- Mentorship starts with generosity and commitment. Yes, there is a dedicated amount of time from the mentee required, but equally important is being coachable and be honest regarding the key areas you really need help.
- Be specific about the direction and input you want. Don’t just ask the mentor to “help” you, have specific questions you are seeking knowledge about regarding your craft so that the advice you receive is immediately useful.
- Stay in touch through communication. Let your mentor know how things are going from time to time. There are numerous ways to stay in touch with an e-mail, hand-written letter, card every two to three months. This way, if you need their help again, you won’t feel awkward or have to catch them up on everything!