I live next to an idyllic community farm just south of the Vermont border in Western Massachusetts.

While I have access to lots of delicious, local food, I’m not surrounded by throngs of people. As an online life coach, I’m grateful for modern technology like Skype to help me connect with my clients from as far away as China, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

If you’re like a lot of my clients before they start working with me, you may wonder if an online life coach can help you change your life. In this article, I’ll share with you what I tell my clients, so you have a clear idea of the pros and cons of online life coaching.

First, what to watch out for before hiring an online life coach…

Many people sell products and programs under the title “online life coach” when they’re not actually offering coaching services at all. Buyer beware (or at least, be aware).

A real online life coach is a professional who helps you maximize your personal and professional potential by helping you find the best solutions and strategies for you. This is different from many so-called “coaching” programs, which teach a pre-existing process and tell you what to do.

Don’t get me wrong; teaching can be life-changing. I often put on my “teacher hat” in my work as an online life coach. However, I don’t know about you, but I prefer to work with professionals who are honest in how they market themselves. If someone calls themselves an online life coach but doesn’t offer coaching services, think twice before hiring them.

If your online life coach can’t see your body language and facial expressions, they might miss out on valuable information. I recommend using Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts.

Only about 7% of spoken communication is the words themselves. Tone, volume, body language, and facial expressions play a crucial role in communicating what you mean. Some online life coaches only work with their clients on the phone or communicate through writing. However, these coaches often miss out on valuable information. Email between sessions can be an important element of successful online life coaching. However, coaching that only happens through writing can be much less useful (and, I honestly wouldn’t even call it coaching, at all).

If you decide to hire an online life coach, make sure to use technology such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts so you and your coach can see each other face-to-face. And, if you’re not tech-savvy at all (believe me, I’m not!), don’t worry. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to connect with your life coach online.

Now, why working with an online life coach can be an amazing experience…

It’s just like regular life coaching; only you don’t have to drive anywhere to work with an online life coach.

If you’re like most of my clients, you’re busy. You have a ton on your plate, and you may need to learn to manage your time more efficiently. Working with an online life coach can save you loads of time and energy, eliminating all the time it takes to drive back and forth from sessions.

Online coaching is such a convenience that I’ve had many coaching clients start working with me in person, swearing they’d never want to work with a life coach online. Then, they later switch to working with me online once they realize how effective it is. In fact, I see no difference in the outcomes between my in-person and online life coaching clients (besides the fact that we can’t drink tea together in person).  I’ve been working as a coach long enough (and have received enough coaching myself) to say without a doubt that in-person and online life coaching are equally effective.

You may not have access to an experienced coach who specializes in exactly what you need where you live.

Every coach I’ve worked with for my own personal and professional development has been online. This is primarily because I live in a rural area where I don’t have access to other professionals with the specialization and level of skill I want from a coach. I’ve had such positive experiences working with coaches online that even if I worked with a local coach, I’d likely still see them over Skype. Like me, you may not have access to the support you need locally. Or, you might live in an area with many life coaches who are generalists, but no one who supports people in your field.

If you’re wanting help advancing your career, it’s important to find a professional whose skills match your needs. For example, I specialize in helping social entrepreneurs and non-profit workers develop the emotional capacity to lead, but I don’t coach business leaders on the strategy they need to improve their next quarter’s earnings.

I recommend doing a google search for an online life coach who specializes in the area in which you need support. Once you find a coach you’re curious about working with, schedule a free initial consult.

I invite you to take a look around the rest of my website. If you resonate with what you see, and you’re excited to talk about working together, sign up for a free, one-hour discovery session. It would be a pleasure to talk with you about how online life coaching can help you change your life.


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