How do I find a mentor? I work with an evangelist in my current project and I really admire her way of analyzing and presenting. How do I approach said person?
How do I find a mentor? Or specifically, how do I ask a person that I would like them to be my mentor? I work with an evangelist in my current project and I really admire her way of analyzing and presenting. How do I approach said Person?
The best piece of advice here is to realize that your mentor is also a person. If the mentor is worth having, she will realize and know in their own mind that they’re just a person too.
People respond in the way you make them feel, so you should probably compliment her approach and just be honest and sincere and authentic in how you are complimenting her. Be very specific.
It’s really important to know that the person that you admire is really good at that one thing, or maybe a couple of things, but they’re not good at everything. So, you don’t have to have only one mentor - she can be your mentor in that area only.
The big mistake that people usually make is that they put that person so high on a pedestal that they let their “awe” get into the way of the real listening that needs to take place in order to have a mutual benefit.
The last thing to remember is that you don’t have to try to be exactly like your mentor or your hero. You should always try to be better them because you are striving for perfection even though you will fall short.