Practical ways to use social media to support coaching

Following my research, a number of people have asked me to share some practical examples of ways that coaches are currently using social media to support coaching. Here are some examples:

  • Encourage the coachee to expand their learning network via twitter or groups to explore and gather ideas and new perspectives on relevant issues
  • Encourage the coachee to seek out and follow ‘experts’ who could offer a new perspective to an issue and have dealt with similar issues or situations that the coachee is facing
  • Set up a closed community to support team or group coaching
  • Signpost coachees to online resources, tools and techniques via your blog, twitter or groups
  • Introduce linkedin to clients to support them in building a professional network
  • Use You Tube clips to support coaching sessions
  • Introduce private wikis in team or group coaching to share knowledge creation
  • Encourage the coachee to use a private wiki or blog to record reflections and learning

Do you have practical examples to share?

Sharing my research findings: Social media to support coaching

Here’s a link to the methodology and findings from some recent research that I completed as part of my MA in performance coaching and mentoring. It has been a fascinating journey and I’ve learnt so much along the way.

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The purpose of this research was to investigate the extent to which social media tools and materials are currently being used by internal or external coaches to support face to face coaching in an organisational context. Some recommendations include:

  • Both literature in related fields and the findings from this research suggest that there is scope and significant benefits to using social media tools and materials to support both individual and group coaching in organisations.
  • Online communities can be used to support coaching by enabling the coachee to network and collaborate with others. Social media can also offer additional perspectives to the coachee which can provide new ideas and spark new thinking.

However there are a number of disadvantages and barriers that can prevent its use or suggest that it is inappropriate to use:

  • Client confidentiality and security need to be addressed and assured. If social media potentially compromises this confidentiality then social media should not be used to support coaching.To avoid confusion, the way in which social media was to be used to support coaching would be need to be agreed as part of the coaching contracting process.
  • Both coach and coachee need both knowledge and appropriate technology skills regarding social media use in order that it can be used to support coaching.
  • The barriers of organisational security concerns and blocks would need to be addressed and removed if social media was to become more widely used to support coaching in this context. This may require significant culture change

Social media and coaching research update

Thanks to everyone who has completed a questionnaire.

This is open until May 14th so please feel free to contribute your views on how you think social media can (or not) support face to face coaching

Full information on this can be found in the post below  and here’s a link that will take you to the questionnaire

Click here

My next step will be analysis.

An Invitation to participate in social media and coaching research

I’m currently completing my dissertation for an MA in performance coaching and mentoring at Staffordshire University

The purpose of my research is to investigate the extent to which social media tools and materials are currently being used to support face to face coaching, within the context of private, public or voluntary organisations.

The research objectives are to:

1. Identify whether social media tools and materials are being used by coaches to support face to face coaching

2. Explore which social media tools and materials are being used by coaches and how they are being used to support face to face coaching

3. Investigate perceived outcomes, benefits and disadvantages of using social media tools and materials to support face to face coaching

4. Investigate the barriers to using social media tools and materials to support face to face coaching

5. Formulate recommendations for ways in which social media tools and materials could be used to support face to face coaching

I would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing a short questionnaire. This should only take between 10-20 minutes to complete. You will not be identifiable in any resulting reports, articles or publications, unless you expressly wish to be

More Information about this research and what’s involved can be viewed here

I hope that the resulting written work (which I will share) will highlight ways in which social media tools are/could be used by internal and external coaches to support face to face coaching in an organisational setting.

In addition I hope that information shared about perceived benefits, barriers and disadvantages will be useful in raising potential issues and informing and enhancing future coaching practice.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me

Thank you

Social media and coaching: My research objectives

Here are my research objectives for my MA dissertation:

The purpose of this research is to investigate the extent to which social media tools and materials are currently being used by internal or external coaches to support face to face coaching in an organisational context. The organisation may be public, private or voluntary.

Specifically within the context of the organisation, the objectives of this research are to:

1. Identify whether social media tools and materials are being used by coaches to support face to face coaching

2. Explore which social media tools and materials are being used by coaches and how they are being used to support face to face coaching

3. Investigate perceived outcomes, benefits and disadvantages of using social media tools and materials to support face to face coaching

4. Investigate the barriers to using social media tools and materials to support face to face coaching

5. Formulate recommendations for ways in which social media tools and materials could be used to support face to face coaching

 

EMCC Conference Initial Thoughts

I’ve just returned from the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) at Ashridge. It was a great learning opportunity. Instant highlights for me included; ‘Creativity in coaching supervision by Alison Hodge, ‘Coaching with the brain in mind’ by David Rock and ‘Virtual Coach/Virtual Mentor by Zulfi Hussain & David Clutterbuck.

I’m just in the process of trying to work up a research proposal for my MA (Coaching & Mentoring) and want to focus on the latter area. It seems to me that there is so much scope now for virtual & remote coaching as part of a rich multi-media approach (that includes social networking). It appears that there is limited empirical research that has been done in this area & I’d really like to make a difference.

My challenge now is to decide;where should I focus, how can I narrow this down & what can I refer to in my lit review?

Any thoughts would be welcome

I’ll share more detailed thoughts re the conference once I’ve had a chance to reflect (as always!)