Tips For Effective Quick Connections:
Quick Connections solve the immediate need for connection with employees who are working virtually. This program format can be used by an organization to support employees who need a little extra help without the time commitment or structure of a traditional mentoring relationship. Employees can be kept informed about the business, get additional help with performing their jobs, and gain a wide array of knowledge quickly from experts within the organization in a timely manner with minimal resources. Read more on Quick Connections and see the infographic for our Top 5 Quick Connection Tips for mentors and mentees.
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- 3 month – 1 year time commitment with a set start and end date
- Helps participants work towards a long term goal
- Meet with one mentor, once a month for an hour, for the duration of the program
- Set focus areas, goals, and milestones that you work on achieving during the program
- 1-3 meetings over a short time period. Usually 3 months.
- Helps participants address an immediate need
- May meet with the mentor for 30 minutes to an hour only once for a set purpose
- Ability to meet multiple mentors without the commitment of a long term relationship
Quick Connection Tips For Participants:
- Have a set goal or focus and make sure this is actually attainable in the time allotted. An hour is enough time to learn at least one thing to help your career so keep it concise.
- For mentees: Do your research ahead of time to ensure the mentor is actually the correct person to help you. A quick chat or touch point prior to scheduling is a good idea to make sure the mentor is the right expert for the job.
- For mentors: The goal is to quickly help provide information or to solve an immediate need. Be realistic about what you can actually accomplish or help with and be open to referring the mentee to another expert that may be able to better assist them or add additional expertise.
- Don’t overthink it and don’t hesitate to reach out. The goal is to quickly learn from others experiences and expertise. This can be from a wide array of topics including career development, balancing work and home, productivity tips, or even managing during times of stress.
- It’s okay if you realize the solution to your problem is more complex than you initially thought. Let your quick connection mentor help you solve the immediate need then consider looking for a traditional mentorship to continue into the future.
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