Is Texting Effective with a Professional Coach?


Hi, I’ve been wondering how you are doing. Let me know.

Texting is a means of quick and accessible communication. But is it effective with a coach? If you’ve invested in a coach, you understand the importance of professional development. What’s the best way to communicate and get the most from your coaching experience?

When is texting okay?

Texting with friends is not the same as texting with your professional coach. There are times when texting might be appropriate. And it’s usually for quick clarification that doesn’t require ongoing conversation. Some examples include:

  • Confirming the date and time of a meeting
  • Verifying a website address or the name of a tool or resource you need for professional development
  • Scheduling a time for conversation
  • Quick, necessary communication if you’re in an area where talking on mobile devices is prohibited

Advantages of talking to your coach instead of texting

Texting inhibits meaningful conversation. When you need to establish or maintain a relationship with someone, there are several advantages of talking instead of texting.

  • Misunderstandings – Text messages lack eye contact, tone of voice, and facial expression. Although you can’t see someone during a phone call, you can hear their tone of voice. A video chat removes these shortcomings.
  • Limitations – Text messages work best for brief, straightforward discussions. If you speak with your professional coach instead of texting, you can ask questions, discuss strategy, and explain complex issues. Your coach will likely have questions, and so will you. You’ll save time and frustration if you speak with your coach instead of texting.
  • Impersonal contact – Your coach wants to build a relationship of trust with you. Trust isn’t built through text messaging. When you talk or video chat with your coach, you can hear their tone of voice or see facial expressions. It helps you establish a better relationship. When you trust your coach, you can express yourself naturally and be confident that he or she is interested in your success.
  • Distractions – Have you ever been distracted and forgotten to text someone, finish what you were typing, or respond to their message? A phone call or video chat with your coach will help you avoid distractions and complete your conversation.

Don’t be shy about texting! I’m looking forward to hearing how you are doing.

Text me at 401-742-1965

Mary T. O'Sullivan

Mary T. O’Sullivan, Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, Member, International Coaching Federation, Society of Human Resource Management. Candidate, Master’s Certificate in Executive and Professional Career Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas. Member Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society. Advanced Studies in Education from Montclair University, SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University. Mary is also a certified Six Sigma Specialist, Contract Specialist, IPT Leader and holds a Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management from SHRM. Mary O’Sullivan has over 30 years experience in the aerospace and defense industry. In each of her roles, she acted as a change agent, moving teams and individuals from status quo to new ways of thinking, through offering solutions focused on changing behaviors and fostering growth. In additional, Mary holds a permanent teaching certificate in the State of New York for secondary education, and taught high school English for 10 years in the Syracuse, NY area.