The main difference between coaching and training lies in the highly individualized nature of coaching. Whether coaching is being conducted 1:1 or in a team or group setting, the goals, and objectives of the relationship are driven by the client. The coach’s role is to support, question, and explore differing perspectives with the client. The specific approaches, topics, and models used by the coach may differ widely depending on the needs and the desires of the person(s) being coached.
In training, there is a clear set of learning objectives established at the outset of the training engagement. It is the trainer’s job to teach these objectives and any accompanying frameworks, processes, and best practices to the attendees. While there may be some customization in the training, the specific topics covered will not be individualized based on the needs of individual group members.