Over the years working with clients, I’ve found that there is often confusion about what are the differences between the areas of Coaching, Training and Mentoring. All three areas use an expert or experienced individual to help people do something more effectively. However, there are slight difference between the three.
A coach is a coach and encourager. A coach is NOT the same as a counselor who deals with revisiting one’s past and finding healing from his or her wounds. The person being coached has a specific long term or short term specific goal to achieve. A coach is there to help that person meet their goal. Once the goal is met, the relationship is re-evaluated.
Although there are different types of coaches, here are some general things a coach does:
- Asks lots of probing questions.
- Shows people a way to solve a problem, but leaves it to the individual to mimic or do something different.
- Observes and at key moments intervenes to help an individual choose a specific path of action.
- Provides constant and gentle reminders to help an individual keep moving in a specific path of action.
MENTORING: (Charlotte only mentors women)
Mentoring is generally an informal relationship between two people. A mentor will do many of the same things as a coach or even someone who is a trainer, but there is no formal obligation on the part of either party. A mentoring relationship is more personal and often intensifies as the person being mentored discovers her desire to learn from the mentor.
And as life circumstances change, the relationship will gradually de-intensify. It will often turn into a friendship of peers.
Training is very formal and has well-defined learning objectives, and is often relatively brief as compared to coaching or mentoring.
A Trainer has extensive experience or knowledge in the subject that is being delivered in the training. Training can also include many of the types of interaction that are found in a coaching environment, but there is a very strong focus on the trainer being a subject matter expert.
Participants in the training learn from the trainer – there is knowledge transfer. Training is interactive and is never just a speaker standing at the front of the room and lecturing for the whole time.
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