The Mentor Monologues – April 2018

The Mentor Monologues – April 2018
A special monthly publication dedicated to
update Mentors about the developments in the Global Give Back Circle, as well as, guide them throughout their mentoring journey with a girl from India.
Coaching Her On Turning Her Hobby Into A Profitable Business Venture
Dear Partner,
From one newsletter to another, we are excited to share with you the feature story in Penn State’s April newsletter. It is a story about our founder and the journey which led her to the creation of the Global Give Back Circle. It is a reflective story, and one which provides insights into the genesis of our program’s design and strategy. Read the story, here.
Turning Her Hobby into a Profitable Business
Sangeeta, a beneficiary of the program, is very good in Art and Craft and she enjoys it a lot. This is one of her favourite pastimes, which she does regularly during her free time. Recently, Sangeeta found ways she can use her hobby to earn extra pocket money while she is at college. This month, we are sharing tips on how your mentee can turn her hobby into a business:
1) Brainstorm: Before your mentee decides to pursue her hobby, she should have a brainstorming session. What is she interested in? Does she have any hobbies that she can leverage? What are her strengths and weaknesses? Are there needs/services that have not been met at her school or in her community? Discuss these questions with her and brainstorm together.
2) Adopt a Business Mindset: Once your mentee decides what kind of business or service she wants to offer, you can coach her on adopting a business mindset. Advise her to first research her business idea. She should ask herself questions such as: Who is my target market or clientele? What does success look like? What will be required to launch this business, in terms of time, money, knowledge, resources etc.?
3) Branding and Marketing: Once your mentee has her business plan in place, coach her on developing her business and brand. Ask her to describe what her mission is, what values she will bring to her clients, and how she will attract customers. You can also coach her on how to market her products or services. Encourage her to read up on similar businesses, and learn how they market and promote themselves. She can start promoting her work with her peers, family, friends, and neighbours, and even launch online if it fits her model.
4) Diversify to Earn More: Sangeeta learned she could make more money if she diversified her business. Thus, she decided she would not only create and sell art and crafts, but she would also teach her skills to others as well.
We think this is a brilliant idea and an example that you can share with your mentee. She does not have to limit herself if she thinks outside the box. Encourage her to get creative, and have fun with it!
Cheers,
Zainab Mejja and Asmahan Pogal
International and India Mentoring Team
Time Spent Reading Counts!

The following are articles that may be relevant to the mentoring process or offer background information about issues that may impact the life of your mentee.

The Trailblazing Female Poet Who Helped Create a New Era in Hindi Literature
In the 1920s, a time when few Indian girls could dream of finishing school and being anything other than housewives and mothers, one woman discovered a love of writing.
Read more.
Women, Use ‘Power Language’ To Speak Up, Stand Out And Get Ahead
Ever find yourself using the phrase “Correct me if I’m wrong, but… ?” or talking down your achievements?
It’s time to stop. Read more.
With Tweet, Nikki Haley Embraces More Women in Leadership
Karen Pierce has been appointed to the Security Council of the United Nations (UN).
Humans naturally seek out cliques or in-groups. But organizational psychologist Tanya Menon encourages us to break out of our social comfort zones, for wider opportunities to grow.  Read more.
Why It’s So Hard to Hear Negative Feedback
What if instead of anxiously worrying about criticism, you excitedly welcomed it?
How Women at the Top Can Renew Their Mental Energy
For women with leadership ambitions, there is no shortage of advice for how to reach the top.
She is a woman who follows her heart and is an inspiration for other women.
Read more.

 

The Golden Girls of India are Shining Bright at 2018 Commonwealth Games
With the fast increasing list of medal winners, India is marking its golden win in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Read more.
Resistance Is Futile. To Change Habits, Try Replacement Instead.
An inconvenient bit of neuroscience: The more you try not to think about a bad habit, the harder it gets to resist. So think about something else. Read more.

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