So, have you thought about finding a mentor? In last week's blog, I talked
about what a mentor can do for you including:
* Save you time by giving you the benefit of their experience. After all,
you don't need to make every mistake in the book yourself; you can save
yourself a headache by doing what your mentor recommends, not what they know
* Make things easier for you. See the comments above.
What goes into finding the right mentor for you and your business? It can be
as simple as talking to your boss, who can guide you to your next position
(be careful here, though, because not every boss wants to support you in your
career or business aspirations). Or, you may have to do some research to find
the perfect person - someone who has done what you want to do or you may
have to pay to find a coach who can take you to the next level in your
Remember, every successful person has or has had a mentor. Let's talk about
how you can find yours!
* Keep your eyes and ears open at every event you attend. When you find a
speaker that is doing well in your industry or business, approach them
briefly after the event or via email later and ask if you can buy them
coffee, or visit with them for 15 minutes or so. You can let them know you
enjoyed their presentation and ask if they have ever mentored anyone, or
would consider doing so. (This can be a long-term commitment for both of you,
so make sure they have the time and inclination to mentor you.)
* Join a professional organization (or two) in your field. Get involved on
a volunteer basis - when you do a great job for the organization, you'll
likely find several people who would be honored to coach you to the next
* Seek out mentoring groups - these are groups that meet regularly to
discuss issues affecting businesses in general, or one member's business.
You can get some spectacular ideas from people who are in business, but not
necessarily your business (these folks can see outside your "box").
* If you went to college, check with your college's alumni association to
see if there are any graduates who have made a mark in your industry. The
common college affiliation is a great way to start a relationship.
There are many more ways to find a mentor - but remember before you
approach someone, you need to know why you want a mentor and how you want the
mentoring process to work.
Finally, remember that not everyone will have time to be a mentor or want the
commitment it takes to mentor someone. Don't take refusal personally. Ask
your potential mentor who they would recommend you talk to about becoming
your mentor - they'll likely have some great ideas!
Who has been your most influential mentor? How did they help you? Leave a
comment in the box below - I'd love to hear how mentors changed your
career or business for the better.