This checklist will help you make a good first impression, help you figure out what this mentoring thing is all about, and instil some spark in your mentoring relationship.
If you haven’t already:
Peruse your mentor’s digital professional profile.
Check out their LinkedIn profile, and if they have it, their other social media accounts or blog.
Send through a quick bio or intro via Mentorloop chat.
Give them a bit of background on your career and some tidbits about yourself to break the ice.
Ask them to introduce themselves
If they haven't already, ask them to send you a short bio and tell you which areas they'd like your insight on.
Consider your own experience and strengths
Have a think about what you can bring into this relationship. Most of the time, we have more to offer than we initially think.
Consider what you want to get out of this relationship
Mentors can gain so many great things from being one - mentoring is always a two-way street.
During your first meeting:
Set the parameters
Get the housekeeping out of the way early. Talk about how often you're available to meet, how you prefer to communicate, etc.
Give your mentee a more in-depth overview of your experience and career highlights and ask them to do the same.
Why are you here?
Let your mentee know why you're offering your time and share how mentors have helped you along the way.
Make sure you're getting it right
Make sure you come away with a clear idea of what your mentee is looking for so you can start planning how you can best guide them.
After your first meeting:
Review and reflect
Consider what you discussed, review your mentee's meeting wrap-up and send some additional feedback if applicable.
Share some resources
Now that you have some idea of what your mentee wants and needs, share some relevant blogs or podcasts to get them started.
Encourage your mentee to schedule your next catch up
If your mentee hasn't tried to schedule your next meeting after a few days, they might be feeling a bit shy - reach out!
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