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#25: Being An Advocate for the Next Generation is a Big Deal

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Last night on Clubhouse during our weekly "Sports Industry: Getting In, Getting Ahead + Giving Back", we picked up right where we left off with an awesome conversation about Mentors vs Advocates.

Ultimately, the goal is to create an actionable framework to help more organizations enable more Mentors + Advocates to have more impact on the next generation but here are some actionable recommendations / tips to get the ball rolling.

Tips for Being An Advocate:

  1. Good ones understand it is not about me

  2. Good ones are willing to stick their neck out for their mentoree

  3. Good ones drive and fuel the relationship

  4. Good ones look to leverage the talents of their mentoree

  5. Good ones share resources with their mentoree

  6. Good ones understand meeting with your mentoree is about your time and his/her time (focused and efficient)

  7. Good ones understand it is not about keeping the mentoree in their business, but about helping the mentoree flourish and branch out

  8. Good ones help mentorees establish and realize stretch goals

  9. Good ones put their name on their mentor's results

Tips for Finding an Advocate:

  1. Be aware, be alert, and be open in a room, zoom, clubhouse chat etc

  2. Seize the moment + Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want

  3. Power of the handwritten note

  4. Find the 1 thing the person you want to meet is passionate about or loves

  5. Learn to connect with the person’s circle for advice + Do your homework

  6. Don’t worry about titles + Give respect

  7. Focus on bringing value + Bold gestures

  8. Become a voracious reader (Start with "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho...shout out to you know who)

  9. Commit to continuous learning

March 4, 2021 (Tweet Link)

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