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How to Find a Mentor in Your Career (4 easy steps)


– Having a mentor in your
career is a game-changer. Do you ever wish that you
had the courage to ask somebody to be your mentor? Then definitely check out
this four step process I’m about to share with you in this video so that you can build and
maintain any relationship with ease. For the best career advice
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notified when we post a new video every Thursday. If the thought of reaching
out to somebody and asking, “Will you be my mentor,”
frightens you as much as it did in your high school prom days, don’t worry this is the same exact process that hundreds of my clients
have followed to get exactly what it is that they want. Let’s start with step one
in the process which is get very specific on what
you admire about this person. So out of the seven
billion people out there on this planet, what is
it about this one person that makes you wish that
they could be your mentor? Perhaps, for example, it’s
somebody you’ve previously worked with and you really
admire their work ethic. Or maybe it’s a former boss
of yours and you really appreciated all of the
direct and honest feedback. Maybe it’s somebody
you’ve never met before, but you’ve read a ton
of their articles online or you’ve been watching them on YouTube and you really admired
everything that they have had to say and, even when
you implemented some of what they taught in the past, your life had drastically changed. So get specific and get detailed. The more detailed you are
and the more targeted you are in your genuine compliments, the more likely that
person is going to be able to reciprocate. The second step of this
process is to define and get really clear on
what it is you’re hoping to get out of this mentorship. When you can share your clear goals, the other person has
a better understanding of your needs, but also
understands what is the commitment and expectation involved in this relationship. And just so you know,
oftentimes a mentorship is a commitment from both parties. And so if you are going to
ask for this relationship, it’s really important to
show that you are showing up and you’re absorbing all
of the information they’re giving you, and not only that,
but you’re also taking it into action. So, for example, if one
of your goals is to ask your previous boss to mentor
you to become a better manager because you really
admired their management style it may be helpful
to start with just that one question. And as you start to
absorb all the information and really take to heart
what they’re sharing with you and you actually are
starting to implement it, you can share your
results with this person or any of the challenges
that you’re facing during this implementation process. And when they see that
you’re really taking to heart whatever it is that
they’re sharing with you, that will ultimately lead
to an organic relationship where that mentorship
just starts to blossom and take off from there. Comment below with a goal
that you hope to achieve with the help of a mentor. Okay so now that you have
a clear understanding of what it is that you’re hoping to gain out of this mentorship, it’s
now time to make the clear ask which is step three of the process. A lot of you might be a
little terrified of making this ask because it’s the
part where you need to be bold and really step into that. But just know that with steps one and two, especially step one of
sharing what you admire about this other person
and really leading and giving them that compliment
will make this whole process a whole lot easier. And just know that when
you ask somebody to be your mentor, oftentimes
they’re really flattered. So putting it altogether,
you simply want to share what it is that made you decide, “I really want you to be my mentor.” Again, get as specific
and detailed as possible. Step two, which is what
exactly is it that you hope to gain out of this mentorship? You can also really share why you believe this is a perfect fit. So the more concise,
the more direct you are, the better and just know that oftentimes if you’re feeling a little
bit icky about this still, just realize that a lot of times
people love helping others. There’s a lot of studies
that show that people feel really fulfilled when they’re
able to serve as a mentor or a benefit to somebody else. And the final step is to
follow up with a smile. So it’s really, really
important that no matter what the answer is, even if it’s
a flat out no that they are unable to follow up on this request, that you follow up with a smile. Because you never know
what is happening on the other person’s end. They could be extremely busy, they could be extremely swamped. This really isn’t the
right time at this moment, but it doesn’t mean that
that has to be the answer a year from now or even
six months from now. So always be positive,
leave it on a positive note and share, “Thank you so
much for your consideration, “I hope that our paths will
cross again soon in the future.” And if they said yes, perfect, lock down that next step
of when is it that you would be meeting. Having a clear call to
action at the end of any conversation is helpful so
it doesn’t linger into the, “Maybe whenever I see
you I’ll see you,” space. And if you don’t get a response
right away, that’s okay. People are often busy and
you can send a quick nudge or a little reminder email one week later to see if they had a chance
to review your request. If it’s in person and they said, “I need to think about it.” Definitely again at the
end of every conversation you should have a very
clear call to action. So if they said, for instance, “I need to think about it.” You might say, “Would it
be okay if I followed up “with you in one week?” Mentors are extremely
helpful to help you grow in your career and I often
encourage you to have at least three mentors so
that you can gain different perspectives in all of
the different components of your life and your
career that you’re going to inevitably face. And I also just want to
emphasize that mentors are literally everywhere. So if you’ve ever wanted
Elon Musk or Bill Gates as your mentor, guess what? They have written books,
they are often interviewed, and they often share their
best advice out there in either podcasts, books,
interviews, articles. So definitely start digging
and devouring the people that you really admire that
you wish you could speak to. Most likely they have something published out there already. If you like this video,
definitely give it a thumbs up and comment and please subscribe. I’d love to continue
delivering you the freshest career advice out there.

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