How To Be An Effective Mentor

Here are some great tips for how to be an effective mentor, from the new book, 50 Plus!, by Robert L. Dilenschneider.

  • Don't be authoritarian.
  • Have something to say, and keep it short. It's best to think in terms of headlines when you're mentoring somebody. Let them come to you for the details.
  • Be informal.
  • Do not give orders.
  • Don't take slights personally.
  • Tell stories.
  • Always use humor.
  • Be lavish with praise. Give people full credit for every contribution they  make, however minor. It's the best way to keep the discussion alive.
  • Despite repeated opportunities, never say, "I told you so."
  • Set boundaries. No matter how generous your intentions or how great the need, there's only so much you can do.


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