ten years ago, I created a mentoring initiative. And whenever it played
out, I was inspired by how the mentors and mentees interacted with each
other – their hand gestures, their facial expressions, their sparkling
eyes and how, at the end of every mentoring event, the mentors left
feeling great about paying-it-forward and the mentees left inspired to
take on the world.
I thought to myself that if mentoring could have this
kind of impact that I wanted to be doing more of it and that's when I
started writing my eBook. The book provides simple techniques on how to
find a mentor and how you can make the most out of every mentoring
When and by whom did the concept of mentoring originate?
The concept of mentoring originated in Greek methodology more than
2,500 years ago from Homer’s Odyssey. Mentor was responsible for
looking after Odyssey’s son, Telemachus, when Odyssey went off to
fight in the Trojan War. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, assumed
Mentor’s form and acted as a mentor for Telemachus as she guided,
advised and taught him. This traditional mentoring format of a
junior person being guided by a more senior person continues today,
but as mentoring evolves we embrace new innovative formats such as
peer, group, reverse and express mentoring.
In your book, you describefour types of mentors. Which type of mentor
has had the biggest impact on you?
Project Mentors have had the biggest impact on me. They have helped
me learn the secrets of working a tradeshow booth, provided feedback
as I wrote my eBook and gave me tips to enhance my public speaking
abilities. However, I find Networking Mentors to be very
inspirational as well because those are the people that you meet by
happenstance and you receive great insights when you least expect
Gordon: How do you invite someone to by your mentor?
It's not a good idea to ask someone to be your mentor. That's a very
intimidating question and it can feel like a really big commitment.
Let them know why you respect them and the work that they have
done. Then, give them a sense of what your goals are and why you
would like to meet with them over a cup of coffee or a quick phone
conversation. When done right, it will feel like an honour that
someone asked them for their guidance. They will be just as excited
about the meeting as you are.
What do you do if a potential mentor doesn't respond to you?
Don't give up. Strategically follow-up with them at least 3 times.
This kind of perseverance will impress them and leave a positive
impression about how driven, dedicated and committed you are. For
the majority of my mentoring conversations, I reached out to the
potential mentor several times. When we were able to connect, the
conversations were totally game changing and worth every bit of my
How do you keep the mentoring relationship alive?
If you both found the initial meeting beneficial, you will want to
book your next conversation right there and then. Send a thank you
note and keep them posted as you start integrating some of the ideas
that you gained from the conversation. It's because when they see
that you are progressing, they will be even more committed to
What is one thing that you would like our subscribers to remember
about this interview?
I would like them to feel empowered to find a mentor or consider
being a mentor. There is so much that one can gain from having
meaningful mentoring conversations and there are so many people that
are truly excited about sharing their stories and supporting others
in achieving success. If you have a dream or goal in mind, then a
mentor can get you closer to it.
How can our
subscribers receive a copy of your book?
They can join our global mentoring community by visiting
www.mentorcity.com. Once they join, they will
receive a free copy of the eBook and can also start a mentoring