Welcome to the Mentors Insync community

What exactly does Mentors Insync do?

Mentors Insync is a unique Global Innovative Social Network Mentoring Platform. It is the place to share knowledge, skills and experiences, and where people are able to realise their true capabilities, learn, teach, network and become extraordinary. 

Mentors Insync provides all the necessary tools and resources that you need, all in one place, to help with the facilitation of the mentoring relationships. 

 

What are my legal rights in terms of sharing information?

Mentors Insync Services is not a substitute for independent professional advice and you should obtain any appropriate advice relevant to your circumstances. You must exercise your own judgement and carefully evaluate the material on the Mentors Insync Services.

To find out more please refer to our Terms and Conditions.  If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, then you should not use the Mentors Insync Services or create an Account.

 

Is this going to help my career?

Studies have shown that most people who succeed have a mentor. 

What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?

"A mentor is an experienced professional who has travelled a similar career path, faced challenges, overcome them and achieved success. In essence, they are someone who has achieved the sort of success that a person aspires to."

"A coach on the other hand, may not have necessarily achieved the success a person aspires to, instead they have the skills and ability to observe and coach specific behaviours that are critical to a person's performance."

What does it cost?

Mentors Insync is a free platform. We believe everyone should have access to a mentor, and as mentoring is a two way relationship – both parties have the ability to learn and gain from each other.

Sharing information may result in reverse mentoring, and as a CEO may mentor another CEO, we cannot justify payment.

Mentoring is not a qualification, but rather a sharing of knowledge and skills gained through personal experience.

Who can be a mentor?

On our platform we believe anyone can be a mentor so long as they know more than the person they are mentoring?  

What am I committing to?

Mentors Insync is a unique social networking mentoring platform. It allows you to be in control of your own mentoring relationship. This means that both parties have the ability to choose their connections and are able to accept or decline a relationship at any stage of the mentoring process. Therefore your commitment is totally up to you.

How are people matched?

We have our own matching algorithm that helps with the matching process. The more information you provided within the fields, the better the match. We have search filters that  also help to refine the match for you.

When you first see possible connections, you will only see a small amount of information on the individuals. After you have both accepted the connection, you will have a full view of their details; which may include their, blogs, videos etc.

You are also able to see any endorsements / testimonials as well as star ratings .

You may be a mentor and a mentee simultaneously with two different profiles; where you may be teaching in one area and learning from someone in another area.

You are also able to reset your goals and requirements as you seek out other mentors who can help you in other areas, or as you continue to grow and develop different needs. 

Can I have more than one mentee or mentor?

On the Mentors Insync platform, you can have a number of mentors or mentees, however we do not recommend that you have too many at one time, as this may cause conflict of interest and be less effective time wise.

You also have the ability to take part in group mentoring, where one mentor can connect with a number of mentees and share information that may be relevant to the whole group.  

What is my role as a mentor?

As a mentor, you should first establish your mentee's goals or needs and determine if you can add value and how.

Once this is established, your role would include: being a good listener and responding or advising when necessary.

Mentors share their own experiences and perspectives to help mentees learn and progress.

Mentors may need to review information they receive from the mentee prior to each session.

It is also important that mentors hold their mentees accountable, and that they too follow through on their end.

It is important that all information discussed in the relationship remain confidential. It is also important that both parties are respectful of one another.

It may be a good idea to determine some rules and set some boundaries at the start of the relationship.

Mentors are not expected to be experts at everything, and therefore if you are no longer able to help, it would be in your best interest to say so and end the relationship.

What is my role as a mentee?

Your role as a mentee is determined by what you actually need help with, and to be specific around the kind of help you are looking for. You need to set goals and you need to work towards achieving them.

It may be that you need help to determine these goals and the ways in which to go about achieving them.

Whilst you control the process, you should be aware that your mentor may not have all the answers, and that any advice given is purely based on your mentor's personal experiences. It is solely your responsibility to decide if the information provided is helpful, or whether you should seek a professional opinion. 

It is recommended that you thank your mentor for their time and assistance, and remain respectful at all times. 

Should a mentee have set goals at each session?

It is strongly recommended that some action is agreed upon at each session, and that whatever is required, whether the mentor agrees to upload information or a mentee agrees to try some technique, both parties should hold each other accountable.

 

What happens in the mentoring relationship?

Both parties may educate one another about specific issues or in specific areas.

Both parties may help one another to achieve particular skills.

Both parties may share resources and or networking details.

Mentors may challenge their mentees to move beyond their comfort zones.

A safe learning environment is created to allow for risk taking.

The focus remains on the mentees development.

How can I provide the most value as a mentor?

The way in which you can add the most value as a mentor is by consulting, sharing your experiences, providing guidance and feedback, connecting your mentee to resources, and by helping them to develop practical experiences in relation to an industry.

What criteria should I consider when reviewing and accepting a mentor’s invitation?

You should review a mentor’s profile details, and consider if they have the skills or expertise to help you with your immediate goals or needs. 

What criteria should I consider when reviewing and accepting a mentee’s invitation?

When reviewing and accepting a mentee’s invitation, you should consider the reasons why the mentee would like to be mentored.

It is important that you only accept a mentee’s request where you can help them with their goals and needs, or where you can make an impact.

Is there a recommended agenda to follow when starting a mentoring relationship?

The starting point is really about building trust and respect.

When starting a mentoring relationship, you should first kick off by getting to know one another. This may be a general conversation about what the mentee has been doing, where they are looking to go, what they are struggling with and what they are looking to achieve.

The mentor may share some information about their own background, career, experiences and achievements and how they think they might be able to help.

Mentors should ask questions to gain a better understanding of the mentees aspirations, challenges and expectations.

Sometimes it could be beneficial to start with an ice breaker, like talking about ones hobbies, books and other interests. 

Whose role is it to prepare the agenda or set the focus for each session?

It is generally the role of the mentee to prepare the agenda or set the focus for each session. Mentors may give ‘assignments’ or tasks for the mentee to complete.

It will usually come down to both parties in the relationship agreeing to how things will happen.  

How often should I respond to the mentee’s requests?

You should respond to the mentee’s requests in a timely manner and via the method that is agreed upon by both parties. 

How long is the mentoring relationship expected to last?

This is determined by both parties within the relationship. It may take a couple of weeks to reach a goal, or it may take longer. Some relationships may continue for lengthy periods. It really does comes down to both people within the mentoring relationship. We do not stipulate a length of time; however we do recommend moving on if there is no more value to be gained. 

How much time do I need to invest?

We would recommend spending about a half hour once a week connecting with one another however, it will depend on the need, goals and expectations, which should be determined from the beginning.

These expectations could be evaluated as you progress.

Should I contact my mentor / mentee outside the agreed mentoring sessions?

This totally depends on you and the relationship. The platform ensures you have the necessary tools to aid with the e-learning style of mentoring, as well as being able to call one another etc.  This allows for more frequent contact however, both parties need to be comfortable with the methods of contact including that of face-to-face meetings.  

Does the mentoring require face-to-face contact and do we need to live close to one another?

Mentors Insync allows for people to connect globally. It has a number of tools to facilitate the relationships, making it extremely flexible.

Face-to-face contact is not necessary as the program can be accessed on any device, from anywhere so long as there is an internet connection. 

Face-to-face contact is totally your choice.

What if I cannot continue the mentoring relationship?

If you are unable to continue the mentoring relationship, or if you choose to end the relationship, you should let the other person know as soon as possible so they can move on to another mentor or mentee relationship. 

What should I do if there is a problem or breakdown in the relationship?

If the mentoring relationship is not working satisfactorily you should first attempt to resolve the issues. This could be beneficial as you develop the necessary skills to manage conflict.  

If however, a resolution cannot be achieved, either party has the ability to end the relationship at any time. 

How do I end a mentoring relationship?

By agreeing on the termination process at the start of the relationship, both parties can feel comfortable when the time comes.

Either party has the right to end the relationship at any time. This means that if the relationship is no longer mutually beneficial, or if your availability or priorities change, or if the relationship just is not working, you do not have to feel obligated to stay in the relationship.

It is always a good idea to end any relationship positively, as you never know when or where your paths may cross again. 

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