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Video: Mentor Mentee Relationships

Published on Jun 26, 2020 · Last Updated 2 years 8 months ago


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Presented by: Mariah K. Francis, MPA



Slide 1 - Introduction:

  • Hello students, teachers, professional, and curious minds. This presentation is about building effective and successful mentoring relationships.

Slide 2 - Definition of Mentoring:

  • Mentoring is a dynamic, reciprocal relationship between individuals in which one or more of those involved is enabled to increase awareness, identify alternatives, and initiate action to develop themselves.

Slide 3 - The Role of the Mentor:

  • As a mentor, one takes on a number of roles:
    • As advisor and coach, the role of the mentor is to provide advice, guidance, and feedback; share their experience and expertise as appropriate; and act as a sounding board for ideas and action plans
    • As champion and cheerleader, the role of the mentor is to offer encouragement and support to try new things; help mentees move out their comfort zones; celebrate successes; and help mentees understand when things do not go as planned
    • As resource person and recommender, the role of the mentor is identify resources that will help mentees with personal development and growth, such as recommending books, workshops, or other learning tools; encourage mentees to join networking organizations or introduce them to new contacts.
    • As devil's advocate and truth sayer, the role of the mentor is to provide the tough feedback that mentees need to hear in order to move forward; push mentees to take risks when appropriate; and help mentees consider and weigh potential consequences of decisions and actions to avoid the pitfalls and predictable surprises that may occur.

Slide 4 - The Role of the Mentee:

  • As a mentee, one takes on a number of roles:
    • As driver of the relationship, the role of the mentee is to identify the skills, knowledge, and/or goals that you want to achieve and communicate them to your mentor; and bring up new topics that are important to you at any point and give feedback to your mentor.
    • As development planner, the role of the mentee is to develop and maintain the mentoring action plan and work with your mentor to set up goals, developmental activities, and time frames.
    • As resource partner, the role of the mentee is to work with your mentor to seek resources for learning; identify people and information that might be helpful.
    • As continuous learner, the role of the mentee is to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn.

Slide 5 - Qualities of a Mentor & Mentee:

  • In order to build effective and successful mentoring relationships, both mentors and mentees must possess a number of qualities.
    • Mentors should be: experienced, knowledgeable, have good character, possess similar goals as the mentee, be open minded, communicative, have a caring attitude, be optimistic, objective, believe in the mentee, have patience, and be honest
    • Mentees should be: motivated to succeed, committed, engaged, have time management skills, have positive attitude, be respectful, have a willingness to learn, be honest, have clear communication, and confidence

Slide 6 - Benefits of Being a Mentor:

  • As a mentor, one will be able to:
    • Improve communication and personal skills
    • Develop leadership and management qualities
    • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s)
    • Increase your confidence and motivation
    • Engage in a volunteering opportunity
    • Enhance your resume
    • Benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
    • Make lifelong relationships

Slide 7 - Benefits of Being a Mentee:

  • As a mentee, one will be able to:
    • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support
    • Learn from the experiences of others
    • Increase your confidence
    • Become more empowered to make decisions
    • Develop your communication and personal skills
    • Develop strategies
    • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
    • Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your career
    • Make lifelong relationships

Slide 8 - Benefits of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

  • Mentor and mentee relationships are an important and effective way to pass on knowledge
  • Cultivating these relationships means that both the mentor and mentee gain the opportunity to grow and receive personalized guidance
  • Both the mentor and mentee:
  • Receive help in achieving goals
  • Offer and receive support and guidance for making important decisions
  • Use Ethical and moral guidance
  • & are able to develop in their skills for their careers, academics

Slide 9 - Tips for an Effective and Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationship

  • Successful mentor-mentee relationships should be both fulfilling and beneficial for all involved. Here are some tips for an effective and productive relationship:
  • Keep Communications Open:
    Mentor help your mentee set realistic expectations, if you know you will be unavailable for any reason, let them know
    Mentee be upfront, let your mentor know what your goals are and what you hope to take away from this experience
  • Offer support
    Mentor encourage communication and participation, help create a solid and realistic plan of action
    Mentee remember that your mentor is there for you but only as a supportive guide
  • Define Expectations
    Mentor help set up a system to measure achievements
    Mentee continuously review your goals, make sure your mentor is aware of your goals and expectations
  • Maintain Contact
    Mentor be responsive to all communications- answer questions and provide advice, resources, and guidance
    Mentee also responsive to all communications- ask questions, be prepared and engaged
  • Be Honest
    Mentor be truthful in your evaluations, but also be tactful
    Mentee let your mentor know if you don’t understand something or have a differing opinion
  • Actively Participate
    Mentor actively engage in your own learning while you are mentoring
    Mentee actively listen, ask questions, ask if you can shadow your mentor for a day
  • Be Innovative and Creative
    Mentor and Mentee be a positive resource - share your ideas, give advice
  • Get To Know Each Other
    Mentor and Mentee remember that people come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, take the time to get to know each other
  • Be Reliable and Consistent
    Mentor and Mentee the more consistent you are, the more you will be trusted
  • Stay Positive
    Mentor recognize and acknowledge the work the mentee has done and the progress made.
    Mentee remember that your mentor is offering feedback and not criticizing

Slide 10

Thank you for taking the time to watch this presentation. I hope that this will help you build effective and successful mentoring relationships.