Having a successful mentoring experience requires a strong relationship between mentor and mentee. To ensure that the mentor has all the necessary information, it is important for the mentee to provide their resume and professional summary. To get the most out of the first meeting, it is essential to have a plan and some tools to help start the conversation. The Femme Palette Mentoring Guide offers a series of questions and useful sheets that can help identify goals and expectations.
Additionally, it can be beneficial to ask the mentor to talk about their career and how they have established relationships throughout their journey. The first step in starting a mentoring relationship is answering the question of what your goals are. The Femme Palette program helps with the matchmaking process, so you can focus on having a productive conversation with your mentor. It is also important to have at least one general topic that you would like to discuss. Mentoring is a journey, not a career, and while you're not alone, you have to choose the direction in which to go.
Mentor is here to guide you and evaluate the most appropriate paths for you, but it's up to you to decide where you'll go and why. Starting a conversation on the group stage can sometimes be difficult, especially if no one in the group wants to talk first. That's why it can be useful to have some tools handy to help start the meeting every time the group meets. If you are part of a group of mentors, such as a community of practice (CoP) or professional learning community (PLC), it can be helpful to create a simple one-page mentoring agreement that establishes the frequency of meetings, duration and duration of the relationship. To ensure that your mentoring experience is successful, it is important to establish a good relationship between mentor and mentee. Having a plan and some tools ready can help start conversations in groups.
Additionally, having an agreement that outlines expectations and goals can help ensure that both parties are on the same page. With these tips in mind, you can have successful mentoring conversations.