Mentoring relationship is a structured guidance system where a more knowledgeable individual helps uplift others to progress in their careers and/or personal lives. The mentors utilise and share his/her experience, knowledge, and skills to help nurture a less experienced person.
Unlike the coaching profession, mentoring professionals are often unpaid. While mentorship usually focuses on the future (e.g. career prospects), coaching focuses on on-going issues and challenges. The outcome of a mentoring relationship is the developmental transformation and improvement of the mentee (the individual being mentored).
The Key Mentoring Skills
Active Listening– For a successful mentoring outcome, the mentor must be an excellent communicator especially having active listening skills.
A people person– As a mentor, you need to have the desire to help and be passionate about understanding the development of others.
Availability & Accessibility– Time and access commitment are crucial abilities of a mentor to be able to offer guidance and support to the mentee.
Empowering– A mentor should be able to encourage and facilitate others to explore options and make trials using different methods.
Empathetic Understanding– A mentor should empathise and be open to multiple views to be able to understand and work with mentees from different backgrounds.
Self-Understanding & Awareness– As a mentor, you should know your own ‘self’ in relation to developmental needs and capabilities.
Pitching Business Plan
Problem: What problem or challenge do you solve/want to solve?
Solution: How do you intend to solve the problem? What is your business model?
Market: What is the size of your addressable/serviceable market?
Team: What is your own or your team’s capabilities?
Ask: Where do you need additional support and help? Mentoring/funding/team building?
Intellectual Property (IP): Do you have protectable IP?
Traction: Do you have customer base or sales?
Citation: Lamidi, Kafayat K. (2020) Chapter 4: The Mentoring Profession. Global Self-Education Platform Series.