So you're interested in being a mentor? Great! Whether you become a mentor because you want to give back, learn and tap into a great network, or simply because you were asked, being a mentor is an incredibly rewarding experience for you - as well as your mentee.
Help set mentee goals: Use the Mentorloop goal-setting framework to help ensure goals are practical and useful
Listen patiently: Get a clear view of your mentee's aspirations
Share experience & give advice: Even if you are not an 'expert', and outside perspective makes all the difference
Recommend tasks & resources: Use the Mentorloop task setter or chat screen to recommend tools, events, podcasts and blogs
Be available & responsive: Check your Mentorloop portal or communication channel often; maintain regular contact
Respect confidentiality: Ensure what happens in mentoring stays in mentoring - unless otherwise agreed upon
Encourage independence: You are setting the stage for intrinsic and ongoing growth
Inspire confidence: Inspire your mentee to tackle more challenging goals and milestones
1. What is it that you really want to be and do?
2. What are you doing really well that is helping you get there?
3. What are you not doing well that is preventing you from getting there?
4. What will you do differently tomorrow to meet those challenges?
5. How can I help / where do you need the most help
Be sure to actively listen to your mentee and avoid making quick assumptions. The best mentoring relationships are built on trust and openness.
There are several ways you and your mentee can keep in touch once you've established your mentoring relationship:
It's a good idea to talk with your mentee about how often and which ways you both wish to keep in touch. However you keep in touch, making sure you have regular conversations with your mentee is the best way to ensure they get the most value out of their mentorship.