TOP 7 POINTS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MENTORSHIP MEETINGS
Mentoring is one of the most valuable business/career relationships you may have. With that said, sometimes it can be a mystery as to how best to navigate this new relationship/partnership in order for each of us to get the optimal benefit from it.
Whether it’s your first meeting with a new mentor or a little refresher to help you stay on track to get the most out of your relationship, here are 7 great questions to review by yourself prior to meeting with your mentor or if your relationship allows, even ask alongside your mentor.
1. Where shall we meet? Professional, Relaxed, Open, Purposeful for both parties
2. What do we want / need to know about each other?
a. Social (Career history / Domestic Circumstances / Personal hobbies or interests)
b. Career Goals (Industry preferences or dislikes / long term vision / achievements and failures to date / a visual of your success)
c. Development Goals (Improvements for your current role / what areas can a mentor guide or focus your goals on)
3. How can this relationship be useful and satisfying for both parties?
4. Will establishing ground rules and/or verbal contracts be of benefit?
5. What kind of priorities should we set?
6. Will an agenda help to focus our meetings?
7. What issues should be a priority now?
Whether you are preparing for your first or your tenth meeting with your mentor remember, it’s a constantly evolving relationship so being prepared is the no. 1 solution. Although it may be easy to shoot off the questions one-by-one (similar to an interview), especially if it’s your first meeting, your mentorship relationship is much more than any interview as this is a longer-term partnership which will continually develop and improve your business and personal skills so don’t take yourself too seriously, RELAX yet seriously take in all the knowledge and resources your mentor will provide to you.
On the subject of longer-term partnerships, give you and your mentor time during the initial meetings to build rapport and develop an “ease” which will shape your individual relationship in its own unique way. Remembering the story about the tortoise and the hare is extremely valuable… do you want to go full speed yet tire out or worse, get sick of each other, before accomplishing anything (like the hare) OR would you rather take it slow and steady (of course with set goals in place!) yet get to the finish line and proudly be able to show tangible evidence of your business success. I think we all choose TORTOISE!
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