Workshops for Mentors

It's good ethical professional practice for mentors and coaches to engage with ongoing professional practice development. With input from the Think Ahead mentors across the University of Sheffield, a series of bite-size workshops has been created that can selected to suit your schedule and interests - these are designed to be accessed after an initial practice development session with me.

You said that you'd like to meet with other mentors to learn new skills and techniques, and that you'd prefer the sessions to be short - no more than an hour, and preferably over a lunchtime. The following has been developed to that wish list, and the content has been chosen to reflect common mentor requests.

Contact Kay Guccione to discuss any of the following or make a suggestion.

2017/2018 Workshop Sessions Delivery Details

++ Giving Feedback Mentoring Style ++ Giving feedback that helps people to learn, reflect and develop is a core skill of being a coach or a mentor. This session will cover some concepts that mentors can make use of in giving open feedback that helps mentees to critically self evaluate. We  will look at cultural sensitivities, how language matters, and how difficult conversations can be approached.

Kay Guccione

28th November 2017: 12.30-13.30

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++ Keeping the Mentoring Conversation Going ++ What do you do when your mentee goes silent? Perhaps you had one meeting and they never came back to you? Or maybe they seem to not know what to say in mentoring meetings? Are there long uncomfortable pauses that you end up filling? Or do you quickly run out of things to say to each other and struggle to fill the hour? This session will look at some of the reasons why these things happen, and what mentors can to do keep the conversation going.

Kay Guccione

24th January 2018: 12.30-13.30

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++ Mentoring Career Changers ++ Mentoring a researcher who wants to change career can present all sorts of challenges - for you and for them. In this session we'll discuss the concerns and issues that career changers and those who mentor them have identified, introduce strategies and techniques to enable you to confidently engage with this group and highlight resources and additional support that your mentees can access.

Rachael Roberts (Careers Adviser for Researchers)

13th March 2018: 12.30-13.30

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++ Coaching for Better Work Relationships ++ This session will cover how you can help your mentee to view themselves as part of a system of person-to-person interactions and dynamics. It draws on Transactional Analysis and provides a framework for recognising when relationships are suck in a pattern. It will also supoort understanding of different mentor-mentee relationships, and what makes some mentoring interactions feel easy and some more difficult.

Kay Guccione

12th April 2018: 12.30-13.30

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++ Coaching Stressed People ++ Coaching and mentoring work can mean helping to support people in acutely stressful situations at work to manage their situation. This workshop explores how we as coaches can spot signs of stress, and looks at approaches to supporting people suffering stress, covering how we as coaches and mentors keep the relationship disciplined and boundaried, signposting to other sources of support where needed.

Kay Guccione

19th June 2018: 12.30-13.30

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++ Coaching through Change and Transitions ++ Coaching and mentoring are often used to support people through times of change and uncertainty. This could mean in developing new knowledge or understanding, making a decision, considering options, or finding alternative ways of relating to others. Mentees may also find that change is happening that they weren’t ready for or do not welcome. This session covers a practical model of change, that mentors can use.

Kay Guccione

22nd August 2018: 12.30-13.30

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Others in the Series - workshops scheduled in response to interest
++ Using Personality Types with Mentees ++ Understanding more about the way we think and act, is at the centre of professional and career development. This can be useful for understanding work preferences, and working relationships...
CLICK HERE to read more and register your interest.
++ Manager as Coach: using coaching skills with your own team ++ Managing is about telling, directing, authority, immediate needs, and a specific outcome. Coaching involves exploring, facilitating, partnership, long-term improvement, and many possible outcomes. So how can the two be reconciled? CLICK HERE to read more and register your interest.
++ Narrative Coaching ++ Narrative coaching focuses on understanding the stories that people surround themselves with about their role, relationships with other people, and the way the world works. CLICK HERE to read more and register your interest.
++ Solutions Focused Mentoring ++ This type of mentoring focuses on the mentee's present situation and future goals rather than their past situations. Learn how to help your mentee define their future possibilities, focusing on their strengths and capabilities to create the steps to achieve it. CLICK HERE to read more and register your interest.
++ Cognitive Behavioural Mentoring ++ This is a form of mentoring/coaching which focuses on challenging errors in thinking by raising self-awareness of the mentee’s thinking patterns and how they in turn influence feelings and behaviours. CLICK HERE to read more and register your interest.