Mentoring offers you, the coach, an opportunity to bring both your personal and professional topics to a session, here are some more examples:
- How to set up your business
- Creating a marketing plan
- How and where to start with social media
- How to write your workshop or online programme
Mentoring is a 50/50 relationship, it is about you but it’s also about me, as there’s an expectation that I will offer information and guidance on topics you bring to your session from my professional experience.
When we work together on these and other topics, you’ll want me to input information that you don’t have or don’t know how to find. You may want me to share my story of success as well as my stories of failures (lessons learnt). You’ll want to ask me questions in order to fast track your results, I’ll ask you leading and closed questions as well as open ones and though I don’t tend to give advice, if it’s needed it’s part of mentoring.
There’s nothing wrong with advice I just know from experience most people don’t take it, so when I work with you I prefer to bring out what you already know and then fill in what you don’t, from there I’ll ask you which bits of information I have shared with you appeal most to your preferred operating style. From there you can choose what you want to take action on.
There are no should’s or have to’s, it’s important to remember that each of us has a different way of thinking and learning, a different belief system and set of experiences in terms of what feels right in terms of taking the first steps, what is right for me to do first may be further down your list of actions.