This course helps you become a better mentor. We go over topics that will help you start the mentoring relationship on the right foot, help you optimize your time with your mentee and focus on their goals, and how to end the relationship well.
In this course, we talk about the power of mentoring and, specifically, your role as a mentor. We discuss creating a proper foundation so that you can have optimal communication and direction with your mentee. We talk about your role and how you can prepare to be a better mentor. We talk about mentor meetings, what you can do to enhance them, and communication between the meetings. We wrap-up with ideas on ending the relationship and what to do after the formal mentor meeting. If you implement the tactics from this course, you should avoid some of the common mentoring pains and pitfalls that other mentors/mentees face.
Jason Alba is founder of JibberJobber.com, an online relationship manager for professionals to manage their career and job search. Jason is the author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? and coauthor of I’m on Facebook – Now What??? and specializes in helping professionals with career management, network, and personal branding.
You’ve Been Asked to Be a Mentor, Now What? Welcome to the Pluralsight course, How to Be a Great Mentor: Getting More out of Mentoring. This is course is designed for anyone who wants to be or already is a mentor. There are different ways that you can become a mentor, imagine that one of your friends, or colleagues, or just someone that you kind of know sent you an email or called you up and asked you if you would be a mentor for them. If you've never done this before, and never had your own mentor, you might think, well sure, I'd like to help you, but I have no idea what to do. Or maybe there's a new person at work, and your boss asked you to be that persons mentor, what does that mean? What are the expectations of you? How much time will it take? Perhaps you're looking for an opportunity to earn some money on the side and mentor people for a fee through a mentoring service. In any of these situations you'll have a number of questions, this course is designed to help you understand what mentoring is, and how you can be a great mentor. In the first module, we're going to set up the mentoring relationship. We'll talk about the first things that you should do before you even have the first meeting with your mentee. In the second module, we'll talk about those meetings, communications, things that you can do as a mentor when you're meeting with your mentee to give them more value. In the third module, we'll talk about how to wrap up the mentoring relationship. This includes talking about the final meeting, and what do you do after the final meeting? In the Pluralsight library, you'll find another course on mentoring, but it's for the mentee. I encourage you to have your mentee watch that course so they can know what they should do to get more out of the mentoring relationship. Of course, if you want to understand what the mentee is being told, you're more than welcome to watch that course also. Let's get started.
Meetings and Communication as Mentoring Tools In the last module, we talked about foundational things to get your mentoring sessions up and running and help you understand the things you can do to prepare to be a better mentor. In this module, we're going to dive into what mentoring actually looks like. We're going to talk about how to optimize your meetings, and the communications, and even other tools that you can use to enrich the mentoring relationship and help your mentee achieve their objectives.
Wrapping-up the Mentoring Relationship At this point in the mentoring relationship, we're ready to wrap things up. Hopefully it's a good wrap up. It's something that's been planned, and we've come to a good conclusion in our relationship. The mentee has achieved a lot of the things that they wanted to achieve. We've gone through a number of months, or maybe even years, having met regularly. We've seen a lot of progress in the mentee, and we've actually progressed ourselves. Let's talk about that final meeting and a few other things to bring this relationship to a good conclusion.