November 28, 2017 Taylor Scott

Are You a Coach or a Commentator?

Coaching vs. Commentary

We’ve all seen coaches, particularly in the college or professional ranks; make the transition to the booth or studio, as commentators for their sport.

Coaches and commentators are related, and perhaps require similar skills. They both must be knowledgeable, articulate, convincing, believable, and to some extent, engaging.

Just because someone is a great coach doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to be a great commentator. The reverse is also true. Some of the best commentators are those who first failed at coaching, for one reason or another.

I did a few Google searches on both words, coaching and commentating. As expected, the obvious differences jumped out.

Coaching – the very spirit of the word and actions associated with it are all about doing for someone else – supporting, teaching, encouraging, guiding, training, and even “carrying” another.

Commentating, on the other hand, is merely talking. It’s commenting to make one’s self look, sound, or appear as an expert. Period. even defines the word as “making explanatory or critical comments…”

Why do I bring this up?

Which would you prefer in your boss, at work? A coach? Or a commentator?

Better yet, if you are a leader of people, teams, or organizations, which do you think your team prefers?  Think about your day-to-day, with your team.

Are you a “coach”?  Or are you a “commentator”?

If given their druthers, most people would rather be supported or encouraged as opposed to enduring a lecture from a commentator.

Most teams likely respond better to support as opposed to criticism.

There’s a place for both coaching and commentating. However, when it comes to leadership, it’s a no brainer.

Be a coach.

It’s less about us, and all about helping them. It’s impossible to help them unless or until we connect with them, letting them know we care. Once they know we care, and we’re all about helping them get through it, whatever it may be, magic happens.

Great commentary fills the air eloquently for a moment.

Great coaching fulfills hearts, souls, and lives for a lifetime.

Have a great day.


For more ideas, thoughts, and strategies for leading with love and unleashing compassion, you or someone on your team may like my new book, Ballgames To Boardrooms: Leadership, Business, and Life Lessons From our Coaches We Never Knew We Needed.

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About the Author:

Taylor’s worked for notable brands in hospitality including Disney, Wynn Resorts, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Gaylord Hotels, Disney Vacation Club, and more. He graduated from Florida Southern College, earning a BS in Business Administration. He also earned a Masters of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University. Taylor resides in beautiful Dana Point, California with his wife, Jenna.

Taylor is the author of the new best-selling book, Ballgames To Boardrooms: Leadership, Business, and Life Lessons From Our Coaches We Never Knew We Needed