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Presented as a lightening talk at RubyConf 2013 in Miami

Presented as a lightening talk at RubyConf 2013 in Miami

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  • 1. Mentoring From a n00b’s perspective Allison Sheren Sunday, November 10, 13 @allie_p
  • 2. Who Am I? Rails Girls DC Organizer N00b motivated learner community lover Mentor and mentee First time lightening talker Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 3. There have been a ton of people who have helped me learn Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 4. Everyone had the best intensions but some people were great to learn from and some were not. Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 5. And that’s okay. Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 6. Here are my main tips for being an effective mentor Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 7. 1. At the beginning, understand that it’s hard to know what to ask and every word sounds like a foreign language Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 8. so encourage relentless curiosity what is terminal? What is the command line? What is IRC? Why should I not be terrified of GitHub? Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 9. 2. Don’t go down the rabbit hole Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 10. I have no idea what you’re talking about anymore and I’m now really scared of coding. Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 11. 3. Understand if you’re not understood Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 12. People learn from different people in different ways. It’s not personal, it’s just the brain. Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 13. 4. The dreaded answer to “what I should read?” Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 14. Give direction. Which book should be read first, why, and what should we be learning from it Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 15. 5. Don’t put your fingers on my keyboard Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 16. Really really difficult, but if you can have the patience to explain and say everything the person should type, they learn more Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 17. 6. Help celebrate the small stuff and motivate to do the big stuff Sunday, November 10, 13
  • 18. Lightening Talk: Thank You! @allie_p Sunday, November 10, 13