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Mentoring tools are aids or resources used by a mentor to improve the experience of a mentee. Effective mentee tools include a formalized development plan, meeting journal, books and workbooks.
Formal Development Plan
A formal plan in which you outline the goals of the mentorship, along with the meeting venue and times, is an important tool to start the process. While the process itself is often informal, Mind Tools noted that a professional approach helps to optimize the learning experience.
Mentor meetings normally include an exchange of insights, ideas and thoughts. The mentor may ask questions, listen to the mentee's activities and challenges, and then offer coaching. A journal enables you to document the conversations from each meeting, so the mentee documents the takeaways and you can evaluate progress between meetings.
Books and Workbooks
Numerous books are available on general professional development, as well as specific skill development in a business or career. A mentor may assign reading to the mentee for additional knowledge in a particular area. Workbooks, which allow for interactive conversations and activities, are also available to help you organize the mentoring process.
Focus on particular goals and organization of activities are primary benefits of many effective mentoring tools.
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