5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Mentor

by Melissa Campbell Published

On Wednesday night I was thrilled to be a part of Mentor Blaze 6 at Canvas Coworking Inc in Toowoomba, which was the first event of its kind to be held at the new Canvas space in Ruthven Street.

Mentor Blaze is a high energy, speed mentoring event held locally at the Canvas Coworking Inc space in Toowoomba, and simultaneously at a range of locations across Queensland including Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast. It is a great opportunity to meet 1-on-1 with startup founders, entrepreneurs, expert service providers, investors and more. It is fast and furious - each session is 20 minutes, followed by networking.

At Canvas, the sessions were intense, with prospective or existing business owners focussing on getting the most out of their selected mentors in the restricted time-frame. Events like these are a great way to get quick value-bombs that will take you another step closer to making your bright ideas a reality. It made me think about how to get the most out of a mentor.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Mentor

Be prepared

Time is short. It’s important to be able to express yourself clearly and concisely and have your introduction and the questions for your mentor ready to go.

Listen

This is key in any relationship and applicable for both mentors and mentees. Even more important in such a time-restricted setting.

Plan

Planning is important for any business decision or action and is just as important when seeking advice. You need to choose which specialty areas you’d like to focus on and which areas are likely to reinforce each other to give you a greater chance of remembering and implementing the advice you receive.

Record

If Sir Richard Branson can take notes in meetings, so can you. There a few people in today’s hectic society who will remember everything they hear, particularly in such a high-energy situation. Take legible notes and review these over the next few days to decide what information is important and what actions need to be taken.

Enjoy

A mentor (even a speed-mentor) can become your biggest asset when starting in business. Approaching the people you meet with a smile, a friendly greeting and enthusiasm can make for a hugely positive experience for both participants and could even lead to life-long friendships.

Life is about learning and events such as Mentor Blaze provide an amazing opportunity for everyone to be involved in the business journey. Thanks to Canvas Coworking and businessDEPOT for given me the chance to collaborate with a fantastic group of people.

Melissa Campbell
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Melissa is dedicated to developing small businesses to be as successful as possible while encouraging business owners to enjoy the journey and focus on what is really important. With an accounting career spanning nearly a decade in addition to the real-world experience of being a soldier in the Australian Army, Melissa brings fresh insight to business consulting and management.

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