Oct 19, 2008

Life coaching online? I don't think so

I don't know what to think of this. TechCrunch reports about a startup that helps people become life coaches to their friends. I just hope people don't fall for this charade. It's good to talk things over with a friend. But don't mistake it for a coaching session.
But Noomii says that while these professional Life Coaches are certainly worthwhile, anyone can be a Life Coach with a little help.
To begin using the site, you first have to find a friend that you’d like to coach (and who’s willing to coach you). Once you’re paired up, you both fill out a survey that gauges which parts of your like you’re happy with, as well as the goals that you’d like to achieve (you can set sub-goals for each of these goals). Then the site presents these goals in an intutive panel with checkboxes next to each goal.
The idea is that because both partners can see the others’ goals, you’ll feel more motivated to get things done. The site also recommends meetings once a week in person or online to discuss how much progress has been made and what needs to be done. It seems like a good idea, provided you pick a good friend to pair off with, though I could see it straining a relationship if one person refused to keep up with their goals.