Mentorship in its typical nature is not always smooth sailing.
Your mentor could probably be so engaged or busy. Or they might forget about planned sessions with their mentees. This is human.
In spite of this, you as a mentee needs to be empathetic. They may be going through a difficult time in their life, especially during this corona virus period.
A common reason is a weak foundation for the mentor and the mentee from the onset of their relationship.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS?
A model mentorship is mentee oriented.
For you as a mentee, you need to know different methods you could use in engaging with your mentor.
These methods include:
IN A WEEK’S TIME TACTIC
This is a method that a mentee uses to request for a session with a mentor.
To avoid ‘ambushing’ your mentor with a session, you may place your request a week earlier.
This will help the mentor to prepare adequately for the session and schedule it in their plans.
RICH TEXT TACTIC
A mentor may be so busy to chat or reply messages in time.
However, the mentee can make things easier by summarising all their concerns in a single text.
You could tell your progress, ask questions or give views on something in a single text as opposed to using broken texts.
The mentor will then read and respond to it at a convenient time.
GIVE THEM TIME
If your mentor takes long to respond, just give them some time. They might be handling something urgent.
Additionally, it is important to remind your mentor if you had planned a session. They might have forgotten. Don’t be hard on him or her. It is human nature.
MAKE A JOURNAL OR CALENDAR BOOKING
We also forget.
When you plan a session with your mentor , make sure you put it down in writing. It will help you remember the points of action.
Especially for virtual sessions, it is advised you create a calendar invite for your mentor and yourself.
I hope you will be able to use the simple tips to maximise your mentorship.
If you have any concerns with your mentorship, inform the Greenhorn leadership to assist you accordingly.
WRITTEN BY MATTHEW MWANGI
(Matthew Mwangi is a mentee in the Greenhorn Mentorship Program)
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