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How influencers and Mentors can help you

This past week saw our centre hosting a speed dating session!

Yes, you read correctly. Only the “dating” wasn’t of a romantic direction, but of an entrepreneurial one.

We had a group of 20 plus Rotarians, gathered from various clubs in the Western Cape, being matched with our first cohort of beneficiaries.

Our CFE program manager, Abe Oliver, has done a superb job of building a long term relationship with Rotary. As a consequence, we have the privilege of some of these experienced men and women volunteering to mentor our mostly young beneficiaries for the next 12 months. (see photos)

How could this benefit the beneficiary?  In many ways; but here are 5 ways….

  • Building confidence. It is said that the affirmation of others can have an encouraging effect on your own level of confidence. These mentors can have a serious influence on the confidence and credibility levels of our beneficiaries
  • Speaking truth. What a gift to have honest feedback that allows the beneficiary the time and opportunity to adjust their offering accordingly.
  • Specific industry insight.  These men and women have earned their stripes in the hurly burly of Industry and business, and can help speed the process of change and growth significantly.
  • Being a sounding board. The journey of entrepreneurship is an exciting yet challenging one. Mentors can provide the empathetic ear and safe place where ideas can be processed and tested without danger of a premature death through indifference or unfair criticism.
  • Helping build the healthy habit of accountability.  We use a brilliant toolbox in learning and coaching called Growthwheel. The tagline of Growthwheel is ….Helping to make decisions and taking action. A mentor can help entrepreneurs with their decisions and actions, thus improving self- accountability.

Here are some thoughts for the reader who is asking how do I find a suitable mentor?

Finding the perfect mentor to pursue can be broken down into three actionable steps:

  1. Identify your field. It might seem a bit obvious, but your mentor should be involved in and successful at your chosen line of work. More importantly, they should have a specific interest in your niche.
  2. Figure out what you want out of the relationship. Are you looking for a new job? To perfect a new skill? To get feedback on a project you’re working on? Your desired outcome will help to narrow down the list of potential candidates.
  3. Find the right person for the job. It can be tempting to swing for the fences and try to land the Richard Branson’s of the world. While that’s a great eventual goal, you’ll have more luck right off the bat reaching out to rising stars.

Building strong businesses, led by resilient entrepreneurs.

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