In professional mentoring, we match mentors and mentorees with people they don't know very well (if at all). As a result, meeting for the first time can be a little awkward. This is why I recommend bringing all of the pairs together in a classroom setting for their first meeting. The mentoring program manager can then put everyone at ease and provide direction and tips for a successful mentoring relationship.
That said, sometimes this solution isn't possible due to costs and distances. The good news? You can still diminish the awkwardness of the first meeting, if you put your mind to it.
Here are three mentoring activities to help break the ice.Read More