HOW TO FIND YOUR
Alvin Hope Johnson
Everyone can benefit from the wisdom
and experience of someone’s who’s been in that line
of work longer than you. Finding a mentor can mean
having a supportive figure to lean on, to receive
advice from, to ask questions in times of uncertainty.
There are many advantages to asking someone to be
your mentor. The process of doing so can be awkward,
however, and worded incorrectly, can put a person in
a corner. When looking for a mentor, here’s how to do
so in a way that will foster an organic relationship
that benefits the both of you:
YOU WANT TO
or is merely in the field you want to exceed in, but you
want to find someone you like on a personal level.
You’re picking a partner, in many ways, so you want
that partner to be someone you work well with, and
share similar strengths and values with.
Take some time to think through the potential
mentors you’re considering. Shop around. Jeff Goins
recommends having a few people in mind before
committing to The One.
Not only do you want to look for
someone who has the job you want
GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE
WHO KNOW THEM
Check out their online presence.
If you don’t know your potential mentor very well yet,
check to see if their public persona lines up with your
observations. Do they still seem like someone who could
potentially be a good fit?
Find out about the person you want to
That this is not the time to
ask this person to “be your
That’s a lot of pressure to
put on someone you might
not know very well, and
more than that, you still
need to evaluate if this
initial meeting was helpful
Just ask to get a cup of
coffee or something equally
informa, and come with
questions prepared. The
conversation might get
away from that, but it’s also
important to let the
ASK FOR THE INITIAL MEETING.
You want to show that you are committed to this working relationship. Make sure to follow up within a
day, thanking this person for their time. Email is more than acceptable at this stage; anything more
involved could be too time-consuming or overbearing. This is also an appropriate time to mention that
you’d like to do this again, and offer to put something on the calendar if they agree.
FOLLOW UP POST-MEETING.
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