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MENTORING SESSIONS

Plan your mentoring sessions with practical step-by-step tips.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE MEET?

Usually, mentor and mentee meet once a month. In the beginning of the process, the sessions could be organised more frequently, every 2-3 weeks, until the mentoring couple get to know and build a stronger relationship.

HOW LONG SHOULD A SESSION LAST?

From 60 to 120 minutes is a good time frame that allows both participants to remain focused.

WHERE SHOULD WE MEET?

A general answer to this question does not exist. Some mentorship couples prefer to always meet at the same place, while others prefer to change their meeting places. Some mentors and mentees choose to meet on the “neutral ground” – outside their offices, while others prefer to meet at their workplaces.

Sometimes, a walk in the park can be an excellent solution! It is crucial that a meeting place is quiet enough to enable a constructive and undisturbed conversation, and of course – that both mentor and mentee feel comfortable.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO ORGANISE A MENTORING SESSION ONLINE – IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT?

For mentorship couples that live in different parts of the world, communication can also take place virtually (for example, via Skype, Google Hangouts, and similar platforms).

TAKING NOTES OR NOT?

For a mentee, it could be useful to make a few quick notes during the mentoring session. This will enable process documentation and progress tracking. Mentor’s notes, for example, could be a question (s)he would like to ask without interrupting the discussion, or ideas that come to his/her mind while listening to the mentee.

However, even though taking notes could be useful, overdoing it could lead to reduced interaction.

SHALL WE KEEP IN TOUCH BETWEEN SESSIONS?

Mentors should be approachable and encourage their mentees to feel comfortable to contact them  between the sessions if they have any questions or dilemmas.

HOW TO DEFINE A TOPIC/AGENDA FOR EACH SESSION? WHO SHOULD DEFINE IT?

Mentees have an advantage in defining the focus and topic of the upcoming session, unless otherwise agreed. For example, the mentee could send an email to his/her mentor with a topic proposal a few days before the session.

This way, the mentor will have enough time to prepare and reflect on the topic, while the mentee will be more focused and attentive during the session.

WHAT SHALL WE DO ON OUR FIRST SESSION?

The first, as well as the final session between a mentor and a mentee, are specifically explained on the page “Mentoring process”.

If you have heard about the mentorship for the first time, this section is a great start.

Dive deeper into the meaning of mentoring, the rules of the game, its stages and characteristics.

Explore and develop your mentoring relationship with examples and tool suggestions that you can use at meetings.

Download the latest edition of the MENTORING GUIDE, published by “Creative Mentorship”, which includes a series of short texts and practical advice on the role of mentors and mentees, building a successful mentoring relationship, designing meetings and avoiding potential problems. It is intended not only for program participants, but for everyone who wants to enter the mentoring adventure! The manual is free to download and use, but whenever you publicly publish a part of the content, it is necessary to indicate where the content is downloaded. You can download the manual here!