Throughout your working life as an Event Host MC*, you will have many questions and face all kinds of unique challenges. And as a freelancer selling your skills, you are responsible for your own professional development.
Who do you turn to for advice on the best way to adapt as you grow more mature? How do you successfully update your branding to be suitable for the changing marketplace? A wrong decision can set you back – while the right advice could shave years off your learning curve.
A mentor is the answer.
A trustworthy voice of experience is invaluable. An Alfred to your Batman, an Obi-Wan to your Skywalker. There’s no denying that connecting with a great mentor gets you (much) better results than slogging through by yourself.
Steve Jobs attributed much of his own success to mentor Robert Friedland. Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs. Hugh Jackman pays millions for guidance from business guru Tony Robbins. I’m where I am today thanks to my own mentor, Mr. Ron Tacchi (see photo).
A great mentor won’t tell you what to do. They’ll offer you new perspectives so you can decide what’s best for your own pathway. They share their wisdom, knowledge, and insight to keep you heading in the right direction – on the pathway to the top.
They will keep you focused. Help you discover and embody your personal brand. Push you to improve after a setback. Help you make fewer mistakes. Share stories, experience, tips, and tricks. Listen to your struggles and celebrate your triumphs. Guide you through periods of self-doubt. You’ll improve quickly, delight your clients, get more bookings, and earn a higher salary.
OK, so you want a mentor? Here’s how to get a great one.
Know what you want.
Create a list of your expectations, requirements and outcome goals. Do you want help crafting a strong personal brand? Need assistance refining your scripts? Want to learn about effective marketing? Choose an Event Host MC mentor that you truly admire and is an expert in the areas you want to develop.
Earn respect from a stellar introduction.
Fire off a short email to introduce yourself and explain why you want to connect with them. Perhaps you found their book invaluable, or you’re impressed by their captivating onstage presence.
Discover all you can about your target, and weave what you learn into your email – especially if it highlights something you two have in common. You’ll earn their respect by demonstrating that you put in a lot of effort to get what you want.
“Hello, Pete. My name is Diana. I want to thank you for writing your many books, articles and blog posts. They have been helpful in my journey as a professional Event Host MC. I liked the way you explained why an MC should develop a strong personal brand. It made a lot of sense to me – thank you very much. P.S. I love your Instagram gallery. Your Halloween costume this year was amazing (I’m a huge Star Wars fan too!) and that ginger- marmalade cat of yours is insanely cute.”
After they reply, ask concisely about what they’re doing these days and explain that you’re looking for guidance to help yourself develop professionally. If they’re into that idea – congratulations! You’re on the way to bagging yourself a mentor.
Get on the same page.
Describe your professional goals, what you’re already doing to achieve them, and the specific issues you need guidance with. Explain that you feel you’d be able to overcome the obstacles you’re facing and continue on to ever greater success with their guidance. As always, keep it to-the-point, light and friendly – no waffle.
It’s not all about you.
Ask how your relationship could be mutually beneficial. Perhaps your fresh ideas and enthusiasm might give the veteran MC a renewed sense of purpose and clarity. Or maybe mentoring is something you invest financially in. What you learn will rocket-boost your career, and you’ll soon double and triple your salary – it’s definitely worth it.
Formalise your relationship.
If they say yes, wahoo! You’ve got a mentor. Arrange regular chat times (monthly or every two weeks is good) and schedule the first. Prepare notes so you don’t forget everything you want to talk about. Congratulations – you’re in the fast lane to the top.
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