6: The Difference Between a Coach and Consultant

In this video, we’re going to talk about the difference between a coach and a consultant. So and a few of the other terms that are kind of floating around out there, so that you know exactly what you should be referring to yourself as.

So now you’ve heard in this coach consultant space, there are so many different terms like flying around expert and mentor, accountability partner or coach, consultant. I mean it is like endless what these really are.

In our industry, we often refer to coaches as all those people out there who are just kind of one on one or one to a group or one to many serving their community. They’re there getting people breakthroughs, right? But there really is a distinction between a coach and a consultant and there’s also a big distinction between those and an accountability partner and a mentor. So I’m actually going to break down all four of those.

Coach

Consultant

Accountability Partner

Mentor

Accountability Partners

I’m going to start with the one that is sort of the least unassuming. And that’s the accountability partner. Now, accountability partners are really great. They help us stay accountable to our goals. So an accountability partner is somebody that is usually a peer in terms of what you are accomplishing. Usually, they are, this is not a paid position, although sometimes you can pay somebody simply to hold you accountable.

So an accountability partner or person or whatever is this type of person that doesn’t have answers and they really are just relying on you to just do the work and their whole existence. Their whole job in relationship to you is to just ping you and make sure that you’re doing what you said that you would do. That is what the accountability person or partner is.

Mentor

Now the step up from that is a mentor now and a mentorship. There’s usually not necessarily a formal relationship, although in many cases it can be, oftentimes mentorships happen simply because this is your supervisor at work or this is somebody who you really admire and you’ve sort of followed along in their work. It could even be somebody that you are just following their work online through their show or through their book. They may just simply be mentoring you in that way. So a mentor is somebody that has an answer.

They know a certain way of doing things because they’ve done it that way before, and usually a mentor is helping to show you their way.

So I said, okay, here’s exactly how I did it. Here’s what I’m recommending for you. That’s what a mentor usually does.

Now the step up from that is a mentor now and a mentorship. There’s usually not necessarily a formal relationship, although in many cases it can be, oftentimes mentorships happen simply because this is your supervisor at work or this is somebody who you really admire and you’ve sort of followed along in their work. It could even be somebody that you are just following their work online through their show or through their book. They may just simply be mentoring you in that way. So a mentor is somebody that has an answer. They know a certain way of doing things because they’ve done it that way before, and usually a mentor is helping to show you their way. So I said, okay, here’s exactly how I did it. Here’s what I’m recommending for you. That’s what a mentor usually does.

Coach


Now the next step up from that is a coach.

So a coach is somebody that believes that you have all of the answers already inside of you.

Their job is to ask you the right questions in the right order, and they’re trained on that. Most coaches are trained to know exactly what to ask you and in what order to help you get your breakthrough. So what coach is designed to really guide you through a process but allow you to hold the answers?

Consultant


Now, a consultant is different than all of these. Again, a consultant is somebody that has the answers and usually a consultant has more than just one method of success. Usually, a consultant is somebody who is really well versed in their industry. They follow many different types of ways of doing it. Many do business models or many different effective things. They’ve also had some success in their own life. Unlike an accountability partner or a coach where it doesn’t matter if those have had the same success that you are trying to reach for an accountability partner, you’re just asking them to touch base with you and

for a coach, you’re just asking them to walk you into your own breakthrough.

So it doesn’t really matter if those two have their own level of success in the same way that you are achieving them, but a mentor, you are following their path and a consultant, you’re asking them, “hey, what path should I follow”, let me give you an example of how this might like really make more sense in your mind.

So let’s say that you have a certain physical ailment and this ailment is something that you are just like sick and tired of and you’re just ready to figure it out. So maybe you find an accountability partner and you say to this accountability partner, “Hey, hold me accountable to this because I’m going to really figure this out” I’ve got a plan. And a strategy of how I’m going to do it. I just need you the accountability partner to check in with me.

So your accountability partner, all they’re supposed to do is say, “Hey, how’s it going? How’s it going with that thing that you’re working on?” so that’s all really that accountability partner is designed to do.

Now, let’s say that you have a mentor and this mentor, you’re like, you know, talking to them at a barbecue or something and you bring up, you know, this is going on with me. I’m, I’m having this issue. That person might say, “oh my gosh” guess what? I had that same thing. Here’s how I healed that physical ailment. Now you’ve got a mentor and that mentor is going to be able to walk you through what to do. So now the mentor says, here’s how I did it for me. This is how you might try it for you. So now the mentor is saying, here, I did this first, then I did this, then I did this, and now you’re just following exactly what they did. That’s what a mentor would do.

Now, the third one, a coach, what would a coach to coach his job in that situation would probably be to ask you a series of questions to help you maybe dig deeper, to help you identify the source or to help you create a strategy of how you’re going to solve it on your own, so the coach would be saying, what do you think you should do next? Or what do you think? If you had the answer, what might it be? That’s a coach’s job is to draw out of you the answers.

Now, a consultant, if you had a physical ailment and you came to a consultant, the would say, “let me take a look, let me see”. And then they would say, “ah, okay, I got a couple of different ideas”. Let’s start with this one first. That would probably be like a doctor with a physical ailment, we go to a doctor because we want them to have the answer to have the solutions for us.

So the doctors, the one that’s consulting, they’re really going to be taking a deeper look.

They’ve seen lots of cases in many different ways before and now they’re taking all of their external knowledge whether they’ve had that ailment or not, who cares, who knows, who cares. It’s not about that really. It’s really about their experience and all of these other things and then they can apply that knowledge to you.