Finding a mentor can be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll make in your career, and this applies across every single industry under the sun, from professional basketball to web development and firefighting.
The problem is that it isn’t always easy to approach someone and to ask them to be your mentor.
That’s because the people who are most in-demand as mentors are generally those who are the most successful – and the people who are the most successful tend to be the busiest.
It’s a classic catch-22.
The good news is that mentorship is almost always a good idea. Let’s take a look at why you might want to find yourself a mentor in the first place.
Mentorship programs are now so popular that 70% of Fortune 500 companies have some form of mentorship program. There are quite a few good reasons for that.
In fact, when compared to non-mentored employees, mentored employees:
- Get paid more
- Receive more promotions
- Feel more satisfied and committed to their career
- Feel more positive about their organisation and senior management
- Feel informed about the future of the organisation
The problem is that it’s not always easy to find someone who’s willing to act as your mentor. Successful people tend to be busy people, and you’re also effectively asking them to share their wisdom with you for no tangible return. You can offer to pay them for their time, of course, but that can often become expensive, especially if you’re paying consultancy rates.
It helps if you’re able to offer them something in return, but if you approach mentorship with a transactional approach, you’ll be building your relationship on a weak foundation.
So what should you talk about instead? Well, it really depends on who you’re talking to, what your previous interactions with them have been and whether you’re talking to them face-to-face, via email or through some other medium.
Here are a few free templates for asking someone to be your mentor which are tailored to different situations.
Templates to ask someone to be your mentor
Even with the templates that we’ve shared today, asking someone to be your mentor isn’t easy. After all, you’re effectively asking them to bet on your success, and while they might not be investing their money, they’re certainly investing their time.
We know that asking someone to be your mentor can be difficult, and that’s why we built GrowthMentor in the first place. We were sick of the old-fashioned approach to mentorship and wanted to bring it into the 21st century, adding value to both mentors and mentees at the same time.
So if you’re sick to death of doing it the hard way, sign up to GrowthMentor today. We help you to take care of those messy introductions and you can find yourself a mentor with just a few clicks.