Best practices in mentoring and coaching remote
What are the best practices in remote mentoring and coaching? What tips. tricks and practices do you recommend? Anything to avoid? 
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Hi Jeremiah,

I do this regularly, so here are my tips:
  • Where possible, video call. It helps build the connection between mentor and mentee. Lots of options to do this: Skype, Hangouts, Facetime, web conferencing platforms, Whatsapp (if you're doing this internationally), and many more.
  • I spend the first call or two getting to know each other both professionally and personally. As a mentor, I like to understand how the person learns best, preferred communication paths (email, phone, text, etc.). I also like to learn a bit about them - what are their favorite hobbies, etc. because I like to connect with people on a more personal level...and you never know, I've gotten some great recipes and other tips through these relationships.
  • Keep a regular cadence. It's often easy to reschedule a virtual meeting and not prioritize it. Yes, there are always times where rescheduling is necessary, but make sure it's a reschedule and not a cancel.
Those are the ones that come immediately to mind on virtual mentoring/coaching.
Hi Jeremiah Genest‍;

I agree with what Stephanie Gaulding‍ has already mentioned. In addition to that, I make sure that I am very clear, concise and logical during email communication. Sometimes we send out emails without thinking too much about it. The receiver can not understand it if we do not present our thoughts in a logical and clear passion. I also use meaningful subject for each conversation we have via email.

As Stephanie said, connection in both professional and personal level is key for a successful mentoring.

Hi Jeremiah Genest‍ 

I'm thinking to prepare a Webinar on this topic, probably in April in Italian language and as soon as possible also in English.

Keep in touch!!