One of my dreams came true the other day. I did my first coaching session via webcam. OK, maybe it’s not what every small boy dreams of when he’s growing up, but I’ve been waiting a long time for the technology to make this possible. It looks like that day has arrived.
As well as using the webcam for coaching, I’ve been talking to friends as far away as Japan and Australia – I’m amazed at the picture quality and there doesn’t seem to be much of a time-lag, even at such a distance.
Nothing beats a face-to-face meeting of course. But having delivered hundreds of coaching sessions by phone, I can say that the webcam beats the phone hands down. Being able to see someone’s changing expressions, their gestures, their whole body language, makes it so much easier to get a sense of their emotional state, and really helps to bring the conversation alive.
I’m excited as this means I can offer coaching to people who are so far away that we wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet up. It also means I can be more flexible in the timing of appointments – it’s much easier to schedule a web appointment than to arrange for us both to be physically in the same place at the same time.
To me this is another example of the potential for technology to bring people closer together – I’ve already met quite a few people in person as a result of this blog, hopefully the web coaching will help me connect with a lot more.
If you fancy trying it, drop me an e-mail.