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Mentor, Coach, Consultant, What is the Difference?

I personally define myself as being a mentor/business coach.  My thoughts are your thoughts and I am able to help you break down the barriers that are holding you hostage in your business. 

Coaching is asking a lot of questions and helping you peel the layers to find the answers yourself.  Whereas mentoring is working together to peel the layers by asking questions, understanding obstacles, and determining what will help you to become more focused on what you need to do instead of making you figure it out.

When I finally admitted that I was a business coach, it was hard.  I had never seen myself as a coach, but more of a team leader who was leading and helping others to attain a team goal.  I had never looked at myself as being in charge or leading, but I was oftentimes training and educating teams internationally.


Years later I was intrigued and hired a business coach who was newly certified as a coach.  Our conversations had a lot of uncomfortable questions that I was unable to answer.  I would beat myself up because I felt like I had no credibility not being able to answer simple questions about what I wanted in my business.  What my goals were and actions on how I could get there.  It was so hard for me and embarrassing.  I had learned to say.  That is a really good question.  I will have to think about that this week.  By the time I left, the question didn’t cross my mind again until we were sitting there and the same question came up.  Sometimes I faked an answer, sometimes I knew the answer by then. 

Even though I didn’t really think about the questions, they were triggered and I was setting actions into place without realizing what I was doing.

Mentoring is natural to me.  It is a conversation between two people who are working together to create an action plan that will generate results.  Oftentimes, there are barriers or brick walls that are preventing the next step.  You can see the goal, know what the results will be, but cannot seem to grasp the missing piece that will break through.  The dialogue is simply talking about the challenges and what is needed to break through.  These are the conversations that bring the most success for entrepreneurs because they know what they want and need a snippet to the next step. 

A business consultant is just what it sounds like.  A coach or mentor who comes into a business or non profit and looks at the overall picture of the organization and is able to suggest changes that may create more revenue or generate morale and/or improve overall structure.  A business consultant can look at the employees and know the producers, the slackers, the instigators and the troublemakers.  Their eagle-like knowledge is essential especially when changes or restructuring is needed to move a business to the next level of the high performance business plan.

All three of these professionals are essential to any organization because an outsider looking in can often see where there are gaps.

At Connecting Visions, my focus is helping small business owners create a business model that will fulfill their dreams.  A plan starts as a dream and eventually has a call to action to be successful.

If your small business is struggling to have a plan that keeps you pedaling weekly with no definable results, perhaps it is time to talk to someone who is willing to help you with your ideas and bring them to the table.

My goal is to be your business coach, mentor and consultant with results through conversation.  I work with people who want to change and are ready to see results.  

Some of My Published Works

Alayna Stiffler

My Author Page

Dust to Salvation 

Seven lovely ladies have come together to share their stories of love, sadness, redemption and pain that have changed their lives from relying on themselves to falling in love with Jesus and knowing only He could carry their burdens and shame.  

The Beauty In My Mess Vol 2 - Coauthor

Over twenty influential women come together to tell a small piece of their autobiography that had a profound impact on how they loved, learned and lived over the years. Within these pages, the authors have poured their hearts and souls into their story by unveiling a time in their life where they had to find the deep inner strength, faith, and determination to see the beauty in their mess. They are stories of pain, healing, perseverance, and victory that will inspire and motivate all who read. They are their stories for HIS glory!

Driven - CoAuthor

Women all across the world have come together to share their knowledge, joys and pains of business, love, parenting, self-care, goal setting, finances and more. This guidebook leaves no stone unturned to help you find your will to reach greater heights. You’ll be ready to stop giving room to excuses and instead you’ll be ready to push forward in your dreams and truly crush your goals.

Out of My Comfort Zone - CoAuthor

Out of My Comfort Zone features profiles from remarkable women of all backgrounds and places in life. Explore stories from business coaches, a publishing consultant, professional life-style bloggers, a marketing strategist, and educators from across the globe. Each of these rising entrepreneurs offers valuable insight on the struggles, challenges and life-changing moments that brought them success and personal satisfaction.

Loyalty in Business - Should I Remain Loyal or Try A New Business?

Business: Networking • Published: February 9, 2017

Everyday you have to sell yourself, to a new client, former client or even a neighbor. Reconnecting with a former business associate without jumping ship on your current business relationship can be challenging. Ask yourself, what you can do to help them connect and would the connection be a valuable connection for both of you.


Planning Your Professional Meeting

Business • Published: September 17, 2014

Monday morning always seems to be the dreaded day of the week especially after you have enjoyed the weekend with family and friends, the start to a routine is not always inviting. Tasks left over from the prior week are generally the priority that needs to be attended to first. Unfortunately, the one you expected to be the easiest turns out to be the most challenging especially if you have been asked to find a meeting room that is available for the date you need, affordable, within a budget and clean...

The True Value of Free in Business

Business • Published: September 10, 2014

Finding quality meeting rooms that are affordable can be hard. Keeping good quality clients can be tougher if you are meeting them in the free venues. In a nutshell, free isn't always free and it could be costing you and your company valuable business.

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