Verbal and Nonverbal Messages
Make sure to observe your mentee's nonverbal body language, but do so respectfully and carefully. This will help you understand what they are thinking and feeling, apart from what they communicate to you orally.
You may encounter challenges as your mentoring relationship develops. Try to approach each with a positive attitude, and make sure to consider your mentee's feelings (as well as your own). Involve your mentee when strategizing about solutions to certain problems.
Think for Yourself
Everybody is different, so not all advice your mentor gives will work for you. Try taking some time to experiment and discover what works best for you. Then you can try teaching it back to your mentor!
The Three Influences
There are three ways to influence a mentee: 1) advise; 2) coaching; 3) counseling.
Time Management is Energy Management
When making plans or commitments, don't just look at time. Consider the amount and type of energy demanded as well.
Look to Those You Admire
Struggling with mentoring your mentee? Look to those who came before you and what worked for them.
The best type of mentee is doing amazing things. Any way you can help them will hopefully inspire you. - Sara Chipps
Good leaders and mentors stay curious. Always be open to learning - even from your mentees.
Mentoring is a two-way street. Don't be afraid to tell your mentee where THEY can help YOU.
Ask Great Coaching Questions
There are 3 elements to asking good questions: 1) curiosity; 2) clarity; 3) creativity.