So you’ve done it. Taken action on your development. Your first session is just around the corner and you want to make sure you come out of it ready to take on the world. How do you prepare for your first virtual coaching session?


Here are 5 short sharp top tips to make it happen:


1. Be fashionably early


Find a quiet spot. Get logged in 10 to 15 minutes before your session. Close down those programmes that send you notifications and login into the video conferencing software of your choice (e.g. Skype, Zoom). Take a few deep breaths and relax. This is ‘YOU’ time.


2. Put pen to paper


Scribble out some thoughts on what you’d like to talk about and explore. It might be career direction. You could discuss when you will start your trip around the world. Or, how to have a difficult conversation you need to have. If there is a lot going on up there, I find it really useful to frame it in a question e.g. Do I take this job offer or run with this business idea?


3. Let people know


You’re just about to strike upon your big ‘A-ha’ moment when someone knocks on your door and breaks your flow, just to show you their lunch. Let people know that you’re not to be disturbed and turn your phone off. You can see what people have had for lunch on Instagram later.


4. Have a few questions you need answering


Your coach is there facilitate the programme. Much of how you move forward you will agree on together, but if you have any specific about how coaching works or what will happen next then have them to hand.
How often will you meet your virtual coach?
Will you have contact outside of coaching sessions?
What will happen if I miss a session?


5. Enjoy it!


As a number 5, you’d be right in thinking that this is a little predictable but here is our version of ‘enjoy’. There is not a video, TedTalk or story that can describe a coaching experience. It is perfectly unique to you and you don’t really ‘get it’ until you’re ‘in it’.


Enjoy the experience of doing something totally for you with someone whose wholly invested in the very same thing!


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