On the phone, I shuffle the cards while they describe their question or situation and I tell them to tell me when to stop shuffling. Then I proceed as usual with whatever layout feels right for their question.
I don't do readings via live chat on the internet, but I will do them via e-mail. Then I just use my own intuition.
I know the people I usually read for pretty well. I can do the readings with or without them in most cases. I've done readings for them over the phone and through email and they've all been pretty accurate.
I just think of the person, picture them in my head, think of their question and situation and then lay out the cards. Sometimes I use a significator and sometimes not. Depends on how the mood strikes me.
I actually just finished reading for a friend over the phone, and what i did was to ask her to tell me about her problem and question while i was shuffling the deck, and right after she says everything i stop shuffling. after which you precede to just reading as is.
it was actually the first time i tried reading someone who wasn't there physically and the reading proved to be quite accurate still, so i guess it doesn't matter...
besides, if it did, how do you think cleo gets all those callers and their money ^_^
I do not do readings over the Internet, rarely over the phone. Most of the readings are at a distance where a time is agreed upon, & I ask for no information other than the name & birthdate.
I use the querent's name & birthdate to focus. I write what thoughts I receive from that, if any. Then I shuffle the cards until they feel "tight", cut, put the cards together & then do the throw. I look the cards over, write any impressions before continuing with an interpretation. During the interpretation I also write on & off. I transcribe from the notes to email.
I have done readings via e-mail; either the other person had shuffled and laid out the cards and I interpreted them (like on this forum) or I shuffled and spread out the cards. I didn?t know them personally, nothing about their age, etc. but they always told me I was right on.
I concentrated on their question, asked the Most High to guide my hands so that the right cards would turn up and asked for inspiration so that I would know what was important for them to know. Sounds mystic? But it worked.
I've done readings via chat rooms (in a private message box) sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. But I'll only do it for people I've chatted to for a while - I've had some really interesting results. I ask my inner guide for help when shuffling and then their question. Makes for good practise.