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Conversation Starters for Mentors & Mentees

Posted By Guest post by NLC trainer Michelle Turman, Catalyst Consulting Services, Friday, February 17, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 6, 2017


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This week NLC trainer and Key Partner Michelle Turman shares additional tips for a successful mentor/mentee relationship. Her previous post stressed the importance of three things: getting together to draft a plan right away once a connection is made, staying connected, and knowing when it’s time to renew or move ahead. 

Here are Michelle's favorite conversation starters to help facilitate effective and productive conversations and strengthen relationships.   

Begin by Asking Your Mentor . . .

  • Who inspired you to be a leader?
  • What was the career path that led you to your current position?
  • What challenges have you faced in your career?
  • What lessons have you learned from your successes and failures?
  • What do you do for your own growth and development?

Begin by Asking Your Mentee . . .

  • What makes you you?
  • What values drive your actions?
  • What life experiences have influenced you the most?
  • What is your strongest attribute?
  • What unique skills and competencies do you possess? 

In our Key Partner blog series, we are happy to introduce you to experts in topics such as marketing, IT, staffing and human resources, accounting, business law, etc. They can be a great local resource if you find your organization in need of some extra help in one of these areas.

Michelle Turman, M.A. is the Principal of Catalyst Consulting Serviceswhose mission is to facilitate positive change in the areas of executive searches, governance and fundraising coaching, organizational management and strategic planning. With over twenty-one years of nonprofit experience, Michelle established Catalyst Consulting Services and has been responsible for increasing the impact and best practices of nonprofit organizations she serves and has raised over $60 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts.

Tags:  connection  engagement  mentor  mentoring  michelle turman  nonprofit leadership center  nonprofits  relationship 

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