These terms are often used interchangeably which creates confusion. Whats the real difference? My first experience with a coach was a few years back now – someone offered me a free coaching session. I took up the offer and that person in just one hour helped me overcome a career roadblock that had been holding me back for years. The nice thing was, he did that without offering a single piece of advice – he “tickled” the solution out of me. It was sort of obvious – but it hadn’t clicked. That’s the beauty of Coaching.
Mentoring is somewhat more directional – a mentor is an expert I can learn from. A mentor is someone who is very good at a skill I would like to become better at. Its like learning from a pro ! Teach me how to do it. Help me learn from your mistakes A mentor is a role model in an area that helps me excel at myself.
Hope this helps.