[OSCTC-planning] mentorship and other ways to follow up with Open Source Comes to Campus attendees

sheila miguez shekay at pobox.com
Mon Jul 21 15:33:51 UTC 2014


On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Shauna Gordon-McKeon <shaunagm at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I think it probably depends on the mentee - there are certainly
> introverted people who'd prefer a calmer, quieter approach than I'd
> instinctively provide them - but yes, I think *generally* speaking the
> ability to be outgoing and actively engaged, is important.  Is it more
> important than other abilities, such as empathy, creativity, and the
> ability to explain things well?  I'm not sure.
>
> I also think you're right to differentiate online and in person mentoring
> on this dimension.  I think more quiet, passive mentors might be able to
> push themselves to interact and ask questions via online mediums in a way
> that's hard to in person.  One can also introduce easier-to-evaluate
> metrics that way, by asking a mentor, "How many email threads have you
> initiated?" "How many questions has your mentee asked you?" "What kinds of
> questions does your mentee tend to ask?" etc.  There's more opportunity for
> reflection because you have the record of communication.
>

I'd definitely love to learn more about this. I find it much easier to talk
to people online, and can help in that manner, but that is not to say that
I don't want to get better at in-person interactions.

If people know resources for building up that skill for people who may be
shy or have confidence issues (like myself), please share.

One thing I've been trying is watching how other people do this. I don't
often get a chance to do this since I'll end up helping instead of
watching. This means I am not sure how effective watching other mentors is.


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shekay at pobox.com
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