I’m involved with a statewide mentoring organization and recently sat through mentoring basics. It struck me as I was listening, that many long-time members of NFPW would make great mentors to first-timers attending the conference. Even better, they could mentor a member who is new to their affiliate.
A mentor is a trusted counselor or guide, according to one dictionary. It doesn’t have to be formal. I’ve had mentors throughout my career, and now I find myself mentoring others. When I meet with individuals, it is usually over dinner or coffee. Sometimes we’ll attend a local workshop together.
I answer questions, suggest resources and introduce individuals to others whom they might find interesting. Why not take the time at the NFPW conference to mentor a first-time attendee?
- Invite the person to join you for a meal.
- Discuss the workshops you’ve attended. What was helpful? What wasn’t?
- Introduce them to other members.
- Talk about your involvement. Have you served on the board? Have you been honored in the communications contest? What’s the best part of membership for you?
- Contact them after the conference to see how things are going in their career or job search.