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Life Coach Versus Mentor

At some point in life, everyone can use some guidance and advice. Whether it’s for personal lives or for careers, it’s important to have someone to talk to so reasonable goals can be defined and achieved. In other words, people in these situations need a life coach or a mentor. But what’s the difference between a life coach and a mentor?

 

What Is a Life Coach?

A life coach is a professional who helps people identify and achieve personal and professional goals. Life coaches work with clients individually, allowing them to set and reach goals in multiple areas of their lives. 

Many professionals take advantage of the accredited life coach certification online programs to become a life coach. These programs provide the training and education necessary to help clients effectively achieve their goals. Online programs typically include coursework in psychology, counseling, and business. With the proper training and education, a life coach can help clients succeed in all areas of their lives.

It’s important to note that a life coach is not a therapist. To further understand the differences, take a look at our recent post on life coaches versus therapists.

 

What Is a Mentor?

A mentor is a trusted advisor who provides guidance, support, and assistance to someone who is less experienced. The mentee-mentor relationship is built on trust and mutual respect and can be a powerful tool for professional development.

A mentor can provide insights and advice on career choices, help develop new skills, and offer guidance on navigating difficult situations. In addition, a mentor can be a sounding board for new ideas, offering honest feedback and helping to identify potential pitfalls. The mentee-mentor relationship can be gratifying for both parties and can play a vital role in professional success.

 

How Do Life Coaches and Mentors Differ?

Life coaches and mentors can play important roles in helping people achieve their goals. However, there are some key differences between the two. Life coaches tend to take a more active part in their clients’ lives, offering regular guidance and support. Life coaches usually focus on helping their clients achieve specific goals, such as getting a promotion or starting a business.

In contrast, mentors typically provide more intermittent advice, stepping in only when requested or when they feel their guidance would be valuable. They often provide more general support, offering advice and guidance on a range of topics.

 

When Does a Person Hire a Life Coach?

A life coach can be a valuable asset at any stage of life. Whether a person is struggling with a significant decision, feeling lost in a transition, or simply looking for ways to live a more fulfilling life, a life coach can help clarify personal goals and develop a plan to achieve them. 

Many people hire a life coach when experiencing a significant life change, such as starting a new job, getting married, or becoming a parent. Others seek coaching when facing a challenge, like overcoming a tendency to procrastinate or dealing with anxiety. No matter the reason, a life coach’s work remains essentially the same—helping clients have more self-awareness, identify their values and priorities, and set realistic goals. When someone hires a coach, they are most probably ready to make positive changes in their life and willing to put in the work to achieve them.

 

Conclusion

Both life coaches and mentors can be valuable sources of support, but it is crucial to have the right one depending on the objectives. Life coaches offer regular guidance and support, while mentors typically provide more intermittent expert advice. Are you still trying to figure out what kind of coach you’re looking for–or even which kind you might want to be? We’ve got you covered at Symbiosis Coaching–check out our recent post on transformation coaches versus life coaches.

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, June 17th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachTueday, July 23rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachWednesday, July 24th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachThursday, July 25th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Mentoring
Friday, August 9th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET (Full)
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor