Clients often use the words “development” and “training” interchangeably – and yet there are important distinctions between the two words. In essence, training has a purpose – for an audience to learn specific content in a formal event. Development also has a unique purpose – for participants to actively discover and apply specific concepts and change behavior long-term.
Development is a process which allows individuals to learn and apply their learning so that they grow their skills, confidence, and expertise. It can be made up of a combination of formal and informal training, activities, and opportunities that include setting and achieving goals. All content is directly aligned with clear learning objectives, is designed collaboratively, and is customized.
A stand alone event or series of events, courses, or seminars on individual learning topics. One topic is not necessarily linked to the next. It is typically a one-time “hit” of learning, created with the learner being a passive participant listener, and “out of the box” without customization.
And clients often wonder, how exactly is “coaching” different from “consulting?” Or they have worked with consultants before, and are gun shy about doing so again. The good news: Coaching is not consulting! An exceptional coaching engagement is unique from other engagements in many ways…
As you consider your own needs, ask these questions: