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Where can I find the Mentoring Program Guide to learn about the program?

We have poured our love, mind and experience into this program guide- just for you! You can also find the short link in our MentorWIN group.  

We have poured our love, mind and experience into this program guide- just for you! You can also find the short link in our MentorWIN group.  

Do we have a digital peer group of mentors and mentees at TurkishWIN?

Yes, we have our MentorWIN group! When you join the program, we ask that you join this group. You can post your questions, suggestions or recommended readings all in this…

Yes, we have our MentorWIN group! When you join the program, we ask that you join this group. You can post your questions, suggestions or recommended readings all in this group. Here is the link

Is there a mentoring training video I can watch?

Yes! Our rockstar braintrust member Selin Üstüner gave us a MentorWIN Program Refresher Training.. Here is the training video. Enjoy!

Yes! Our rockstar braintrust member Selin Üstüner gave us a MentorWIN Program Refresher Training.. Here is the training video. Enjoy!

Where can I find mentoring resources in the TurkishWIN Learning Center?

TurkishWIN Learning Center is a well-kept secret in our digital platform. You can find book and video recommendations to accompany you in your learning journey to reach your goals, brush…

TurkishWIN Learning Center is a well-kept secret in our digital platform. You can find book and video recommendations to accompany you in your learning journey to reach your goals, brush up competencies and to fully engage in our programs. 

MentorWIN Program Videos are at this link. 

MentorWIN Book Recommendations are at this link

What are some digital resources I can check out to learn more about mentoring?

BinYaprak Mentorluk Yazıları: https://binyaprak.com/yazilar/kategoriler/mentorluk BinYaprak Mentorluk Yazıları: https://binyaprak.com/videolar/kisisel-gelisim/mentorluk TurkishWIN Learning Center Videos: https://turkishwin.com/learning-center/videos TurkishWIN Learning Center Book Recommendations: https://turkishwin.com/learning-center/book-recommendations UN Women, Mentoring in the Workplace: Mentoring Manual https://www.weps.org/resource/mentoring-workplace UNM Mentoring Institute: https://mentor.unm.edu/blog Mentorloop:  https://mentorloop.com/blog/ Mentoring Works: http://mentoring-works.com/blog/…

 

What are some organizations I can follow to learn about mentoring?

EMCC – European Mentoring and Coaching Council (Avrupa Koçluk ve Mentorluk Konseyi): https://www.emccglobal.org/ EMCC Türkiye (Yönderlik ve Koçluk Derneği): https://emccturkey.org/ International Mentoring Association: https://mentoringassociation.org/ MSF Mentoring and Coaching Hub: https://mentoring-coaching.msf.org/en/
  • EMCC – European Mentoring and Coaching Council

(Avrupa Koçluk ve Mentorluk Konseyi): https://www.emccglobal.org/

How can I recognize and enjoy recognition?

Your mentoring relationship will thrive when you actively listen, ask effective questions, give or get feedback, and recognize contributions. Recognition of skills, strengths, experiences, and commitments is an invaluable part…

Your mentoring relationship will thrive when you actively listen, ask effective questions, give or get feedback, and recognize contributions.

Recognition of skills, strengths, experiences, and commitments is an invaluable part of your mentoring journey. We recommend that both of you, mentors and mentees, recognize and give positive feedback to each other.

Video Suggestion: We recommend Christopher Littlefield’s TEDX talk, “What do you want to be acknowledged for?” for a fresh perspective.

Exercise: The ability to give recognition serves us and others. The more we can recognize our accomplishments, the more we can recognize others. We leave you with two precious questions:

  1. How often do you recognize your accomplishments?
  2. If you were to give yourself three compliments right now, what would you recognize? Please go ahead:-)

How can I Improve my listening skills?

Your mentoring relationship will thrive when you actively listen, ask effective questions, give or get feedback, and recognize contributions.  Mentoring involves key skills like active listening, using a range of…

Your mentoring relationship will thrive when you actively listen, ask effective questions, give or get feedback, and recognize contributions. 

Mentoring involves key skills like active listening, using a range of questions, challenges, and support.

Common challenges and barriers to becoming a good listener:

  • Viewing a topic as uninteresting
  • Criticizing a mentee’s appearance or her/his communication style (verbal cues, nonverbal cues, or both) rather than responding to her/his message
  • Becoming “overstimulated” by something the mentee says, such that we begin thinking of our own rebuttals and fail to hear the rest of what the mentee has to say
  • Listening only for facts and not paying attention to the body language
  • Tolerating, creating, or failing to adjust to distractions
  • Faking attention
  • Listening only to what is easy to understand
  • Allowing emotion-laden words to interfere with listening (e.g, preferred group designations; racist, sexist, or homophobic language)
  • Permitting personal prejudice or deep-seated convictions to impair comprehension
  • Wasting the advantages of the differential between speech rate and thought-processing speed

How can I feel confident when I'm giving or receiving feedback?

Your mentoring relationship will thrive when you actively listen, ask effective questions, give or get feedback, and recognize contributions. Two of the most important parts of a mentor/mentee relationship is…

Your mentoring relationship will thrive when you actively listen, ask effective questions, give or get feedback, and recognize contributions.

Two of the most important parts of a mentor/mentee relationship is giving and receiving feedback.

To give, get and reflect on constructive feedback, we recommend using the nonviolent recommendation method. You can learn more about this life-changing method by reading the book: “Nonviolent Communication,” by Marshall B. Rosenberg.

For how long is the mentoring match?

Six months. We suggest you meet at least once a month. Your first meeting should be within four weeks. If you are the mentee, you will follow up with your…

Six months. We suggest you meet at least once a month. Your first meeting should be within four weeks. If you are the mentee, you will follow up with your mentor to set up the time for your  meetings and all follow ups afterwards.

Can I continue my relationship longer?

Of course! Mentor/mentee relationships continue based on the mutual interest of both parties. Officially, the program ends after six months, but best mentoring relationships continue well afterwards as a sisterhood…

Of course! Mentor/mentee relationships continue based on the mutual interest of both parties. Officially, the program ends after six months, but best mentoring relationships continue well afterwards as a sisterhood relationship.

What Should We Do In Our Last Meeting

Every good thing comes to an end. As you get ready to celebrate this amazing mentoring journey, we suggest you review the following:  Discuss whether you met the goals you…

Every good thing comes to an end. As you get ready to celebrate this amazing mentoring journey, we suggest you review the following: 

  • Discuss whether you met the goals you have set to begin with
  • Evaluate your achievements
  • Talk about the next steps and fill in the exit/evaluation survey by TurkishWIN

I could not meet with my mentor /mentee within four weeks of our match date. What will happen next?

We ask that you fill out the check in survey in week four of your mentoring journey. Unless you reach out to us individually at info@turkishwin.com, only then will we…

We ask that you fill out the check in survey in week four of your mentoring journey. Unless you reach out to us individually at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., only then will we know you are having difficulties meeting up! 

If you both agree that you cannot set a reasonable flow for your meetings, you can request to be unmatched. Just let us know! We want both of you to have the best mentoring experience ever.

What can I do if my mentor/mentee fails to respond to my communications after matching?

You can share this information with us in our surveys or drop us an email at info@turkishwin.com with the subject ‘mentoring issue’. We will try our best to get you…

You can share this information with us in our surveys or drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject ‘mentoring issue’. We will try our best to get you in touch with your mentor/mentee to resolve the matter.

I think we are not on the same page with my mentor/mentee. Is it possible to match with another mentor/mentee?

Chemistry is a critical issue in a mentoring relationship. We expect your mentoring journey to end in six months and after 6-10 hours in meeting time. Well, life happens and…

Chemistry is a critical issue in a mentoring relationship. We expect your mentoring journey to end in six months and after 6-10 hours in meeting time. Well, life happens and you may decide to end the relationship earlier. To give you some guidance, we encourage you to end your mentoring relationship when the following happens.

Life happens: You have a family, health issue, or may have gotten a sudden promotion- the best kind of disruption. Whatever the reason, if you feel you are overwhelmed and will not be able to invest your time and energy in this precious relationship, we suggest you check out.

Breach of confidentiality: Confidentiality is at the center of a mentoring relationship. Both the mentor and mentee should respect this safe space and not share anything that is discussed during mentoring sessions. If there is a breach of confidentiality in your mentoring relationship, you have every right to terminate the match.

Breach of the EMCC or Your Code of Ethics: If you feel there is an ethical conflict (conflict of interest etc), we suggest you end your mentoring relationship.

Your unmatching will take place in two steps: 1) Please let your mentor or mentee know re: your reason for terminating the relationship; 2) Please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will assist you re: the next steps.

Are the mentoring sessions with my mentor/mentee private and confidential?

Privacy is at the center of a mentoring relationship. Both the mentor and mentee should respect this safe space and not share anything that is discussed during mentoring sessions. If…

Privacy is at the center of a mentoring relationship. Both the mentor and mentee should respect this safe space and not share anything that is discussed during mentoring sessions. If there is a breach of confidentiality in your mentoring relationship, you have every right to terminate the match. 

If you are looking for further guidance, please review EMCC’s Code of Ethics here. 

What is the mentoring agreement? Where can I find it?

We suggest that you formalize your mentorship partnership with an agreement form. It is best to discuss and execute your mentoring agreement in your first meeting with your mentee/mentor. A…

We suggest that you formalize your mentorship partnership with an agreement form. It is best to discuss and execute your mentoring agreement in your first meeting with your mentee/mentor. A sample form is provided here and in our mentoring guide. 

If my mentor/mentee violates the code of ethics, what should I do?

If you feel there is an ethical conflict (conflict of interest etc), we suggest you end your mentoring relationship. If you decide to end your mentoring relationship, we are always…

I am receiving surveys. Why do I need to fill them out?

We would love to know if you are on track in your journey! Did you start your meetings? Are you working towards your goals? Would you recommend this experience to…

We would love to know if you are on track in your journey! Did you start your meetings? Are you working towards your goals? Would you recommend this experience to a friend? Would you like to be featured in our newsletters and social media channels with your testimonials? We would love to know! If you are not receiving your check in surveys, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I give feedback to the mentoring program to make it better for all?

We follow all the process by the surveys we send for the mentor and the mentee after 4, 8 and 12 weeks as well as at the end of the…

We follow all the process by the surveys we send for the mentor and the mentee after 4, 8 and 12 weeks as well as at the end of the mentoring journey (24 weeks after the match). These short surveys help us to learn and grow. 

You can access the shortcut of these surveys in the mentoring hub in your TurkishWIN profile. 

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