A professional mentoring relationship should involve Preparation Conversations. This is the final of the three conversation models that help facilitate a productive dialogue. They encompass planning and preparing for ultimate success.
Having an open and honest conversation in tandem keeps balance and puts the other person at ease. Uncovering interests and shared experiences builds a common ground of understanding and familiarity between a mentor and mentee. Joint participation and contribution demonstrate that both parties are invested and become the springboard for respectful and productive discussion.