How to write a session request

Mentorship requires humility, active learning, and building real human relationships. Our mentors were chosen based on these values, along with their first-hand experience and skills. Now, we want you to know what we expect from you so that you will have an optimal session with your mentor. 

What makes a good session request?
Your stated challenge and desired outcome will be sent directly to the mentor of your choice and should consider the following:

Clarity – Think through your expectations for your request.

Are you interested in forming an ongoing mentorship or looking for help on a specific challenge?

Take time to think about what question(s) you want answered from your call. If you need to formulate your questions, write it down or ask it out loud to help ensure you’re turning emotions into actionable words.

Going into a session with your expectations up front will help you and the mentor ensure you get what you came for and walk away with what you need. 

Context – The more context you can provide about your situation, the better.

Your background, industry, challenges, resources, constraints, strengths, weaknesses, what you’ve tried, etc., are all great context for your mentor.

Do you have a website, url to mockups, or a specific story that will help your mentor understand what’s going on? Great, share them!

Your information will be kept private with your mentor, so it’s okay to open up. The more time you spend sharing this information in the session request, the more time you’ll have on the call to discuss solutions.

It’s best to focus your sessions on 1 or 2 related things. For example, mentors can’t tell someone how to scale their business when they haven’t had a single customer yet, or how to fix their messaging, pricing, and website in a single 30 minute session. But they can tell someone what their next steps should be, or what to look out for when adding new channels into the mix.

Keep your focus on one challenge at a time and know that you can always book another call.

Remember, if you need help articulating what it is you need help with, you can always reach out to us on live chat, Slack or email. We’re always there to help point you in the right direction.

Updated on May 22, 2021

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