What Should Your First Mentoring Session Be Like?

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You’ve decided you want to hire a writing mentor. It’s a great first move, but there are so many questions you will have. One of those is what your first mentoring session should be like?

It can be a scary thought. You’re spending money on this, and you want to feel at ease. You want to know what to expect.

Every mentor is different. They’ll have different ways of working their first mentoring session, but there are certain things that should occur. Here are three things that are more likely to happen.

Get to Know You

The first mentoring session is a chance to get to know you. The mentor will want to know how far into your writing career you are and what your goals are. Some mentors will cut this out by sending you a few questions beforehand. These questions will usually give you a starting block for the first mentoring session.

Don’t worry about this part of getting to know you. Just prepare five minutes to tell your mentor what you would like to achieve over the next month or so, and where you’re starting from right now.

It’s also a chance to get to know the mentor, so prepare a few questions. One mentee asked me about my experience starting out to see which path I took to make writing a full-time business.

What Do You Want Out of These Sessions?

Mentoring is different for everyone. You may want to learn how to be a writer, while someone else my hire a mentor to get more productive and give them a kick up the proverbial.

It’s time to think about what you want out of your sessions. Your mentor will want to know to help plan the next session with you, or to know whether the time will be spent critiquing your work. Remember this is your money, so you deserve to have sessions that lead to what you want out of them.

What Do You Want It To Be?

To honest answer is your first mentoring session will be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend the time getting to know your mentor, then use it as that. If you want to get right stuck in with information, then that’s entirely up to you.

The point that I will keep making is that this is your money you’re spending. It needs to be spent in a way that is valuable to you. We’re all different. We all have different goals and want different things.

Make sure your first mentoring session is spent the way you want. Most mentors will start with a get to know you slot and then want to find out what you want out of these sessions. From there, you can discuss whatever you want.

Does that set your mind at ease for your first mentoring session? Have you been through a mentoring session and want to share your experience? Please feel free in the comments below.

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One thought on “What Should Your First Mentoring Session Be Like?

  1. I’m a trained coach and know from both being coached, and coaching, that you have to explore the relationship and ask your mentor what to expect.

    A good one will ask you that back and then work within your expectations.

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