By getting involved in this way you are going on a totally rewarding journey that I have every confidence that you will enjoy.
Why am I so confident?
Well after mentoring and being mentored myself I can see first hand the benefits of it. I am lucky enough to see through my wider national and international work with mentoring ‘acres’ of research proving the benefits. The numerous mentors that I have supported on the journey tell me too that they have gained so much from it.
So whilst I am confident you will enjoy it - and enjoying time spent is always good - what other benefits does it bring?
Truly helping others
As a mentor you are sharing a special gift that it is invaluable – your time. The impact of that gift on others for a totally positive force depends on all your motivations for mentoring and any hidden judgments and bias you have. The training will help you use your mentoring time for the utmost long term good of those you want to help.
Truly helping yourself
As a mentor we will share skills in our mentor training and ongoing support that are intrinsic life skills. How to listen effectively, how to be aware of unconscious messages and how to be more emotionally intelligent.
These are transferable skills for home and work. As an example many of my mentors have told me that the training has really helped the relationships with the teenagers in their family.
The fascinating thing about a successful mentoring relationship is that you learn just as much yourself as does your mentee – a true win – win for all involved. You will gain skills, confidence and experience that is valuable in all areas of your life.
Breadth of view
Often in our work and home life we spend time with people who are very similar to ourselves. Similar education, attitudes and beliefs. Often we don't even realise how our version of ‘normal’ is seen from different perspectives.
Mentoring gives you an excellent way to meet new people, see different perspectives and learn different things. The mentor training gives you and your mentee a safe framework to do exactly that.
We cover the codes of conduct and areas to be careful with so you can support and challenge perspectives in the best way. A great experience here for me as a totally non sporty person has been working with the charity the 'School of Hard Knocks' and through that I now understands the true value of sport for installing confidence - it has certainly been a fun and rewarding experience.
Meeting new people
The mentor community overall is a positive collaborative one that loves to share news and views. The training and follow up resources and events give you a chance to join our community and benefit from meeting like minded people like you that genuinely care about making a difference.
Curious to learn more? Why not get in touch for a chat? Look forward to hearing from you.