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Don’t assume anything about your mentee – ask!

Assuming is part of human nature. Since we can’t possibly know everything, we use assumptions to fill in the gaps and give us a more complete worldview.

When a new mentor-mentee match meets for the first time, each half of the partnership may come in with some background information, which might lead to some more assumptions or preconceived notions about each other.

It is important to never make guesses or assumptions about your mentee’s experience or knowledge.  Clear communication will only help the relationship grow. Asking clear questions can help identify gaps in knowledge, or, conversely, prevent you from explaining something that the mentee already knows. Just ask!

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