It’s always easy to say you’ll do something and then never do it. Like exercising or reading – you know it’s probably the right thing to do instead of scrolling through Facebook or Instagram for a couple of hours. The same could be said for mentoring. When you’re busy, it’s hard to have to think about being a role model for someone else.
So, because it’s almost silly season, we’ve created a few tips on how to make it easy to be a mentor to your mentee. You never know, that one message a week could just give your mentee the push they needed.
Here are 5 quick tips to help:
1. SET A TIME BUDGET FOR IT
If you know your schedule is going to be slammed for the next couple of weeks, be sure to pencil your mentee in. Even if it’s just to meet up with them for 30 minutes to check in. You never know how much that little time spent with your mentee can impact their attitude for the next week. It is exam time for students and it can be a very overwhelming and stressful time. Words of encouragement can go a long way.
2. HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK
One way to keep your mentee busy and away from negative influences is to keep their minds busy. Give your mentee tasks specific to who they are and what they might need to work on. Whether it’s making a new friend, being conscious of their emotions by keeping a diary, even writing a song, poem or coming up with a dance routine. You should understand how much a mind can wonder when given enough time to do so. Find out what hobbies your mentee might be interested in and help them pursue it.
This doesn’t mean you should check emails or scroll through Facebook whilst you’re with them. If you have some admin to do or have to complete some task where they could learn something from you – take them with. Mentees are more likely to learn from you when they see how you deal with the daily challenges’ life throws your way.
4. CHECK IN AT-LEAST ONCE
Meeting up with your mentee once a week may be unrealistic with your schedule but that’s not a pass to stop being their mentor. They still look to you as their role model. So, show them that you can work hard and still try do other important things. So, if you can’t schedule a meet-up, check up by sending them a text or taking 10 minutes to give them a call. Find out how they are doing, see if there’s anything you can help with or simply let them know that someone is thinking of them.
5. HOLD A GROUP MEETING
You may have more than one mentee and it may be a struggle when you have to make time for all of them. So arrange to meet them all at once. It’s a great time for mentees to meet people who are in similar situations, people who are of the same age and even for them to make friends. You are ultimately creating a safe environment for like-minded people to come together and share their stories. Give it a try, you may introduce someone to their future best friend.
Don’t forget, you’re not alone. There are fellow mentors on communities such as the Be The Mentor Facebook page to get in contact with, click here .
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