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MENTORING 101
WHAT IS MENTORING?
Mentoring is the pairing of two individuals
with the purpose of achieving mutually
agreed on goals.
It is a partnership in which both individuals
share in a growth process and the
personal development of one another.
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
• Mentoring relationships are about
development, growth and empowerment.
• Mentoring has motivational value for both
the mentor and the mentee.
• Mentoring is protected relationship in
which learning can occur without
judgment.
• Mentoring connections arise from shared
experiences.
THE TREND TOWARD
MENTORING
According to a 2005 study conducted by MENTOR
• 3 million adults have a one-on-one
mentoring relationship with someone
• 96% would recommend it to others
• Average mentoring relationship lasts 9
months, 38% last one year
www.mentoring.org
HISTORY OF MENTORING
• According to Greek mythology, Odysseus
appointed his friend, Mentor, to be a
surrogate father to his son when left for
the siege of Troy.
• Through this relationship, his son learned
skills, culture, and values that prepared
him for manhood.
• Just as Mentor served as a teacher, role
model, and advisor, so do current day
mentors!
BENEFITS OF A MENTORING
RELATIONSHIP
• Everyone benefits from a mentoring
relationship!
• Mentors and mentees alike can reap the
rewards from a mentoring relationship…
BENEFITS TO MENTORS
• Provides an opportunity
to aid in the personal
development of others
• Aid others in reaching
their potential
• Enhances the leadership,
teaching, and coaching skills of mentors.
• And it feels really, really good to help
others!
• Others?
BENEFITS TO MENTEES
• Promotes a professional relationship that fosters
guidance and support.
• Increases self confidence.
• Challenges mentees to go further, take risks, set
new goals, and achieve more.
• Provides a forum to dialogue on professional
issues and to seek and receive advice.
• Helps develop interpersonal skills.
• Others?
HOW TO BE A GOOD MENTOR
• Be a good listener
• Give advice
• Be a good role
model
• Reach out to your
mentor
• Be accessible
• Guide and educate your mentee
HOW TO BE A GOOD MENTEE
• Ask questions!
• Share your challenges and victories
• Engage in conversation with your mentor
• Stay in touch with your mentor
• Be respectful
• Be receptive to feedback and guidance
CHALLENGES
• Lack of time
• Distance
• Difference in methods
of communication
• Big commitment
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES
• Set goals for
communication
• Make plans to visit
with each other on a
regular basis
• Make time for each
other
• Keep the lines of
communication open
MENTORING ACTIVITIES
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Attend the Griffiths Conferences together
Send email, text messages with updates
Pick up the phone and say hello!
Personal notes
Face-to-face meetings or lunch
Shadow your mentor for a day
Contact your mentee when on campus
Contact your mentor when you’re in the
neighborhood
GET TO KNOW YOUR
MENTOR/MENTEE
• What are your goals for your mentoring
relationship?
• What is your biggest challenge right now?
• What is your one promise you will make
to your mentor/mentee?
HAVE FUN!