Process Industry Consultant / Soft Skill
Harsh Shukla
Ceo And Md Of 3 Uk Based Mnc's
Am Hr
+1 Other

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Hii, can you people help me in finding difference between training, counselling and mentoring ??
From India, Ratlam
Hi Mbephr,
Training - when a person knows what to do to but their skills need to be enhanced. For example a salesman may undergo training to learn better selling techniques.
Counselling - when a person has a problem and cannot deal with it or does not know how to deal with it. For example, a person may get stressed at work.
Mentoring - when a person needs help, advice and guidance. For example, when a person is promoted to the position of a Manager, but now requires additional sets of skills, such as leadership.
I hope the above helps.

From United Kingdom, Barrow
Hello Mpebhr,

A good explanation has been posted by Mr Harsh.

Let me try to add my understanding.


It is given to persons for getting improved performances

in their existing job OR when they have to learn new skills.


Workmen attending Programmes on topics like

First Aid, Firefighting, SAP,


To help a person come over a diffcult decision making situation.


Helping students to choose the Branch / College before taking up Engineering.

Patients under illness/ medication require Counselling to recuperate them.

Some one whose Performance had not been good in the previous year

need Counselling.


Usually the process an in house guide / guru sets between him and the Mentte


A Mentor is mostly a senior person ( in age or by position )

in an Organization.

A Mentee is the beneficiary who is guided by Mentor.

The process is Mentoring.

The job of the Mentor is to make the Mentee a team memeber very quickly.

For the Mentee Mentor is the GO - TO - MAN to get Solutions

to counter the difficulties faced by him in an organizaton.


From India
Hi Mpbehr,

You already have a few responses to your query.

I am now giving you a different response, you need to read this carefully and let me know if it makes sense to you.This advise was given to me by David Walkden, of Quality Skills Group.

Mentoring most of the time is listening to people, building two relationships, the first is a business relationship the second a personal relationship. You wear only one hat a and you make it clear which hat you are wearing, (if you know about the 7 hats then this will make sense). Having listened you repeat back your understanding and ask “ do you think I understand?”

Sometimes you can give advice immediately and get them to put it into practice immediately or agree a time frame. Or you may ask them to give you some time to provide all the options in writing.

Mentoring teaches life skills, interpersonal skills and business skills. All these must have solid foundations never of the cuff stuff. The mentor must appear to be a master in the subject.

You need to have a background in people management and be completely confidential and able to build confidence and to motivate the person you are mentoring.

Mentoring is not book knowledge but speaking from life experience.

Best regards,


From India, Hyderabad
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