Using Your Knowledge & Experience to Help Others
Mentoring is all about using your knowledge and experience to help others develop. Sharing what you know can help others with their own personal development and acquisition of desired skills. It’s also a recognised way of passing on knowledge about the industry and the company to Junior members of the organisation.
There are several things you need to show and do in order to successfully transfer your knowledge and experience to others as a Mentor.
Identify what you need to provide and explain to your Mentee how you can deliver this.
Explain issues in your field of expertise in a way that is easily understood and facilities further conversation.
Encourage your Mentee to explain exactly what they aim to achieve from your sessions – this means you must be a good communicator and skilled at eliciting
detail from others.
Use your experience and knowledge in the most appropriate way to benefit your Mentee. Of course, to achieve this an inquisitive mind and genuine passion for your area of expertise is essential.
Identify success and understand how to maintain it throughout your sessions – you may need to consider a Mentor course to become familiar with various Mentoring techniques. Not everyone responds in the same way so having a number of options in your toolkit will benefit you and the person you are Mentoring.
Understand when what is required is beyond your knowledge and experience. And find ways to build knowledge to cover this.
Learn what doesn’t work and find new approaches. This means developing analytical and observational skills. An eye for detail helps and a willingness to work in a methodical manner.
Use effective interpersonal and communication skills to reach your Mentee. This could mean identifying what kind of learning style each person prefers and then tailoring your own delivery accordingly. Flexibility is a must.
Discover which aspects of your experience will add value to the advice you are offering. This requires a certain amount of self awareness and an ability to assess yourself and recognise your own strengths and weaknesses – for some people this is one of the most challenging tasks they’ll face.
Use a two-way information stream to further your own skills and experience.
Using some of these tips will help you pass your knowledge and experience on to those you are Mentoring. But try not to overload them with information or they will not be able to take it in and you will have wasted both your own time and theirs. Mentoring is a difficult thing to do well but a lot of experience and knowledge in your field will set you off on a strong footing.
Will you be trying any of these tips in your Mentoring preparation and sessions? Let us know if there are there ways you pass your knowledge on by sharing them with us on our social media pages.