The Future of Coaching?

December 7, 2018 Blog Author 0 Comments

Coach Connector is at the Forefront of Tomorrow’s Coaching Revolution

Staying ahead of the game is not just about engaging with what is available today, it is also planning to be a part of what is coming tomorrow.

Coach Connector’s unique matching algorithms help clients quickly identify a shortlist of high potential coaches for the coachee.  Our coaching programs offer the secure sharing of relevant data and ratings analytics, providing the client with valuable insights into the actual impact of the coaching program and helping the coach learn and improve future performance.

But we never keep still at Coach Connector, always talking to our users and looking ahead to see how future technology might be married with new functionality to provide cutting edge tools to the coaching industry through our platform.

Yet another G-Spot
The first is 5G, the latest wireless standard charged with making all things possible, including those we thought would never be so! As standards go, this is supposed to be the last – it will be rolled out by all telecom companies and will be incrementally improved over time, rather than replaced.

So what’s the big deal? Well for one, speed! 5G will be capable of going up to 20 times faster than what we currently have available. It is true that in the early days most users won’t be able to harness those speeds, but it will still be quite a bit faster than what we have right now. Also, latency will be greatly reduced, this means that when you press a button, the resulting action will happen so quickly that it will appear to be instant.

It is likely that with time 5G will replace fixed cable connectivity in the home as it can handle way more traffic than current technology. This makes it the perfect medium for the Internet of Things – the relatively new concept surrounding the idea that all devices should be connected and “clever”. It is expected that eventually there could be as many as a million connected devices per square kilometer, a number that our current infrastructure simply could never support.

Small scale trials of 5G are already underway and it may be rolled out in some places as early as 2019. But the need to improve the infrastructure required to support the technology may mean that we need to wait a little longer to see full scale implementation, perhaps even as late as 2025.

Among some of the more exciting applications being applied to 5G is its use as a carrier for Virtual Reality and holographic communication. There have already been successful trials of phone calls between users via full body holograms and the technology has also been demonstrated during a concert between a pianist and his daughter 1000 miles apart.

Beam me up Scotty
Another technology that is beginning to take the world by storm is voice activation via what is most commonly called a “Smart Speaker”. Right now, Amazon’s “Alexa” has the market share and given their aggressive marketing and expansion of the technology, they mean to try and keep it.

According to Forbes, any company failing to develop a strategy for Voice interaction with their technology by the year 2020 will be in danger of falling behind what is expected to become a standard means of interfacing with devices and software.

Alexa’s “skills” have grown to over 45,000, from just 10 (a skill is, in effect an app that works through Alexa in much the same way as you can install apps on your phone). In addition,12,000 connected smart-home devices from 2,000 unique brands are Alexa-enabled. Consumers talking to Alexa devices with third-party skills rose nearly 75% in 2017 and that will rise further this year.

All this means that Alexa is rapidly becoming an accepted means of interfacing with your technology, while the architecture means that devices can be connected in ways that were previously not possible.
People of all ages can interface through voice without any training because, as human beings, it is the means of communication that we find most natural. This opens technology to a far broader audience, including those who would usually feel excluded from its use.

Voice interaction can be more convenient and it lends itself to working on the go. Imagine detailing your coaching objectives while driving home from work, or giving mid-point or end-point feedback while making your morning coffee.

A Brave New Coaching World
So, the implications are that through 5G and voice activation, interaction with our technology will become more visual and depend on a means of interface we find more natural. One of the biggest conundrums in developing technology right now, how to create vast degrees of functionality while keeping the interface intuitive, will be removed from the development life-cycle forever.

Instead we will immerse the user in virtual worlds and holographic offices with all interaction by voice and touch.

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “virtual coaching”; programs will become more accessible while maintaining a personal touch.  Platforms such as CoachConnector will serve as a hub with a “Martini” approach to sessions (any time, any place, anywhere).

Participants of a program will share a room from opposite sides of the planet closing the geographic constraint in the matching process between coach and coachee. Objectives, midpoint and endpoint feedback could be shared face to face without leaving your office.

This is not science fiction, it will happen, and at CoachConnector we are already looking at new technologies and how we can incorporate them into future iterations of our platform. It is no longer a case of if this will happen but merely a question of when.

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