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There may be equally valuable opportunities for professional development,
but none better than working with a mentor.  

 

 

Choice of a mentor is not a matter to be treated lightly.  Good mentors can support you in boosting your professional development, help to keep your focus on-track, provide feedback, and fill in the blanks with tweaks and details that, while small, can make a world of difference.   On the other hand, inadequate or bad mentors can waste your time (and theirs); even cause problems where none existed.

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Mentoring: How To Develop Mentor Behaviors

Mentoring
How To Develop Successful Mentoring Behaviors

This book will provide you with the tools to understand the unique role of mentors in today’s workplace, determine the most effective mentoring style for your situation, establish agreements to ensure a successful and rewarding relationship, and avoid behaviors that may interfere with mentee growth and development. 

Mentoring is a rewarding relationship that benefits both participants and the organization. The relationship is now seen as a process of two people working together for mutual gain and enrichment based on their shared experience. Today’s mentoring has evolved from simply training the employee to a productive relationship that offers guidance and counsel to develop another’s abilities to the fullest.

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Good mentors and mentoring relationships offer good benefits (incredible mentors, incredible benefits!).  

Here are a few of the goodies to be gleaned:

advice that is targeted, specific, clear, direct, timely
a safe place to go when feeling vulnerable
a person who will celebrate your successes with you
wisdom and experience generously shared
a confidential forum
efficient access or direction to sound information and resources
the politics of the profession are put aside
opportunity to come away with a friend for life

 

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Making the Most of Being Mentored

This book will teach you how to create a strong mentor/mentee relationship, and how to grow from that partnership. 

You will learn what mentors can offer you, ten reasons to become a mentee, how mentoring can help you manage your self-development, and how to pick a mentor.

Some of the many benefits of being mentored are self and career development, new perspective and insights into organizational culture, and performance improvement and talent development.

MAKING THE MOST of being Mentored

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Interpreters Handbook

Sign Language Interpreter's Handbook

This handbook addresses the necessary preparation new and seasoned interpreters must follow to have success in this profession. This approach assumes a practitioner has the Sign and English ability to interpret and just needs assistance with all the nuts and bolts that make this such a great task. This manual will suggest answers to every query and in such a palatable manner that leaves the final action in the hands of an educated interpreter.

Carry this HANDBOOK with you. Read, reread, and digest every page and allow Linda Humphreys’ positive attitude toward this very democratic task to influence you as you set off on your assignments.

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For additional discussions about mentoring and sign language interpreters, also see:

RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf)
VtRID (Vermont Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf)
Graduate Certificate in Interpreter Education Master Mentor Online Program
Interpreter Education Master Mentor Certificate Program

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