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Do’s and Don’ts of Mentoring

It is important to remember the do’s and don’ts of effective mentoring

If you are interested in becoming a mentor it is important to remember the do’s and don’ts of effective mentoring:


  • Provide an outside perspective on both the business owner and their business
  • Listen, confidentially, to the things that are worrying the business owner about their company
  • Help by sharing your own experience of both failures and successes
  • Give friendly, unbiased support and guidance
  • Provide honest and constructive feedback
  • Be a sounding board for ideas
  • Facilitate decision making by suggesting alternatives based on personal experience
  • Provide contacts and networks to further personal and business development
  • Inspire the client to realise their potential
  • Provide ongoing support and encouragement


  • Provide a counselling service
  • Give specific technical business advice which would normally be provided by an expert business adviser
  • Provide a training service
  • Provide a coaching service (relating to specific business related tasks, goals and objectives)
  • Provide therapeutic interventions
  • Take responsibility for success away from the business owner