2017 Mentor Reading List for #ReadABookDay

There have been countless features on successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, and world leaders and their reading habits. It’s surprising to picture Warren Buffett or Mark Zuckerberg curled up on their couch with a good book but some statistics show that company bosses read four to five books per month — which is four to five times higher the number of books an average person reads in a year, according to Refresh Leadership.

We’ve compiled a number of the recommended readings from our mentor networks for you to add to your fall reading list:

Sports & Business

1. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal.

2. A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring

From the legendary basketball coach who inspired generations of athletes and businesspeople, an inspiring book about the power of mentoring and being mentored.


3. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

A book that aims to shatter myths, provide new insights, and give practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time.

4. 4 Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5

A guide to learning the secrets of the “New Rich,” a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies - time and mobility - to create your own luxury lifestyles.

Personal Growth

5. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

6. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them

Meg Jay focuses on providing you with tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, showing how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even your brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood, if we use the time wisely.

Let us know what you think about our recommended list of Mentor Reads and what books you have on your reading list this fall.

Kristin Hedstrom: On Not Being Normal - From Olympian to Entrepreneur

The Olympian and eight-time National team member, Kristin Hedstrom started a private personal training business in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a member of Team USA, she competed in the 2012 Olympics and won six international medals. When Kristin's not strategizing about business, you can find her working out, traveling the world, or making delicious food in the kitchen.

I had to laugh when the call timer on my phone clicked past the one hour and forty minute mark. I’d been trying to fix a payroll issue with my accounting service and we still hadn’t reached a resolution. As I waded through terms I barely understood and tax processes I didn’t know existed, I couldn’t help but think how the hell did I get here and why don’t people teach you this stuff?! 

Needless to say, I never thought I’d be an entrepreneur (and I swear not all days are like that!). But then again, I never thought I’d be an Olympic athlete, either. In my head, I always liked the idea of a “normal” life: graduate college, get a 9-5, commute to the office, and settle down. But in practice, I could never convince myself to do it. 

In many ways, my path to the National Team set me up perfectly to start my own business. In rowing, representing Team USA required winning Trials every spring. Since the only thing that mattered was crossing the line first at that race, our NGB didn’t regulate where I trained, who my coach was, or who I rowed in a boat with. Often times, I’d even write my own training plan. Don’t get me wrong: I had massive help from coaches, teammates, and supporters. But ultimately I was my own boss – and my teammates were their own bosses, too. 

By the end of my fifteen-year rowing career, this “figure it out yourself” approach felt like no big deal. Like many Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, I was comfortable working hard for a very long-term goal and banking on my own hard work to get there. And more importantly, I understood that I didn’t have to know all the answers right away. I learned that if I studied the sport, followed my intuition, and stayed aggressive in my approach, things often worked out the way I wanted them to. 

When I finally switched to the working world full-time, I had a choice of whether to apply for “real” jobs or to create my own. I felt the same way I did after college when all my friends went into normal jobs and I signed myself up for this crazy ride called elite rowing. Was I really going to sign up for another crazy ride? 

I went back and forth but when it came down to it, I couldn’t find a good reason not to go the entrepreneurship route. I now own a fitness business specializing in personal training and mentoring. In the final three years of my rowing career, I’d been working as a trainer to support myself, so I already had some experience when I started out. More importantly, I had a good handle on what my target market was looking for. 

So far, I’ve loved it. It’s flexible: I get to work whatever days and hours I want and take as much or as little vacation as I want (which, by the way, doesn’t necessarily mean I take more vacation than most people!). It’s creative: I used to study rowing and come up with new ways to improve and now I’m studying my client base to figure out how to better serve their needs. It’s challenging: owning a business requires learning a lot of varied skills. On most days, I have my eyes on both the big, long-term picture, my mid-term goals, and the day-to-day tasks. It’s fun: my aim is to be the best part of my clients’ days, which means I’m always having fun, too. 

Much like rowing, I’m not sure where this path will ultimately take me, but I have a feeling it’s going to be awesome. I won’t pretend that every day is neat and tidy. Realistically, I feel like I’m splashing around like a novice rower on many of my days. But in the end, I wouldn’t trade what I’m doing for a normal life. At least not yet.

For more information on Kristin Hedstrom and her business, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Featured: CSweetener in the News

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio

Article originally posted on Xconomy.com

It’s been more than a year since an infamous party with hired models in cocktail dresses captured the biotech community’s attention at the 2016 J.P. Morgan conference.

There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P Morgan conference, for example, a group of 100 life science executives and others pledged to follow a list of gender diversity “best practices.”

There has also been some action. Launched last fall, a nonprofit mentoring program for women in healthcare and biotech has already signed up about 100 women, according to its founder.

The group, called CSweetener, is meant as a boost for women who are nearing the executive level. It is the brainchild of life sciences investor Lisa Suennen, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and publishes a popular industry blog and podcast. Suennen and cofounder Lisa Serwin have cobbled together $125,000 in donations, grants, and sponsorships to commission a software platform that could be what Suennen calls a “Match.com for mentors.” Because of her high profile, she says she receives frequent requests from women executives for help and advice. “If I said yes to everyone, I wouldn’t have time to work,” she says. “So I thought, ‘What if I can outsource this problem?'”

Despite a rank-and-file that is roughly 50 percent women, fewer than 10 percent of biotech CEOs are women, according to a recent report from U.K. recruitment firm Liftstream, which studied 177 biotechs that went public between 2012 and 2015.

Board seats are another measure. Less than five percent of the board members were women at the time of those companies’ IPOs.

There was a hint of progress in the report: 58 percent of public companies have at least one female board member, up from 48 percent three years ago. But there’s far to go. Public biotech boards would need 40 more years to achieve gender equity.

To address the board gap, a five-day training program called Boardroom Ready launched last summer. Of its initial class of 20 women, four have been placed onto boards so far.

Run by the nonprofit group Women In Bio, the program is sponsored in part by the life-science advisory firm that threw the cocktail party. For now, the plan is to hold Boardroom Ready once a year; the next one takes place over two weekends in the fall.

Suennen’s investor peers deserve no small portion of the gender gap blame (as she often points out on her blog). Fewer than 10 percent of life-science venture partners are women, according to Liftstream. The low number of female VCs perpetuates the gender gap because venture investors sit on their companies’ boards until and often well beyond the initial public offering. “Our study shows that the male dominance of venture capital brings unintended implications for the portfolio companies in terms of their board diversity, and consequently may also have an undesirable effect on their ability to attract talent,” the report reads.

Suennen recently joined GE Ventures, the venture arm of General Electric and one of the few firms in the traditional or corporate VC world with a high percentage of women. (GE Ventures has donated to CSweetener.)

In addition to the 100 women who have signed up for CSweetener, the network now counts 110 mentor volunteers, Suennen says. Roughly 15 percent are men. If they are not involved, adds Suennen, “nothing will ever change.”

Ned Scheetz, founder of Bay Area healthcare venture firm Aphelion Capital and father of two daughters, explains that he signed up to be a CSweetener mentor because healthcare needs more women entrepreneurs. “An outsized percent of venture backed companies are founded and led by high-ego, take-the-hill men and backed by equally Y-dominant venture groups,” Scheetz says. “Much of healthcare is about understanding and serving the subtler, empathetic needs of humanity, and testosterone-driven ambition may miss some of those finer points.”

Many corporations have internal programs to pair women with mentors or sponsors. But the set-up is fraught with potential conflicts: how freely can a woman speak her mind about the pros and cons of her job, or about her ambitions, to a person higher up the corporate ladder, even if that person has pledged support? CSweetener is meant to provide independent mentoring without conflicted relationships. Mentors are required to have C-suite experience and no financial or business ties to their mentees—a rule to discourage women from joining the network to sell products or raise funds, Suennen says.

CSweetener requires a $250 fee from mentees. (Mentors sign up for free.) With a few hundred thousand dollars more, Suennen would like to build more community tools into the organization’s software—giving mentors a chance to compare notes, for example—and offer training material for mentees. Negotiation skills would be a priority. “Women don’t often ask for what they want,” Suennen says. “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

4 Things Successful Leaders Do Every Day

Few world leaders or Fortune 500 CEOs knew from the beginning that they were going to be successful. Instead, they learned their craft and surrounded themselves with key advisors and role models and set actionable goals. Some attended world-renowned universities and others taught themselves at home or in their garage.

No matter how you started your career, these four habits of successful leaders will help you improve your life at work, no matter if you're looking to improve how you run your team as a manager or how to become a strong member of your team as an entry-level employee.

1. Take an interest in people

Great leaders don’t like to hear themselves talk. They know that you can learn the most by listening to people, including asking their peers or teams for feedback and encouraging them to ask questions.

And when you're listening to someone, make eye contact, it’s a powerful and yet overlooked way to connect. With all of the distractions today, the extra effort to show that you’re actively listening to someone and connecting with what they’re saying goes a long way. Try this in your next meeting you'll find that you internalize more with this small adjustment.

2. Continue learning

Warren Buffett read between 600 and 1000 pages per day when he was beginning his investing career. Books are a great way to expand your vocabulary and knowledge and you can choose topics that interest you. Craft your “education” to fit the career you want. Interested in moving into a management role? Pick up the latest title on developing good leadership skills. Want to become the best financial analyst on your floor? Read up on future financial trends and how to prepare for them. Challenge yourself by trying a new genre or joining a book club, and you'll be surprised with what you can learn.

3. Show up

We live in the age of distractions, multitasking and missed connections. Successful mentors make an effort to keep in touch, especially if they haven’t heard from a mentee or someone they care about in a while. An email with a link to an article of interest and a line asking how they’re doing is a thoughtful and easy way to reach out. If you prefer to meet in person, send an email or text proposing a quick coffee. Relationships are built on trust, which takes time so make time for other people and you’ll find it pays off in the long run.

4. Ask questions

Steven Spielberg said, “the delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” The best way to help mentees can be to ask questions, rather than answer them. Help them work their way through a problem or issue, asking “why” and “what if you look at it this way.” Use your experience to guide them to the choice that’s best for them.

If you're not managing others, you can still apply this to your work life. Ask questions when you don’t understand something or need to clarify instructions. Also, feel empowered to innovate and question processes that might be inefficient. Questions show that you’re actively listening and are not afraid to ask for help, all skills that future leaders should develop early in their careers.

You don’t need to learn all of these habits in a day but they can act as a guide to slowly adjusting how you interact with your colleagues at work and how you spend your free time. You can also apply them to your personal life, helping you strengthen friendships, maximize your free time, and create a fuller life.

If you’re looking to create an advisor network for your professional organization, company, or educational institution, learn more about our private label one-on-one video technology by emailing info@instaviser.com.


Ask InstaViser: Expectations for Mentees

Ask InstaViser: I’m about to have my first call with a mentor, what are their expectations for me, as the mentee?

Specific expectations will vary from mentor to mentor but it’s helpful to understand a few of the basic ground rules. Based on feedback from our networks of mentors, we have three hacks for mentees looking to make the most of their mentoring opportunity:

Do your homework.

You wouldn’t go in to take a test without studying and a session with your mentor is no different. To save time for both you and your mentor, be sure to do your research on their professional background and interests before your first meeting. Utilize online resources like Google and LinkedIn to find out what companies your mentor has worked with, any articles they’ve published or other insights that can help direct your conversation. Referencing their past experience or a recent feature on them in the news shows that you’re committed to investing in the relationship and came prepared.

Be on time.

If you’ve set up a time to talk, make sure to be available to talk at that time. When you’re ready to dial-in on time, if not early, you show that you’re respectful of the mentor’s time. For the best video calls, find a room where there will be limited background noise and a decent wifi connection. But even mentors understand if you need to make a last minute change due to events that you can’t control. Communication is key so send a note apologizing for missing the call and a brief explanation for why you couldn’t make it. 

Mentors are sounding boards, not oracles.

Good mentors will advise you based on their professional and personal experiences, but few will try to direct your life choices. It’s unfair to expect that your mentor will be able to give you all the answers or tell you exactly what to do. What they can do is help you organize your thoughts, weigh your options and listen to your decision-making process. 

Mentor/mentee relationships can be meaningful for both parties when you both understand the other’s expectations. If you follow our guidelines above, you’ll be setting yourself up for a successful mentoring experience, no matter if you’re looking for one video call or a longer mentoring relationship.

If you have any questions about mentorship or how InstaViser can help you build a mentor network at your company, send us a note at coach@instaviser.com and your question could be featured in our next “Ask InstaViser” post.

How to Become a Great Leader

We all aspire to improve ourselves, whether it’s to become a future CEO, increase our income, or change industries. As you move along in your career, you will work under a variety of leadership styles, forming your own opinions on what makes a great leader.

Leaders can come in many different forms from company executives or managers to the ambitious intern or friendly face in accounting. No matter the industry, you will start to see key qualities about leaders that you look forward to working with.

Here's a little inspiration from influential thought and business leaders on their favorite leadership qualities and how great leaders can set themselves apart from the rest of the pack:

  1. “Hire well, manage little.” —Warren Buffett
  2. “The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  3. "In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way." --Tina Fey
  4. “Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.” - Tom Peters
  5. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” - John C. Maxwell
  6. "Early on I realized that I had to hire people smarter and more qualified than I was in a number of different fields, and I had to let go of a lot of decision making. I can't tell you how hard that is. But if you've imprinted your values on the people around you, you can dare to trust them to make the right moves." --Howard Schultz
  7. "A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame; a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all; a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery; a leader makes it interesting." --Russell H. Ewing

Looking to make the leap from good to great at work? Talk with a mentor to learn about their favorite quotes on leadership and what characteristics they've found in great leaders throughout their career.

Allison Ball: Three Lessons I Learned From Building My Business

Allison Ball is a food industry consultant and a featured mentor on one of our InstaViser clients' platform. Based out of San Francisco, she specializes in helping producers understand the in’s and out’s of wholesale through her one-on-one client work and online group course, Retail Ready. Allison works to help small and medium-sized businesses figure out how to get their packaged product on the grocery shelf and keep it there. 

Three years ago I left my stable job, steady paycheck, and fantastic workplace to start my own consulting business. While there have been ups and downs since leaving, the freedom, excitement and challenge has made it worthwhile for me. Here I’ll share the three biggest lessons I’ve learned in building my business (so you don’t have to make these mistakes yourself!), and how you can apply them to your own company as well: 

1. Sell your audience what they think they need, not what you think they need. 
People will never pay to solve a problem that they don’t think they have. Why would they? When I first started my business, I was adamant that small producers needed to first gain a super-solid understanding of their financials before they took any steps towards growth. Turns out, many small producers didn’t see this as one of the first steps in launching their businesses. Instead, clients wanted to talk through getting their products in front of Wholesale Buyers, and how to get them to say “yes!” to carrying their product line. I shifted my thinking (and my sales pitches!) and started working with clients to help them approach buyers and get their products on the grocery shelf, regardless of whether or not they knew what their target margins were. Sure enough, more clients started coming through my doors and once we already had a strong relationship they trusted me enough to know they couldn’t ignore their financials forever! 

2. Have themes for your work days.

Multitasking can be perceived as a good thing, but I’ll argue that it slows down your productivity rate in your business. By assigning theme days to your work week, you’ll be better able to block & tackle your to-do’s. For example, I break down my work week as follows: Marketing Mondays, Client work on Tuesdays & Thursdays, New Client Outreach & Meetings on Wednesdays, and Financials on Fridays. This means that if someone reaches out to me and asks me to have a call to see if we’re a good fit for working together, I automatically schedule it for Wednesdays. I do all my invoicing & accounting on Fridays. I schedule all my social media posts & write my blog pieces on Mondays. Client work gets full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This schedule allows me to know exactly what my work week will look like, how to prioritize my time (and other people’s requests!), and how to stay focused during my work week. One of the biggest mistakes I see with my producer clients is that they try to accommodate their retailer’s schedules, taking orders, making product, and doing deliveries all different days of the week. Instead, batch everything so you can confidently tell your accounts, “I take orders on Monday, produce on Tuesday, and delivery on Thursdays.” Think towards the future, when you’ll need to have these systems in place! 

3. You don’t have to be an expert in everything.

 What are you bad at in your business? It can be anything from posting on social media, to calculating your taxes, to calling potential new accounts on the phone or running demos. I personally dislike creating powerpoint presentations to go alongside my in-person workshops (but love using them!), so I’ve stopped making them myself and instead outsource that to someone in my network who is better, faster, and more competent at creating beautiful, engaging presentations. I hate following up on aging invoices, and nagging clients to pay their bills, so I’ve found a person who loves doing that and gets satisfaction from tracking down missing invoices or following up on “lost checks.” By finding people who can assist me in the tasks that I don’t enjoy doing (or aren’t great at doing!), it allows me more time to focus on the things that I truly love in my business- connecting with clients, and talking through strategy for the retail environment. You’re not going to be an expert in every facet of your business, and the sooner you can realize that, and be okay with it, the faster you will grow. Find someone to demo for you, or trade your delicious product for someone to do your books, or hire expertise with someone outside of your field. There are people out there who are experts - financial consultants, lawyers, co-packers, packaging designers, brokers, business consultants (like me!)-  you just need to find them and ask for help. Be okay with having strengths and weaknesses! 

It’s taken years for me to learn these lessons, and there are still days when I still don’t follow my own rules (like today- it’s “Financial Friday” yet I’m writing this blog post and haven’t even looked at Quickbooks). The key is that I strive to follow my personal rules more days than not, keep listening to what my clients want and need from me and my services, and keep pushing myself forward day in and day out. 

For more information on Allison Ball and her business, visit her website at Alliball.com.

5 Morning Habits of Successful People

Apple CEO Tim Cook and former First Lady Michelle Obama have one thing in common: they both wake up before 6:30AM. Their early start enables them to workout, brainstorm new business ideas, and plan the rest of their day before the average American has even woken up.

We’ve compiled a list of the six most important habits successful “early-risers” use to accomplish more before the sun rises. 

Use a relaxing alarm.

Looking to feel the motivation to get out of bed instead of hitting the snooze button? Try scheduling in your favorite tune or song to wake up, not the standard annoying beep, and you’ll find you’re more motivated to face the day.


You’ve been lying still for 6-8 hours, your body will need a little bit of time to catch up with the rest of you. Stretching can also counteract the negative effects on your body from sitting at a desk all day.

Sweat it out.

Short, intense periods of exercise are enough to kick start your metabolism and lead you to burn more fat all day long. Seven minutes is short enough that you don’t need to take extra time in the morning but long enough to wake you up.

Start your day with green and protein.

The common grab and go breakfast includes granola bars, toasts, bagels, or oatmeal, all grains and dairy. Skip the bar and go for something greed and filled with protein, like scrambled eggs and steamed spinach or hard-boiled eggs and avocado. You’ll find that you have more energy leading up until lunch, you might even avoid the mid-morning coffee slump. 

Set 2-3 goals, something you know you can accomplish today.

To-do lists are helpful to provide your day with direction but they can quickly turn into an insurmountable pile of tasks and you don’t know where to start. The morning hours are the best time to set your list for the day, surrounded by the least amount of distractions. Keep your priority list short by focusing on two or three things that you would like to accomplish today that will make this day a success.

Studies show that you don’t need to drastically change your schedule to see improvements to your workday and beyond. Small adjustments, like waking up 15 minutes earlier, can have a large impact on your day and enable you to get more done, live more in the moment, or start your day on a calmer note.

Increase Your Productivity at Work in Five Minutes (or Less)

There are countless articles about how to improve your productivity from every business, personal development, and aspirational blog including Inc.com, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company. Each is filled with lists offering 5, 10, even 25 ways to save time in the workplace. We’ve taken the best tips and tricks and consolidated them in a quick guide to help you save time this month and start your new year off right. 

Be the person with the plan in your office

Experts agree that most successful employees have a plan, whether they show it or not. Save time by taking time to plan. Sit down the night before, even just 15 minutes, to plan out your day and prioritize what needs to get done. You’ll go to bed knowing that you’re ready to attack the next day. 

Also, get a jump on little decisions you’ll need to make the next morning. Select your outfit for work the evening before, prepare your lunch in advance, set the coffee timer. The fewer decisions you have to make in the morning, the calmer you’ll be getting into the office.

Shorten your to-do list

Now that you have that list, learn how to improve it and save even more time. Entrepreneur Steve Olenski recommends implementing the "two-minute rule" to make the most of small windows of time that you have at work. The idea is this: if you see a task or action that you know can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately.

Other theories include doing the task you dread the most first, that way you aren’t waiting last minute to finish the task. Clear it from your list first thing and we bet your 4pm future self will thank you.

Take care of your body

Standing desks have started to be all the rage but instead of asking for a cubicle makeover, try holding a standing meeting. Not only will it give your back a break from sitting, it is also believed to increase group engagement and performance. 

Most famous CEOs start their day with a morning run or workout to jumpstart their mental health and focus. If you need extra motivation to not hit snooze, think of all the ways you could spend your bonus or raise if your run helps you innovate at work.

Lastly, hydrate. Fill up a personal water bottle at your desk and keep it with you all day. Aim for 1.5-2 liters a day and you’d be surprised at what your hydrated brain can do.

Squeeze learning into your morning commute

Rather than trying to add an hour of reading into your day, download the latest audiobook or podcast and treat your commute as a learning session. Take advantage of this time to do something good for your brain. Whether you’ve been meaning to start mediation, keep up with world news, or catch up on that popular new TV show, there are podcasts on almost everything.

Learn to say no

This is probably the biggest takeaway from all the productivity articles out there. The biggest enemy of your time can be the little distractions and interruptions that come at you during the day. Be honest and suggest alternatives if it’s something you realize is important to others. For example, schedule a lunch catch up with the coworker who can’t wait to tell you about their weekend. It’s up to you to protect your time and if you word it nicely, your coworkers will learn to respect that. 

Planning plays a key part in everything from eating healthy to workouts to networking. We hope you’ve learned a few new tips on how to organize your day to increase your productivity at work and in your personal life.

Four Steps to Successful Networking

Networking has never become easier in the digital age with platforms like LinkedIn offering easy ways to connect with colleagues and future business contacts and numerous networking events in your city. The challenge can be to move casual connections to something more meaningful, possibly a future friend or coworker. Through the different stories we’ve gathered from mentors and business colleagues, we put together a four-step guide to help you avoid common pitfalls in networking and help you convert your loose connections to something more meaningful. 

Do Your Homework
No matter if you’re interested in finding a new client or reaching out to an alum who has experience in a new city that you’re moving to, it’s best to do a little research on the person. First, confirm that they are interested in the product you’re selling, work in the industry you want to learn more about, or live in the city you’re moving to. You can also see if they have any recent news or updates that you can reference in your email or phone call. With LinkedIn and other social media platforms, you have access to public information that will show you’re prepared and did your homework.

Play to Your Strengths
You want to put your best foot forward. If you’re someone who enjoys talking face to face rather than emailing, send a quick note to your new contact to set up a time to for coffee. Or maybe you prefer writing down your points before you present them, then send a well-thought out email laying out all of your questions. You want to feel comfortable and relaxed in your first interaction so email alone can work but challenge yourself to progress to a phone call to discuss anything that you can’t cover in an email.

Follow-up and Deliver
After your meeting, send a follow-up email the next day or two to thank them for meeting and follow-up on anything you discussed. It shows you’re responsible and you were actively listening during their meeting. It might even help to take notes during your meeting if you don’t want to rely on memory alone. Your follow-up email will continue the conversation and offer the opportunity for future collaboration like a new job offer or new friend.

Pay it forward
As you gain experience and expand your network, remember where you first started. Our mentors on InstaViser platforms enjoy the process of helping other professionals advance in their career or work towards a goal. Keeping yourself open to new connections can also lead to new business opportunities. Get involved in your alumni network or company mentorship program, and you might realize that you can actually learn from teaching others.

If you’re wondering how to start looking for a mentor or setting up that initial meeting, we have you covered. If you’re looking to build your own mentorship network platform, reach out to us at info@instaviser.com. 

Happy National Mentoring month from InstaViser!