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Have you ever thought about becoming a mentor but didn’t know how to get started? Mentoring is a valuable tool for professional development that can result in positive outcomes for both the mentor and the mentee.

In this session, you will learn:

How to identify the specific skills and strengths that you could potentially offer as a mentor.

Strategies for how to build formal and informal mentoring relationships in the workplace.

Best practices for communication in mentoring, including how to give constructive feedback and understanding the importance of of active listening.

Strategies for overcoming common fears that might be preventing you from wanting to become a mentor. If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor but felt that you didn’t have enough time, that you’re too much of a beginner yourself, or even that your communication skills might be holding you back, this session is for you.

Have you ever thought about becoming a mentor but didn’t know how to get started? Mentoring is a valuable tool for professional development that can result in positive outcomes for both the mentor and the mentee.

In this session, you will learn:

How to identify the specific skills and strengths that you could potentially offer as a mentor.

Strategies for how to build formal and informal mentoring relationships in the workplace.

Best practices for communication in mentoring, including how to give constructive feedback and understanding the importance of of active listening.

Strategies for overcoming common fears that might be preventing you from wanting to become a mentor. If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor but felt that you didn’t have enough time, that you’re too much of a beginner yourself, or even that your communication skills might be holding you back, this session is for you.

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Olivia Liddell - Nebraska.Code() 2018 - Becoming an Effective Mentor

  1. 1. Becoming an Effective Mentor Olivia Liddell Cloud Training Specialist at Cloudbakers @oliravi
  2. 2. Objectives ⬩ Identify strengths that you could offer as a mentor ⬩ Begin building mentoring relationships at work ⬩ Improve your communication skills as a mentor ⬩ Overcome common fears related to mentoring
  3. 3. An effective mentor is someone who... tiny.cc/effectivementor
  4. 4. Identify skills and strengths that are specific.
  5. 5. Reflected Best Self Exercise 1. Select 3-5 respondents and ask for feedback: “I am at my best when…” 2. Identify patterns in their responses 3. Compose your self portrait
  6. 6. Other Questions to Consider ⬩ When did you make a mistake and learn from it? ⬩ What is something that you struggled with at the beginning of your career? ⬩ If you could go back to the beginning of your career, what is something that you would do differently?
  7. 7. Informal vs. Formal Mentoring Informal ⬩ Goals are unspecified ⬩ Mentors and mentees self-select ⬩ Outcomes are usually not tracked or measured Formal ⬩ Goals are established ⬩ Mentors and mentees are paired based on compatibility ⬩ Outcomes are tracked and measured
  8. 8. Informal mentoring: Proactively seek out opportunities to connect.
  9. 9. Informal Mentoring ⬩ Offer support when you can --- but don’t force it ⬩ Be open and approachable, especially to interns and junior members of your team ⬩ Host an internal speed networking event ⬩ Let the relationship be driven by the mentee
  10. 10. Formal mentoring: Start with the end goals in mind.
  11. 11. Formal Mentoring ⬩ Start by defining the purpose and timeline ○ Technical / Career / Leadership ⬩ Determine exactly how the effectiveness of the program will be measured ○ Competency assessments, retention rates, improved job performance rates, etc. ⬩ Set regular check-in intervals ⬩ Let the relationship be driven by the mentee
  12. 12. Listen before you speak.
  13. 13. Communication Phases ⬩ Active listening ⬩ Paraphrasing ⬩ Clarifying ⬩ Giving feedback
  14. 14. Active Listening Be mindful of your body language Be encouraging and open Be present
  15. 15. Paraphrasing Restating thoughts from a different angle “What I hear you saying is…” “As I understand it, you’re feeling…” “It sounds like you’re saying that…”
  16. 16. Clarifying “What do you mean by…” “Can you tell me more about…” “How do you feel about…”
  17. 17. Giving Feedback Consider your mentee’s perspective Be specific and direct Offer suggestions and explain why
  18. 18. Acknowledge your mentoring fears and then create a path forward.
  19. 19. Lacking Strong Communication Skills ⬩ Offer advice and support to mentees through writing ⬩ Attend meetup events related to your personal and professional interests ⬩ Don’t overthink it! Remind yourself that you do have something to offer other people.
  20. 20. Not Enough Time ⬩ Focus more on informal mentoring opportunities ⬩ Ask questions to get clarification about the time commitment for formal mentoring programs ⬩ Be honest and realistic about how much time and support you are able to offer
  21. 21. Too Much of a Beginner Yourself ⬩ Focus more on informal mentoring opportunities ⬩ Start with soft skills mentoring ○ Communication, creative thinking, teamwork, time management, etc. ⬩ Continue to build your skills, and then teach others what you have learned
  22. 22. Recap ⬩ Identify skills and strengths that are specific. ⬩ Informal: Proactively seek out opportunities to connect. ⬩ Formal: Start with the end goals in mind. ⬩ Listen before you speak. ⬩ Acknowledge your mentoring fears and then create a path forward.
  23. 23. Becoming an Effective Mentor Olivia Liddell Cloud Training Specialist at Cloudbakers @oliravi

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  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • Pseudo-listening

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