Put Me In Coach!

Training and coaching sound like they could be two different words describing the same practice—imparting information that someone else—students, friends, acquaintances, employees, trainees—can learn and grow from.

But in fact, training and coaching each serve a distinct purpose and, while they share similar attributes, they have completely different purposes. Knowing the differences between training and coaching, as well as when and how to deploy them, is key to affecting and improving personal and professional relationships, job performance, and overall satisfaction in life.

Although there are elements that cross-over between the two practices, their descriptions are different and include:

Training (More group-oriented): Instructing, developing, and nurturing life and job skill sets
Coaching (More small group or one-on-one oriented toward fine tuning skills): Guiding, motivating, encouraging, advising; opening the mind to alternate ideas that can improve behaviors.

All of the 3 training attributes can cross over into the 4 coaching attributes and visa-versa. But there are still distinct differences in how they are delivered:

Training has more of an emphasis on the teacher/student relationship. The seasoned or knowledgeable professional introducing students to new skills, concepts, behaviors, etc.

The emphasis in coaching is more that of a partnership. Two professionals working together for the betterment of the one being coached. Raising or increasing the life skill sets, abilities, and capabilities that are already resident in the individual, but that could be improved upon.

uch of the success of either practice depends on the individual mindset of each participant. Students should display not only the willingness and openness to receive the content from the instructor, but combine that with an expectation that by employing the knowledge they learn, their effectiveness as a person will be enhanced.

Instructors should display an unselfish commitment to deliver meaningful content, consciously delivered. To lead with the purpose of giving the best of themselves as a living illustration.

The greater the commitment to these core ideals each participant brings to the relationship, the greater the return each will receive. As life-students, we walk away with a greater understanding of the life skills we can employ in bettering ourselves and our world. As teachers and trainers, if we do it right, we walk away with as much or more positive returns as those we feed. We become better through training and encouraging others to be better.

In life, we should all be teacher/learners, gaining and giving in a continual adherence to personal and corporate improvement.


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