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The global pandemic caught us off-guard. The year shifted our routines, habits, strategies, plans, ideas and attitudes – suffice it to say, we won’t be going back to ‘normal’ any time soon…

We’ve all adapted to doing things differently (yup – even our folks, and grandparents!) and now use the virtual world for more than just FB and Insta. A great example of that is virtual coaching.

On the one hand, virtual coaches have been able to develop global practices. On the other, clients have broader access to a diversity of coaches and a better range of affordable and convenient coaching options – offering more choice and more flexibility. Bonus.

Essentially, virtual coaching has enhanced what both coaches and clients value most highly: more opportunities to develop the most effective relationship, which is at the heart of coaching success.

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South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) coach educator Dr. Svea van Hoorn of Solutions Focused Futures has this to say of the changing face of coaching:

“While this is no different in principle from face-to-face coaching, the virtual environment might require better small-signal literacy from the coach in order to respond as effectively to facial expressions and gestures on-screen…

“For some, developing this finer tuning might have been a challenge over these past months of enforced virtual coaching, but it will be an asset to them in the future whether they maintain and develop a virtual coaching component of their practice, or return to face-to-face services.”

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How a (virtual) coach can benefit your life…

1/ A coach aims to help you achieve life goals, whether they pertain to relationships, career, self-esteem, or even health and nutrition. In a world of constant distractions and rising stress levels, a coach can help set you on the right path.

2/ Coaching helps you to discover your unique potential and is an effective vehicle for getting the most out of who you are and what you do in the world.

3/ Coaching can enhance your personal growth and development, making you more mindful of your interactions with work colleagues and people in general. Ultimately, it will make you better at what you do.

4/ Coaching can help you shape your success, providing tools that help you with more challenging aspects of your career and reaching your true potential.

5/ There’s no faster way to improve yourself than to have someone work with you on your goals. On average, those who hire coaches report achieving significantly more (and faster) results than if they’d gone it alone.

6/ A coach can help you deal with change, whether that change comes in the form of sudden society-shattering upheaval like the coronavirus, or the long-term challenges of how the workplace of the future is changing.

Everyone has had to adapt. Some coaches have found new and exciting paths because of this. Others are holding out for the return to face-to-face interactions. Would you ever consider virtual coaching?

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