Engaging in mentoring activities and projects will help build a strong mentoring relationship. Mentors and mentees can plan mentoring activities and projects on MentorPitch platform in Mentorship.
Mentees can write about what they learned in these areas and upload documents, audio or video so mentors can provide honest feedback.The Projects and Activities areas integrate with Dropbox and Google Drive so it’s easy to upload documents you have in the cloud. Mentees can add YouTube videos and Soundcloud audio links In the Projects area. Audio presentations and videos are a great way to share presentations. The mentee should always set areas to develop in the mentorship page as this informs the mentor on the priority areas of growth throughout the mentorship cycle.
Here are some tips and suggestions from the folks behind MentorPitch about what activities and projects will help to establish a productive mentorship.
- Introductory meeting
A good way to kick off a mentorship is with an introductory meeting. MentorPitch allows users to schedule meetings online or in person in the Mentorship page. Mentors and mentees can set the time, date and place for meetings (on MentorPitch or in person) and set out an agenda for what they hope to cover in the meeting. After a meeting mentees can rate the effectiveness of the meeting in past meetings, while mentors can provide feedback to the mentee and group mentoring manager. Mentors and mentees should use this first meeting to review objectives and expectations for the mentoring cycle (expected length of mentorship) and what goals they hope to accomplish, as well as how they hope to go about accomplishing those goals. They can use this meeting to clarify which skills the mentee wishes to develop and how they will go about developing them. It’s important to be open and engaging in the introductory meeting, as it will be the first impression that the mentee and mentor will get of each other. Being completely honest with each other is important from the outset as both mentor and mentee should be on the same page in terms of the goals and expectations of the mentorship from the start.
Reviewing the presentations and presentation skills of a mentee can be invaluable feedback from a mentor. Presenting your ideas to others in a coherent, confident and convincing manner is an extremely important skill to have for any aspiring business person or professional. Mentees presenting to mentors is a great activity in a mentorship as it presents a perfect opportunity for a mentor to see, review and provide feedback on a mentee’s ideas and how they present them to others.
- Reviewing a Business Plan
Your mentor may be an experienced business leader or entrepreneur. It can be helpful if you’ve written a business plan to get your mentor to review it or areas of the plan that your mentor has a core strength in. A draft or completed business plan will give the mentor a good overall view on how the mentee wishes to grow their business, and will allow them to give constructive feedback. Reviewing business plans normally takes place in the Projects area of the Mentorship page.
- Job Shadowing
If a mentor is willing to partake in this activity, job shadowing can be an activity which holds a lot of potential benefit for mentees. Seeing the everyday activities of a professional in the field they hope to work in, and being able to ask the mentor questions and pick their brain can be very helpful for a mentee. Job (or work) shadowing can often change how the mentee views the world they wish to work in.
- Setting key performance indicators (KPIs)
A key performance indicator is a measurable value that demonstrates how effectively an individual or organization is achieving its key objectives. Organizations use KPIs to evaluate their success at reaching targets. It is important that the mentor helps the mentee to set key performance indicators. You can use the Activities area of the mentorship page to set KPIs. Your mentor can provide feedback when you create the activity. Setting KPIs is an important step at the beginning of a mentorship as these are clear indications of how a mentee and/or an organization are progressing.
- Developing contacts/networking
Once a rapport and foundation of trust has been established between a mentor and a mentee, a mentor can share valuable industry contacts and notify the mentee of networking opportunities. The sharing of contacts and networking opportunities is often overlooked but they can be game changers for a professional in developing a clear career path or an entrepreneur developing their business.