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Many organisations set up Mentoring Programs with the aim of providing their people with access to the knowledge, skills and wisdom of more experienced managers and leaders. Mentoring helps staff accelerate their learning so they add greater value sooner, ensures valuable expertise and knowledge is passed on and, most importantly, improves staff engagement, satisfaction and retention.

But all too often, mentoring programmes fail to deliver because Mentors and Mentees are not entirely sure what’s expected of them, don’t know how often to meet and what to discuss, and what to do when the mentoring loses momentum or sessions get cancelled.

Speak First provides informative and practical workshops to maximise success. These are typically delivered for paired Mentors and Mentees – but can also be run for groups of Mentors or groups of Mentees on their own – to get the fledgling mentoring relationships off to the best possible start and have all the participants’ questions answered.

The session equips the Mentors with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to help their Mentee develop and grow professionally – and prepares the Mentees to get the most out of the opportunity.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Know how mentoring works in their organisation and what to do when problems arise
  • Understand the roles of the Mentor and Mentee and how best to work together
  • Know the optimum way of scheduling and structuring meetings for success
  • Understand how to have a clearly defined purpose and not just end up with a cosy chat
  • Be able to avoid the most common mentoring pitfalls

Please note that these outcomes are a guide only and the precise outcomes will vary with the delivery method and duration of the session.

Mentoring for success

Mentoring for Success

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Tailoring our design for you

This outline provides a great flavour of the skills and knowledge your people will benefit from by attending any Speak First training or coaching on this topic – whether standard, tailored or bespoke.

Here’s how Speak First can make the training even more relevant for you and your people:

Tailored Design

Tailored design develops existing content and enhances it with relevant case studies, role-plays and more to make the learning even more effective for your people

Bespoke Design

Working in partnership with you, we develop bespoke solutions that incorporate this, and other topics, to create custom solutions for your organisation’s specific needs

Sample Participant Journey

The learning solutions featured on our website can all stand on their own as high-quality and high-impact learning interventions for your team – however, they are at their best when delivered as part of a wider learning programme, helping you achieve your strategic imperatives and your people benefit from much deeper and expansive learning journeys. We work with you as consultants, collaborators and design partners to establish learning outcomes and create the perfect programme - below is an example of what your people’s learning journey might look like.


Overall scope of programme agreed with client
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
In-between work: on-the-job assignments
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Facilitated learning group sessions (group coaching)
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Programme closing session – a celebration of success
Continuous learning support, virtual or face-to-face

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