Not totally sure what flash networking is or how to do it? Familiarize yourself with the process and learn networking best practices
Flash Mentorship refers to quick, one-time meetings between a mentee and a mentor, in which the mentee can ask about the mentor's experience and advice.
You can use flash mentorship connections for:
- Informational interviews
- General networking
You can engage in Flash Mentoring on the Explore the Community page of your platform. Typically, you'll be able to either send a message or send a message and request a meeting from there.
Learn more about how flash mentoring works from experienced flash mentee Robert Reeves:
Typically, mentees will browse through potential mentors, find someone they're interested in, and reach out. Mentors can accept or decline requests. Mentee and mentor can connect via video call, phone call, in person, or just via email conversations.
We go over each of these steps and link to more detailed resources below:
Finding a Flash Mentor (for Mentees)
The first step is to see who's available for flash connections and find someone whom you think you could learn from! You can do all this from the Explore the Community tab.
Making the Ask (for Mentees)
Now that you’ve found a promising connection, it’s time to initiate the connection. It's important to make a compelling ask and a great first impression!
Responding to a Connection Request (for Mentors)
Did someone reach out to you? Congrats! Learn how to review their profile, accept or reject their request, reschedule a meeting, and more...
Meeting with Your Mentor/Mentee
Learn how to manage connections from your platform inbox and prep for your flash meeting with your mentor/mentee. This section also covers tips for continuing the conversation - and when you shouldn't!
Wondering what responsibilities you have as a flash mentee or mentor? We'll go over those and some best practices below.
Best practices for mentees:
- Be curious - Whether you're selecting a mentor or prepping for your first meeting, think about what you want to learn from the mentor.
- Respect your mentor's time - Be on time for the meeting, and make things as easy as possible for the mentor in terms of scheduling and logistics.
- Don't ask for a job - Ask for advice and about your mentor's experience instead!
Best practices for mentors:
- Be patient - some mentees may not have done information interviews or networking before.
- Meet your mentee where they're at - mentees may be at different stages in their education or career.