National Mentoring Month: Tips and Tricks for Successful and Meaningful Mentoring Experiences

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INTRODUCTION

National Mentoring Month is a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of mentorship. If you've been around FlightBridgeED for any amount of time you know that mentors have made an incredible impact on our lives and our organization. We also understand the value of passing on what we have learned through mentors, and from our own experience to others. Whether you’re looking for a mentor or simply want to give back, National Mentoring Month is your opportunity to be the difference. Here are some tips and tricks for successful and meaningful mentoring experiences.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF A MENTOR

It’s no secret that we all need mentors to guide us. Several years ago my family and I decided we would go on a vacation. It was exciting to think about our destination, about things we wanted to do when we got there, and how nice it would be to just unplug from the hustle of everyday life. We found an amazing deal on a condominium rental for the week and quickly booked it. The pictures were beautiful and it looked like there was so much to do around the area. It was perfect... or so we thought.

When we arrived, it seemed our perfect vacation destination was not quite as advertised. The view from the condominium wasn't the view that was advertised - it faced the backside of the "amazing, gourmet seafood resturant" we were told about in the advertisement that was actually a pretty trashy bar. I think they served some sort of seafood... maybe. To get to the beach we had to cross a busy 4-lane highway and I am pretty sure my kids learned a thing, or two about human anatomy from the barely clothed college students who had descended upon this "family-friendly destination vacation spot."

Why do you care about my failed vacation plans, you ask? Because I had never been to that area before. I didn't know what to expect, and I didn't know that the seafood resturant was a dive bar, and that housekeeping was optional... as well as clothing. If you want to get to a certain place, find someone who has already been there and follow them. If I had just asked someone who had been to that area before, they could have steered me clear and kept me from making a terrible mistake. They might have even had better insight into a place that was exactly where we wanted to go because they had already been there and could have recommended it based on their own experience.

LISTEN, LEARN, AND PASS IT ON

Whether you want to find a mentor or you have the time and availability, mentorship programs are a meaningful way to invest in those who need guidance and support. Mentors offer invaluable advice and wisdom that can impact how you handle challenges and opportunities. Mentors also offer unique perspectives that can challenge your point of view and provide fresh ideas about life experiences. Whether you are looking for a mentor, or you're considering becoming a mentor for someone else it’s important that you know what you need from the relationship.

Consider these factors before committing:

-What kind of advice do I need / can I give?

-What kind of skills do I need / do I have

-Who do I know that would be a great fit as a mentor, or is the person I am considering being a mentor to a good fit for me?

-How often should we speak?

-Where should we speak?

The right mentor will be someone who 

shares their knowledge with you,
 offers constructive criticism when necessary,
 provides insight into how they work through challenges,
 offers empathy when needed, and responds quickly when contacted.
 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MENTOR

It’s important to have a clear definition of what you’re looking for in a mentor. For some, it might be someone who has been in the same position as you and can offer advice based on their own experience. Others might want someone who is more experienced in a specific field or is willing to teach them something new.

It's also important to differentiate between MENTORS and HELPERS. A mentor has a broader focus and usually takes on a more long-term commitment with time spent in person, while a helper usually provides short-term assistance with one-time tasks.

Once you figure out what you're looking for in a mentor, start going about your search strategically. You may want to make connections at professional events, reach out through social media, talk to people in your network, or even take out an ad. No matter how you find candidates, make sure the connection is mutual before asking someone if they will be your mentor. Make sure there's personal interest from both parties before proceeding further down this path of mentorship.

 

SUCCESSFUL AND MEANINGFUL MENTORING EXPERIENCE

It’s important to take the time to find the right mentor for you. Mentors can provide essential guidance and encouragement, but they should also be someone you feel comfortable with. If you don’t have a mentor in your life, it’s not too late to find one. National Mentoring Month is a great opportunity for you to get involved and make a difference in someone else’s life.

But if you’re looking for a mentor, it all starts with finding the right person who has similar interests and values. You want someone who will be able to provide guidance while also keeping your best interests in mind. It may take some time to find that person, but don’t give up!

 

A CHALLENGE

Never take a good mentor for granted! We have so many wonderful mentors in our lives and we thank them often. As part of National Mentoring Month, we would like to challenge you to privately, or publically THANK YOUR MENTORS during the last days of January. Send them a handwritten thank-you note, a short letter expressing your gratitude, maybe a phone call, or text. You can also let the world know about the incredible mentors in your life by making a social media post about them (maybe with a picture of them). Use the hashtags: #ThankYourMentorDay, #ThankYourMentor, #MentoringAmplifies, and #MentoringMonth.

CONCLUSION

Mentoring is a mutually beneficial experience that provides opportunities for both the mentor and the mentee to grow and learn. January is National Mentoring Month and now is the perfect time to start looking for a mentor! OUR TEAM IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO YOU to help you navigate life and your career in pre-hospital critical care, and emergency medicine!

HAPPY NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH  from all of us at FlightBridgeED!

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