How to Ask Someone to Mentor You
Figure Out Who
Deciding who you want your mentor to be is the first and most obvious step. Decide what you hope to accomplish with a mentor, and look for individuals who will be best able to assist you in accomplishing those goals. Remember, mentors can be found in your workplace, school, non-profits, and even your family. Once you have found your ideal person, it's time to move on to the next step.
Set Up a Meeting
When you get a chance, ask your potential mentor if you can set up a time to meet and discuss possible mentorship. During the meeting make sure and let him or her know why you think he or she would be a great mentor. Discuss why you want to be mentored, and what you hope to accomplish. If your mentor agrees that a mentoring relationship would be a good idea, you're set!
Clarify Goals and Commitments
Before you begin your mentoring relationship, it's essential that you clarify goals and commitments. When and how often will you meet? About how long do you expect the relationship to last? What exactly are the goals that you hope to accomplish? By beginning the relationship well prepared, you will be more likely to finish it successfully.
Our Interview With Jerry Willbur
Here is our interview with Jerry Willbur that originally appeared in the July issue of Mentoring & Coaching Monthly. Jerry Willbur will be holding a Plenary Session as well as a Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2014 Mentoring Conference at UNM.Dr. Willbur holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development and has over twenty years of senior executive experience in organizational effectiveness, operations, sales, business training, human resources and strategic planning. He is currently Director Vice President Emeritus for the IMA and head of The Leadership Mentoring Institute. Over the years Dr. Willbur has written three books on leadership and mentoring published by major universities and several articles published in ASTD Journal, Dental Economics, and several mentoring publications.
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Advantages of E-mentoring
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