Don't Overdo Feedback!
One of the main functions of a mentor is to provide feedback to his or her protégé. However, mentors should be careful not to provide too many pieces of criticism at once. Giving too much feedback can overwhelm the mentee, and dilute the importance of each point. When considering feedback, mentors need to value quality over quantity!
On Giving Criticism
As a mentor, when giving criticism to your mentee, focus on the behavior and not the individual. Your mentee will feel less of a need to be defensive, and it should result in a smoother feedback process.
Feedback from Mentors
As a mentor, think carefully about feedback you want to give to your protégé. Try to create a balance between positive encouragement, and critiques on areas that need improvement.