We provide high-quality customised mentorship services to the community of independent makers, designers and artists of Australia. Whether you’d like us to provide you with an online shop critique, guidance with your social media presence, tips on hosting a stall at design markets or general advice from those in the know, we’re happy to help. If you’d like to get an idea for how the sessions work, Angela from homewares brand Coco and Milo was interviewed by Interiors Addict about her recent mentorship session with us.
“They spoke in easy, relatable terms not mumble jumble like a lot of startup
business guides and definitely knew what they were talking about.”
Images captured by Maja Baska
What is mentoring?
Mentorship is a relationship. Mentors guide mentees through a period of change towards agreed objectives, where the mentee taps into the experience and skills of the mentor.
There are no hard and fast rules to mentoring.
A mentor has vast experience and skills in a specific field, practice, industry or vocation. A mentee utilises the value provided from the relationship with their mentor towards their own mission at their discretion.
Mentors provide independent, objective advice whilst summoning reference to their own specific learnings. Mentors assist mentees to make choices.
In a confidential and casual setting, mentorship provides the mentee with a relationship that supports and guides them towards their own goals.
By nature, mentoring itself is informal. Although structured and planned, meetings must remain flexible so that mentors can address the priorities of the mentee.
As mentors, our role is to assist you in the achievement of your objectives in a way with which you are happy. We are not all things to all people, and our methods and our style will not suit everyone. A mentor’s fit to mentee is as individual as choosing a professional in other realms, such as a physiotherapist or a plumber.
Once the mentor has a clear understanding of the current status of the mentee and their business, future discussions are lead by the mentee. In those conversations mentors provide an impartial and trusted source of independent opinion and advice.
We are “expert mentors” when considering the variety of mentorships available. This means we are a useful resource, for example, in the case of someone starting a new small creative business or reviewing their existing business within the Australian independent art and design community.
Mentoring is not training, although there are many educational aspects. We teach while encouraging self-learning, homework and personal tuition to ensure that during our meetings the mentee receives all of our attention through active listening.
Mentoring is not coaching, which is a more formal method of enhancing performance in your present state. There are some coaching aspects to mentoring so as to provide encouragement, however the process is more often about support during professional and personal change.
Mentoring is a natural and organic method of passing on knowledge and skills from someone with experience and expertise.
If you are interested in finding out more, please email us today via our contact page here.