Mentoring, for the most part, has always been a one on one, in person session. Several times I have had small groups, business owners, that I worked with on a weekly basis for 10 to 20 weeks and then, they became their owns support group. Whenever possible I prefer the “in person approach” to mentoring.
This evening I am looking for feedback; one on one mentoring has some draw backs, the two biggest ones are the time constraints and not being able to work directly with those that are located in another town or state. Business owners are busy operating their own business. While mentoring is an important part of their growth process, time becomes a factor. The time it takes to travel to and from a mentoring session, or getting ready for a session in their own office and then being interrupted with phone calls or “urgent” needs from an employee, extends the time commitment.,
Being in another town or another state also prevents me from working with small businesses.
I am in the process of completing a mentoring system which involves the use of e-mail for documentation and “SKYPE” for the face to face meeting. I have designed this process to be a half hour session on SKYPE, (face to face discussion) and written suggestions and issues that needed further work, to be sent back and forth via e-mail. A definite time each week has to be set for the “face to face meeting” but in case of an emergency is can be changed. It also allows the mentoring session to held early in the morning, during the day, or in the quiet of an evening.
The first session being offered is 10 week long (ten weekly half hour sessions) plus communications via e-mail as needed. From that point, the sessions can be extended if both parties feel that the need exists. I have an information sheet that I can e-mail to interested parties. The pricing on this system is only $300 for the ten week session. This, of course, is an introductory price offer and is subject to change in the future. I plan to start test marketing this concept in the next 30 days.
Please let me hear your thoughts. Technology should be used when necessary as a time and cost saving device, as long as it does not take away from providing a quality service.
Leaders invest their time in what produces the greatest return.
Have a great day!