Your first meeting is about getting to know each other and determining if it’s a good fit. Will you be able to guide your mentee and help them achieve their goals?
It’s worthwhile to spend some time preparing for your first meeting. Here are some useful tips to make it more productive -
The mentee needs to reach out to you to set up the first meeting. Making your dates visible on MentorCloud will make scheduling easier. If you have synchronized your calendar, it’ll be easier to set up a date and time for your session without any scheduling conflicts. Ensure you have selected the correct time zones to avoid any confusion later.
Your meeting place, whether in-person or virtual, should be a quiet, safe space where you can both share openly. You could also select your preferred video conferencing tool.
Read up on your mentee on MentorCloud. Your mentee might also have added a link to his/her LinkedIn profile for you to learn about their background and professional experience.
What is their background and experience, achievements and interests?
Your mentee should send you an agenda a few days before your meeting. When you create a Session, there is space for you to note down an agenda for your meeting.
1. Who are you?
What do you want to share about yourself?
What are your strengths, values and achievements?
Have you mentored before?
What lessons did you learn from that experience?
2. Why are you a mentor?
What do you hope to get out of the relationship?
What do you hope to learn?
3. What are your expectations?
Reflect on what you expect from your mentee and how you see your role in the mentoring relationship.
How often do you expect to meet, how you want to communicate, and any needed boundaries you want to establish?