9 Ways to Find a Business Mentor

mentorA mentor has a huge influence on how you run your business. A mentor guides you in ways you never would have thought about, helping you make smarter decisions and connecting you with other industry experts. Finding the right one, however, isn’t always easy. Here’s how you can start: A. Keep Pitching Pitching the business idea creates a myriad of opportunities for encounters with potential mentors. On occasion, the passion behind the idea is equally met with enthusiastic yet succinct questions. Make an effort to continue discussions with those that exhibit expertise through intelligent responses to your pitch. Through continuous dialogue you will understand the fit of an excellent mentor. – Brian Chiou, Enigma Systems LLC A. Network at Local and Trade Events The best mentors for me have always been those I’ve met at trade shows or networking events through colleagues or general conversations. Getting out there and meeting people face-to-face will give you a better chance of finding someone who’s your perfect mentor match. – Jaime Derringer, Design Milk A. Reflect on Who Has Already Been There for You You might have one already and you don’t realize it. If you reflect back on your past experiences with the added benefit of time and perspective, it should be pretty clear who has been there for you beyond just getting a job done. It’s those people who take the time and patience to grow and push you into a better version of your professional self that’d I’d deem mentor-worthy. – Michael Wasilewski, Frank Collective A. Read Books A great mentor is someone who’s lived an adventurous life filled with experiences that are relatable to your journey. What is a book but a collection of an exceedingly successful person’s experiences? Reading a book by Peter Thiel or a biography of Elon Musk is the equivalent of having a rock-star entrepreneur share their secrets to success. – Zimin Hang, Ultradia

Source: 9 Ways to Find a Business Mentor

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About Stephen G. Barr, Group Publisher

Author, Syndicated Columnist, Editor In-Chief and Group Publisher at SGB Media Group, a social media marketing firm specializing in digital media content production, publishing, affiliate marketing, public relations and advertising. Over 25 years experience in retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, affiliate marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, non-profit fund raising. Event planning, promotion, production and MC/Host at public events. Author, Editor & Publisher of 35 syndicated, digital publications utilizing multiple digital distribution channels in conjunction with launching and administrating national advertising campaigns for major Fortune 500 advertisers in partnership with Google, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, DoubleClick, LinkShare, PepperJam and other industry leading third party affiliate networks. Product development team member from conception to launch on many websites, tangible goods and organizational structure for start ups. Specialties: Public relations, retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, blogging, email campaigns, affiliate/performance marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, event production & promotion, non-profit fund raising and tasteful, responsible adult content publishing. An internationally recognized and read social media columnist & pundit on The Examiner, Associate Content, Vator.tv, X-Biz.net and Technorati and his own affiliated sites.
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