The Strategist

How to find a mentor

02/15/2019 - 11:31

Building a business by trial and error is difficult and unpleasant. It is much smarter to use experience and ideas of those who have already did it. The key to growing your business is mentor assistance.

Imagine that successful people are points in a “connect points” game. Combine their experience and knowledge to bring your business and personal life to a new level.

Here is a step-by-step plan that will help you find mentors and use their experience as an accelerator for development of your business.

Do you need mentor’s help? 

Les Hewitt, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen wrote: "Prosperity depends not on what you know, but on who you know."

The first person that every businessman should have is a mentor. Mentor, teacher, big brother - the name does not matter. The main thing is that they have a great experience, and they would like to regularly share their ideas and thoughts.

Working with a mentor is not a one-way game. As a student, you should use the words and experience of a mentor wisely in your career and personal life. Learn to ask the right questions to get helpful answers.

Determine the purpose of working with a mentor

Nobody is able to know everything, so do not ask the mentor to help you in all spheres of life.

To make mentoring effective, define the purpose of working together.

1. Make a list of specific areas of life that you want to improve. Put a number from 1 to 10 in front of each item, where “ten” means the maximum need for development.

2. Select the three areas that scored the maximum score.

3. Ask yourself the question: “What exactly do I need help with?”. The more concise and accurate the response, the easier it will be for your teacher to help you.

Make a list of candidates for mentors

Take a list of the three areas you want to work on. Put two names of potential mentors in front of each item.

Think about a person who has a lot of experience in this area. Can you remember someone who is successful and who has done something impossible? This may be a famous person or even your friend.

Write the names and surnames of those whose opinion is important to you.

If you look at the last name and reason that such a person does not even want to listen to you, just be bolder. If you do nothing, nothing will happen.

Find out how to contact the mentor 

At this stage it is important to be able to ask the right questions and look for useful information. Before communicating, you need to learn about the mentor as much as possible. Contacts, life details, what he likes. What questions you should avoid? How to make contact?

Remember that there are just six steps between you and any person, including the future teacher. You need to start from the first and move on until you find the number you need in your phone.

Write a plan for the first conversation

The first communication is very important. In a short period of time, you need to introduce yourself, tell about yourself, voice the essence of the request and ask the main question. This needs to be done quickly, do not miss anything. Write a plan for your conversation. Practice, but do not memorize it.

Some important points to know:

Go straight to the point after introducing yourself.

Speak in a confident and calm tone, stick to your plan.

Be sincere when talking about yourself. So you remind your interlocutor about his beginning of the journey and make him a little more favorable.

Give the person time to think after your last question.

In case of failure, specify when you can call back at a more convenient time.

Or just call the next person on the list.

Appreciate time of the interlocutor and do not ask for more. Start with a 10-minute call once a week and be thankful for that.

A request to become a mentor is an outstanding compliment for any person. If he has time and interest in you, he will say yes. Restrain your joy and ask when you can schedule your first meeting.

You have a phone number and a rehearsed speech. Select a convenient time and call. Even 10 minutes of communication with the right mentor can help you move to a new level in business and personal life.

Based on “The Power of Focus” by Les Hewitt, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen