Is Mentoring Disrupting the Education space?

Is Entrepreneur Mentoring disrupting the Education space?  if yes, Why Coaching, why Education/Training,  why Mentoring? They are all linked yet very different in purpose, depends on the outcomes you are looking for.

The trend is all about FAST, FURIOUS, 3 clicks and it must be done and dusted?

Training / Education is where a delegate is trained in new sets of skills, techniques, technology, methodology etc.  As an example, a Tennis player might be trained on a new technique of “spinning a ball” , then the Tennis coach would coach and facilitate the necessary focused training the player would need until the new technique is mastered to suit the players own style of the game.  An accounting professional might be trained on using a new accounting package or new way of calculating costing for certain products/services.  An Education Institution would impart knowledge aimed at a certain career path.

Training and Facilitation is instructional by nature, of the content knowledge and information imparted. The implementation of the training undergone, is up to the delegate, in most cases of training activities.  Coaching may be part of this process, especially in the follow up and follow through in measuring results of the training.

Coaching is where we intentionally interrupt behaviour that no longer gived\s us the results we desire in life, for the purpose of creating opportunity for new.  This is based on a clients goals per coach session.  Change is not easy when it comes to influencing the Neural pathways in the brain.   Especially when we mature in life and have ingrained pathways that seemingly “won’t budge”.  Try brushing your teeth with the other hand, to find out how ingrained your essential mundane activity is set in your brain! Yet, repetitive training action facilitates new Neural pathways becoming more firmly set as we have seen happens with successful athletes/sportsmen and women.  In physical exercise, in order to master the technique, we repeat until it is natural (neural pathways developed).  Coaching is usually done “content or story” free at this level.  A coach may never lead or instruct a client of what to do.  Coaching interrupts the patterning and simultaneously opens new perceptions in opportunity.  Coaching, in my opinion and experience to date, is for brave people who desire behaviourial change.  It is a space where trust, feeling safe and respect are key to the success of the outcomes.  It is the space where a client, is heard and seen, without judgement. The space where intention is to move a client forward out of a “stuck” space.

Mentoring is where an established, experienced business person, mentors candidates on this experience in the field that the Mentee has goals.  A mentor may also offer training and coaching as part of the mentoring process. 

What is emerging in the use of the term Mentoring, is that Mentoring might be seen to be a free, short cut to the right answers and correct focused steps to take to success. Based on the success and skills of another, without the necessary WALKING own TALK, to a large degree. Mentoring is also where we are each heard and given our Voice, without judgement, merely a keen interest in our success. In the space of Mentorship, there is a personal feeling of being appreciated, even a professional nurturing quality to the sessions.  

Is Mentoring, the Disruptor for the Education space? 

Is Mentorship the skills imparted that a usual Education system does possibly not apply practical, success stories, seasoned track worn experiences for students?  If this is the case, the solution would be simple, for the Education space to employ Mentors to support the students, to fast track education and impart practical skills sets, that complement the training and information shared.    

The big question is, loud and clear – If Mentors are teaching Entrepreneurs to be successful & guiding students, what next?

In my experience, clients usually expect a combination of Training, Education, Coaching and Mentoring. 

The laser T&C nugget sessions were developed based on the regular follow through to Coaching clients who merely required insight depths and top up Nuggets linked to business endeavours, and their unique journey – they often include Mentoring  and Coaching.   The reality is, a combination of Coaching, Mentoring and Training can get results much faster for clients, depends on the topic on the table.

What has been your experience of these 4 to date?  Which do you find you get the best results for Self and for own Business? 

How would you add seasoned practical skills in Mentoring to the mix for Education Institutions?

Warm regards


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