In this day and age, we live in a network economy — it’s all about who you know, who knows you, and what they know about you.
On Thursday I am giving my latest keynote to a fabulous group of women in Tech. The speech is called ‘Get Known, Get Connected, Get Ahead’. It’s all about the types of relationships that we need in our life. These include cheerleaders and champions, mentors and followers, confidants and sounding boards.
Did you know that you are 70% more likely to get promoted if you have an active mentor relationship? (Click HERE to Tweet!)
Do you have a mentor who is invested in your success and ready to guide you along the way?
Here are some tips on having a good mentor relationship:
1. Practice Active Listening: Whether the mentor or men-tee, active listening is the foundation for understanding. In active listening your body language is attentive. You are asking questions, probing and ensuring your understanding. You are maintaining eye contact and putting the phone away.
2. Be Dedicated to Success: This goes both ways. You must be dedicated to your success andtheir success. The most effective mentors and mentor-ees are committed to the idea of making their relationship work. People who realize that ‘it’s not all about me’ are far more willing to make a maximum investment in the mentoring relationship.
3. Be Willing To Be Uncomfortable: It can be weird, and even feel forced sometimes. Getting comfortable being uncomfortable enables risk-taking, challenging each other and eventually progress and results.