After several years of not doing any mentoring, I find myself starting TWO mentoring programs in one week.
One of them takes the form of a monthly local Meetup here in Oxford. This is an offshoot of the Oxford Internet Professionals Meetup which I took over some years ago. The normal format for these is an evening meeting in a central pub where we informally chat about anything related to the internet – usually with a marketing bias.
A while back, there were a few of us diehards still chatting after most of the others had left, when the idea of a separate mentoring-focused meeting came up. This eventually came into being last week (Tuesday) with small group of people meeting in a coffee-shop/bar in central Oxford for 2-3 hours. They had very diverse backgrounds, business skills and technical skills, all with very different needs from a mentor. However, they were all united in understanding that a common need they all had was for accountability!
I can see this continuing on a regular basis and quite possibly expanding to several such meetings per month.
(If you happen to live in or around Oxford, do come and join us! See http://meetup.com/oxford-internet-professionals)
The second mentoring program kicked off on Thursday of last week. This is a 6-week program, over Skype + Hangouts, which I’m providing as a bonus to people who purchased the Quick Start Challenge program through my affiliate link. The QSC is a defined program of work for people who don’t already have an online business to get them to the point of earning $100 per day – supposedly in 30-days.
Unlike the local mentoring, everyone in this group will have exactly the same tasks to perform each week – so my mentoring here is – in theory at least – almost 100% accountability, with detailed oversight of weekly plans and goals.
I have to say that I’m enjoying these mentoring activities, and they are influencing my plans on what topics to cover in my Your Digital Ally training.
Are you involved in a mentoring program? Are you finding it useful/value for money?
Let me know what you think about mentoring in the digital marketing/internet marketing world.