Mentees are individuals who have mentors; it is as simple as that! From time to time, mentees are expected to have a one-on-one session with their mentors, meetings can be held over the phone, through a live video call or a physical meeting.
In our previous articles, we ask ‘who needs a mentor’ and concluded that we all need a mentor. If you have not yet gotten a mentor, perhaps you have not shared your idea with the right person or you have not discovered your potential. Feel free to contact us if you need help in this area.
This article focuses majorly on the mentee and their relationship with their mentors. The relationships should be mutual and beneficial to both, the mentor should be able to get inspired by his or her mentee improvement in his or her line of work to inspire the mentor to put in more effort into his or mentors success.
- Communication skills
The question you should ask yourself as a mentee if you have good communication skill, how do you know you don’t have a good communication skill? In your relationship with your mentor, ask that he or she assess your communication skills.
When you make your decision, do people find it easy to understand you? Your mentor will score you based on your ability to listen, ask questions, how you clarify and summarise, there is also the part of empathy and your rapport.
An honest mentor will tell you where you are lacking and help where he can. There are times where your mentors’ don’t have the answers to your question, yes! Your mentor is not an ‘all-knowing’ some mentors would recommend books and share other study material that can help answer your curiosity.
- Leadership skills
Leadership involves your ability to effectively coordinate all the resource at your disposal to achieve an objective(s). You need several resources to achieve your objectives, one of those are human resources. There is not one useless human being, as a leader what you need is to find where they fit in your vision, otherwise, they would be useful elsewhere.
Your mentor would advise you on how best to disengage such a person because that person could influence other members of your team – this is the part where your empathy would be tested.
Your mentor advises you on how to effectively communicate (as mentioned in 1.), delegate, motivate, and think out of the box. Your mentors are not there to make decisions for you, they are there to advise you, take their advice with an open mind, that way you can have a holistic view about a strategy or decision.
- Personal Network Growth
Your network is your net worth – this saying is quite popular with professional marketers, networking is a game of numbers, the more people you have in your network, the faster you grow.
The reality is, not everyone in your network would/can be active, you need to be able to sustain your network.
How can I grow my network? A mentee would ask, below could be answer from a mentor:
- Deliberately keep in touch with your connections – people who you have identified, it could be your customers/client or other professionals.
- Build relationships, take it beyond the usual greetings – offer them value.
- Be confident enough to approach influential connections – ‘let your craft be written on your head’.
- Lower your expectations, when you are too expectant over something, you get disappointed more, it can kill a vision faster than a gun.
- Improve your oratory skills, speak good English, talk smartly, avoid arguments, speak sense, speak with authority and an in-depth and authority – this will get by having a good reading culture.
These are some of the value good mentors should create in the mind of their mentees.
- How Do I Balance Between My Work And Life?
There is more to making money, the reason we work to earn is to have a good life, in making the money make sure another part of your life is not affected. Your relationship with your family members, for instance, wouldn’t be a distraction if you can balance your work and other personal commitments.
Your family should be motivation rather than a distraction: this is the advice you will get from a mentor who has been able to balance work and life, he or she can advise you on how to manage your time and discuss other factors that could help.
We are emotional beings, a lot can be affected when we are under pressure, and things will naturally fall into place.
- Managerial skills
Managerial skills have similarities with leadership skills; mentors should coach mentees on how they can become a better manager. A mentee should be able to master the art of problem-solving. Making mistakes is part of the learning process, mentors shouldn’t be bothered about their mentees making mistakes, allow your mentee to make them!
However, mentors should not rub these mistakes in the faces of their mentee; instead, they should help their mentees express failure as a motivation rather than a discouragement, laugh it off!
Dear mentee, at your next meeting with your mentor, remember to mention some of the questions highlighted, you will be amazed at how happy your mentor would be. Your meeting will not be boring, that I can assure you!
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