To consultant is to become the information specialist or an advocate for content or process. As an information specialist, the consultant delivers technical knowledge to the individual. As a content advocate, the consultant encourages the individual to use a specific strategy, adopt a particular stance, or way of thinking, acting, and/or behaving. The skillful consultant attempts to influence the individual’s methodology through trust, commonly defined goals, and the individual’s desired outcomes and needs clearly in mind.
To coach is to help other persons take action toward their goals while simultaneously helping them develop expertise in planning, reflecting, problem-solving and decision-making. The coach takes a nonjudgmental stance and uses tools of open-ended questions, pausing, paraphrasing, and probing for specificity. The skillful coach focuses on the perceptions, thinking and decision-making process of the individual to mediate resources for self-directedness.
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To collaborate is to collectively form ideas, make inquiries and learn together. The collaborator takes a nonjudgmental stance while determining when to pause, question, advocate, and generate further thinking. The skillful coach focuses on the balancing of when to talk and when to share by paying attention to self, mentee, and shared outcomes.
To present is to teach. A presenter’s goals are to extend and enrich knowledge, skills, or attitudes and to have these applied in people’s work. A presenter may adopt many stances (e.g., expert, colleague, novice, friend) and use many strategies of presentation (e.g., cooperative learning, study groups). Premier presenters are guided by clarity of instructional outcomes and continuous assessment of goal achievement.
To facilitate is “make easier.” A facilitator is one who conducts a meeting in which the purpose may be dialogue, shared decision-making, planning or problem-solving. The facilitator directs the procedures to be used in the meeting, choreographs the energy within the group, and maintains a focus on meeting standards. The facilitator should rarely be the person in the group with the greatest role or knowledge authority.