Coaching? Mentoring? Counselling? Consulting? What's the difference?
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Coaching, mentoring, consulting, counselling, training... Aren't they all the same thing? Some enquiries that I got asked me what do I train as a Discovery Coach? Can they get advise from me? Am I the subject matter expert in their field? etc.
Now, what is coaching? I have pull an abstract from the article by Cindy Turner (Master Coach) to define coaching.
[ According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), a peak membership body for coaches defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.” The coach is the subject matter expert on the facilitation of the coaching process, but is not necessarily the subject matter expert of the client (coachee’s) topic. The coach honours the client as the expert in his/her life and work and hence, is highly skilled at asking questions which elicit the resources and expertise of the coachee. Coaching is not about giving advice or a conversation that offers solutions.]
A coach may not be a subject matter expert in the coachee's topic, but we are experts in facilitating conversations that help to direct the coachee to see their blind spots. From there, the real subject matter expert (the coachee) will gain insights of his issues. Therefore, coaching is a "future oriented" conversation process. Unlike a mentor and consultant, who provide solution, a coach helps the coachee to discover their solutions through the coaching process.
Click here to read more on the article "The Difference between Coaching between Coaching & Mentoring, Consulting & Counselling" by Cindy Turner, Master Coach.