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Hi artists, makers, trendsetters and future world shapers!
We thought it would be nice to check in with all of you and share a few tips to optimize your Mentorly experience and ensure you're getting the most out of each mentorship session.
Here are a few steadfast ways to make the most of sessions and mentors' precious time and expertise:
1. Understand your wants and needs
No doubt you've said this before: "I need help, but I don't know where to start. 😩 " This is very common, but surely, your needs and wants aren't. In order to pick a mentor that best suits you, write down one objective and break down the various steps you need to do, in order of priority, to achieve it. Once you've done that, draft a list of clear, concise questions to ask your future mentor. Only then, will you have a better idea of who you should connect with first.
Mentorly's team is also available to help you better define your needs and provide mentor suggestions throughout your journey of growth.
2. Set an agenda for your session
Once you're ready to book a session with a specific mentor, you'll both need a roadmap to make the most of your time together. While an agenda may seem like overkill, it's a great way to clearly communicate what you need from your mentor, making sure to get all of your important points across. Here's a simple session outline to get you started:
1 Hour Session (60 minutes)
a. Introductions - 10 min.
b. Longterm objective and session objective - 5 min.
c. Current situation check-in - 5 min.
d. Problems and/or fears - 10 min.
e. Previous efforts/trials - 10 min.
f. Questions - 15 min.
g. Homework and scheduling a follow-up session - 5 min.
You can include this upon booking and/or share it via inbox once you've booked your session. Not only will you feel more prepared for your video call, but your mentor will greatly appreciate the time and consideration you put into clarifying your needs, which will only help them help you MORE!
3. Take advantage of Inbox
If you've had a session, a private inbox channel between you and your mentor has automatically been created. This is a great way to 1) ask any brief follow up questions you may have and 2) schedule your next session together. If your mentor has limited availability to answer your inbox questions, it may be best to book a second session with them.
If you're having a hard time getting in touch with your mentor despite inbox, give us a shout and we'll get their attention.
Also, during your sessions, did you know that you can Chat and that all of your exchanges and notes will be saved straight to your inbox?! Even Google Video and Zoom calls don't do that! 😎
4. Follow up
Mentorship is a two-way street. While your mentor will follow your lead, they invest a lot of time and thought into you and would greatly appreciate an update from time to time to know how you're doing and how work is progressing. The bond between a mentor and a mentee is a very special one, worth nurturing over time. And who knows - maybe it will grow into something bigger with unexpected opportunities in tow...
5. Get involved
We're always looking for new ways to promote our mentees' work along with their struggles and successes - because it's important to learn from each other. If you'd like to take part in the following marketing initiatives, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
☞ Testimonial - Review your Mentorly experience and post it on FB
☞ Guest blog articles - Pitch us an idea and you can be featured on our blog
☞ Instagram Takeovers - Share your day-to-day with behind the scenes action
☞ Instagram Live interviews - Get interviewed by Mentorly's CEO and we will repost them on Instagram
Thank you! We can't wait to hear from you and share your story.