The Comprehensive Coach Guide – #9 Online vs. Local

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

This point is kind of self-explanatory, but it is also important to be included in our list.

Chances are you won’t know what you prefer until you try something out. Also, changing circumstances can dictate your decision because you simply have no choice between one or the other.

If you are unsure whether or not a video session satisfies your needs for this kind of work, try out a free appointment. Most coaches, online or offline, offer free consultations and it is important to make use of this. Make a reservation and talk to the person. See whether or not you like the fact that you can be almost anywhere, doing anything right up until the appointment starts, or if you prefer being in the same room with your coach. This is also surely a question of infrastructure and locality.
All I’m saying is that both ways have their advantages and disadvantages and you should listen to your inner voice. It usually knows what’s best for you.

I wrote this guide some years ago and as much as online sessions were used, they weren’t nearly as common as these days. A large percentage of people had to utilize video calls and online services during the Covid-19 Pandemic. As much as we are getting used to the fact that we are connected by the screen the original point is still valid. The only benefit is that we learned to get used to this communication style and it is a choice in preferences rather than something we haven’t tried and disregard the option for that reason.