Coaching, mentoring, counselling and consulting – what are the differences?

Learning to Ride a Bicycle?

Here are common examples used in the coaching community to explain the differences between counselling, consulting, mentoring and coaching.  If you hired a:

Counsellor to help you learn to ride a bicycle – The counsellor would help you discover what is holding you back from riding the bike.  They would go back into your past to discover what kind of experience you had at an early age with a bicycle.

Consultant to help you learn to ride a bicycle – The consultant would bring you a bicycle manual and tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the workings of a bicycle.  The consultant would then depart and return six months later to see how you were doing.

Mentor to help you learn to ride a bicycle – The mentor would share their experiences of bike riding and the lessons they had learned.  The mentor would bestow all the wisdom they had about bicycle riding to you.

Coach to help you learn to ride a bicycle – The coach would help you get up on the bicycle and then encourage, endorse, acknowledge and support you while running alongside until you felt comfortable enough to go it alone.

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http://www.theknowledge.biz/

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