Blog


What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Coaching and mentoring are often used synonymously but they don’t mean the same thing at all. They’re two very useful but different approaches to solving problems in your professional creative career, though. So which might you need?

What is coaching?

A good coach will draw the right answers for their client out of the client themselves. After all, there’s no one that knows your career better than you do. At first glance, that seems like a waste of time with a coach – after all, the answers may be those you always knew deep down. But the thing is, you weren’t getting to them. Sometimes we need a good reflection and attention from another non-judgemental person to find out what we always knew was right for us. Or to overcome emotional patterns around work that have always held us back. Maybe even to articulate them properly at all!

Coaching works on the ‘meta’ level

As I’ve said, a coach will assist you to find your own answers. And the process of coaching itself makes you stronger in the long term. Coaching is empowering. Good creative career coaching works on two levels. It not only helps you find your own tailor made solutions to your own problems – it also makes you more able to find your own solutions in the long run. So it solves problems while also giving you confidence in yourself and building up your insights and resources.

Coaching isn’t counselling

If you have problems that relate to serious personal issues in your past, then coaching isn’t right for you. You need someone better able to help you go back into your past to ‘unpick’ your problems and patterns. Creative career coaching is for when you want to focus on the present and take action to achieve your career goals.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is when someone in your field, or a closely related one, shares their insights and stories around the issues that you’re facing. They may be able to point you to various models, strategies, resources and contacts that will help with your current level in your career. However mentors simply share what they know… whether you relate to, or take their advice on board is up to you.

I offer both coaching and mentoring

I’m an arts veteran of almost 40 years’ standing. I started in acting and moved into singing, songwriting, managing my own copyrights, leading workshops and eventually became a bestselling author. If you’re in the creative industries, chances are I’ve experienced a similar situation to the one you’re in now… Even if I haven’t, I can coach you to gain more insight into where you’re stuck and what you need to do next. Within a session, I’ll use both my coaching and mentoring skills to help you get where you need to go.

If you’d like to receive free tips and advice, subscribe to my coaching newsletter at www.sheilachandracoaching.com. Or contact me at sheila@sheilachandra.com if you’d like a free coaching consultation to find out if I’m the right coach for you…

Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image


×

Recent Posts


Tags

self-reflection literary proposal family colleagues artist strategy career strategy lists disability subconscious professional jealousy holidays silver package Grange Hill support creative career coach competition cave art weaknesses USP friendship creative imagination drafts shake up creative process children strengths mistakes time management career conacts new year standard issue podcast critics creative ambitions visualise problems performance emotional support timewasters planning quick tune-up creative relationships performers good coach artist routine workaholism nascent artists success artists green room stage fright jealousy career infrastructure audience audition success professional mentors 'Ever So Lonely' audiences career goals artist goals passive aggressive behaviour creative support career support creative identity confidential artist mentors scheduling audition panels stress gentle safe space meditation professional boundaries shows grace dreamtime Lisa Hammond relationships efficiency insights personal boundaries self-critisicism grounding practices artist workspace musicians touring staying tidy effortlessly mental health boundaries goals personal space short and sweet skills creative industry fear career strategies client artist vision creative career artist career planning books breaks work trips 'Ouch!' podcast routines structure bands creative people singers human needs austerity professional encouragement. creative career coaching non-fiction five year plan contents of proposal cluter-free living anxiety creativity collaborators grounded author collaborations social time career direction instinct #metoo confidences balance work life re-imagining being organized work on weaknesses tidying up misuse of power partners agent client testimonials, eastenders star lisa hammond, rachael spence, coaching service for creative people, actresses, comedy writers working for free diary productivity home tact female singers creative support network procrastination peers goal setting artist organization budgeting writing mentoring creative routine just four coaching sessions health motivation impetus workstations BBC purpose creative goals attraction creative block, artist, creative, energy sappers clutter managing schedule being kind to yourself counselling writing efficiently artist support creative person re-framing goals achieved auditions agents career resources absences success stories resentment artistic conviction creative industries creative vision power dynamics onstage negative people bodily needs artist community 'Organizing for Creative People' loyalty coaching blocks managers cry intimidating bad reviews 2018 goals artist self-care testimonials avoidance instincts calendar publisher criticism insecurity brainstorm emotional resilience fellow creatives artist collegues nerves

Archive

×