Where do I find a reliable mentor?
Looking for a mentor to help me get back up on my feet. Ran a very successful group of Companies in the past. I would now like to dive back into business, but finding it hard to get direction. Where should I start looking?
Google will help you find. But then if they have the right keywords planned, you can still end up in the wrong place.
I would recommend Mr. Shyam Sekar of Startup Xperts, who has mentored so many and continues to mentor a lot of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. You can visit www.startupxperts.com. I am sure he could be of help!
Great information here for you Ash. From your profile and website, you are leading a successful group. Why do you need a mentor to be more specific? What do you want? As the CEO of a successful group are you diving back in business or already in business? This will help guide you in your querry.
Some great info and suggestions here already. Perhaps you can look at SCORE for a business mentor, or in one of the industries you are interested in pursuing. For example, in the franchise industry we have a program called FranShip, facilitated by the International Franchise Association. Here, anyone active or interested in franchising, whether operating a franchise unit or starting a franchise company, can find great mentors in different areas of expertise.
Perhaps the industries you are looking at have something similar? Check in industry publications and websites and in relevant groups on LinkedIn, also.
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Hi not sure where you are located but mentors are available through the Chamber of Commerce, i would try there first
I have a facebook page with a lot of info called tewnty four hour survival guide for small business and you can ask questions etct
Self help books will help too besides talking to a mentor who is a registered professional to do so. At the end of the day, what is the truest needs of your mind and heart shall fulfill your goals. I found this site on a search which has feeds to the inbox on business ideas and start ups- http://www.docstoc.com/, hope this may help.
I agree with Robert and Joe. I might add that think of the people that are important to you now in each segment of your life.Sports recreation, who do you bike with, canoe, go to church,play golf,go to school university, party with. Do you have a favourite uncle, nephew,ex boss.What you are doing putting together your"Lifes-Board-of Directors.Credit must be given to The"Kinder-Brothers" who came up with this amazing concept.Now send them each a letter that informs them that they are on your life's board of directors.Note IF your significant other is NOT on the there might be some issues there.Hopefully you will find your mentor form one of these people.
In terms of a mentor, I have found that most successful entrepreneurs are very open to mentor as long as the mentee understands that this is more of a role in which guidance is provided, not coaching. I generally mentor about a dozen guys at least twice a year. What I have noticed is that I receive several benefits, not only in helping others achieve successs, but as they become more developed and I can trust their value and decision making process, I have formed several lucrative partnerships. A great place to find a mentor is to attend a seminar where the ones you are aspiring to follow are at. Then it's just a matter of establishing value with them and being direct in what you are asking for. You will get some no's, but all you need is one right yes.
Hi, Ash . Take a look : http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/09/21/how-to-find-a-great-mentor-first-dont-ever-ask-a-stranger/