Coaching, Consulting And Mentoring

Have you ever wondered what the advantage may be in finding your own personal coach, consultant or mentor? If so, you are not alone.

Why would someone need their own personal coach? What could a consultant do to help me out? What in the world is a mentor? What are the differences? These are some of the questions that are frequently asked and I will explain them each to you.

First of all, what is a coach? The definition of a coach is one who instructs or trains. When most of us think of a coach, we correlate it with the person who wears a nice shiny whistle around their neck and who yells out encouraging words to our children on the soccer field to guide them in scoring that winning goal. This is not the only type of coach out there! There are many that specialize in certain areas of coaching that do just the same as in the example I gave you above. For instance, a business coach. They will work with a business owner create a plan for success, guide them along the way, give encouragement and hold them accountable for their actions. They are the ones rooting you on to victory!

OK, then…so what is a consultant? The definition of a consultant is one who gives professional advice or services. In keeping with the example of a business coach, a business consultant will assess the problem and find a solution. A good business consultant is also able to specifically work with each individual clients needs by getting to know their business inside and out and fine-tune a plan for improvement. The end result will be a system that’s put into place for success and have their client get to where they want to be FASTER! By the way, they will also guide and encourage you just as that “coach” with the nice shiny whistle.

Lastly, we will talk about mentors. The definition of a mentor is one who is a trusted counselor or guide. They have personally gone through failures and stumbled along the way but eventually their time, knowledge, energy and resources were used to be very successful. The best way to find a mentor is through a referral but research is a great tool to find one that’s just right for you. They are the wise…someone you trust and respect and who are trusted and respected by others! Mentors combine all the great qualities of a coach and a consultant and one day they want YOU to be a mentor to someone else!