Making Money is Not Hard… IF your “Money Matrix” is set to hold vast amounts of wealth!  If, on the other hand, your money matrix is small or restricted, you will suffer constant setbacks in attempts at making money and accumulating assets. Your “Money Matrix” holds the key to your ability to either making money – lots of money – in your life . . . or losing it.  But what IS it??  To try and explain this rather abstract idea, I like to use the picture of a bowl of fruit . . . If wealth is like a bowl of fruit, the FRUIT is the stuff that wealth is... (Read More ...)

Author Michael Gelb If you want to be a great coach or mentor, you have to learn from the best. Why? You must model success if you ever hope to achieve it. There is no need to re-invent the wheel since many successful people are so willing to share their secrets. But how to get those secrets without paying a fortune? Try on this idea: Dr. Michael Craig has interviewed over 100 great mentors and coaches over the past four years, and these interviews and transcripts are finally available in what he calls his MIGHTY MENTOR SERIES. This series features in-depth conversations with experts like... (Read More ...)

Free mentoring training resources. In my previous mentoring training article, I wrote about volunteer mentorship. It’s a great opportunity to build experience as a mentor while also receiving mentoring training – often for free. As a child and teenager I was fortunate to have mentors in both my teachers and YMCA volunteers. These adults helped me gain perspective in life, and encouraged me to put my talents to use. They provided the guidance and wisdom necessary for me to achieve my goals. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering where you should get mentoring training... (Read More ...)

Market your own mentorship! When starting a business in mentorship, the first two things you’ll want to do is get a business name and a website. You’ll also want to get business cards and other things, but these aren’t as important. A business name (DBA is fine) and a website are enough to start your own business in mentorship. In fact, this is how many successful coaches and mentors I know started their businesses. What made the most difference was their ability to understand their market and properly target their service or product to that market. Who is your ideal customer?... (Read More ...)

Life coaching and mentoring transform lives. When I first entered the world of life coaching and mentoring, I had trouble understanding the difference between the two. Was a mentor also a coach, and could a coach be a mentor? It got more confusing when I researched online and found conflicting definitions. Some websites even said mentoring and life coaching were the same thing. I can see how people might come to this conclusion. Life coaching and mentoring are two ways to transform people’s lives. They both help people overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Even the skills overlap, including... (Read More ...)

Finding opportunities to be a mentor is easy, as long as you’re not expecting to get paid. You can mentor new employees in your business, passing on your wisdom and knowledge of the profession. You can volunteer to mentor at-risk youths who desperately need guidance. You can even look into mentoring online with college students. What’s great about all of these options is that they provide you with the experience you need to be a professional mentor. Most will even give you training before you start. Not only is it easy to get started, but people actually enjoy mentoring. The MENTOR... (Read More ...)

Create your own mentoring jobs. Are you “energetic and cheerful” while also being “incredibly patient”? Can you be a dedicated “friend, role model, and motivator” to a youth or a peer? Most mentoring jobs ask for a LOT. They want you to be everything for next to nothing. Being the good-hearted people that we are, it’s easy to overlook this disparity and simply give it our best. And why not? Most of us find ourselves taking on mentoring jobs for free all the time with our friends, family, and acquaintances. When you have knowledge and experience, people... (Read More ...)

Enrich your life with mentor training. Mentor training involves many of the basic skills addressed in life coach training but with a different goal in mind.  Depending on the type of mentoring you wish to do, training can be as easy as taking a single course to get started. Granted, these volunteer training programs probably won’t be advanced enough for the professional mentor, but they’re a great way to test the waters and find out if you’re ready to dive in. What many people forget is that mentor training begins with life experience. Growing up as an honor student, I was encouraged... (Read More ...)

Guidance is a crucial mentoring skill The first thing many people think of when it comes to mentoring skills is advice.  They assume that this is actually the definition of mentoring, i.e., giving advice to someone less experienced.  I’m here to tell you that this is not the case. Being an effective Guide to your protégé or mentee is much more powerful. By always giving the answers (advice), your protégé or mentee will not learn how to think for him or herself.  He or she will simply come to rely on you for all the answers, and often blindly accept them as fact.  Can you imagine if... (Read More ...)

Mentoring Skills are Vital Being a mentor can be extremely fulfilling for both you and your mentee. With the proper mentoring skills, you can forge a strong relationship that will encourage both of you to grow and develop in ways you may never have expected. What’s great about mentoring is that you can utilize a lot of the skills you may have already built up as a life coach. But what sort of mentoring skills do you need to be effective? The first, and arguably most important, mentoring skill is listening.  When I first started my life coaching practice, I was told how good a listener I... (Read More ...)

Are you a Coach or a Mentor? Do you consider yourself a Coach? . . . or a Mentor?  While the two terms are related in some ways, they are worlds apart in others. Coaching or mentorship? If you see yourself one way – and your client the other – there could be a conflict. Mentorship refers to a relationship of one who has a great deal of life experience or knowledge with one who is less experienced or knowledgeable.  The more knowledgeable person essentially helps guide a less knowledgeable person through the vagaries of life and experience. True mentorship is more than just the occasional... (Read More ...)