Business Mentoring Matters

Encourage Your Mentorees To Open Up

Posted on Mon, Jun, 22, 2009

Have you ever felt like you do all of the talking during one of your sessions with your mentoree?  Well, there could be a few reasons why you feel this way.  One way to help your mentoree talk more is for you to talk less.  You can’t listen to what they have to say if you are doing all of the talking.  It is important to let them know that you are interested in what they are saying.  Therefore, you can show interest in the conversation by your body language.  It helps when you look at a person, smile, nod and encourage them to continue with their conversation. You also want to give them some positive feedback.  And don’t forget to ask your mentoree questions on what they are speaking to you about.  It is also a good idea to empathize with them.  Try to put yourself in their position and feel what they are saying to you.  Most importantly, you want to make sure you keep the information shared with you confidential.  This will help you gain their trust.  Finally, make an effort to share with them some of your experiences.  It helps the other person see what you have had to accomplish to become a successful leader.   Therefore, as a mentor, the next time you are in a mentoring session and are wondering why your mentoree seems so quiet, ask yourself if you are encouraging them enough to share with you their aspirations and/or concerns.

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, Mentoring Best Practices