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Talk in terms of your mentee’s interests.

Learn about topics that are of interest to your mentee. “The royal road to a person’s heart is to talk about things he or she treasures most.”

Be a good listener.

Encourage your mentees to talk about themselves and be a good conversationalist and an attentive listener. Ask questions that your mentees will enjoy answering and encourage them to talk about themselves and accomplishments.

Use your mentee’s name from the start

Remember that a person’s name is the sweetest and most important sound in any language to that person.


A real, heartwarming smile can be uplifting to your mentee and affect your own mood.

Become genuinely interested in your mentee and what interests him or her.

As Carnegie points out, you can make more friends in 2 months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get people interested in you. This is because we like and are interested in people who admire and are interested in us.