Mentors, Coaches & Speakers – Which Are You?
There’s are unique differences between motivational speakers, coaches, and mentors.
SPEAKER – Motivational speakers are found across industries, skill sets, expertise levels, and age ranges. Their ability to be effective speaking on stage is generally because they are gifted or well-trained communicators. They can tell a great story that connects with an audience. They may or may not effective coaches or mentors.
COACH – A coach is one who can guide another person even though they may not have detailed or exhaustive experience. They generally will have some level of basic training and/or initial experience in a field. Their real strength is seeing what their student may not and then effectively communicate guidance. They generally one-on-one or in groups. They may also speak from the stage though I wouldn’t call them motivation speakers.
MENTOR – A mentor has experience and skills that can be effectively applied across categories though they generally have a dominant strength and/or focus. Their real strength is their ability to see, think, and guide strategically and then communicate that guidance effectively. They generally one-on-one or in groups. They may also speak from the stage though I wouldn’t call them motivation speakers.
Each role is has a purpose and there will be crossover between each.
This is how I see each one and how I have come to position myself as a mentor who also speaks effectively from stage.
I welcome feedback.
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