Guidelines on How to Choose Your Podcast Mentor

Starting your own Podcast interviews are not easy and you need the help from a mentor who has the absolute know how of how to do it. There are so many benefits to run your own podcast show with your own community, but you need to do it correctly. One of the benefits is that you start building your own community. You would need to talk to them and they would listen.

What type of mentor do you need?

Your mentor must have a lot of clout in the niche market. Everybody must look up to him or her as he or she can lead you to greater heights.

There are two types of mentors. The first type of mentor is in an advisory role only. They do not get involved in the detail of how to do your podcast. They mainly give you advice when you bump into a roadblock.

The stronger type of mentor is the advocate. You can build a nice relationship with your advocate, who will intervene on your behalf, and the advocate will go out of his or her way to help you when you need help and in whatever problem you bump into.

The advice is to aim for a mentor with clout and who is important in the organisation and will give you sound advice showing you how to move forward.

Many mentors started off life knowing nothing about Podcasting, but would like to become a world-class Podcaster, and they got a lifeline from another mentor and they are so grateful for all the help and advice, that they really want to help you reach your full potential.

Start developing a wandering eye in your niche market. 

Who are the Mentors with the biggest community? Do you need an advisor or do you need an advocate mentor-ship? What do they say about the person you want as a mentor. Google it! Make sure the mentor can fill in where you are lacking experience, like a puzzle.

Normally the advisor takes you under his wing and gives you advice in a private  capacity and he or she will take very little risk, however, the advocate will go publicly and take a bet on you whilst he is endorsing your work and prepares himself to go the extra mile to show the world what you have achieved.

From the advocates’ point of view it is important to support a professional relationship and do not turn him or her into a shrink. Be strong and full of self-confidence and do not come across as weak or incapable of doing what you need to do, otherwise your advocate will take a step backwards and move away from the relationship because he or she can not help you, or else, they put their own profession on the line to help you.

From your point of view keep the relationship as formal as possible and do not let a mentor cross your boundaries lightly. Someone can take away the information you share and then introduce it in other areas without your permission, so know exactly what you let yourself in for and read the fine print.

Do not rely on a formal mentor-ship program. Many people always wait for the formal mentor-ship program to become available, instead, take control of your own life, and make your own mentor-ship programme. Build your own relationships and find those mentors in the Podcasting market to help you. This will give you a benchmark of how you are doing in the niche market. Exchange ideas with innovated thinkers out there.

Form your own network of advisers and advocates. There is no perfect role model out there, most of the mentors started where you are now, knowing very little about Podcasting, but learn and bring their side. Every mentor has his or her own personality, his or her own way of teaching and his or her own area of ability. Best is to find a mentor outside of your network, far away from your immediate team. This makes a lot of sense, your immediate team already filled all the gaps that you are not sure about. They are not clued up with the mentor who will take you to the highest mountain. You know what your goal is, find those mentors in that area who are the best. Meet someone new, someone to network with, someone else who is not in your day-to-day life who can give you sound advise and aim for what you want to do.

One last thought: To be a mentor is a cycle. Keep it going and return the favor of all the wisdom you received from your network of mentors by becoming a mentor yourself.

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