Speakers as Coaches
VOE TOP TIPS
News and notes on the
art and business of speaking
CITE refers to identifying the
source of information.
She cited her research on cause
SIGHT refers to vision or
something that can be seen
He is starting to lose his sense
The stray cat was a familiar sight
in the neighborhood.
SITE is a location.
She asked to visit the site of her
She cited that her reason for
visiting the site was because
she wanted to be sure the pillars
did not block the audience’s line
LOOSE means slack or
The table wobbled because a
screw was loose.
Who let the dog loose in the
LOSE is used to refer to the loss
He agreed he had nothing to
lose by contacting the meeting
Did you lose weight? Your pants
look like they are loose.
How should you respond when an enthusiastic audience member comes up to you after a speech
and asks, “Will you coach me?” In an
interview with Robert Stack, MCLC, BCC,
APR, Fellow PRSA, in the December 2017
edition of Voices of Experience® (VOE),
he made it clear that first you need to
understand the difference between mentoring, consulting, and coaching.
MENTORS are experts who share their
wisdom and counsel with a mentee. They
provide their knowledge and experience
without having a pre-set agenda.
CONSULTANTS have specific expertise,
set the agenda for meetings, and offer
possible solutions to a challenge. They
may also participate in the execution of
COACHES partner with clients in a
thought-provoking and creative process
that inspires them to maximize their
personal and professional potential.
WITH ROBERT STACK, MCLC, BCC, APR, FELLOW PRSA
ON MENTORING VS. CONSULTING VS. COACHING
Most people are familiar with athletic
coaches who are experts in a particular
sport and encourage individuals or teams
to get a result … usually winning.
Unlike the other disciplines, business
coaches believe that individuals can resolve
their own problems by finding their own solu-
tions with the help of a coach. To do this they
ask questions of the client, such as, “What do
you think the solution is?” or “What have you
done in the past that has worked?”
When prospects ask for coaching they
often don’t know what kind of help they
need. Professional speakers must be aware
of and educate the public about what pro-
fessional coaches do, because this question
comes up so often.
To listen to the full interview, download
the Voices of Experience mobile app available
on the App Store, Google Play, and for Amazon
Kindle—or listen through your favorite podcast streaming service. For more information
about coaching, contact the International
Coach Federation at coachfederation.org.