At Mentorloop we encourage all mentees to make it as easy as possible for their mentors. Ready to build a great mentorship? Let’s go.
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, where you want to go, and how you're hoping they can help you get there.
Consider your goals for this mentorship.
Although you can ask your mentor for help in setting goals, it's helpful to give this a think before you meet.
Help them help you.
Consider your needs and be open with your mentor about them; help your mentor support you better.
Who, what, when, where, how…
Think about how often you want to touch base - through video call? At the local cafe?
During your meetings:
Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel
You are responsible for driving this relationship.
Let your mentor know how you'll be tracking your progress - and do it!
Clearly present your goals
Set some realistic timelines and be prepared to discuss challenges.
Your mentor might help you amend this, but its best to come prepared.
Check in with your mentor and ask if there's anything you could do to make the time more valuable for the both of you.
Pick up the tab or split it!
Meeting in person? Shoulder the coffee.
If meeting virtually, send a thank-you email afterwards.
After your meetings:
Follow up with a summary email and get connected!
Include your meeting notes and actions, share your availability for the next meet-up, and send them a LinkedIn invite.
Reflect on some actionable items
Have a think about some easy wins you can grab and try to do them before your next meeting.
Be grateful and pay it back.
Thank them for their time and don't forget to ask if you can help with anything. The best mentoring relationships are reciprocal.
Things to remember:
A mentor is not a therapist.
Try to avoid conversations that veer away from your goal or objectives.
They’re not a recruitment agent either.
Avoid the temptation to ask them for a job.
And they’re definitely not your parent.
They’re not here to solve your problems for you.
Don’t be too clingy.
Contacting your mentor every time you have an issue is a quick way to kill the vibe.
It’s as easy as that. Not rocket science, but a little preparation goes a long way. And demonstrating that you’ve given this meeting some proper thought ahead of time will put your mentor at ease.
Want to print this checklist and post it on your fridge? Yeah, I thought so. Here's the PDF version: