Coach vs. consultant: what’s the difference?

When I speak with people about coaching, I am regularly asked something along the lines of: “What’s the difference between what a coach does and what a consultant does?”

Many business people are familiar with hiring consultants. Typically, consultants are brought on as experts who offer advice, knowledge, and solutions. In essence, consultants are paid to offer answers. Trainers and teachers can also perform a similar function. With these approaches, a client is told the knowledge or information, told what information is key, and may be told what they need to do.