The Title of Coach and Mentor
Everywhere you look it seems the marketplace is full “Coaches”.
Yes; you name it every sector has a coach...
…I’m sure you get the idea by now right?
It really makes you wonder why are there so many people in the world defining themselves as a “coach”.
Well; quite honestly, there has been an increase in the amount of people that are lost and truly need someone in their life guiding them like a coach of a sports team does their players.
There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this by the way!
Believe it or not we all need a coach or mentor to help us along our journey and to help us see our full potential.
Let’s face it life can be challenging and without specific directions we can find ourselves stuck between a rock and hard place. To lessen the possibility of other people facing this fate specialists in various sectors have turned to be the guiding light for those that are in a dark place by becoming coaches and mentors.
Coaching is a very serious ordeal. By entitling oneself as a “coach” you are telling people that you are the “guru” or strategist in a particular field.
Basically you are telling the world…You Are Neo The Chosen One in your field of expertise.
According to researchers:
“Coaching is task oriented. The focus is on concrete issues, such as managing more effectively, speaking more articulately, and learning how to think strategically. This requires a content expert (coach) who is capable of teaching the coachee how to develop these skills.
Mentoring is relationship oriented. It seeks to provide a safe environment where the mentoree shares whatever issues affect his or her professional and personal success. Although specific learning goals or competencies may be used as a basis for creating the relationship, its focus goes beyond these areas to include things, such as work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception, and how the personal influences the professional” (Management Mentors).
However, let me issue you a WORD OF CAUTION…
Make sure you study and know you stuff because being a coach or mentor due to the attached cloak of responsibility.
If you haven’t done your research to be deemed a viable coach in a field then please refrain from wearing the title.
Don’t let the popularity of a word such as “Life Coach” cause you to bite off more than you can chew or are prepared to endure.
There is nothing more disheartening than to seek the counsel of a person calling themselves a particular type of “coach” just to find out this person is a perpetrator.
STOP THE FOOLISHNESS!
I highly recommended that you realize that as a coach and mentor your words MUST measure up to your message.
Don’t give out information that will misguide people and leave them in a worst situation than they were when they connected with you.
If you are going to wear the title then you must put in the work that goes along with it.
Bottom line, people need more life guidance not more life confusion.
Coaches and mentors are seen as an individual’s life line.
Yes; being a coach and mentor is just that serious and should never be taken lightly.
Depending on the sector of expertise coaches and mentors hold the very essence of a person’s life in their hands.
One misguided message from the coach and the individual could suffer irreparable damages.
So ask yourself are you prepared to tackle the additional responsibility and live with the overall outcome?
The Difference Between A Coach and A Mentor
Many people get the terms coach and mentor confused.
Here is my video that distinguishes between the two terms:
Should You Become A Coach or Mentor?
Well…that depends on you and if you are willing to do what it takes to be either.
As I have mentioned before neither title is to be taken lightly. Both sectors equally require hard work, dedication, and most importantly applicable training.
Despite my initial thoughts, I can attest to the fact that the marketplace can definitely benefit from the increase of more skilled coaches and mentors.
Therefore, let me be the first to welcome you into a new realm of coaching and mentoring!
Personally, I think both are two of the most rewarding titles in business!
Finding Your Coach and Mentor
Find a coach or mentor can be a hard process due to the research involved in finding the right match for you. My goal is to help you narrow down your options and get you on your way to building your legacy in life and business sooner rather than later.
To get started today, simply click here for more information.
Enjoy Your Journey!
Kimberly Collins, MBA
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