Here’s a Robin Hood Mentoring Case Study currently in action. As the weeks unfold you’ll see the progress and results.
My current client is called “Roberta” for privacy. Here’s a little background about her.
For 22 years she has been self-employed running her own business as a Yoga instructor and massage therapist. She’s in her late 50’s moving close into the next decade of her life. She has one son who’s off at school.
Like many people in this age range think about opportunities online because they’re reaching “Retirement age” and want to continue to earn income.
Roberta’s goal is to transfer her business online so she can reach more people and expand her areas of interest. This would include offering her expertise through workshops, coaching, and teaching in an online environment.
Her Internet experience: Next to none, except for basics in setting up a Facebook Personal Profile, sending and replying to emails (and shopping online). She has a blog provided by the organization she’s certified with for her professional qualifications.
Roberta’s Mindset: Roberta is eager to learn and has many ideas of what she wants to achieve. There is a huge learning curve because she’s not familiar with deeper internet functions such as linking, blogging, how to set up a blog, promotion of her business, etc. Roberta lacks confidence in her writing shills and recalls not being very good in writing in school. Also, she doesn’t know what she would write. Financial limitations.
Roberta is also “teachable” and follows through on suggestions and assignments.
NOTE: There are so many people online, wanting to create a blog, or build a business online, perhaps even you, and are insecure about writing because they can only remember how bad their skills were in school, or hate to write for fear of being criticized
Roberta’s Learning Curve: Linking, how to set up a Facebook Fan Page for her business, creating a blog, writing content, content ideas, how to maintain and update a blog, how to use images, what to post on the Facebook Fan Page, building relationships online
My Mentoring Plan Of Action
The first and most important aspect of mentoring is to listen to what clients want, where they’re at (skill level), and uncovering their confidence level in learning new skills. This creates insight as to how to develop a guidance plan – one that is NOT overwhelming. But one that builds confidence while learning a new skill in a comfortable, unrushed manner.
Mentors must have the attribute of patience to guide others in any kind of learning and directional service.
The Guidance Plan
Since Roberta’s internet skills are minimal, and her desire is to transition her business online, the quickest way to get her comfortable with –
- creating posts
- expressing her thoughts in text
- using images
- sharing her posts
- online free resources to create posts with is using Facebook as a “Mini Blog”
- free resources
is using Facebook as a “Mini Blog”. Facebook is an excellent platform to teach someone the technical “how to’s” in setting up a business Fan Page, posting, creating image posts, sharing content, and writing.
Getting the information needed to create a Guidance plan. Listening and acknowledging learning needs and desired goals.
Setting up a Facebook Fan Page, going over all the settings and features. Successful set up and understanding and a happy client feeling a great sense of accomplishment. Assignment – start a journal to get in the habit of writing thoughts on paper.
Creating an image post using free resources to post on Roberta’s Facebook Fan Page. Success in broadening her skill set that she, in time can now teach someone else. She’s more knowledgeable than a couple of weeks ago. Her confidence level has grown and feels she has accomplished a lot. Her comfort level in posting on her Fan Page is once a week.
Working in phases allows time for Roberta to digest what she’s learned and apply it. It avoids overwhelm which can be an instant motivational killer. Through hands-on experience she learns she CAN do things on the internet – she’s SMARTER than she thinks she is, regardless of her age and waiting so long to be internet savvy (and she will be in time). The secret is not to overload her with information, answer her “burning” questions and build on what she now knows.
Feelings of excitement, accomplishment, and seeing a successful future working towards building her business online, with a big smile!
To be continued … so if this interests you keep a look out for updates on this Case Study
Having a Mentor can change your life. They can help you explore new skills that you didn’t know you could do, and can. They honor your dreams. They can motivate and inspire you. They BELIEVE in you and see what you’re capable of in whatever you want to achieve.