Strategies For The Initial Conversation

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This first conversation is the opportunity for the potential mentor and mentee to ascertain whether this can be a viable relationship. It should entail more than the issue of "chemistry" and be more about whether this mentoring pair can be productive and further the goals of the mentee. Here are some strategies and things to consider during this conversation:

  • Get to know one another - this will establish a rapport and assist in identifying points of connection.
  • Talk about mentoring in general - both parties can discuss their philosophy or view on mentoring, share previous experiences with mentoring.
  • Determine Mentee's general goals and objectives - this will allow the pair to evaluate the mentee's clarity regarding broad career goals and objectives and what they want to gain from this mentoring experience (i.e., promotion, an administrative position, a change in career focus).
  • Discuss the method to achieve the goals and objectives - these need to be clear between both parties for a functional relationship.
  • Set a timeline to achieve goals and objectives


 


Source: Revised version from The Mentor's Guide by Lois J. Zachary, John Wiley & Sons, 2000

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