The circumstances that you are in will determine the type of metal that you need. The relationship that you have with your mentor will determine if the mentorship will be a success or a failure. Here are simple guidelines on how to build a fruitful relationship with your mentor.
Know what you want and set clear goals and strategies on how you are going to achieve those goals before your approach a mentor. When a mentor set goals for you, it will be challenging for you to achieve them because, in the first place, they are not goals that you resolved in your heart to achieve.
Determine the hindrances that you have had to struggle with on your path. You have decided to look for a mentor because of the challenges that you’re facing otherwise if you want to be ok you wouldn’t be looking for one. When you visit the doctor you have to explain the signs and symptoms that you are experiencing for the doctor to diagnose the disease and offer your prescription and that is the same thing that happens when you are with your mentor.
Identify the areas of knowledge, expertise, and skills that you need to acquire for you to conquer the obstacles that you’re facing. You will find a mentor who will be beneficial to you if the person possesses the knowledge, expertise, and skills that you are in need of.
Choose a person who is making great progress in the area that you need to be mentored as your mentor. Someone who is struggling in the area that you need mentorship will not have time for you without the half there war to fight.
Become a member of organizations, clubs and business associations that have people who share common views, ideas, opinions and more with you. Create friendships with like-minded people in these organizations because from there you will grow your network and acquire information that is vital to you. Volunteer and actively participate in the activities of these organizations for you to develop friendships with them.
Attract people to you by developing and appealing image of yourself before them through excellent communication skills and etiquette. Your communication skills and level of etiquette will prove to the people if you have had a good or bad upbringing and whether you belong to their class or not. Approach a potential mentor in person and seek their advice but also remember to exchange your contacts and invite them over for a cup of coffee for more discussion when the person is free to avoid taking up much of their time.