Mentoring: Change the World One Hour at a Time


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Daniel Mason at 12:08 on 18 Feb 2016

Beth was direct and clear. I went in thinking "maybe there's something I can give back" and left thinking "I want to be an apprentice too". It did leave in my mind that it's a big commitment though so I want to know I have time before I try it myself.

The talk itself was a touch dry and maybe lacked examples, however at a meta level Beth was humourous and engaged well with the audience.

neve never at 12:26 on 18 Feb 2016

Great talk if you have any experience teaching! Really clear, funny and informative :)

Although I missed the first few minutes of the talk, I still found it very engaging and informative.

Some really good pointers about mentors and menttees. Having recently started being mentored I was able to relate to most of the points made.

On the topic of mentoring some very salient points were made. Thank you for making me stop and think before either asking for mentorship or being a mentor.


A great talk with a lot of practical advice from a very experienced speaker - and the discussion after was invaluable.

Stuart Eagles at 13:07 on 19 Feb 2016

Really helped to open my eyes to how much good mentoring can do to improve our community.

Mike Oram at 14:09 on 19 Feb 2016

This talk looked like it was going to be advise on how to be a good mentor, providing tips and techniques on what makes a good mentor. This was very different from what this talk was actually about. The talk itself was not that bad although I felt like a couple of minutes on google and I could have found most of the information in the talk such as the tools and platforms.

Bobby DeVeaux at 18:42 on 19 Feb 2016

Certainly thought provoking! I would love to mentor, but very valid points raised regarding only do it if you have time! Thanks :)

Tony Porter at 20:43 on 19 Feb 2016

This talk was quite an eye opener, I had no idea that this mentoring community existed and while I don't think it is something I will be getting involved in there are a few people that I know who I think would be interested in different sides of this and I have already encouraged one of them to go and give being a mentor a go. Thank you.

If there was any room for improvement it would be to include a few more practical tips on mentoring, maybe covering how to help someone who is struggling, different coaching and teaching techniques, etc.

Mark Baker at 12:07 on 20 Feb 2016

The key problem is finding the time to be either a mentor or an apprentice.... it's a commitment by both parties that isn't to be taken lightly. While schemes like help facilitate finding somebody to work with, and are to be applauded for that, it's still too easy to fall into the trap of making commitments that you won't be able to keep consistently.

While the talk emphasised the benefits of the mentoring scheme and how to get involved, I felt it didn't provide enough advice on how to overcome some of the problems of commitment... while I'm not trying to put people off getting involved (I'm all in favour of their getting involved) I do want people to go into this with their eyes open.

Jenny Wong at 11:04 on 21 Feb 2016

Beth's talk was clear and to the point.

The steps that were mentioned to how to get a mentor / mentee were great and valuable to minimise issues in the mentoring relationship. It was interesting to hear from both sides of the coin.

I would have liked to have heard more on common problems and how to get out of them and more on the tools that have been found to be useful.

The backup mics were annoyingly in her face, nothing that the speaker could have done but maybe something the AV team can consider when you have height wise, shorter speakers.