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Mentoring Tips – Do’s and Don’t’s of Mentoring

Mentoring Tips – Making the Relationship Count

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

–  Winston Churchill

Tips for Making Mentoring Relationships Work…


  • Establish TRUST
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Be a good listener
  • Allow your mentee to make small mistakes
  • Be a good sounding board
  • Assist your mentee with support networks
  • Provide resources (time, suggestions for reading material, stories)
  • Set clear goals and expectations about the relationship
  • Establish regular contact (phone/email/in-person)
  • Provide honest feedback
  • Be a good coach
  • Provide constructive coaching
  • Set healthy personal and professional boundaries


  • Be careful of being judgmental
  • Remember…you don’t have all the answers
  • And remember, that’s ok!
  • Let them be their own person, not a “mini-me”
  • Be careful not to “own” their problems
  • Exercise caution with spending and gift-giving
  • Be careful not to betray their trust

Mentoring provides value to both parties.  Make yours a meaningful experience for everyone!

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Judy W Bell

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