How To Find A Professional Mentor or Coach
Many women have had to learn and grow on their own because they didn’t know where or how to find a professional mentor or coach.
For those who need a nudge in the right direction, (isn’t that true for us all?) a coach or mentor can be life-changing. This is especially true for women who can often feel isolated in business and in life. I know I have felt like that! I also know that when I’ve engaged a professional mentor or coach, their knowledge, expertise, and wisdom, have proven to be one of the most valuable and effective ways to grow my business.
Today, more and more women are seeing the benefits of working with a mentor or coach to realise their dreams and achieve their goals. Whether you are looking for guidance on how to grow your business, or simply want to refine your communication skills, there is a mentor or coach out there for everyone.
But where do you begin? How do you find the best fit for you? While it might feel overwhelming at first, there are a number of ways to ensure you find the right mentor for your needs. In this post, we will outline how to find a professional mentor or coach suited to your needs, desires, and goals.
What is a Professional Mentor or Coach?
Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur or an individual with years of experience, we all need guidance and assistance from time to time. At least, we do if we plan on being super successful – we’re not an island! A mentor is a seasoned professional, who has experience and knowledge of the path you’re trying to take and can offer support and guidance along the way. In a nutshell, they’ve “been there and done” what you are trying to do. Mentors typically provide consultation and advice on a variety of topics, usually regarding how to improve your performance at work or achieve set goals, such as financial freedom or improved confidence. They can act as a sounding board, allowing you to test ideas and develop strategies before putting them into action.
A Coach is often a mentor as well. They are someone who will help you attain success by guiding your growth and development through step by step strategy and knowledge. They hold you accountable to get the work done!
Either way, your professional mentor or coach will work to get to know you, your goals, and the challenges you are facing to help you find the right solutions. As such, every mentoring/coaching relationship is unique. While some mentorships only last until a goal is achieved, some mentors have the potential to become a long-term support person.
Five Factors to Consider When Finding a Professional Mentor or Coach:
Both a mentor and a coach will work to help you grow and become the best version of yourself as an individual and professional. This may involve creating steps to achieve your goals, introducing new ways of thinking, challenging your limiting assumptions, sharing life lessons, experiences, and more.
1. Understanding Your Goals
The first step in finding a professional mentor or coach is understanding your goals and what you are looking to accomplish – both long term and short term. The more specific you are with your goals, the easier it will be to identify a professional mentor who can help you achieve them.
For instance, if you are looking to build and grow your business, you should consider establishing what areas of growth or development you need assistance with. Do you need guidance on how to make the best use of your time? Or do you lack confidence and communication skills?
Without a clear goal in mind, you may find that your search for a mentor or coach is unfocused and disjointed, resulting in you finding the wrong fit for your needs.
Once you have a clear understanding of your goals, it’s time to find a professional mentor or coach who can help you achieve those goals! Professional mentors can be found anywhere, and online platforms like Ruffle have made this easier than ever before.
In addition to using your network, professional networks such as Ruffle provide a great place to start searching for a mentor or coach within your desired industry or profession. Offering their industry, their expertise and ratings from previous clients, it’s easy to get a feel for the advice they can offer.
3. Look For A Different Perspective
The right professional mentor or coach should be willing to help you achieve your goals, so it is important that you choose someone who has experience in the field you are looking to work in. However, it is also important to find a mentor or coach who can offer a fresh and different perspective to one that you are used to, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills and gain the knowledge you otherwise wouldn’t acquire.
4. Be Specific
When looking for a professional mentor or coach, it is crucial to be specific. Having a potential mentor fully understand what you want to work towards can help both parties determine whether you are the best fit to work together.
5. Mentor Vs Sponsor
Lastly, it is important to understand the difference between a mentor and a sponsor. Where a mentor offers guidance, advice and support to help you achieve your goals, a sponsor is someone who provides aid in a professional setting through promotions, new positions and networking. Mentors are there to offer insight, so you may work towards and achieve your goals on your own.
Let Ruffle Help You Find A Professional Mentor or Coach
With so many considerations and options, it can be difficult to find a professional mentor or coach that is right for you. Fortunately, Ruffle offers a unique way to discover industry professionals with the track record and experience you desire.
With an ever-growing directory of female mentors and coaches, you can easily find someone to help you achieve your goals. By connecting with like-minded women, you can learn from the wisdom of those who have been there and done it – who will help you step by step – creating the life you deserve to live!