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Be(come) a Mentor! Help Others Succeed!

Be(come) a Mentor! Help Others Succeed!

There is always something new to learn in technology. We are always experts in one and beginners in another field. In order to learn successfully it’s important to have a mentor but it’s equally important to learn how to be a good mentor. In my talk we’ll explore what a mentor is, why we should all be(come) mentors, tips and tricks of mentorship, and concrete ways you can get involved as a mentor.


Anna Ossowski

February 06, 2016


  1. About me...

  2. Be(come) A Mentor! Help Others Succeed! Anna Ossowski @OssAnna16 PyTennessee

  3. Mentor Like Yoda! Photo CC BY-NC Niall Kennedy

  4. mentor noun | men·tor | \ˈmen-ˌtȯr, -tər\ Latin, from Greek

    Mentōr : someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person : a trusted counselor or guide http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mentor
  5. Myth #1: You have to be an expert in order

    to be a good mentor.
  6. Myth #2: Only in-person- mentoring is good mentoring.

  7. Myth #3: Mentoring takes up a ton of time.

  8. What’s your job? Photo CC BY 2.0 Tim Green

  9. Why be(come) a mentor?

  10. Because helping others succeed is one of the best things

    in the world! :)
  11. “Always pass on what you have learned.”

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  13. What makes a good Jedi Master? Image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

  14. • What are your goals? • What do you want

    to work on together? • What will the time commitment be? • How are you going to communicate?
  15. “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

  16. Don’t assume. Ask!

  17. Show your flaws!

  18. Be available!

  19. “Already know you that which you need.”

  20. “Do or do not. There is no try.”

  21. “Many of the truths that we cling to depend on

    our point of view.”
  22. “If you end your training now — if you choose

    the quick and easy path as Vader did — you will become an agent of evil. “
  23. “Control, control, you must learn control!”

  24. “Size matters not.”

  25. “Decide you must, how to serve them best.”

  26. “Nothing more will I teach you today, clear your mind

    of questions. “
  27. Don’t touch a Jedi’s lightsaber!

  28. What not to do like Yoda

  29. Luke: “I can’t believe it.” Yoda: “That is why you

  30. “Much to learn you still have, my old Padawan. This

    is just the beginning!”
  31. Tools Photo CC0 1.0 Pascal

  32. None
  33. Photo CC BY-NC 2.0 Daniel Go

  34. How can you help?

  35. None
  36. How do you find a Jedi Master?

  37. Go and be Yoda to someone!

  38. May the force be with you!