Mentor, coach and consultants what’s the difference and why you need all three.
In this article we will uncover the the reasons why people succeed or fail to reach their business goals.
Mentors, coaches and consultants make our lives easier. Their function is to provide you with a shortcut on this journey called life and yet their roles are inherently different.
The definition of a mentor is an older male or female (usually twice the age of the men-tee) and typically of the same gender. The time you spend with your mentor is typically in a relaxed environment without a specific agenda.
You two have similar interests or are forced to work together by your employer in order to show you the ropes.
I enjoy this dynamic between mentors and men-tees because 99% of the time it’s the quintessential friendship. Mentorship are like the rays of our sun. Wisdom beams down towards the budding sprout who uses the en(light)enment to become mentally and emotionally stronger.
Think about your life so far. How many older women or men (who aren’t your parents) are there for you when you need them? Is there someone behind you nudging you?
These sage ladies and gents’ experiences shine hope and possibility on you that makes life smoother.
Dan Pena is one of my primary mentors, though I have several. When you find someone who has the lifestyle you want, go after them, introduce yourself and make them know who you are.
Do whatever it takes to meet with them.
I’ve been fortunate to have many mentors and continue to regularly seek them out either through reading their biographies and books or by attending local Meetups.
Interested in mentoring a youth? Check out a wonderful program, Mentor. They will pair you with a teen with similar interests.
Main takeaway: Mentors are perfect for sharing insightful knowledge on a wide variety of topics. They’ll often times point you in the right direction and “check-in” on you periodically.
… And then there are Coaches.
Coaches on the other hand have a specific goal for you and help inspire you to achieve it. Coaches will push and prod you beyond your comfort zone and remind you, painfully if necessary, of why you’ve hired them.
Unlike mentors, coaches typically jump in the ring with you. They will support your growth beside you and are ready to go through any and all preparations mandatory to ensure you obtain your desired results.
For example, a business coach will help you get set up your marketing systems, tell you what to do, how to do it and when to do it. They may or may not tell you why to do it depending on their attitude and demeanor. You’re just expected to take action! based on their experience.
Main takeaway: If you need specific results fast, an experienced coach will get you there.
Ok, we understand the Mentor and Coach’s role, what about the Consultant?!
The purpose of a consultant is to help clarify your ideas and objectives. The consultant will ensure you’re on the right track. They will not do the work for you as a coach might, but he or she will inform you on the next right move to take based on their knowledge and experience.
A great time to use a consultant is when you’re starting something new, changing directions, or need clarity on how to advance your business.
High quality consultants will research your business and industry and prepare a presentation for you on his or her findings to give you the best and worst case scenarios.
Her answers will be provided to you in a relatively short period of time, based on your needs and her experience.
Let’s combine all the information we’ve covered so far:
- With your mentor(s) you’ll gain a broader perspective of what you want to do, be or have in life.
- Your Coach will push and pull you towards the finish-line of a specific goal or objective.
- With your Consultant you’ll get clear on your goals, refine your objectives and focus on how to improve.
If you’re in business, you’ll need all three at different moments throughout your career. I recommend you be one of the three to someone else.
You’ll be able to experience the joy and value that comes from giving to others, whether it’s for free as it is typically with a mentor or as a paid service. Either way when done properly it’s highly rewarding.
By now you understand the difference between a business mentor, business coach and business consultant and when to select the appropriate facilitator.
Not all are the same, some really work diligently to ensure your goals are met, others are very much hands off, some really just like the title and aren’t exactly there to help or move you towards obtaining your goals.
I’m often asked “How can I tell if you’ve found the right person?” It’s easy, ask him or her a few questions you’d like clarity on. If you find their answers are straight forward, without bull-shitting, you’ve found the right guy or gal.
If you’re ready for results, you have plenty of options. Just ensure you work with someone who wants you to succeed.
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