What’s the difference between a coach and a consultant, mentor or therapist?
If you’re looking to hire a coach, some key distinctions may help you set clear expectations and agreements for the coaching process.
Coach vs consultant
A consultant gives you their expertise. A coach helps you tap into your own genius.
Coach vs mentor
A mentor is ahead of you and helps you navigate your field (the right jobs, the pitfalls). A coach may not be from your field and helps you navigate uncertainty.
Coach vs therapy
A therapist helps you makes sense of your old story. A coach helps you write your new story and transcend it.
Here are another few pointers from coach Lorenza Clifford on #coaching:
It is not therapy, though you may find it therapeutic
It is not counselling, though your coach will listen exquisitely
It is not mentoring, though your coach may share experience with you.
Essentially, coaching helps you do two things to save you time and energy and create what you want in your #organisation, career or life:
- It challenges thinking that holds you back
- It helps you take action on what you discover
And over time your life transforms into what you may have thought was impossible.