When running a mentoring program, it is important to…

When having a running program it is important to have contact with all the participants. And especially in the start of a program. A short phone call or maybe an email to both the mentee and the mentor, just to get information about the first mentee/mentor meeting and the match. It is important for the participants because they feel taken care of and we can lure out if it´s something wrong.

Not wrong maybe but if it´s a good or bad match or maybe if the mentee isn´t prepared or maybe the mentor is talking to much. Maybe the mentors isn´t that clear as a mentor and the meeting is almost as an information meeting.

I have no been sitting for two days and having those calls. And I am loving it!!!

They have all sort of feedback, but they all are saying something like: I love my mentor, the mentor is great, It is great meetings and very useful discussions. And the mentor is telling me about their great mentee and how they are running the meetings and using case.

In these two days I have only experienced one mentee who was not that satisfied with the mentor. But through the conversation we concluded two important things for the mentee for the next meeting. Number one: Be prepared and number two: have some concrete to talk about before the meeting. It could be the leader role, budgeting, new as a leader or other things. And when we said goodbye the mentee the mentee thanked me for the feedback and the little mentoring I have done.

As a coordinator for mentoring programs this is important, you can´t have your mentees and mentors living their own lives between the start and the ending of a program.

The Big Five Vol. II

I am going back to JCI oslo and their mentoring program for the CEO´s  in Young Enterprice. The training will be for their mentors. I had the first training with them in October 2010 and now it´s time for some more input.

It will be real fun to hear about their experiences so far in the program.

How do I establish and maintain mentoring relationships when people are geographically distant from each other?

Answer: Have a  face-to-face meeting when you start the relationship

Distance relationships can be very productive. Breaking the ice and establishing rapport is so much easier, face-to-face.

Begin with a function that brings participants together. The investment outweighs the cost of a failed relationship.

If you cannot get together use videocalls (such as Skype), which is better than email or an ordinary phonecall.

Extra work is necessary to ensure the viability of the long-distance relationship. Extra contact and newsletters help. You may wish to provide participants with regular mentoring articles? You will find a lot of them here at this blog.

Good luck!

Young Enterprice Oslo

I am going back to The Norwegian Mentor Program and a training for their mentors. They are doing a mentor program for the young leaders in Young Enterprice in Oslo and Akershus in Norway.

They are being mentors to help young students in their work as leader in their school businesses. More about this will come later.

20 Questions to Develop a Successful Mentoring Program

As you may know, I am conducting a lot of mentoring programs both for schools and for businesses. And it is always interesting to see how successful a program is getting. One of the critical thing is the client, not only the goal for the program but also how to implement it.

I am now working with a school and they are doing a lot of the job to get the price down. This is critical for a school and it is important for me to accept that. But the downside is that I am loosing a lot of the control. The control that I want, but in this case don`t have.

So when conducting a mentoring program you can use this article belov, and work with the 20 most important thing to get a successful mentoring program. I know I want that in the next program for my client.

I find this interesting article from The Lindenberger Group

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Anyone living in Davenport, USA?

If so, Davenport School invites anyone interested in helping children learn to a free tutor and Mentor.
I fell for it, and had to put it in my blog. Here are Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois looking for more mentors for students in Davenport School.

Talk about getting all citizens to work for a good cause!

They put together a seminar October 8th, 1:30 PM at the Davenport Schools Administration Center, 1606 Brady Street Davenport, IA.

And the attendees will learn strategies and techniques for tutoring and mentoring plus what to expect when volunteering in a school setting.

Fantastic! If you live in Davenport and are an elder, don`t you dear not to volunteer!

Read more about this at http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=406443

Training at JCI Evolution Mentor program 2008/2009

I have just received an invitation to train at the JCI Evolution (Trondheim in Norway) mentorprogram for 2008/2009.

I am going to train all the young people in personal development, the first seminar and a fundamental at the program.

See more at http://www.jcie.no/mentorprogrammet.htm (in norwegian).

This is going to be so much fun, I enjoy very much educating young people. To help them in their beginning of their career.