Communication Best Practices for Mentoring
Four key skills for effective communication in mentoring relationships are:
Increase your awareness of yourself and others.
You are the instrument through which mentoring happens, both as mentor and mentee. The more you are clear about your own agenda and able to separate out your own thoughts, feelings, and wants from those of your mentor/mentee, the greater the potential for intentional partnership and mutual benefit.
Get curious about the other person's story.
Listening in order to learn something new (rather than to confirm what you already know) is essential to good mentoring. When you get curious about the other person’s story, you open up the possibility of greater connection and value for both parties.
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Listen for passion and potential.
Great mentoring means understanding what makes the other person tick, what has brought them to this moment in their career, and where they would like to go next.
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Share your own crystallized experience.
One of the pleasures of mentoring is the chance to share one’s own hard-earned experience so that it might be helpful to others coming along a similar path.
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