How To Find A Mentor Who Does What You Want

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How To Find A Mentor Who Does What You Want?

A mentor can be the difference between just mediocre performance and becoming a rock star. Assuming you find the right one. In fact, it seems that most successful authors had mentors and still have them – often more than one.

There is no question that having a mentor can help you through many bad places and worse. The catch is, unless you are lucky and someone grabs you under the arms and drags you along with them, like it or not, mentoring can be very expensive, whether it is in conventional business, or in internet marketing.

And that brings up a point – it never occurred to me before that you could buy a mentor. I always thought that “mentoring” meant that someone was voluntarily helping you to learn how to do things for yourself. “Bootstrapping with help” is probably an appropriate description. But there apparently is no shortage of people eager to be your PAID mentor. In some areas, like sales funnels, the ultimate high-end product is mentoring, even to the extent that is virtually a required portion of the product line. So much so, in fact, that it appears today that everybody is in the mentoring business. Ok, you decide that you need a mentor too, and that you are willing to pay for one. Well, the $64 dollar quesion is, How do you find a mentor who does what you want?

I put together some questions that you should go over to see if they will help you find the right mentor for you. There are some critical questions here, so read closely!

  • Exactly what does the mentor do that is common to your wants and needs? Does what s/he proposes meet your objectives?
  • Can this person really help you in the area that you want help in? What kind of background does s/he have. Does s/he have enough experience and success in their own career to validate that experience?
  • Do you like this person? If it’s a team effort, are all the team members the kind of person you would like to work with? Think seriously about that – if this is a strenuous effort and is scheduled to go on for six months or a year, if you don;t like some of the people now, think what it will be like when you have 4 months behind you.
  • What is the program? What is the extent of the content? Do you get personal coaching? Videos? Printed material? Conferences or seminars? Is everything on a schedule, or is it all ad hoc? What about recordings or minutes of the sessions – do you get copies? Is there any support outside of the scheduled sessions? This is not an exhaustive list – take a look and see what is important for you. Some people simply thrive on teleconferences, while others just find them so boring that they can’t even stay awake.
  • Who actually does the mentoring? Is it always the same person or is it a team? Do they use outside “experts”? Is it “stuff” that you could easily get somewhere else – maybe also for free? Do you work better with close contact – in which case a one-to-one approach would be better, or more on the university lecture basis, in which case you might get better overall content from a team of people.
  • Have you looked for references or testimonials? Have you talked to someone with personal exposure to the mentor or mentoring team? Did it help them? Does their experience look like it would be helpful for you, and are these people doing better noe than they were before the mentoring experience?
  • What does it cost in money? What will it cost you in term of time? Can you see that it will benefit you in some way that makes it worth more than you will spend on it? Is there a way to spread the financial costs across time? Does the mentor guarantee positive results? How?
  • Take a close look at the advertising and handout materials that are available from the mentor. Do you want personel attention? Then send them a letter and ask some questions that are important for you personally. What you get back should be a good indication of what you can expect in the program itself. Lots of printed broschures, or a specific personal answer?

If your investigation turns out negative, don’t get talked into doing it anyway – there are too many options available for you to get stuck in something you don’t like. Think also about this: if you do’t like it at the start, you will probably drop out somewhere in the middle, gain nothing useful and lose all your money.

On the other hand, if your investigation turns out positive, and it is at a level you can afford, both in time and finances, go for it! You have found a mentor who should deliver the mentoring you want.


Copy Writing Logic

Copy Writing Logic – Why You Need To Use Logical Reasoning In Your Copy

The Logical Process

Logical reasoning needs to be an important part of your copywriting product. The reason is simple to understand for a technical reader: when you write logically, then the content is simpler to understand for your reader. Example: 1 leads to 2, 2 leads to 3, 3 leads to 4, so – in a compact form – 1 ultimately leads to 4.

How can you organise your content logically? Well, I have to assume that if you are writing technical copy, you have to have a technical understanding of your subject matter, and that you have a goal in the content you are creating. Most technical articles have a common theme that is

  1. Describe the problem or goal
  2. Discuss the alternative solutions
  3. Sum up the plusses and minuses of each potential solution, and select the optium solution

Don’t forget to use actual (and current) technical information to support your discussions; this is a critical mistake that some authors make. Think of it this way – you are proposing a solution to a problem that must function, and it must be based on realisable premises. It is senseless to propose building a factory to produce copper on Mars if you can not provide a reasonable method to transport the copper to the potential users.

This is – in theory – child’s play, but there are usually complications that make the whole exercise more interesting. For example, what otherwise would be an optimum solution may not be feasible for non-technical reasons (community opinion or acceptance, cost, availability of resources – material and human, etc.). The clue here is to go about your “business” in a logical manner, discuss the constraints and restraints as well as the benefits, and make a logical selection that your logic train can support.

Another Direction

There are other types of content to consider, such as discussions of current results in research and development. Here, it is more logical to make your copy rich in actual results from the “owner” of the idea, as much as possible. Sometimes this is relatively easy, if the owner has published information in, for example, technical writings or patent applications. But you need to be careful here, there are some limits in what the idea’s owner will publish, and the limits often fall somewhere between incomplete and misleading. This is a natural urge to cover the critical parts of the owner’s work so that others can not steal the idea, and possibly come to market faster and with improvements on the original idea. On the other hand, the owner may also be willing to dicuss the concepts involved with you in exchange for certain inclusions in your content. This can be a positive development for both parties – the owner gets more publicity, and the copywriter gets better information.

Writing Style

Even articles that are based on strong content and logic are more widely read if they are entertaining as well as technically correct. That makes it important to use a writing style that is both clear enough to be technically understandable, and at the same time friendly and open. You need to remember this: on the websites where your work may be published, if the readers get bored or confused, they will leave. Once they are gone, it is very unlikely you will get them back again. One thing that helps retain readers is images. If there are accurate and applicable images, use them liberally in your content.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to write a comment to this article. I welcome your input!

Jimmy Craig Hesser
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Copywriting for Websites dot NET or COM

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