Ever get confused by what the difference between a business coach or consultant is? I’m not surprised because the lines can blur sometimes. In this article I am breaking it down for you.
In layman terms a coach will work with you so you can find the answers yourself. It’s all about the inner work and recognising the power you have from within. So with guidance you will find the right path to take.
A consultant will often provide the answers and solutions from the experience they have. The consultant should have experience in that specific area. They will pass on knowledge to empower the client so they can learn, grow and expand. And often the consultant will explain solutions step by step, passing on training and sometimes templates to try.
Are you a business consultant or coach?
When I launched my consultancy service I highlighted to my business coach that I felt what I did was not coaching. There were (and still are) coaches launching daily. Sometimes by individuals with no experience. I considered the way I help to be different. I sat down and thought about how is it I help my clients?
With over 19 years in business and 17 years training and mentoring wedding planners. It stood to reason the way I helped clients was with:
- Client identification
- Marketing solutions
- Templates to use within their business
- Business strategy
- Selling and profitability
- Goal setting
- Scaling and growing
- Diversification + revenue streams
- Wedding specific advice + training
Therefore I am a business consultant not a coach. Considering my career background it would be hard for me to sit back and not offer solutions to my clients. I work ever so closely with my 1:1 clients, getting into the nitty gritty of their business structure.
However, I do also coach
Ok so yes I am a business consultant, that is my primary function. Providing strategy and solutions. Working closely with my clients to transform their business. But there is no escaping the fact I do also coach my clients. So what does this mean? Part of business success is having a positive mindset and confidence, so sometimes with my clients I’ll notice it is necessary to start on the coaching so we can move forward. Common themes I help with are:
- Visualising their success
- Journaling guidance
- Imposter syndrome
- Confidence building
- Limiting beliefs
- Understanding the bigger picture, what do they really want (not what they think they should want)
I hope this helps clarify the difference between a business coach or consultant? If you would like to talk to me about your business why not book a call below.