The Freelance PM Consultant: Expand Your Career with the Help of a Mentor
In The Freelance PM Consultant: Knowing Your 'Why' and Your 'What', I discussed five steps to assist a project manager contemplating a career as freelance PM consultant:
- Evaluate yourself
- Determine your “why
- Define your “what”
- Establish a support team
- Develop a learning plan
Although I could write pages on how to evaluate yourself—enabling you to determine your why and what, or the best way to develop a learning plan—this article focuses on one important member of the freelance PM consultant’s (a solopreneur) support team: a mentor.
A mentor is an often overlooked but important person for furthering a freelance PM consultant’s career. Before I discuss how to find, work with and then say goodbye to a mentor, let’s start by clarifying the difference between a coach and a mentor.
Coach vs. Mentor
A coach is task oriented with performance-driven actions. Coaches focus on refining a person’s knowledge and skills, such as improving their public speaking abilities or their negotiating and conflict resolution skills.
A mentor is relationship oriented. Mentors partner, leverage their experiences and expertise, and build a level of trust, enabling the mentee to feel secure enough to share and discuss issues that are impacting their success.
You might be asking, “As a freelance PM
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