help the other person get results. Keep that in mind and you’ll have greater success in both engaging and motivating them.

  2. Focus and Don’t Multitask: Focusing solely on the other person can be difficult when coaching virtually. We’re so accustomed to multitasking while we’re at our computers, but checking your email during a coaching session steals attention away from the task at hand. If you allow yourself to become distracted, you aren’t giving your full attention to your client and can’t do your best work.

  3. Get Quality Equipment: The technology you use will dramatically impact the online coaching experience. High-quality webcams, monitors, and microphones give you a professional presence. These don’t have to be expensive investments, but having the proper equipment will improve the quality of your virtual coaching.

  4. Formalize the Session: Set your schedule for virtual coaching as if you were setting up a face-to-face meeting. This enhances accountability on both ends. Schedule a dedicated time to connect and minimize interruptions.

  5. Set an Agenda: Agree on the expectations for online coaching sessions just as you would with an in-person session. Make sure you both know what you need to prepare in advance and how long the session will last.

  6. Manage Time Effectively: Track time during the conversation. Set a timer and stop at a point you’ve agreed on.

  7. Use a Professional Setting: Especially if you’re on-camera, make sure you’re running your coaching session in a location that sets a professional yet relaxed tone. If you’re coaching over the phone, a professional setting is still important since it can come across in your voice.

  8. Practice Active Listening: Whether on-camera or off, you need to pay close attention to what the other person is saying and what they are not saying. Listen for hesitations, doubt, enthusiasm, and other clues to what else is going on. On-camera, you should also pay attention to body language.

  9. Be Open to Changes: Staying flexible allows you to keep learning and improving your virtual coaching skills. For example, if the person you’re coaching is more tech-savvy than you, they may be able to show you new options.

  10. Agree on Next Steps: As you would with any coaching session or meeting, make sure you’re both clear on what your next steps will be in order to achieve the goals you set.