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Mentoring: know when to wait before giving advice

Some great mentoring advice from Hubspot contributor Lindsay Kolowich

“When you’re mentoring someone, you might feel pressured to give them advice straight away. But not all feedback is helpful feedback, and giving unhelpful — or unwelcome — feedback can be detrimental to your relationship. An amazing mentor knows how to determine whether or not a situation lends itself to off-the-cuff feedback or really thoughtful feedback.

Corliss calls this “hitting the pause button.”

“A good mentor knows when to hit ‘pause’ during a conversation,” she told me. “Once in a while, a conversation might catch us off guard. For example, maybe someone raises an HR issue or a serious problem with an employee. Maybe someone says something that makes you mad or upset. If you don’t have the right information, experience or emotional state to react to a scenario properly, hit ‘pause.’ That will give you a chance to get more information, talk to your resources, and come back with a clear and valuable response.”

Learn what it means to be someone’s mentor, and tips on how to stand out in the role.

Source: How to Be an Amazing Mentor: 12 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Others

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