Mentor Relationships that are Effective

The role of a mentor is basically to aid people looking for guidance in reaching their goals. This usually pertains to business goals. The decision to move forward getting support with your business you should hire a business coach.


Most business coaches are life coaches not with any or little training or experience in business improvement, that shows results.


I recently hired a business coach for the first time. The mentor or coach can certainly learn a lot from teaching and leading others. The relationship between the mentor and the people she is mentoring is mentee-centered. The mentor/coach should listen, guide, and even challenge the mentee’s to do their best in their job. Mine did just that.  I had not completed an exercise.She told me ” we can not move forward until you get this done”.


The mentorship program requires frequent contact between the mentor and the mentees for the communication lines to remain open.  My teaching sessions were an hour every two weeks with supplemental 20  min sessions in between. Mentoring is an interactive relationship, where both parties can contribute to each other’s growth as a person.

Note: Mentoring is far different from counseling  because mentoring is a tool that is used for personal and professional development.

Formal and Informal Mentoring

Anyone can be a mentor or a mentee without joining any mentoring type of program. For example, just chatting online with a stranger can be a form of mentoring if you learn something important from him or her; this type of mentoring is known as informal mentoring. Informal mentoring usually just occurs even if you don’t plan it, this can be just as important as a formal mentoring program.

Formal Mentoring

On the other hand, formal mentoring is having an acknowledged relationship between the mentor and the mentee. Formal mentoring would require the commitment of time and effort between the two parties so that they can share and learn from each other. This type of mentoring program can be for a specific project or for a specified time period.

Finding a Mentor

Having the wrong mentor can be even worse than having no mentor at all.  Some are just  not a good fit for the two involved. For this reason, everyone should take the time and effort to look for a mentor that will suit their needs, personality, and learning style.

You need to look at yourself and the environment around you and ask yourself what you really want to learn. You  may need to consider the following questions before deciding on a mentor:

• Would this mentor provide me good  accurate information?
• Would she support me in reaching my goals and objectives?
• Would she respect my dreams and my goals in life?
• Would she challenge me when it is necessary?
• Can the mentor actually be trusted?
• Am I willing to listen to this mentor’s ideas and suggestions?

Fact Marketing, profitability and conversion optimization turning views into customers – are specialized, learned skills that take years to understand and apply in real time. Especially in business.

Ask Questions

Asking these questions before you commit to a mentoring program is essential to reap the best possible benefit. It is also important to have a clear communication line between you and the mentor.

Even at the start of the mentoring program, you need to specify your expectations and your goals so that the mentor will know which direction to take. She or he can then help you attain those goals.

One of my mentors sent me this in an email and I loved it.

“I’d love for this to be a game changer for you because I’ve spent 7+ years helping literally hundreds of small business owners, bloggers, coaches, photographers, and creatives build stronger businesses that jump out to their best customers. But I haven’t got that experience because I’m special, or I was an overnight success.” – Kyla Roma

I struggled to create a business that was profitable and balanced, I worked 60+ hour weeks (don’t recommend this!) and went down what felt like a million dead ends trying to figure out wondering how anyone really made the business work.

As I figured out the answers that worked for my business and for my clients, I fell in love with figuring out exactly what really moved the needle for business owners and bloggers. I’m going to share all of that with you here, in short, and actionable emails.”

 5 big questions everyone should ask to make sure they hire the right  business coach for them
My business coach  Kyla Roma her article.

Ending the Mentoring Program

All good things must come to an end. You cannot continue with the mentoring program forever, you can still communicate with your mentor from time to time but being in a commitment to be each other’s mentor and mentee can become more like a burden rather than a privilege after the mentoring program ends.

Both parties should acknowledge what they have learned and thank each other for the time and effort that the person has spent for another’s well-being. Even after the mentoring program ends, the mentor can still support the mentee and be there for the mentee when she is needed.

Relationships such as these are a good way to build a business for both the Mentor as well as the mentee.



About Kathryn Maclean
I am a long time blogger with WordPress /domains & hosting for web development. I am a certified Social Media Campaign specialist using Facebook, Twitter Pinterest, and Google + Also an Affiliate & Network Marketer using resources such as Power Affiliate Club   I am the welcome coordinator for PAC


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  1. Hi Ed,
    Mentoring takes many forms. Now high schools have a high school guidance counselor.
    I have seen though young people come back and mentor students in high school in a program.
    Probably saw something like that on 60 mins or Sunday Morning.
    Thanks for your comments.

  2. Hey Kathryn,

    There are many people who want someone who can show them the right path. Having a mentor can help a lot.

    Sometimes, we all need a second opinion. Online mentoring can be really helpful because people like to connect with other using the web.


    1. Hi Ravi,
      A second opinion from something who knows what they are talking about concerning online marketing is so very helpful.
      Thanks for your comments

  3. Hi Kathryn,

    Glad you found a mentor to help you along the path you’re on.

    A good mentor is essential if for you to avoid years of frustration and “hit and miss” trial that just are not necessary to endure.

    Work with someone who can guide you along and you’ll save yourself tons of years, effort, investment and grey hairs 🙂


    1. Hi Donna,
      You are so right there. How many years did I work on my own. Working with someone who knows how to guide you
      saves so much in time and effort. You should know being an excellent coach yourself.
      Thanks for your comments.

    1. Hi Marquita,
      I didn’t know you were a coach for over 10 yrs! or mentor to first time authors either.
      See what you learn in blog comments! I will look more closely at your site to see if
      I see that listed Marquita. Thanks so much for your kind comments.

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