When it comes to looking for a mentor to help your business you need to ask yourself, ‘What do I want from this?’ it is only after that question is asked that you are able to move onto seeking out a mentor. It always helps to write down what your various expectations might be, and then you have to think of the role you want them to play.
It’s no good turning up to a meeting with a potential mentor and having no idea what you need them to do, it will be a waste of your time as well as theirs. And so, it is important that you outline what you want to achieve from this as well as what you want them to do. After all, it is your business, you need to take initiative when finding a mentor or it just won’t work.
When it comes to potential goals for you and your business it helps to aim high, just in case you fall short. You shouldn’t restrict yourself, seen as the reason a business mentor is there is to help you take your business and maximise productivity.
You should look further than just local area, or a friend of a friend when it comes to finding a mentor. You have to trust this person with your business, and so it helps to make sure that in your mind, they are the right person for the job. I always like to encourage people to look around before hiring, because it’s important that a client feels comfortable in their decision and in turn they will trust the advice given more intently.
The next step is to set up a meeting, it’s all good trusting their online presence but if you are going to really work with this person you need to meet up with them. Hearing what mentors might advertise online and from their own words can be a different thing and it will allow for a professional relationship to develop.
When meeting with your future mentor you need to be clear about what you want, they need to know all the details of where your business is and where you want it. They won’t be able to read your mind, so I suggest diving into as much detail as possible, this extreme allows for an understanding rather leaving the meeting empty because neither of you appears to know what you want.
Once you both have an understanding of what the future plans may hold and how you are to get there, you are ready for you and your business to take the next step into where you want to be.
If you are looking to hire a mentor or coach for your business, why not contact us at teacee.co.uk and set up your own meeting?