This video provides interesting perspectives on what coaching is and what it isn’t. Coaching is different from therapy, consulting, and mentoring in that an effective coach helps identify future goals but does not focus on the past, provide a roadmap for change, or share expertise in a particular field.

  • Coaching is often confused with therapy, consulting, and mentoring, but there are differences
    • Therapists focus on the past and work to fix what’s broken
    • Consultants provide analysis, answers, and roadmaps for change
    • Mentors are experts in their field who help others with less experience find success
  • Professional coaches focus on helping you design your goals/future
    • Thought-provoking and inspirational
    • Good listeners, empathetic, curious, intuitive, creative
    • Trained and bound by professional standards
    • Your partner, advocate, and champion