Include This in Mentoring Training
At their core, mentoring relationships are about people. We connect with one another, we learn from one another, we support one another, and we grow because of our interactions with one another. Without that human element, mentoring loses its very essence.
I’m here for you.
Mentoring is often thought of as having a support system, and for good reason. These relationships should offer a safe place for you and your collaborators to share ideas, hunches, triumphs, failures, and everything in between. Knowing that you can talk to the people in your mentoring network and have open, honest discussions without fear of reprisals or ridicule is critical to transformative learning. Having someone say I’m here for you can make people feel supported, cared for, and more confident in opening up during learning discussions. Sometimes all people need is to know you are there; that can make all the difference.
This should be a given in any relationship, but it’s a phrase that many of us forget to say. Mentoring is a personal process, and people will not want to give of their time or themselves to someone who does not seem appreciative of their efforts. Therefore, you should give the people in your mentoring network your gratitude. Express this with genuineness and in detail so that the recipient knows why you are saying thank you. Imagine how you would feel if someone said thank you to you for sharing your knowledge or for telling the painful truth about a failure. This type of simple yet effective activity goes a long way to helping build a healthy and honest mentoring relationship.
The great thing about all four of these phrases is that they can come from anyone in the mentoring relationship: mentee, mentor, learner, advisor, peer or collaborator. They are phrases that simply let people know you are present, you care, you are listening, you are grateful, and you are ready to make your mentoring relationships work.
Regardless of where you start the process, the fact that you want to implement mentoring is a positive goal. We have helped hundreds of organizations design, launch, run, and manage mentoring programs over the years, and we’d love to help you too. Our experts are here to help. Because at MentorcliQ, we believe you can do more with mentoring.