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Virtual Advice uses a dissociative coaching technique to tap into virtual advice that can help us make decisions and solve problems.

Dissociation is a way to take the emotional charge out of a situation and encourage a more reflective and less emotive set of responses to a situation.  Many coaching techniques seek to create a mixture of dissociation from and association into emotions in order to provide rational and highly motivating perspectives respectively.


Overview and purpose

This tool asks you to imagine being someone else for a short time to help you generate some fascinating new ways to get past obstacles. It includes examples of some characters from whom advice might be sought, in a virtual context.
Instructions for use

Follow the advice in the tool (Available Here), being careful not to be too critical about the advisers on offer, as this is merely an exercise in getting unstuck, where you explore alternative perspectives.

How it works

The tool is effective because it detaches you from your immediate issues and puts you into the mindset of people that you trust and admire.


Claire is undecided as to whether or not to seek promotion at work, she asks for the virtual advice of her grandmother, her best friend, Eddie Izzard and her pet pug, Lawrence, as well as her local greengrocer. The consensus is yes, though Eddie Izzard offered some interesting perspectives on questions she should ask in an interview to check out the values of the leadership team she is applying to.

Follow-up work

Once you are familiar with these virtual advisors they can be called on many times in future, for example when you need strategies for change.

As always if you are looking for training at your school or on one of our public courses, do get in touch and we will send you further information about our programmes.