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  • 1. Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 2. Mentoring "A mentor provides you with wisdom, technical knowledge, assistance, support, empathy and respect throughout, and often beyond, your graduate career. " University of Washington Graduate School Requires empathy, tact, sincerity BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 3. Mentoring Activities ● Advice on handling situations ● Helping a mentee set professional goals and work together to develop the skills the mentee needs to reach those goals ● Sometimes involves setting tasks and assessing the work ● May be for an agreed upon period of time @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 4. Why Mentor? ● Grow new hires into productive members of the team ● Grow the next generation of technical communicators ● Grow your own skills ● Share your experience @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 5. Growing vs Mentoring Growing ● more teaching ● implies a more junior person Mentoring ● more advising ● implies a person with some experience @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 6. Growing Junior Writers @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 7. Acorns take time to become mighty oaks ● Pace the process. ● Tell them about when you were learning ● Great truths @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 8. Patience ● Let them drive ● Catch them doing something good ● Be a sounding board ● Let them teach you @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 9. Don't overfill their heads Teach them something useful and let it rest. Then teach them something else. @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 10. Let them say "wait a minute" Have a “safety word" to allow a reset @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 11. Class 5 Rapids without a Paddle Threw two new writers onto a major release During a conversion FrameMaker to DITA @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 12. Two weeks training before I disappeared for three weeks @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 13. Agile as a growing environment ● Tasks focused and limited ● Team has reasons to support the new writer @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 14. Down side ● No big picture ● Doc manager is 700 miles away ● Too many undefined tasks @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 15. Things they don't teach in school ● Counting backwards ● Writing is only part of the job @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 16. What Mentees Want ● Support and respect ● Polite and approachable mentor ● Tips and guidance ● The stuff they don't teach in school @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 17. Skills for Mentees ● Asking questions ● Listening skills ● Resolving differences ● Having realistic expectations @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 18. Final Words Susan Canfield said We all have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored throughout our lives. Mentors learn as much as they teach. If we are actively engaged and are eager to learn, mentors are often available just for the asking. You can certainly be successful in your career without mentors, but they can bring a richness and perspective to your life beyond measure. @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers
  • 19. For more information ● Mentee Guide http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/roles/ee/careerdev/mentoring/mentee-success.html ● Mentor-Mentee Cycle http://www.amwa.org/default/members.only/journals/vol27.4/v27n4.169.career_block.pdf ● Duties Fulfilled or Misconstrued http://www.nickols.us/homers_mentor.pdf ● Mentoring http://www.grad.washington.edu/mentoring/ ● Debunking Common Mentor Myths http://www.forbes.com/sites/lisaquast/2013/01/14/debunking-common-mentoring-myths/ ● How I hire: Focus on the Personality http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130923230007-204068115-how-i-hire-focus-on-personality?trk=eml-mktg-inf- m-hih-0925-p1 ● This slide deck http://www.slideshare.net/betsykent2/prgsn-growing-juniorwriters @BetsyKentNC #stc14 Mentoring and Growing Junior Writers