📩 How You Can Leverage Mentors, Sponsors, and Advisors
I learned more about how I could leverage a mentor when I moved to the United States 7 years ago. In my country we don’t have this sense of having a mentor to help you during your professional journey which is — not cool, we need those resources!
I can’t stress enough the importance of having someone to help when you encounter a blocker or when you want to move in a different direction. I encountered Carla Pearl YouTube video and it really intrigued me.
She talks about the difference between the Mentor, Sponsor, and Advisor. I thought it was so interesting and being able to differentiate both it’s crucial in my opinion.
▪️ Mentors: That person who shares information with their mentees such as tips, motivation, resources, and even emotional support. You should tell your mentor the good and also the bad and the ugly. Because of that, this person needs to be essentially someone you trust and someone who can be discreet about the information you are sharing.
▪️ Sponsors: A sponsor supports you, your organization, or an event via products, services, or financial incentives. Out of these three relationships, the sponsor is the most important relationship you should cultivate. The sponsor is that person you tell the good and the good, not ever the bad and the ugly.
▪️ Advisors: A resourceful person that will help you to evaluate plans, initiate projects, and processes. Commonly part of the leadership or a consultant, they should have specific experience and multidisciplinary expertise. The advisor doesn’t know you, you don’t have a working relationship with them. For these reasons, advisors are best used as sources of feedback on discrete questions.
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