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Virtual Speed Mentoring Platform

The mentoring matching process offers interested employees an opportunity to work with a mentor who can best support their developmental needs. To identify and select a suitable match, mentors and mentorees will be invited to participate in a virtual networking event known as Speed Mentoring. Speed Mentoring is a fast-paced and powerful way to meet mentoring prospects and clarify mentoring goals and match competency criteria.

Although an informal mentoring connection between two people may naturally happen, formal mentoring relationships are built over time and include mutual trust and respect for differences. Designed to facilitate thought provoking conversations, the Virtual Speed Mentoring event will help participants get to know each other before committing to and finalizing a formal mentoring partnership.

How it Works
The use of technology engages participants so no matter where they are based physically, they can connect virtually with the available pool of mentors. As soon as mentorees enter the Virtual Speed Mentoring event, they will see a variety of Mentoring Booths to choose from. Once mentorees choose a Mentoring Booth they will be randomly paired with a mentor. They will then engage in an 8-minute text-based conversation with a potential mentor and learn more about the mentors skills, competencies and credentials.

When the chat ends, either because time ran out or because one of the participants moved to the next connection, both mentors and mentorees will be able to rate the connection and take notes. These notes are private and available to refer back to after the Virtual Speed Mentoring event has ended.

How to Prepare for a Virtual Speed Mentoring Event
Mentorees often make the mistake of assuming that the best mentoring match will be with someone of like style. While compatibility may offer a comfortable relationship, it does not always result in the best mentoring match. The best matches are often the ones in which there are key differences (for example, differences in experiences, behavioral style, location, gender and so on).

One of the first steps in identifying a mentor is to clearly understand your developmental goals:

Mentors also should take the time to look into their mentoring prospects to ensure that any particular issue that is important to them is addressed early in the process. This helps increase the likelihood that the mentoring matches will result in a more positive experience for both partners.

The following are some suggested speed mentoring questions for the mentorees to ask the mentors and for the mentors to be prepared to answer: