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Breaking Down the Difference: Trainers vs. Coaches vs. Consultants

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Are you hiring the person with the right skills or expertise for what you need? Trainers, professional coaches, and consultants have different roles in relation to their clients and do different things with respect to each other. Some (especially those without credentials) will use these terms interchangeably, but for those who are trained or certified, especially in coaching, there are distinct differences between a coach and a consultant or trainer. Find out the key actions that differentiate a trainer, coach, and consultant from each other.


A graphic of text that says 'TRAINER, COACH OR CONSULTANT? Role Key Differentiating Actions TRAINER Conveys knowledge Teaches Tests Demonstrates PROFESSIONAL COACH Ask questions Reflects Shares observations or insights CONSULTANT •Advises Produces Diagnoses Assesses' .


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