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Episode 69: Building Your Professional Network Part 1: Mentors [REBROADCAST]

Episode 69: Building Your Professional Network Part 1: Mentors [REBROADCAST]

While I'm on maternity leave I'm rebroadcasting some of my favorite episodes of Beyond the Business Suit. In this episode we’re covering part 1 of a 2 part series about building your professional network. For part 1 I’ll be tackling mentor relationships and in our next episode we’ll be discussing sponsor relationships.

Here are the 4 Dos and Don’ts when building mentor relationships (listen to the episode for the full details):

  1. Do develop a mentor set (you don’t want just one mentor). Like Keesha Boyd taught us in episode #11, we should have four types of mentors:
    • A peer
    • A coach
    • A proven navigator with a similar style
    • A straight shooter
  2. Don’t ask someone, “Can you be my mentor?”
  3. Do start by building an authentic relationship.
  4. Do make sure there is some give and take in the relationship. Make sure the relationship is not only one sided.

Do you have any success stories with mentors? Leave a comment below!


  • Kandi / 17 August 2016 12:29

    As a new graduate in a new field, these are great tips. I am in the process of building authentic relationships. I especially like the 4th tip. It is extremely important to make sure the relationship is give and take. I have identified a peer mentor. I need to invite her to lunch to show my appreciation for all her help.