Words That Keep Moving Mentoring Forward
Topics - Timestamp
03:42 Words matter
There are no absolute words
Words are the freezing of reality for the moment they are heard and read
Some freeze for a while, others melt away
05:44 More words are added with learning
When you listen you learn
Where you share you educate
09:32 You love to learn what you educate
How you learn and how you educate
With your audience
Requires clear intention, focused attention, and a lot of smiles
When things do not land
16:02 Mentoring words
Arrangement (structure) - How
Connection (relationship) - Who
Direction (strategy) - Why
Time, effort (and money) (resources) - What
Collaborative conversations (communication)
36:34 Quora Q:
I am not sure what to talk about with my mentor/mentee. What are some common topics?
A: Common topics mentees seek to work on with their mentors often include communication skills, leadership skills, networking, work/life balance, learning organizational culture and management skills.
Communication skills can include active listening/hearing, trigger words in a conversation, body language, crucial conversations, etc.
Leadership skills can include how to motivate employees, the difference between being a “boss” and being a leader. I work with a lot of new managers/leaders to get them to reflect on their past week to see what went well, what didn’t go well and what will we do differently next time.
A common concern of a lot of people today is the aspect of work/life balance especially with more and more people working from home. It has also added to their stress level and in some cases has increased levels of depression.
A good mentor will sense your hesitancy to begin the dialogue and he/she can revert to sharing some of their lived experience that is relevant to what you had planned on talking about. As a mentor it is important to use this time wisely to share lived experiences as that helps with the mentee's growth.
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