Thinkific Coaching

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To deliver coaching on Thinkific, you’ll need software or an app. Currently, the platform does not offer built-in coaching features.

As a third-party integration is used for delivery, all subscription plans can sell and deliver coaching services.

Key Takeaways:

  • To offer coaching, you’ll need software or an app: Thinkific recommends Zoom
  • You can offer group and/or one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Coaching can be sold on all subscription plans

Thinkific’s Coaching Features

As the platform doesn’t have any coaching or webinar features, you’ll need to use third-party software or app.

Thinkific promotes Zooms as its recommended solution since Zoom has a direct integration feature, which makes it easier to deliver coaching programs.

Although there isn’t a native delivery method, the platform does allow you to sell coaching as an individual product or as part of a course bundle. Therefore, all payments and checkout can be done on your Thinkific site.

In addition, the platform also recommends that you use third-party software to book and schedule coaching. They suggest services such as Calendly, Doodle, and for you to fill your calendar with sessions.

Other alternative delivery methods include webinar softwares such as YouTube Live and Livestream, as well as apps like Howdy, eWebinar, and Invirtu Live Lessons.

Thinkific Subscription Required to Deliver Coaching

To deliver coaching to your learners, it’s essential to understand the limitations of each Thinkific subscription plan to identify the best one for you.

Below we cover the attached features and benefits of the options.

Free and Basic Plans

The lowest-cost way to deliver coaching would be to use the Free Thinkific subscription plan and a free webinar or coaching software.

However, it will limit your delivery in the following ways:

  • No direct integration
  • You have to use an app or third-party software
  • You can embed links and use the Multimedia Lessons feature

Therefore, the customer experience will be clunkier and not very user friendly.

Start, Grow, and Expand Plans

To deliver coaching, the platform suggests that you use Zoom with the direct integration feature.

The direct integration features require you to have a minimum of the Start subscription plan and a paid Zoom subscription.

Any of these three plans will let you deliver coaching through the course player, which means the student won’t have to leave your site when being coached.

Free planBasic planStart planStart plan
Grow plan
Expand plan
Zoom Direct Integration
Multimedia Lessons
Course Player Delivery
Access to Coaching/Webinar Apps

Thinkific Pricing

Now that you understand the feature differences, here are the prices for you to consider:

  • Free plan – $0/month
  • Basic plan – $49/month
  • Start plan – $99/month
  • Grow plan – $199/month
  • Expand plan – Pricing not disclosed

Does Thinkific Support for 1-on-1 Coaching?

Thinkific allows users to sell and promote one-on-one coaching through their site.

Most commonly, it is sold to learners who want extra help and a more personal learning experience to complement their acquired course knowledge.

There is no one-on-one coaching feature on the site itself; however, they support it by allowing you to use Zoom and other delivery services.

Depending on your subscription plan, there are different recommended solutions for one-on-one delivery that we’ll explore below.

Free and Start Plans 

Delivered as multimedia lessons outside of Thinkific:

  • Zoom (free plan)
  • YouTube Live
  • Livestream
  • Howdy (app)
  • eWebinar (app)
  • Invirtu Live Lessons (app)

Start, Grow, and Expand Plans

Recommended solution: Zoom with direct integration

Other possible solutions:

  • YouTube Live
  • Livestream
  • Howdy (app)
  • eWebinar (app)
  • Invirtu Live Lessons (app)

Does Thinkific Support Group Coaching?

Yes, the platform says the best way to deliver group coaching is to use Zoom and the direct integrations feature.

Group coaching can be a powerful tool to help cohorts of students at the same learning stage.

The best delivery solution will depend on the subscription plan that you have; therefore we have shown the solutions available to you below.

Free and Start Plans

  • Zoom (free plan)
  • YouTube Live
  • Livestream
  • Howdy (app)
  • eWebinar (app)
  • Invirtu Live Lessons (app)

Start, Grow, and Expand Plans

Recommended solution: Zoom with direct integration

Other possible solutions:

  • YouTube Live
  • Livestream
  • Howdy (app)
  • eWebinar (app)
  • Invirtu Live Lessons (app)

Ways to Deliver Coaching on Thinkific

There are three ways to deliver coaching on the platform: using the direct integration feature with Zoom, using software, and using an app.

Here’s the breakdown of each:

Direct Integration

The most popular solution for delivering coaching is to use Zoom with direct integration. This feature allows you to deliver coaching in your courses using the software. In addition to having a Start plan or above, you’ll also need a paid Zoom subscription.

Other Platforms

You can use other platforms, such as YouTube Live and Livestream, to deliver your coaching programs.

You can do this by using the Multimedia Lessons feature to embed the live coaching link for your students to access.

Thinkific Apps

In Thinkific’s app store, you’ll have access to various coaching delivery solutions. Some popular apps include Howdy, eWebinar, and Invirtu Live Lessons.

How to Set Coaching up on Thinkific

How to Deliver Coaching

As direct integration with Zoom is the most popular method, we’ll walk you through the process of using it to deliver your coaching.

There are two steps to the process: setting up your Zoom account and creating a Live Lesson.

Step 1: Setting up your Zoom account:

  1. On your admin dashboard, navigate to select Apps, on the left-hand side.
  2. Then click on Visit App Store.
Thinkific Coaching
  1. Once in the app store, type in Zoom.
  2. Select the Zoom app.
  3. Click Install.
  1. After the app has been installed, it will appear in the Apps section of your dashboard. Navigate here and select Connect Account.
Connect Account
  1. You’ll be prompted to log in. If you already have an account, fill out the Email and Passwords section.
  2. If you don’t have an account, click on the Sign Up Free link.
Sign Up Free
  1. Once you’ve set up and logged in, you’ll need to click Authorize to finish the setup.
Manage Learning Products

Your account will now be set up and connected, and you’re now ready to move on to the next step to set up your coaching using Live Lessons.

How to Include Live Lessons in Your Course

After you’ve connected your Zoom and Thinkific accounts, you can begin scheduling Live Lessons to deliver coaching.

Here’s how: 

  1. From your Thinkific dashboard, select, Manage Learning Products.
  2. Click on Courses.
  3. Select the course that you’d like to add your coaching to.
Deliver Coaching
  1. Click + Add Lesson.
  2. Navigate to and select Live, under the Lessons section.
Lessons section
  1. Now, fill out the settings and customize with your preferences (including date, time, and duration).
You’ll also have three options to select when setting up:
  1. Record the meeting automatically – The whole coaching session will be recorded for you and stored in your Zoom account.
  2. Enable join before host –  Students awaiting coaching will be able to enter the session before you’ve joined.
  3. Enable waiting room – Students awaiting coaching must wait for you to join and start the session before joining.
When the live session is scheduled, students will be able to join the group coaching session through their course player.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can sell coaching as an individual product or as part of a course bundle. To deliver the coaching, you can use the Live Lesson feature and third-party software such as Zoom, YouTube Live, Livestream, or several Thinkific apps.

To create an online coaching program, you can schedule live lessons in the course player, which will allow you to deliver it to students who are enrolled in the course.

You can deliver one-on-one coaching on Thinkific by using the Zoom direct integration. Alternatively, you could deliver coaching using a range of live webinar software or apps. The platform allows you to sell one-on-one coaching as part of a course bundle and individually.

To do Group coaching, you can set up a Live Lesson inside of your course or embed a live video using multimedia lessons. You will need a Start subscription plan or above to use the direct integration using Zoom.

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