It’s no secret – successful business professionals don’t get to the top on their own. They usually work with an experienced Coach or Mentor. So how do you go about finding the right Coach or Mentor for YOU, and what’s the difference between a Coach and a Mentor anyway?
The difference between a Coach and Mentor:
A COACH can help you get through a specific challenge or achieve a particular goal. A MENTOR will guide you through your long-term goals and give you strategies to achieve them. A MENTOR has more experience – they see the big picture and can help you to develop vision as well.
Examples of what a good Coach can do for you: help you to develop and deliver a powerful and effective pitch to investors, get a new job, get fit before your wedding, minimize your foreign accent, deliver a sensational TED Talk, or whatever your personal or professional goal might be.
Examples of what a good Mentor can do for you: help you to define and vet a worthy business idea and see you through getting off the ground and launching into success; suggest strategies for a successful career and be with you every step of the way – from setting goals to identifying training, connecting with the right contacts, guiding through marketing your skills (including Social Media, Networking, and when applicable, Publicity); help you to get healthy and fit for life; help you to become an effective communicator and speaker; help you to create a mindset and life strategies for success.
A good Coach or Mentor:
- Has EXPERIENCE and successful track record in their field of expertise. We see newly minted Certified Coaches popping up every day. Becoming a Coach has become as easy as attending a few weeks online course or a live seminar. I’ve heard a 19 year old say “I advise my cousin Sue all the time so I am a Life Coach”. A good Coach has years of hands-on experience in the field you are looking for. They know the pitfalls that can occur on the path and can help you mitigate the risks. They’re Masters of their art who choose to share their knowledge with you.
- Is a good TEACHER. It’s not enough to have expertise to be a good Coach or Mentor. They need to have a skill of effectively communicating the strategies to you and guiding you to YOUR success.
- BELIEVES in your potential. Sometimes we fail to see our own potential. A good Coach or Mentor has the clarity and tenacity to see your potential and believes in you even when nobody else does – not even you. They do.
- Tells you the TRUTH. We all know friends who like to shine us on. They tell us how wonderful we are and how we should take it easy. Unfortunately, their whitewashing is often plain PR. If they’d tell you the truth, you might not like it… or them. It’s easier to say: “you’re great”. On the other hand, real friends tell us the truth, even if we don’t always like it. It encourages us to take a second look and work towards improvement. A good Coach or Mentor tells the TRUTH. I tell my clients “you hired me to tell you the truth”.
- PUSHES you beyond what you think you can achieve. We all have our perceived limits of what we can achieve. A good Coach or Mentor will help you to push and expand those limits. If my Mentors hadn’t pushed me, I wouldn’t have achieved a fraction of what I have. I am forever grateful and always a student at heart!
- CHARGES for their service (unless they are retired, do it as part of their service for a non-profit organization, work within your company/industry, or are an investor). This is self-explanatory, I hope. You don’t work your butt off and not get paid. If you invest in your profession (or two) through education, years of hard work, hiring Coaches and Mentors and have a good track record – you use you hard-earned skills to make a living. Otherwise, this is a very expensive hobby!
- A good Coach or Mentor offers a FREE EXPLORATORY COACHING SESSION, their schedule permitting. A good Coach or Mentor gains clients through referrals and free short exploratory sessions. One of my clients wrote “I picked up more knowledge and insight in 10 minutes speaking with Mila than I have through hours and hours of training.” – Andrew Zao, Sr. Operations Manager at Bridgeport Medical
- Interviews YOU as much as you interview them. A good Coach or Mentor values their own time and energy as much as yours and chooses to work only with people who are committed to their success. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to achieve your 2016 goals?
One last thought: do not believe the hype of good marketing copy – unless you are looking for coaching in marketing and they were the ones who personally created the marketing campaign that got your attention. Check them out through a FREE exploratory coaching session and make a decision for yourself of whether he or she is the RIGHT Coach or Mentor for YOU.
To your success!
PS: Ask me about availability for a FREE Exploratory Session for new clients. I work via phone or Skype worldwide.
PPS: Ask me about availability for a FREE Introductory Talk at your company.