MENTORready – Lessons from the World’s Largest Business Mentoring Event

Sat, Jun 9, 2012

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On May 14th, MENTORnetwork was involved in producing the World’s Largest Business Mentoring Event at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery12 Conference.  328 mentors and protégés completed 24 x 3-minute speed mentoring sessions, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process.

Over the upcoming weeks, I’m going to be sharing many of the lessons I learned that we learned in developing this dynamic event.

To kick it off, here are three tips for protégés to get themselves MENTORready:

Be Prepared

Know who you’re meeting with – research your mentor before you meet. With all of the information that’s available on the web, there’s no excuse to not conduct a background check.  I was really impressed with the level of preparation that many of our protégés brought to the event.  I had lead-up calls to get inside intel and plead to have certain mentors in their track – bravo!

Use your time wisely

Get to the point. There are certainly networking situations that require the customary social niceties. But, if the agreed upon purpose of you’re meeting, is for the mentor to provide advice on your business, let that be the focus.  One mentor told us how he called out the protégé he was meeting with, for wasting the first 2 minutes on fluff – welcome to someone who values their time.

Take Action

Strive to have at least one action oriented take away from each mentor that you meet with.  Do it. Follow up with your mentor to let them know the outcome.  There’s nothing that says our time together was worthwhile like a message to say thank you – and this is the progress I’ve made.  You won’t build a relationship with everyone you meet – but closing the loop on each meeting builds good karma with the mentoring gods:)

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