Mentorship Best Practices
Hold a Kickoff Meeting Accordion Closed
Lay the groundwork for the mentoring relationship. How often you’ll meet, how long the meetings will last for and their structure. Also make it clear what’s discussed remains confidential.
Set Goals Accordion Closed
Establish goals, preferably during the kickoff meeting. Create 2-5 things that you are looking to achieve.
Meet Regularly Accordion Closed
This will provide the structure necessary to ensure you get the assistance you need to move forward with your goals, even if you only meet once per month by phone.
Prepare for Meetings Accordion Closed
Have questions ready. Be prepared to discuss actions and progress since your last meeting.
Ask Open-Ended Questions Accordion Closed
Open ended questions are questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. This is important to be able to extract important information.
Take Notes Between Meetings Accordion Closed
As you are going through your day, jot down questions or challenges that arise so that when you meet, you’ll have pertinent things to ask.
Be Proactive Accordion Closed
You don’t have to wait for your mentor to act on something, or ask something. If you simply sit back, you’re going to fall behind.