What's right for you: Mentorship, Coaching or an Internship?

Episode #155: Discussion with Bryan and Rob (37 minutes)

Discussion Topics

  1. Mentorship vs. Coaching
  2. internships
  3. win-win scenarios
  4. approaching/seeking mentorship

Summary of Discussion Topics:

  • Defining mentorship vs. hiring a coach vs. an internship.
  • Setting realistic expectations of a mentor relationship.
  • Exploring the idea of hosting internships at your studio.
  • Suggestions about how to approach a photographer about being an intern or asking for mentorship.
  • Some hesitations professional photographer’s may have regarding hiring an intern/mentoring.
  • Viewing an intern as “free labour” is the wrong mentality, and should be seen as more of a structured learning environment.
  • How to ensure the mentorship/internship relationship is a win-win for both parties.
  • Seeking out a mentor is not a “cold call”, and must draw upon pre-formed relationships.
  • Mentorship as a long-term relationship.
  • What to say when approaching a photographer to ask for mentorship.
  • What community mentoring is, and how to get involved.
  • Mentoring is not just about what can you get, but what can you give back to the industry.
  • Hiring a coach is more specific to your business, more challenging, and based on results.
  • Designing your coaching, mentorship or internship programs.

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