Mentoring and Coaching do share some characteristics: Both require a high level of commitment from the mentee/client. Both are focused on improving the future prospects of the mentee/client (as opposed to counseling, for example, which aims at resolving past situations). Both require high levels of personal interaction. Both involve providing feedback and advice. There are also significant differences: Mentoring Coaching Duration Up to the participants Achievement-based Scope Focuses on building a trust relationship and an improvement cycle Focuses on achieving a specific goal (but trust is also important) Approach Dependent on the mentee Dependent on the goal to achieve Nature of the Relationship Mutually beneficial Strictly professional Openness Confidential Can be open or confidential depending on the format. Direction Mentee selects Both can select Formality Generally informal Uses a formal structure Subject Matter Expert Mentor Client Process Expert Mentor Coach Expectations General skill development Achieving a level of performance "Speech Distribution" Mentor speaks more than Mentee The client speaks much more than the coach.