The Context of Connection

Linking Up and Linking In

THE SPACES AND PLACES in which mentoring partners convene, connect, communicate, and learn with one another add another context for learning. In this chapter, we’ look at some of the approaches and configurations in which mentoring partners connect and then turn to distance and virtual mentoring connections. Finally, we look at the deeper connections of mentoring, which keep the relationship alive and evolving.


As a mentor, you may be involved in a formal mentoring program, or you may be asked to mentor someone informally. Some mentors, like Nevin, are engaged in formal and informal mentoring relationships simultaneously:


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