Keep on track of mentee goals
You might find that using management tools, like a Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results (SOAR) audit, can help your mentee consider how they can develop their skills to meet their goals. Or you could also use an approach like GROW (see below) to set goals for each of your sessions.
Break down goals into small steps
Help your mentee get to where they want to be by identifying actions and steps they can take to get to their ultimate goal.
Keep in touch
If you can’t continue to mentor for whatever reason, for example, if you’re suddenly very busy, let your mentee know as soon as possible. Let CharityComms know too. And get in touch with us if you have trouble contacting your mentee.
Always try to have a few dates in the diary for your next few meetings.
Suggest your mentee keeps a work diary. This can help them organise their thoughts, recognise their skills and notice if the same issues come up. Ask them to report back on what they’re doing differently if they decide they want to change anything.
Ask for feedback
At the end, ask your mentee how they found each session. This will prompt them to think about what was helpful and other support they might want. It can also help you both keep track of mentee goals.
Get support for you
Talk to CharityComms if you need help with anything, or if it feels like boundaries have blurred, for whatever reason.
What mentoring isn’t…
Like counsellors, mentors act as a sounding board when mentees are solving a problem or making difficult decisions. They also help mentees clarify issues so they can see the larger picture. But unlike counselling, mentoring is not about supporting someone through personal emotional issues.
Mentees learn from the experience of mentors, often someone further ahead on their chosen career path. Coaching is more fundamentally about how a person thinks, feels and acts in situations. And a coach is a trained professional who will not necessarily have the same career experience as the person they support.
A key skill in mentoring. It’s so important not to go into ‘solution mode’ but to listen to your mentee which will help them feel heard, valued and understood.
Offer your mentee’s thought or idea back to them using their, or your own, words. Rather than you telling them what to do, encourage your mentee to come up with their own solutions. This can help them grow in confidence and improve their problem solving skills.