Pilot Mentorship Program
This mentorship program is for New or Nearly New Virtual Service Providers/VA’s looking for help with strategy and advice for their business.
Setup regular weekly Zoom sessions, general goals of the program, the desired outcomes and a template for discussions.
During the pilot program:
- I will be looking for protégés based on interests, skills, and commonalities.
- We will be reviewing guidelines for the program and meeting agendas.
- We will meet once weekly via Zoom, for up to 1 hour, to review your progress and discuss your needs.
- Yes, you can email me quick questions if you have an immediate need.
- Yes, you will have homework. This will be beneficial to you, I promise.
- You will assess what is working well for you and what could work better.
- You will ask for advice, but once you do, be prepared to act on the advice you’re given.
- This program will last for 4 weeks. Be prepared to follow the program the entire 4 weeks with ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.
- If you DON’T participate, you’ll be dropped from the program and another candidate will replace you.
- At the beginning of the program, you’ll be sent a form to provide a testimonial. This will be posted on my website, in my Facebook Group and my Facebook Business Page. I need your written permission to do this, so you will be asked this at the beginning of the program.
IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PROVIDE THIS…THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR YOU!
- Once the Pilot Program has concluded, you may continue the program at a cost of $10.00 per week, payable in advance. You’ll be sent an invoice to pay promptly so you can continue the program without a lapse. I know, it’s for the budget conscience!
- This will only be for PILOT PROGRAM CLIENTS! Please don’t ask if your friends can have these rates too! Not going to happen…
- Spread the news about the Mentoring Program and the results you received by going through this program with me.
I LOVE helping people and I appreciate YOU!!
Sometimes people consider asking to get coffee or for 15 minutes of time at the start of a mentorship, but it helps if you’re transparent and they know that you’re actually asking for a mentor. (You might be surprised—they might invest more into the conversation.)
So, reach out with an explicit purpose. If an email only mentions grabbing coffee, it may seem less pressing. And if you do get on their calendar, don’t expect them to commit to future meetings where you’re looking to “pick their brain.” Present expectations as to what you are looking for with your mentor.
Maybe it’s a monthly meeting over coffee or 20-minute phone calls every other week. This will allow them to either commit or decline your offer and even open the conversation up to a third response—they may be inclined to introduce you to someone on their team or in their network who they feel is a better fit.
Be mindful of your mentor’s busy schedule:
Face-to-face meetings are great; however, we’re all busy and you don’t want to lose steam waiting to find a slot on someone’s calendar. A mentor is there to give advice when you need it most and, sometimes, that advice can be shared on a quick call or a single question email.
Be mindful of your mentor’s time and make sure that you’re asking them questions that are relevant to their experience and background. If there’s no need to grab a coffee or you’re looking for an immediate response, try to make giving feedback as easy as possible—by meeting them, or talking to them, on their time and on their terms.
Recognize that mentorship is a two-way street:
Treat a mentor like any other relationship in your life. It’s important to acknowledge when specific advice or feedback is particularly helpful. Share your success stories from the feedback they gave you. Chances are, your mentor will really appreciate it and may go on to share that same advice with others.
Think of it like working with a personal trainer: If a certain workout is making an impact, telling your trainer will only benefit you both. Don’t be too shy to brag a little! After all, you couldn’t have done it without their help.
Always be courteous:
Remember that your mentor is investing their time in you because they believe in you. Whenever you interact with your mentor, it’s just as important to show that you are as grateful for their guidance as you are ambitious to achieve your goals.
Be mindful to not let your relationship cross the line from professional to casual. Even if you say thank you at the end of every call, sometimes a thoughtful card letting them know you genuinely appreciate their advice and guidance will go a longer way. Because at the end of the day, you asked for their help.
Give and take:
A successful mentorship is a two-way street. While your mentor is there to offer guidance and sometimes opportunities, the best way to show your gratitude is to reciprocate. Don’t just talk about yourself for an hour then smile and nod and leave with her advice.
Create a conversation; ask about her career and challenges, and when you have something to offer, don’t be shy about sharing. This could be as simple as sending a link to an article dealing with an issue she’s having or sharing the name of a contact who might be able to assist with a project. Having an exchange of ideas will enrich your relationship.
Expect some button-pushing:
We all need to be challenged to better ourselves; sometimes the best people to do that are those who we keep closest. A mentor should know enough about your professional challenges to be able to pinpoint the weak spots and push you to improve upon them. It’s not always easy to discuss our flaws, but this will, ultimately, strengthen us—and a good mentor knows that.
Remember to look beyond your professional relationship—your mentor is, after all, a person just like you. Some of the most rewarding mentorships develop into lifelong friendships. That said, this won’t happen with all mentorships (and that’s OK), but you can strengthen your bond by simply enjoying the occasional casual meet-up or face-time.
Spread the love:
Nothing makes a mentor happier than to hear that you’ve adopted a mentee, that you’re sharing what you learned through your mentorship experience with others in your networks and circles.
Your mentor initially agreed to this relationship as an act of paying it forward. Someone along the way helped them, and now it’s their turn to help you. By sharing their time and looking for ways to help you succeed, an unspoken piece of advice from them to you is to do this for others.