How Your Success Unlimited differentiates between the terms CONSULTING, COACHING, MENTORING and TRAINING


A consultant is an expert who is called upon for professional and technical advice or opinion. Based on their exposure to various experiences and relationships with numerous organizations, they are typically aware of industry “best practices” and are relied on to understand the challenge being faced and present solutions.

Consulting is semi-directive – Meaning the consultant imparts expert knowledge and tells the individual what best practices should be followed. Ultimate client decisions about what they do are theirs, however, they are then considered informed decisions.


Coaching is a partnership between the coach and the individual whereby they engage in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the individual to maximize their personal and professional potential. What this means is that a coach facilitates enhanced performance, learning, and development in the individual not by imparting knowledge, but through a combination of coaching methods that create awareness in the individual being coached of their own skills, their own knowledge and expertise and their own possibilities. The coach then motivates the individual to both, effectively and efficiently, use all skills, knowledge, and expertise available to them to be who they want to be, have what they want to have and do what they want to do.

Coaching is non-directive – the coach does not tell or instruct. The coach elicits expertise and resources already present in the person(s) they are coaching, so they can choose their own direction and the best way forward to the enhanced performance.


A professional relationship in which an experienced and successful person assists another in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s personal and professional growth.

Mentoring is directive – A mentor guides advises and counsels the individual and typically challenges them beyond his or her comfort zone.


Those with knowledge, experience, and expertise in a certain field instruct and teach individual(s) who have less knowledge, experience or expertise in that field.

Training is directive – Meaning the trainer is the expert in the area of learning. The trainer directs and instructs those they are training on what to learn and how to learn it. This is done to promote enhanced performance.


Micro-learning is a short-term, digestible and easily manageable pieces of training that suit our brain’s attention span. Research shows that we learn better when we are engaged in short (3-7 min) focused sessions. Strategies: Case studies, Micro-games, Podcasts, Multi-media presentations, Simulations, Instructional Videos, and Online assessments and quizzes.


Coaching can help if you are experiencing stress caused by your lifestyle choices. Therapeutic counselling is required if you have anxiety caused by emotions and thoughts that emerge from how you see and interpret the world.

Coaches work to move an individual forward towards reaching his/her goal. Counsellors explore the origin of emotional and social relationship problems and work with the individual to develop new strategies to confront those problems. Ultimately, counselling draws from “understanding the past” and the related cause and effect of the individual’s current situation.

WARNING: Engaging in consulting, coaching or mentoring activities can be harmful if the individual’s problems stem from undetected or ignored psychological difficulties.



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