What is the Difference between Consulting, Counselling, Therapy, Coaching, Friend?
Professional consulting targets technical skills, this is often information and expertise based. For example, you might hire a consultant to help your business with a specific problem. In which case, you’d expect your consultant to have knowledge and experience in that particular area. Life coaches, on the other hand, may or may not have a background or experience in your field. A coach is a life specialist, an expert on helping you develop all areas of your business and personal life. Unlike many consultants who propose a solution and leave you to implement it, the life coach stays with you to help you integrate the changes, new skills, and goals to make sure they really happen. This is one reason why coaching is so effective–it is one thing to have the information and quite another to actually make the change!
Life coaching is not therapy. Coaches do not work on past-based issues or traumas. We are also not psychologists or psychotherapists, these are all fields of medicine.
Life coaches focus on the present and the client’s goals for the future. We help people move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want. Most life coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of their own personal coach to do so.
Best friends or colleagues
Friends are great, but many times they may not be ready to shoulder the burdens of driving a person to success. Telling the truth is not easy in a friendship. It is not fair to expect a friend or colleague to help you meet personal goals. A good life coach is never afraid to tell you the truth and is willing to be fired at any time.
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