The Rise of Video Coaching
The rise of digital technology has significantly impacted various walks of life, bringing about transformative changes in how we live, work, and access services. In the realm of health and wellness, digital technology has played a crucial role in revolutionising healthcare delivery, improving patient outcomes, and promoting overall well-being.
This time, Tony Worsdall reviews the changes technology has made to the coaching profession in the last few years and in particular since the COVID pandemic. By exploring these topics, anyone considering engaging with a Sober Coach may find themselves encouraged by the benefits of using the modern video tools such as Zoom and Teams
The integration of digital technology in health and wellness has not only improved the efficiency of healthcare delivery but has also empowered individuals to take an active role in managing their health. As technology continues to advance, further innovations are expected to shape the future of healthcare, promoting a more connected, data-driven, and patient-centric approach.
Here are a just a few examples of how digital technologies have found their way into our lives in recent years:
Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring: The use of digital communication tools has facilitated remote medical consultations and the deployment of remote patient monitoring tools and wearable devices, These have all been of great use in rural and other remote areas.
- Health Apps: Mobile applications offer a wide range of health-related services, including fitness tracking, medication reminders, and mental health support. These apps empower individuals to actively manage their health and make informed lifestyle choices.
- Wearable Devices: Devices like fitness trackers and smartwatches monitor physical activity, sleep patterns, and other health metrics. They promote preventive health measures and encourage users to adopt healthier habits.
- Chatbots and Virtual Assistants: AI-powered chatbots provide instant responses to health-related queries, offer medical advice, and schedule appointments, improving accessibility to basic healthcare information.
Video sober coaching and why it's become popular.
Video sober coaching extends the concept of traditional sober coaching, where a coach or mentor assists individuals in maintaining their sobriety and making positive lifestyle changes, but it leverages the convenience and accessibility of digital technology.
Some of the key elements and reasons behind the popularity of video sober coaching are:
Video sober coaching allows individuals to access support from the comfort of their own homes or any location with an internet connection. This is particularly beneficial for those who may face logistical challenges or live in areas with limited access to in-person support.
Virtual coaching sessions offer greater flexibility in scheduling, accommodating individuals with busy lives, work commitments, or other responsibilities. This flexibility can contribute to the sustainability of the coaching relationship and the maintenance of the 'sober journey' .
Privacy and Anonymity:
Some individuals may prefer the anonymity provided by virtual platforms, making it easier for them to open up and share their thoughts and experiences. This can be crucial in overcoming the stigma associated with their use of alcohol.
Continuity of Care:
Video sober coaching enables consistent support over time, even if the coach and individual are in different locations. This continuity can be vital in the early stages and throughout the ongoing journey.
Video coaching may be a more cost-effective option compared to in-person coaching. This cost reduction can make sober coaching services more accessible to a broader range of individuals who may benefit from support.
Individuals seeking support can connect with coaches from different geographical locations, providing access to a diverse range of expertise and approaches to their requirements.
Overall, the popularity of video sober coaching can be attributed to its ability to overcome barriers to access, provide flexible and consistent support, leverage technology for enhanced care, and adapt to the evolving preferences and needs of individuals seeking help in their journey towards sobriety.
My Experience with Video Coaching
OK, so that’s the theory what about the 'real-world' experiences?
Personal Environment: Being in your own familiar environment during a video call can contribute to a sense of comfort and security. My clients tell me they feel more at ease discussing personal matters from the comfort of their own space.
Reduced Stigma: Some of my clients feel more comfortable seeking help through a video call, as it provides a certain level of anonymity. This can be particularly relevant for coaching sessions that involve sensitive or stigmatised topics.
Connection: One of the benefits of a video call is to increase the feeling of being connected. So many people agonise with their own thoughts when they are considering changing their relationship with alcohol. Being connected to another person who has trodden the same path helps people overcome the inertia that has held them back previously. Video calls can enhance these connections and support the ongoing journey.
Tips for those considering video sober coaching
My top tips if you are considering using Zoom or Teams for a call with a Sober Coach:
Test Your Equipment in Advance:
Before the actual video call, make sure to test your camera, microphone, and speakers or headphones. This will help you avoid technical issues during the meeting.
Check the lighting in the room to ensure your face is well-lit and visible. Natural light or a well-positioned lamp can greatly improve your video quality.
Choose a Quiet and Professional Environment:
Select a quiet and well-lit space for your video call to minimise distractions. Inform those around you that you'll be in a meeting to reduce the likelihood of interruptions. Consider using a virtual background if your actual setting is not ideal.
Familiarise Yourself with the Video Conferencing Platform:
Spend some time getting to know the video conferencing platform you'll be using. Understand how to mute/unmute yourself, turn your camera on/off, and navigate any additional features.
Bonus Tip: If possible, join the meeting a few minutes early to troubleshoot any last-minute technical issues and to ensure you're ready when the meeting starts.
Using video calling for a sober coaching session is not much different that the many business and family calls that you may already be making. Follow my tips and your experience with a Sober Coach will be a rewarding and inciteful experience for you.
What are you waiting for?
Using video calling for a sober coaching session is not much different that the many business and family calls that you may already be making. Follow my tips and your experience with a Sober Coach will be a rewarding and inciteful experiemce for you.
What are you waiting for?
Take control of your relationship with alcohol and work with me on your journey towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
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