What to think about before responding to a mentoring request
- What can you offer?
- What does the other person need?
- How much time do you have to invest in a mentoring relationship?
Have a look at the other person’s profile and what their specific goals are for taking part in the mentoring scheme. Read their message and consider what is being said from their perspective before reacting. Then you can decide whether you will be able to help or not.
How to politely decline a mentoring request
Thank the other person for reaching out to you and be honest about your reason for declining the invitation. Being open and honest shows that you are sincere in considering the request and are giving practical reasons for why you think it wouldn’t work.
It might be that you feel you’re not quite the right fit, and there might be someone else who has more experience in the area they need support with.
It might be that you have limited time, and you’ve made your choice based on your ability to have the most impact and offer the best support that you can.
If you would sincerely consider working with this person in the future, but right now you’re full to capacity, then it’s perfectly fine to say that too.
The CharityComms team are here to help any time so get in touch if you’re not sure what to say or have any questions.