Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:28
A couple of months ago I had a client fly in from Canada for some coaching. I was impressed that she had made such an effort but it turned out that she wanted to prepare for an interview she was attending the next day. It would have been great if we had been able to do some preliminary work beforehand and I thought Skype would have been a good platform for this.

A week or two later I found myself supporting my cousin in New Zealand via email who was being badly bullied at work. Skype came to the rescue and we had several long conversation discussing survival techniques and a strategy for taking the problem up the management chain. There was a greater immediacy and one to one empathy through Skype which really worked. I am currently using Skype to coach my niece for university interviews in Australia where she lives. We have done several mock interviews and all is going well.

Back here in the UK I am beginning to recognise just how well use of Skype can add to the coaching relationship. I do think there needs to be some face to face contact, but with busy schedules and the chance to cut down on travel time, Skype is a worthy substitute for meeting up.

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