How do I record my coaching sessions? (2023 update)
Posted on: 07 Jun 2023
Thanks to striding advances in technology, recording coaching sessions has never been easier.
Recording face-to-face sessions
The best way to record face-to-face sessions is by recording them on your smart phone. iPhones have a free default app called Voice Memos which usually comes standard with your iPhone (but if it’s not there, you can download it here). Most Android phones also come with a default sound recording apps, such as Voice Recorder.
Recording phone/video sessions
Since the covid pandemic, Zoom has become the leader in online audio and video calls. The free plan allows you to have unlimited meetings of up to 40 minutes in length, which can be recorded locally on your own computer. Zoom is easy to use, even for people who have never used it before – you just set up the meeting and send your client the link (or they can dial in by phone). You’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan if you want calls longer than 40 minutes or if you want to share your recordings easily via the Zoom platform.
Google Meet also provides free video meetings for up to 100 people for up to 60 minutes. Set up is self-explanatory, but you need a paid account (which is a little less than Zoom) to record your meetings which are then saved to your drive, where you can share it easily. Google Meet is a good free alternative if your sessions are longer than the 40 minute free Zoom option.
Skype also provides a “Meet Now” option, with a recording function. The meeting time is limited to a whopping 4 hours and participants are limited to 50 people, but you need a paid Skype Business account to schedule meetings in advance. Skype also provides an in-built recording option and the recording gets saved in the chat for all parties to access (note – this includes anyone who has access to your skype account, so consider the confidentiality here). Skype tends to use a bit more bandwidth than Zoom and Google Meet, but if you don’t mind sending the link just as you start the session, rather than in advance, then it’s a good free option with generous time limits and automatic sharing.
If you have experience using any of the above, or any services not mentioned here, please leave us a comment and let us know.