Mentoring Lift Off Through Mentoring Training


Here’s another question we often get about mentoring. Again, we hope it helps you in your own mentoring adventures.

Note: These questions are compiled from several questions we receive, and do not necessarily reflect any one person’s submission.

Q: I’ve been tasked by my HR VP to start a mentoring program to prepare our managers for new roles with greater responsibilities. Our VPs and senior leaders are the mentors and I’m supposed to put together a training session for them. I have never developed a training program before and I have never trained senior leaders. I’m shaking in my boots. Help!

A: Help is on the way! Your leadership has identified an important business imperative behind mentoring efforts, which is a great first step. Mentoring is not just a “feel-good” activity. It should address the strategic business goals of the organization. You need to ensure that your efforts and investments pay off. It can be overwhelming to create a dynamic mentor training program that is engaging, participative and informative.

An organization that identifies mentoring as a strategic tool must develop its in-house capacity for mentoring training. To be a truly effective mentor trainer, you have to develop some expertise in mentoring. We have a solution for you. Our Mentoring Facilitator Trainer Certification Program will prepare you to deliver Mentoring: Strategies for Success in your organization. The content of that program will ensure your mentor leaders:

  • Understand the purpose and key concepts of mentoring and how it differs from coaching
  • Identify their learning style and the role of learning in facilitating mentee growth and development
  • Recognize the four predictable phases in the mentoring cycle and the key components of each phase
  • Structure the initial mentoring conversation to get started on the right foot
  • Explore how to set learning goals, set priorities and identify milestones
  • Recognize and overcome common stumbling blocks in a mentoring relationship
  • Support, challenge and provide effective feedback to mentees
  • Bring the relationship to successful closure

Our training certification process will allow you to master the content and gain experience delivering the material to your audience. You will walk away after three days with all the tools, competencies and confidence you need to be successful.

And you’re in luck. Our next training event is coming up, Monday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 1. Registration is open now, but it fills up fast, so register today!

For more on why mentoring training is a must, see:

Mentoring Training: Keep Your Mentoring On Track


People often ask us questions about mentoring or seek mentoring advice. We decided to answer a few of these questions on the blog this month. Hopefully their questions (and our answers) will shed some light on your own mentoring questions.

Note: These questions are compiled from several questions we receive, and do not necessarily reflect any one person’s submission.

Q: Six months ago, our mentoring program was announced. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was buzzing about it and our people were eager to get started. At first, there was a flurry of activity and everyone was meeting with their mentee and really pretty excited. But all that energy was short-lived. About six weeks in, our mentors started telling us they had run out of things to talk about. As it turns out, most of them were just having coffee and catching up. It seems like we’ve missed the boat somehow. What would you suggest?

A: What you are describing is the Three Cups of Coffee Syndrome. The mentor/mentee relationship has been established, but it lacks direction, focus or goals to move mentoring forward. This is what often happens when organizations launch a mentoring program without providing sufficient and consistent training for their mentors.

Good mentoring requires specific skill sets. Even leaders who engage in informal mentoring throughout their entire careers struggle with creating successful mentoring partnerships.

Mentoring training builds more confident and competent mentors. It promotes mentor readiness, creates a standard of mentoring practice, provides guidelines for ensuring mentoring success and offers a safe climate of support. Mentor training offers a roadmap and a benchmark for mentors to measure their success as well as strategies to address stumbling blocks quickly.

Good mentoring training saves time. It keeps mentoring interesting, productive and on track from the get-go.

If you’re interested in mentoring training, register for our 3-day training certification program. The Mentoring: Strategies for Success program will teach you how to lead your own one-day training for your organization. Our next program is Monday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 1. Seats are limited, so register today!

7 Organizational Benefits You Won’t Want to Miss


Mentoring is an investment of time and effort. To get it right, it is important to prepare the people in your organization and make sure everyone is on the same page. Are your HR and learning/development specialists ready?

Our “Mentoring: Strategies for Success” Trainer Certification Program might be just what your organization needs right now. The Center for Mentoring Excellence’s most popular one-day workshop has been presented to organizations throughout the world for over a decade. This comprehensive workshop provides all the tools and strategies mentors and mentees will need to engage in productive, learner-centered relationships.

Make the investment to train your trainers in mentoring and watch how quickly you reap these rewards. We think you will agree, it is well worth the effort.

  1. Increased talent retention
  2. Heightened employee engagement and productivity
  3. Support for diversity and inclusion
  4. Enhanced employee and career development
  5. Fast-tracked leadership development
  6. Stronger leadership bench
  7. More commitment and collaboration

Enrollment is limited. Take advantage of this limited opportunity and sign up now!