Tuesday, September 24, 2013

6 Ways to Find a Mentor

6 Ways to Find a Mentor 

Community Manager at LinkedIn
We all could use a mentor, but how exactly do you find one? Succeed members offer their tips for finding the best mentor for your small business needs: http://lnkd.in/biDyxap

• “Join a community service group of professionals and make friends with someone whose work ethic and style resembles what you hope you will be like in a few years. In short, find a good role model and ask them to be one. It has worked for me.” – Suzanne Caplan http://www.linkedin.com/pub/suzanne-caplan/1/11/328/

• “Connect with a person who has been there, done that. Don't pay anyone. Successful mentors don't want money— they want to help others reach their success level.” – Rich Unger www.linkedin.com/pub/rich-unger/5/280/a96/

• “Contact your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office and ask for contact information for the local SCORE group. These are people who have already run successful businesses, and are willing to share their experiences and help guide in the right direction.” – www.score.org

• “If you are an alum of a major university, most of them have alumni mentoring programs.” – Don Maker http://www.linkedin.com/pub/don-maker/16/861/102/

• “Your local chamber of commerce has more experienced members who may be able to help. I know a lot of business coaches who are associated with one or more chambers of commerce.” – Paul Chernick http://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-chernick/a/566/63b/

• “Before you start looking, I encourage you to get clear on a few things: What do you want a mentor to help you achieve, create or learn? Do you want periodic support when you need it, or ongoing support? What mentoring style works best for you? Someone telling you what to do and how to do it, or someone who helps you figure out what you need? Once you have these answers, it will be easier to find the right mentor for you.” – Melanie Yost http://www.linkedin.com/in/melanieyostlcsw/

Do you have a mentor? If so, how did you connect with him or her? Join the discussion here: http://lnkd.in/biDyxap


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