You’ve made the decision to better your business by reaching out to experienced mentors to help you through to the next step.
How you prepare for your mentoring sessions could make a huge difference in your experience and end result.
Mentors are offering their expertise and valuable time in order to help you to thrive and at a huge discount. It is your responsibility to make the most of your time with that mentor in order to meet your goals and objectives.
At a one-on-one mentoring relationship, it is important that you as the mentee:
Mentoring relationships take commitment. You are expected to fully commit to your mentoring sessions and goals in order to be successful.
Prepare yourself for your session by having a clear and concise plan on what you would like to discuss and complete any ‘to-do’s’ that were agreed upon during your last session.
A mentoring relationship will enable you to learn and consider new things. It can at times be uncomfortable to look and commit to things outside of your comfort zone, but in the end, are totally worth it. By taking risks that make sense, you not only grow as a person, but your business benefits for the long run. Just do it and don’t overthink everything.
Unstated expectations or assumptions can easily turn your mentoring relationship the wrong way. To avoid this, you and your mentor should both discuss your expectations up front, at the first session. As expectations may change along the way, be open and discuss any changes as they occur to retain an open and clear relationship.
A mentors’ role is to provide insight and a critical eye – not cater to egos. Having an open mind and knowing how to listen is crucial.
It’s important to remember that your Mentor has put aside their valuable time to help you. Be on time for calls and sessions in order to keep them on track. Take the time to thank your mentor and share any milestones. If you have had a mentor previously, sharing what you did and didn’t like about that experience will help out your current mentor enormously. If you gained from your mentor, be sure to write them a glowing review afterwards.
A mentors job is to guide you to the next step but how you get there is totally up to you. Waiting for your mentor to tell you to proceed is the worst, most unproductive thing that you can do. Just do it, and report back on your next session. Your mentor will be there to provide feedback and help to navigate whatever comes next.