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I'm currently writing a brief session 'An Introduction to Mentoring', does anybody have any suggestions for activities/exercises which do not revolve around the traditional 'role-play'.  Any suggestions would be welcome :)

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  1. you may have already done this but……

    …I ran a similar sounding course some time ago and….

    1. Mentors were unsure of the boundaries of their role…… an activity to get their input to what the role was and what the role wasn’t.  This included the issue of confidentiality and (as the mentors and mentees all worked for the same organisation) the topic of the different levels of power of different mentors. (‘Power’ as in, "My mentor is the MD, so I’m going to get better assignments than you whose mentor is ‘only’ the Operations Manager in the widget division")

    2. We then did a brainstorm of the characteristics and personality traits likely to be found in a successful mentor, they then actually produced a series of "cartoons" of the "perfect mentor"……these were later used as reminders for people.

    3. We also did No. 2 above for the perfect mentee…….so that the mentors had an idea of what t look for in terms of committment and also unreasonable expectations in mentees.  These were also used to help explain mentoring to the mentees.


    I hope this helps


  2. An Introduction to Mentoring

    Thank you so much for this, this is really useful.

  3. mentoring

    I find it’s hard to beat a discussion of learning style precipitated by completion of the Honey and Mumford questionnaire. easily available on-line,however, if you have problems let me know and I’ll send a PDF.

  4. Introduction to mentoring

    Thanks for this….I think at this stage this may be a little to ‘in-depth’ for the participants, however, I’m hoping to develop a follow up and I think this would be perfect for that (or even an exercise to take away ready for the next session).  : )

  5. Webinar

    This may be of interest…

    Go to

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    "How Can Mentoring Facilitate Learning and Development Across the Organization? "

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    This 30 minute complimentary webinar hosted by Insala’s Mentoring expert Judy Corner will include:-

    – The Benefits of Mentoring as a Learning and Development Strategy
    – How Can Mentoring Facilitate Learning and Development Across the Organization?
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    – The Case Study



  6. Lots of free downloads

    I have posted a lot of downloads you or anyone else can have for free.

    These include a 50 point diagnostic I use a lot, and various exercises that have worked for me and I hope do for you.

    Go to my website: and then the free downloads section.

    All the best,



  7. Introduction to Mentoring

    Thank you for this, there’s some really excellent acivity driven stuff (technical word) in here !


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