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In need of a mentor; 9 weeks; 30 minutes per week
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Hi everybody, I realize this is probably not the best way to go about this, but I live in a very remote area (3 hour drive to the nearest chapter), where I have not access to any active project managers.

I'm taking a class on Managing Projects Across Borders in my graduate program, and am in need of somebody who wouldn't mind discussing their experience managing international projects for about thirty minutes, once a week, for nine weeks.
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Hi Andrew. I can help you but only by email. Let me know.
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1 reply by Andrew Savini
Jun 01, 2018 12:29 PM
Andrew Savini
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That would be great! Please email me at your earliest convenience, and we can start a conversation! My email is savini.andrew@gmail.com. I tried to message you yesterday, but for some reason, it didn't take.
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I can give some support as well, but remember the time difference between Australia and USA
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1 reply by Andrew Savini
Jun 01, 2018 12:28 PM
Andrew Savini
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I would really appreciate that! Please email me at your earliest convenience, and we can start a conversation! My email is savini.andrew@gmail.com
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Andrew's ask has to be the third this week. It really seems to add fuel to the fire for a business proposition I've been kicking around of starting a virtual mentoring (1:1) platform focused on connecting seasoned PM practitioners with up & comers...

Kiron
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5 replies by Andrew Craig, Anish Abraham, Dinah Young, Kevin Drake, and Sante Vergini
May 31, 2018 4:05 PM
Dinah Young
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Interesting idea. I think you should pursue it.
May 31, 2018 4:58 PM
Andrew Craig
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Go for it. I certainly see the value and need out there. Like you said, simply look at what we see come through here.
May 31, 2018 5:45 PM
Kevin Drake
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I am in as well
May 31, 2018 6:24 PM
Sante Vergini
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There certainly seems to be a need for it. Getting paid is the tricky part.
Jun 13, 2018 2:13 PM
Anish Abraham
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Good idea, Kiron!!
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May 31, 2018 2:19 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Andrew's ask has to be the third this week. It really seems to add fuel to the fire for a business proposition I've been kicking around of starting a virtual mentoring (1:1) platform focused on connecting seasoned PM practitioners with up & comers...

Kiron
Interesting idea. I think you should pursue it.
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May 31, 2018 2:19 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Andrew's ask has to be the third this week. It really seems to add fuel to the fire for a business proposition I've been kicking around of starting a virtual mentoring (1:1) platform focused on connecting seasoned PM practitioners with up & comers...

Kiron
Go for it. I certainly see the value and need out there. Like you said, simply look at what we see come through here.
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May 31, 2018 2:19 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Andrew's ask has to be the third this week. It really seems to add fuel to the fire for a business proposition I've been kicking around of starting a virtual mentoring (1:1) platform focused on connecting seasoned PM practitioners with up & comers...

Kiron
I am in as well
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May 31, 2018 2:19 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Andrew's ask has to be the third this week. It really seems to add fuel to the fire for a business proposition I've been kicking around of starting a virtual mentoring (1:1) platform focused on connecting seasoned PM practitioners with up & comers...

Kiron
There certainly seems to be a need for it. Getting paid is the tricky part.
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2 replies by Eric Simms and Iris Meinl
May 31, 2018 8:00 PM
Eric Simms
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Agreed. I'm curious how you would monetize this.
Jun 13, 2018 4:01 AM
Iris Meinl
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I don´t see the payment as a tricky part. In Business Coaching it is already usual to offer virtual coaching sessions. Of course, these sessions have to be paid as any other professional service. Why should virtual project management coaching or mentoring be free?
Successful professionals are very busy and many of them don´t have much time for mentoring activities. If a high-skilled and very experienced professional will give up some family-time to support me, I will pay for this time.
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May 31, 2018 6:24 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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There certainly seems to be a need for it. Getting paid is the tricky part.
Agreed. I'm curious how you would monetize this.
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Not wanting to hijack the thread, I won't go into too much detail, but my thought was:

1. Charge a reasonable month-by-month or annual subscription amount to mentees
2. Add advertising revenue from appropriate companies (e.g. PM training, products) as site traffic increases

I've also toyed with the idea of passing along some of the profits to the mentors - the challenge will be to not turn this into an "if-then" financial reward system (as per Daniel Pink's Drive), to avoid turning off mentors who view this as a strictly voluntary service.

Stay tuned - I'd love to turn this idea into reality sometime soon!

Kiron
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1 reply by Andrew Savini
Jun 01, 2018 4:23 PM
Andrew Savini
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So, despite this not being at all what I'm posting about, here (and my desperate need to fulfill this mentor need asap) I have an idea for monetization.

Mentors charge a fee, which the protege pays. Website takes a percentage.

That's it. Pretty simple, but I think it leads to a situation where everybody is happy. I'm also pretty sure this type of situation is the standard for "connection" or "facilitator" organizations.
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