Coach vs Consultant

According to Merriam-Webster:


a Consultant is one “who gives professional advice or services to companies for a fee”.


a Coach is “one who instructs or trains

“So why do you label yourself as a coach instead of a consultant, Tom?”, you might ask. “You are expecting a fee for your professional advice, aren’t you?”


Yes, I expect a fee for my professional advice and services. But I want to provide more to my clients than only short term consultation. I want to leave behind an education for the long term. I’m here to train, not direct. Instruct, not advise. See the difference? I’ll lead when it helps you, but only until you are ready to take over. I will not only talk to you about what can be done, but why it makes sense.


Remember the old parable: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”? Well, in my mind


a Consultant will give you a fish for today


a Coach will show you how to catch fish for a lifetime


That’s why I’m a coach instead of a consultant…