Some people don’t believe me when I describe the early years of my career. I had an office in the student’s association. In it, there was a desk, a chair for me, and an extra chair for a visitor, and a few bookcases. No computer – the association’s office manager had the only computer on the floor. We handed her our letters, handwritten on a paper, and she typed them and printed them for us. No email yet, no Internet, no browsing, no Googling. I had an “inbox tray” on my desk, and on top of it, stacked an “outbox” tray, both of them filled with scribbled memo paper. We did rent a cell phone for our major annual event, though. It was great because the battery could hold for an entire hour and the phone was only the size of a construction brick.
Today, more than 20 years later, I work on the go from different parts of the world, talking, texting, typing, printing, designing, and blogging, all from a small device that has no buttons on it and fits neatly in my pocket. I can be in Tel Aviv and coach a client in Boston via video call, and right after edit a document together with my colleagues in Los Angeles.
The world has definitely shrunk, and when it comes to coaching, and coach-training, the online world opens up new possibilities that push the boundaries of the coaching profession towards new frontiers. I received my coach training at the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) and now also teach at the ILCT – online, without being in the same room with fellow students and teacher. In my training process I was connected with people from all over the country, and all over the world, who all share the same passion and values of human development, growth, and thriving. In addition to providing me with the tools I needed, my coach training connected me with a pastor from Kansas, a young professional from Egypt, and an accomplished media entrepreneur from LA. It gave me the opportunity to see the essential processes of transformation through the eyes of my colleagues, and to develop a broader view of the universal human desire for self-actualization and happiness.
This article first appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
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