Differentiation between Training, Coaching and Mentoring.
There are numerous ‘schools of thought’ about the difference between these three interventions and here is my view.
Training is normally carried out with a group of participants and is designed to improve knowledge and /or skill in a given subject. It may involve some lecture but also group work and discussion.
Coaching is about helping a person to consider their future aims or goals maybe work related or maybe life direction or just wanting to become more assertive in certain situations. Carried out on a one to one basis mainly using a non-directive style working on the assumption that the Coachee (the person being coached) has most of the answers but just doesn’t realise. However a more directive style may be required if the Coachee knows very little about the topic they wish to work on.
Mentoring is a personal development relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a Mentee (the person being mentored) who is less experienced or less knowledgeable. For example I may be able to mentor a doctor on improving communication skills or maybe running effective meetings but I wouldn’t be any use as a mentor for any clinical subject as I’m not a doctor!