General mentoring best practices

Some mentoring principles apply to everyone in the community - mentors and mentees included. Mentoring works best as a collaborative learning partnership, where both parties work on an even ground toward a shared goal. These articles cover the basics of mentoring. For deep dives by role, see our help center for entrepreneurs and for mentors.

Sending and receiving messages

Freely converse with other entrepreneurs and mentors using our open messaging system. You can make the decision to mentor at your own pace and style, connect with as many people as you want, and change your availability when you become busy.
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Your first Conversation

The "getting to know you" phase is the most critical stage of the relationship, so don't rush it. Building a trusting relationship requires sufficient time and dedicated effort.
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How to Mentor at a Distance

Business Mentor NY allows people to connect from all over New York State. It can be challenging to build a relationship without the benefit of meeting each other in person. That said, distance mentoring can be both fun and productive.
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The Qualities of Good Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring requires a proactive approach and an open mind, especially in the beginning of the relationship. It is not complicated, but it requires emotional intelligence. Work on cultivating the following qualities for a successful mentoring relationship.
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