Who Needs A Mentor?

Finding a business mentor is great way to jump-start new and seasoned businesses. Having the input and support of one who has walked the path that you intend to, or has accomplished goals similar to the ones you want to achieve can be really beneficial. But finding a willing mentor can be a little tricky. Understandably, there is a time commitment involved and unless your proposed mentor is someone who really wants to sow into the life of another, this may not be top priority for them, amidst a busy schedule. I know of people who have been mentored by people they do not have established personal relationship with; by reading their biographies, books they have authored etc. and learning from their experiences; but that still does not beat having a one-on-one where you have an opportunity to ask pertinent questions and rub minds.

When looking for a mentor, consider the following:
  1. You should have a clear idea of what you hope to achieve or benefit from the relationship.
  2. Do they possess relevant experience and knowledge in the area in which you require growth?
  3. Proposed mentor’s ability to relate to you and communicate effectively and vice versa.
  4. Commitment and availability to the mentoring relationship.
  5. Objectivity and ability to provide constructive feedback.
  6. Their ability to encourage and support when necessary.
  7. Find a mentor who is enthusiastic about the mentoring relationship and process.

I am commited to supporting 5 women in getting their small businesses off the ground between now and October 2008. If you are interested, please email me at cbizwoman at yahoo dot co dot uk or leave me a comment.

 

1 comments:

Women Mentoring said...

women mentoring certainly helped me out as well!

19 November 2008 at 19:07