Active listeners listen with energy. They sit up straight, takes notes, and ask questions. Active listening is essential in a mentoring relationship because it reduces confusion, increases mutual understanding, and shows respect for the other’s opinions.
Ask Good Questions!
Effective, active listening is an integral part of any effective mentoring relationship. But listening is just one part of the mentoring conversation, asking good questions can be just as important. Mentors should be sure to ask plenty of broad, open-ended questions that will elicit good responses. If applicable, follow up these questions with a "how?" or a "why?" to help uncover the reasoning behind a protégés ideas. Be sure to follow up questions with careful, active listening.