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Here are some tips on how to be a good mentor with ASAE’s Mentor Connector
- Be fully present.
Mentoring requires excellent listening and your full attention. Set
aside your daily challenges and pressures during a mentor session so
that you can devote your full attention to your mentee. Whether the
mentoring session is in person, by telephone, or via email, this means
making yourself unavailable to others during the conversation. By not
allowing interruptions, the quality of your mentoring will be
significantly more effective and productive for both of you.
- Take time to make a personal connection at the start of the session.
One of the pleasures of a mentoring relationship is the sense of
connection between two people. Before launching into the focus area of
the day, spend a few minutes making a personal connection. Small talk
often helps both people to relax and get ready for a deeper
conversation. Ask about their weekend, kids, hobby, or anything to get
the conversation started on a positive note.
- Ask open-ended questions.
In order to provide relevant perspective, the mentor must understand
the mentee’s situation and concerns at a deep level. Rather than asking
questions that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” practice
asking questions that call for a reflective response. Remember to ask
early on why the mentee has sought a mentor and what s/he would like to
gain from the experience. It is better to know some of the right
questions than to have all of the answers. High-gain, open-ended
questions typically start with “Who, What, When, How, Tell me more
about…Give me an example of…” You will find a list of open-ended
questions for mentors in our resources section.
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Ready to become a mentor? Sign up now on the ASAE Mentor Connector!
This online mentoring service aspires to pair experienced mentors with
mentees to help advance their careers. Demonstrate your leadership and
commitment to the association community by becoming a mentor today.
To become a mentor, you must be an ASAE & The Center member and
have at least three years of association experience. Mentors are
allowed to take on two mentees at any given time and the system is
completely self-managing and easy to use. To become a mentor you need
to register and receive an approval, which occurs within seven business