Not everyone makes a good mentor or a good mentee. It is important to filter out those who are doing it for the wrong reasons, or have the wrong attitude. The more self-aware a mentor can be about their behaviour and their skills, particularly their ability to listen, the better the relationship will be. YTKO’s mentor training is designed to give mentors insight into what effective mentoring actually means, and how to improve their effectiveness.
Our training includes:
- Boundary setting
- Dealing with stressful situations
- Retaining objectivity in the face of someone else’s emotions
- How to overcome difficulties and problems
- Empathy, guidance and challenge
- Active listening and reflection
- Enabling and empowering
All this is coupled with practical communication techniques, required in one-to-one mentoring situations.
Having designed and delivered a number of mentor programmes for different projects and companies, we know that training can make a huge difference to the effectiveness of a mentoring programme. It helps clarify the larger purpose of mentoring but also gives people relevant tools and techniques to be able to make the most of their mentoring schemes. Our trainers enhance the learning experience with our high energy, results driven, interactive approach, both in the classroom and through live remote training.
We also know that many mentors in corporate employment really want to give back something of practical to small businesses, but their employer lacks the channels or expertise to engage with the SME community. YTKO can provide or recruit that channel in significant number, and can segment by gender, geography, ethnicity, age or sector. This gives mentors a much greater range of options to use their permitted corporate mentoring or volunteering time, and a significant payback to their employer in terms of social value and CSR.
Why not get in touch to see how we can help enrich the development opportunities for your staff mentoring programme?