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Mentoring – WWDD

I was at a networking event in the East end a week ago and it was suggested to me that I write a blog about the experience I have had in a mentorship program.  Immediately I thought, “me blog hmm…, this should be interesting.”  I have to say that with the exception of the past week I have not read very many blogs and therefore I am fairly inexperienced on how they work, so please forgive me if I have missed something.

In January 2010 I had a wonderful opportunity to start a mentoring relationship.  I was paired up with a more experienced HR professional.  We hit it off at the first meeting by starting our relationship on more of a personal level.  We asked and answered questions like, what area do you live in, where do you work, what do you do for fun.  From there we started getting to know each other on a more professional level by talking about experiences I was having a work.  My mentor was more than I could have asked for.  He was able to help me see things through a different light.

Here’s how our meetings would go.  I would bring a situation to him, he would ask me a lot of questions like: did you think about this, and what about what happened last week, and what do you think the likely outcome will be… He would allow me to think about it in a different ways and by the end of the conversation together we would have a solution or an answer to my situation.  After some time I figured the format of our meeting and started doing this on my own and I came up with a slogan to remind myself on how to generate the answers on my own WWDD – What Would Dave Do.  Inevitably, when I use this I come up with the best solutions.

Here’s a quote from my mentor “it was also very beneficial for me and I truly enjoyed our sessions together” – Dave.

If you are thinking about entering into a mentoring relationship either as a mentor or a mentee, I would say go for it!  For me this has been one of the best professional experiences!

I cannot wait until I am in a position to be a mentor.




  1. Melissa:

    You were in good company when you wrote that you had not read many blogs. I hear this often. As I count blogging an important part of the social media “landscape,” and reading is really what “listening” is with social media (videos notwithstanding), I cannot stress enough how vital blog reading should be for listening, learning and finally conversing. You may find that blogs become a part of a “social” mentoring network. Best wishes.

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