What is the difference between a Coach and a Mentor?

What is the difference between a coach and a mentor 

What do you do? This is a question that I get regularly.

It always surprises me that, in this day and age, many people do not know what a coach or mentor is. And are missing out on the benefits of coaching sessions or mentoring relationships.

People go to many other professions for help, financial advisor, physio, and personal trainer, so what about a life coach to achieve specific skills, improve your work performance or healthy work-life balance? Firstly, I will answer what coaching and mentoring explain my approach and the benefits. Then I will go on to whether or not you need one.

Coaching vs mentoring? 

Coaching and mentoring are processes that enable individuals, both personally and professionally, to achieve their full potential. They are development approaches to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge, or work performance.

It is possible to draw distinctions between coaching and mentoring, although the terms are often used interchangeably in practice. It is about the management process through learning and development. It can be small things like working from home to dealing with team members and work emails. However, you can also be looking at long-term coaching relationships working on more significant projects and coping with stress and mental health issues. 

What are the benefits? 

  • I assist people in making real and lasting changes with transitional coaching.
  • I facilitate the client in identifying solutions and actions, moving on from the status quo. 
  • I support my clients in setting appropriate goals and facilitate methods to reach these goals.
  • My clients have someone who is always supportive and non-judgemental of them, their views, lifestyle, and aspirations.
  • My clients have a trusted supporter always at their side when needed.

In the past, life coaches used to be rounded in their approach; however, now it is becoming the “norm” for coaches to focus and specialise in niches – this provides a tailor-made approach to a specific topic.  

As a Transitional life coach, I focus on change and managing change with Professional people whose Perfectionism is holding them back.

This can be self-confidence, stress management, and personal and professional development.

Again, not an exhaustive list but a sample of assignments I have undertaken in the past. The change also includes businesses looking for new approaches to efficiency. 

I work with clients in the following way:

  • Determine the need
  • Explain
  • Demonstrate
  • Provide opportunities
  • Provide feedback

Do I need a life coach?

Now, this is a question only you can answer, as I believe everyone needs a coach.

It could be a career coach for your next professional move. A relationship coach to work on improving with a family member. A life coach to achieve work-life balance so simply trying to switch off from something like social media.

Let me tell you why some people come to me:

  • Their life is unbalanced.
  • They are working too many hours and feel undervalued.
  • They are trying to reach that career goal, and no matter how much time and effort they invest, they constantly fail.  
  • Often people feel something is missing from their lives yet cannot identify what, 
  • They are juggling too many balls and struggling to meet all the demands 
  • They are being pulled in all directions and not achieving their full potential
  • Lost focus on what is essential and does not have a real purpose. 
  • For support and assistance during periods of transition

This is only a quick explanation; however, I trust this provides a brief understanding of the coaching and mentoring profession. If you are still thinking about whether a coach is for you, ask yourself the following questions.  

  • Do you have a good work-life balance?
  • Are you reaching your goals consistently?
  • Are you happy with who or where you are right now?
  • Is your life fulling and meaningful, one that meets your expectations?
  • Do you feel you are missing something somewhere, yet cannot identify what?

Write your answers on paper and identify how long this has been going on.

If your answers are not meeting your expectations, you will benefit from taking on a coach/mentor to work with you. In addition, if you do the same things repeatedly, you will consistently achieve the same results. 

Take a new action today for an outstanding result!


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