Coach vs Mentor

COACH

MENTOR

Strategy, skills, team, technique, physical, specific to activity, manage
Counselor, guide, critique, mental, emotional, life skills, leader
One needs a coach to learn the steps, skills, and to be able to practice how to do something  One needs a mentor to know why they are unable to succeed in a task, not just mechanics but attitude

4 Types of Coaching and Mentoring

  1. Direct – The coach or mentor is working directly with the student either individually or in a small group such as a classroom where the student has the ability to ask questions or share.
  2. Indirect – The student is being taught indirectly through technology, books, audio, or in a large group setting. The teaching is done in a general way and is not directed specifically to an individual.
  3. Intentional – The student seeks out coaching or a mentor to help them improve. This can be done directly or indirectly. Directly would be approaching a coach or mentor to ask for help. Indirectly would be if the person watches talks or presentations online or reads books to learn.
  4. Unintentional – When a student learns a skill or a lesson from a mentor or an experience, they have unintentionally been coached or mentored. If the person returns to the source for more information, it then becomes intentional.

Why Do We Need a Coach or Mentor?

  1. Coaches and mentors have practiced and succeeded in something that we want to pursue and a coach or mentor will drastically reduce our learning curve.
  2. Coaches and mentors can see our mistakes because they may have committed the same ones. They will be direct in telling us our errors and help us learn how to mend them.
  3. It is a shortcut to success! Follow those who have succeeded and learn from them.
  4. Avoid thinking I am not experienced enough to start. Start now! No one ever started out a pro.
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