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Mighty Encyclopedia

Online Coaching

What is online coaching?

Online coaching is coaching that takes place over the internet versus in-person. It can be done via a video or audio connection, or even through a messaging platform. Some coaches opt to coach individuals through 1:1 sessions; others work with groups.

Coaching online can be held across a series of platforms—like Facebook groups for posts, Zoom for video conference sessions—or take place in centralized micro-communities, which provide a dedicated space for coaching and for members to foster natural connections with each other. And even via live streaming within an online community.

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Does online coaching work?

Online coaching can be just as effective or more effective than in-person coaching. It sometimes takes some experimenting to figure out whether in-person, online, or a hybrid works best for you, whether you’re a coach or a client.

Is online coaching better than offline coaching?

Online coaching isn’t necessarily better or worse than offline coaching—it’s a matter of personal preference. There are many advantages to online coaching, however:

  • Without geographical or timezone limitations, coaches can expand their client base quickly.

  • There’s little to no overhead involved—an online coach just needs the internet and a device to connect with to get started.

  • It’s more convenient for clients since it eliminates travel time and the need to find childcare for an appointment.

  • Coaches who use purpose-built platforms can add extra value for clients by providing additional content to reinforce what’s learned in coaching as well— and opportunities.

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What is an online coaching business?

An online coaching business is when a coach takes their practice online and conducts meetings with clients virtually instead of in-person.

Many coaches start out by creating a Facebook group and using Zoom or other video conferencing software for meetings. But there are also platforms that are purpose-built for online coaching and courses—and fostering a community between the people who participate in them. It’s not just video and audio conversations, though: On platforms like Mighty Networks, group coaching can also include custom-built spaces, these are containers that can hold things like breakout groups, live streaming, direct & group messaging, events, and courses.

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