I’m glad you asked. A coach is a person who supports people (clients) to achieve their goals, with goal setting, encouragement and questions. Unlike a mentor or consultant, a coach rarely offers advice. However, the term coaching is often misused in situations where the “coach” provides expert opinion and “how to” answers and advice. Coaching does not give the client the answers, instead energizing the coachee to solve the problem. Typically, a coach helps clients to find their own solutions, by asking questions that give them insight into their situations. A coach holds a client accountable, so if clients agree to plans to achieve a goal, a coach will help motivate them to complete their plan.