7 Expert Types ~ Type of Expert Are You?
What’s the difference between a Coach, Consultant, Teacher, Trainer, Mentor etc?
One of the reason’s why I asked this question is that I see so many people saying that they are looking for one type of expert support whereas what they are really looking for as I hear them voice their expectations is another.
A coach empowers the client to navigate their own path towards the achievement of a pre-determined short-term goal.
The coach focuses on the present and the future. They find out where you you are and where you want to go in life, and work with you to get there. Just like a football coach, a coach may not necessarily have been where you are trying to get to, but they are equipped with tools to help you get there.
A coach cheers you on.
Traditionally, consultants are experts who research the options open to the client, and give advice in order to help them make the best choices.
They come into a situation to review it, and offer advice on how it could be improved. They often provide advice to their clients that will help them gain the competitive edge
A Consultant gives expert advice, they are not so concerned with helping you to implement the advice.
However, these days, you have another breed of contractors who are contacted to go into a work situation to specifically implement solutions.
A Mentor often has a lot of knowledge and experience in the area of the mentees pursuit.
Mentoring is strongly relational and developmental; it strongly focuses on the development of the mentee over a long term period.
The goal of the mentor is to help their mentee achieve what they themselves have achieved. Mentors often take the lead with the expectation that their mentees will follow.
Teachers are experts who instruct on a subject matter. They impart their knowledge to their students formally as well as informally.
The teacher’s workroom is often the classroom. They also deliver their content through seminars.
A Trainer provides the environment for the transference and development of skill.
Trainers are high on implementation, they teach their trainees how something works and then get them to implement it. The trainer’s workroom is often the workshop.
Counsellors focus on helping their clients resolve unresolved psychological issues from the past.
They provide a conducive and safe environment for the client to unveil their challenges and feelings in a confidential way.
The competences of the counsellor are often around the areas of questioning, listening and guiding.
Counsellors help to answer the question why.
A Strategist helps you work out the how.
You may know exactly where you are trying to get to but then the strategist comes in to help you to work out a way to get there quickly.
A vision without an executable plan for its accomplishment is dead, strategist helps you work out the steps you need to take to accomplish your vision and the vehicles that would help you get there.
The strategist gives you a roadmap, strategies and systems.
Things You Hear People Say…
You hear a lot of people say you can’t help people go where you have not been, that’s not true as we see in the example of Sport Coaches.
You hear people say you can’t give marriage counsel if you’ve never been married, yet Paul and Jesus did and they were single.
As Believers, we also need to factor in the anointing. The anointing in us works for others most of the time and not necessarily for us.
God has also given us the Bible which is his ancient wisdom that has worked all through the ages.
Let’s embrace his thought and view. Let’s not limit God.
What are your thoughts?