There are times I get the question– So, what exactly are a Trainer and a Coach doing? For that reason, I took help from my friend Wiki to give a short summery about the life as a Business Trainer and Coach.
Trainers work in many different areas, mainly educating employees of companies on specific topics of workplace importance. Some trainers are in-house, and others work for training companies. In certain cases companies hire external trainers, especially if the needed knowledge is not available within the own trainers pool or if the company is too small to have internal trainers or if the project is too large for the in-house training staff. Many companies exist specialize on certain areas of training such change management and leadership, as well as Sales and Team management, etc. Many times people confuse the term training facilitator and trainer. As opposed to the facilitator the trainer does take an active role and transmits mainly knowledge.
Coaching, when referring to getting coached by a professional coach, is a teaching, training or development process in which an individual gets support while learning to achieve a specific personal or professional result or goal. The structures, models and methodologies of coaching are numerous, and may be designed to facilitate thinking or learning new behavior for personal growth or professional advancement. There are also forms of coaching that help the coachee improve a physical skill, like in a sport or performing art form. Some coaches use a style in which they ask questions and offer opportunities that will challenge the coachee to find answers from within him/herself. This facilitates the learner to discover answers and new ways of being based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.
Different examples of coaching.
- Life coaching
- Business coaching
- Executive coaching
- Career coaching
- Financial coaching
- Personal coaching
- Systemic coaching
- Health coaching
- Sports coaching
The basic skills of coaching are often developed by managers within organizations specifically to improve their managing and leadership abilities, rather than to apply in formal one-to-one coaching sessions. These skills can also be applied within team meetings and are then akin to the more traditional skills of group facilitation.