Here are a few steadfast ways to make the most of sessions and mentors' precious time and expertise.
Understand your wants and needs
Once you're ready to book a session with a 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.
Set an agenda for your session
Here's a simple session outline to get you started:
1 Hour Session (60 minutes)
Introductions - 10 min.
Long term objective and session objective - 5 min.
Current situation check-in - 5 min.
Problems and/or fears - 10 min.
Previous efforts/trials - 10 min.
Questions - 15 min.
Homework and scheduling a follow-up session - 5 min.
You can include this upon booking and/or share it via your Messaging tab 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!
Take advantage of Messaging tab
If you've had a session, a message thread 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.
Also, during your sessions, you can chat and all of your exchanges and notes will be saved straight to your inbox - so all of your communication stays in one place!
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.
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Check out our conversation prompts and questions for your next session.