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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 ...)