"My mentor said, 'Let's go do it', not 'You go do it'. How powerful when someone says, 'Let's!'" -- Jim Rohn
Most business owners feel they have to figure things out on their own.
Imagine what it would be like if you had access to a leading expert, who you could contact to ask for advice.
Imagine if you had a way to achieve extraordinary success especially when you feel overwhelmed, are at crossroads and need to make sound business decisions faster.
Studies shows that 60% of business owners who have a mentor will survive business longer than those who don't and 25% of those experience business growth.
One of the reasons I started my business in educational events 27 years ago, is because I wanted to learn from the BEST. Since then I have represented and learned from 110 of the world's top speakers and thought leaders.
My business made the BRW Fast 100 list (fastest-growing companies in Australia) for three years in a row: 2007, 2008 and 2009. During the 5 year period covered by the Business Review Weekly (BRW) magazine awards, our revenue grew by 16 times.
So how did I do that?
I've had the privilege of hanging out with, and learning from, top entrepreneurs and I'm certain that the reason I reached great success in business was largely due to the mentors in my life. They have steered me in the right direction when I veered off course. They have helped me avoid thousands of dollars in potential mistakes, and saved me hundred of hours of time to fast track my business and multiply my results.
Finding a suitable mentor can be very challenging. Mentors who are industry experts can charge thousands of dollars to speak with you - if you reach them.
So how do you choose the right mentor?
- 1First, you need to know what you want to achieve. Then find someone who has already achieved that goal. Someone who has done what you want to do and has excelled in their industry.
- 2If possible get an introduction or referral. An introduction will make it much easier for you to approach them as your mentor.
- 3Build a relationship with that person first. Ask if they are willing to answer your questions, and help you. It’s much easier for them to say ‘yes’ to a one-time request than to an ongoing relationship, so ask for that first. If you get along well, then you can ask them to be your mentor.
If you enter into a more formal mentoring arrangement based on fee for service, your mentor may send you a questionnaire which usually consists of 5-10 key questions to work out where you are now and where you want to go. It helps you and your mentor to focus on the areas that will make the biggest difference.
- 4Once you have found a mentor, act on their advice. It could have a huge impact on your business. Listen intently, take notes and remember: they have been where you want to go, made the mistakes and have another perspective. They may know exactly who to connect you with for strategic alliances and suppliers.
You may have heard the old adage, “it’s not what you know but who you know” In my experience this is true, the right connections and alliances have the power to amplify your results.
- 5Expect to join for at least 3 hourly meetings, by Zoom or in person, held weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on your needs and schedule. The reason for this is you need time to implement the learnings.
The mentoring I've had the honour to do over the years has mostly been informal. I’ve helped people when they were dealing with a tricky situation and they reached out to me.
Then last year, when I realised how much I loved helping business owners one on one, I decided to create a structured mentoring program. One that's fluid and directive, designed to achieve some ambitious medium-term goals.
Now that we’re several months in, I’m enjoying the experience and I’m excited to see how much my clients are achieving.
If you’ve ever thought you’d like a mentor to help you fast track the growth of your business, and especially if you want guidance in filling your webinars and live events...
If you want to start enjoy a more profitable and fulfilling year, I invite you to start a conversation about what we could achieve together. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and send me: a link to your business website, how long you've been running your business and the best number to reach you on.
I’ll contact you; we can talk further and then, if we both feel comfortable, take the next step.
Let’s do this together.