A very important mentor of mine passed away last Saturday. I had planned for a couple of years to write him a letter telling him how much I appreciated his guidance. Now it’s too late to let him know the impact he had on my life. Be sure to thank the people who gave and still give you encouragement, advice, and coaching. Thank the folks from whom you learned, who don’t even know they helped you to grow by being a role model. You won’t have any regrets later.
New seller Serena, Enola PA (serenascorner), is looking for an eBay mentor. Griff and Lee read current events from the eBay Radio Seller Events Calendar, located under Seller Resources in the eBay Radio archives. To submit your sellers group meetup or other event, go to eBayRadio.com; click on “Past Episodes” in the right-hand sidebar; then click on “Submit an Event” in the upper right-hand corner of any archives page.
How you can SCORE by being a mentor! Our guest is Danna Crawford, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller danna, founder of PowerSelling Mom Inc. and a member of the eBay Hall of Fame.
Lee showed Griff several items on her wish list as a gift for eBay Radio’s 12th anniversary. Sharman,Birmingham AL (jasmines attic), asked if any of the eBay Radio Party & Conference will be recorded. eBetsy, Dallas TX (acquisator), called in to announce 3 more featured speakers and 1 more Mentor for the upcoming eBay Rado Party & Conference, June 16, 17 and 18 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Register now at http://www.erVegas.com.
You may be considering getting a coach or a mentor to help your growth as a business owner. What’s the difference between the 2? A coach usually offers a short-term, task-oriented program and may concentrate on one issue, such as getting organized or helping with time management. A mentor, on the other hand, is more about having an important and honest relationship with the mentee over a long period of time. They’ve been there, done that…and they care about your future. The mentor gives you guidance and encouragement. Whether you opt for a coach or a mentor, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Which mentor/guru should an online seller follow? There are so many; how do you choose? I say this isn’t a religion, it’s a business. You don’t have to choose just one. Visit their websites and get on their mailing lists. Most of them are also trying to sell you something, and they deserve to earn money for what they teach us. Having said that, it shouldn’t cost you a fortune to learn. I wouldn’t put out any money unless you feel it’s really worthwhile information.
Do you have any mentors? I mean REAL mentors? I often ask an entrepreneur who their mentors are, and they invariably mention famous people who have written books or developed a cult-like following. But the real deal is someone to whom you can go with questions about your challenges; someone who will be there for you when you’re stuck; someone who (and this is the most important thing) knows you and your business. Sometimes business owners think they know it all, or they think it is showing weakness if they don’t know everything there is to know. Stop this behavior. Look for people in your seller community who are willing to give you some time and advice. This is how you’ll truly succeed.