Michael Asks: How do I convince mentees that contacting their mentor is not ‘bothering them’?

Answer: Provide evidence from mentors that they enjoy, value and welcome contact.

If mentees are told, clearly and unequivocally that contact is welcome, expected and their responsibility, they will do it.

It may come as a surprise to those mentored that mentors do, in fact, get something out of mentoring. Your job is to act as a go-between to get this message across.

Collect testimonials or quotes from mentors in previous programs right from the beginning. Include quotes from current mentors in a regular newsletter or email to participants. Reiterate the message in your personal contact with each participant. Monitor the frequency of mentor-mentoree contact and discuss it with both parties.


Ann Rolfe

Mentoring Works


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