You don't have to be an expert to mentor someone

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Let's admit it, this Internet Marketing thing is confusing.

There's so much to learn and it can seem impossible at times but remember where you were when you first started? If your an action taker it's likely you have come a fair way.

It's even more likely that you didn't get this far without the help of this forum and the Warriors that make it such an active community.

A lot of the Warriors who helped you in the beginning were not experts, they were just people like you are now. Someone who has learnt just a little of the mass of knowledge that's out there.

This leads me onto the purpose of this post, you don't have to be an expert to mentor someone!

I'm far from being an expert, I'm extremely new and I'm learning every single day. With that said, I'll openly admit that I know I've learnt a ton since that one day when I first came across this forum.

Today, I can easily set up a WordPress website, set up an autoresponsder, add affiliate links and range of other monetization methods, carry out on page SEO and even code WordPress themes from scratch.

One year ago, that would have seemed impossible. Now, I find that easy and I'm seeing what's to come as impossible.

Tonight, I helped someone understand how Internet Marketing is working for me and how they too can get started. I explained what they needed to get started (hosting package...) and offered to help out whenever they got stuck.

I am not an expert, yet I managed to mentor someone. It felt great! I didn't ask for anything in return, I was happy knowing that I made someones journey to success that little bit easier.

Mentoring someone gives you an amazing feeling. I recommend you do it!

It can also be profitable, which is just an added bonus! I didn't ask for any money for helping out, yet the person insisted on purchasing hosting through my affiliate link to repay me.

Not bad for being kind to someone is it?

I've also got a testimonial from it which is going to really help me on an upcoming project I'm working on.

Mentor someone and see how amazing it makes you feel!

Hope this has inspired someone out there!

Joe Crosbie
#expert #mentor
  • Profile picture of the author Warranty
    Good post. Expertise becomes when you know just as little bit more than your audience.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
      Originally Posted by Warranty View Post

      Good post. Expertise becomes when you know just as little bit more than your audience.
      My thoughts exactly! It's such a rewarding thing to do!
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  • Profile picture of the author TwinkleToes
    Mentor means who inspires you and guides you to do better, he does not teach you how to do it. So your tennis coach does not need to a Roger Federer or Boris Baker. He should be good in inspiring you and teaching you the techniques so that you can use yours natural talent. Mentor himself does not perform rather he teaches you how to perform better.
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    I think I am going to suck at mentoring. It's not that I don't have the skills and experience but I think there are people who are better at inspiring others and boosting them to do better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

    This leads me onto the purpose of this post, you don't have to be an expert to mentor someone!
    It's actually how you become an expert. The best way to learn is to teach.

    -Ray Edwards
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  • Profile picture of the author Naeema Anum
    Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

    You don't have to be an expert to mentor someone!

    I'm far from being an expert, I'm extremely new and I'm learning every single day. With that said, I'll openly admit that I know I've learnt a ton since that one day when I first came across this forum.
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    Now, I find that easy and I'm seeing what's to come as impossible.

    .....................It felt great! I didn't ask for anything in return, I was happy knowing that I made someones journey to success that little bit easier.

    Mentoring someone gives you an amazing feeling.
    Joe Crosbie
    I totaly agree with you and liked very much that you shared your experience with us. If we beginn to help others with our knowledge very soon in our marketing career, then we will
    - gain experience
    - get confidence in ourselves because we helped someone ( which is a great feeling)
    - have a growing number of people who will give credit to us for their success.

    Sometimes we just don't realize our ability. This a great way to start. By experiencing our implemented learned stuff, we are already are in a position to mentor others who are seeking for help in any niche
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  • Profile picture of the author CathyAnn
    It depends upon what you mean by expert. For someone who hasn't opened the book, the person who has read Chapter 1 is an expert. You just need to know more than someone else to be able to teach and mentor. When you've taught all you can the person can then go to another expert.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    Hi Joe,

    A great post that reflects something I'm in an ongoing debate (and I think it'll continue long after I'm gone!) I have with 'institutionalized' coaching organizations.

    I agree that if you share what you know with authenticity and confidence that you know enough to help someone, then you can do it. It's when you don't know what you're talking about and therefore are misleading the person that there are issues.

    Dan Kennedy put it well in a piece he wrote a long time ago when he mentioned that people should remember that every single coaching or accreditation body that exists today was started by one or more people who one day appointed themselves into positions to endorse others.

    That's where my gripe with the coaching industry comes in, even though I did qualify professionally as a business coach back in the day (I didn't know any better at the time!). Currently I mentor people in organizations as well as in business, but everything is based on what I have done or come to know through my own failure or successes, and you don't need a degree or some fancy accrediation in order to do that..

    Great post and well articulated.

    Bayo
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  • great post! sometimes being efficient is not effective in mentoring someone..
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    • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
      Nice post you may not see yourself as an expert but to someone who has never built a website at all you have a lot of value to give. That's why I think it's important to start an IM blog that can chronicle all the things that you're learning even if you're not an expert what you're learning through this journey will be valuable to others. And when you give value eventually you get it in return.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
        Originally Posted by TwinkleToes View Post

        Mentor means who inspires you and guides you to do better, he does not teach you how to do it. So your tennis coach does not need to a Roger Federer or Boris Baker. He should be good in inspiring you and teaching you the techniques so that you can use yours natural talent. Mentor himself does not perform rather he teaches you how to perform better.
        I don't think you could of said that any better!

        Originally Posted by natebunger View Post

        I think I am going to suck at mentoring. It's not that I don't have the skills and experience but I think there are people who are better at inspiring others and boosting them to do better.
        I'm sure you won't, as I said, you don't have to be a motivational guy, your success story is enough to inspire people, you just have to slowly guide them then. Also from what I've read on your site, you've achieved a good amount of success

        Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

        It's actually how you become an expert. The best way to learn is to teach.

        -Ray Edwards
        Very very true, I've already learnt so much about helping people and I can't wait to learn even more and put it all into practise

        Originally Posted by rcanning View Post

        That's a great post... and very true!

        I am trying to get started out and trying a few things to see what works. I would love to be mentored by someone and pointed in the right direction. Is there anyone offering mentor programmes or does anyone know someone offering this??
        I'm glad you think so!

        You will find a mentor, there are loads of people who are willing to share some of their time. The most difficult thing is trying to find a mentor that will teach you what YOU need to know in order to move forward with your business.

        Originally Posted by Naeema Anum View Post

        I totaly agree with you and liked very much that you shared your experience with us. If we beginn to help others with our knowledge very soon in our marketing career, then we will
        - gain experience
        - get confidence in ourselves because we helped someone ( which is a great feeling)
        - have a growing number of people who will give credit to us for their success.

        Sometimes we just don't realize our ability. This a great way to start. By experiencing our implemented learned stuff, we are already are in a position to mentor others who are seeking for help in any niche
        Oh definitely, I feel as if I have more confidence in my opinions since starting to mentor people. I can also related to the second bullet point you gave, I'm waiting upon the third hehe

        Originally Posted by CathyAnn View Post

        It depends upon what you mean by expert. For someone who hasn't opened the book, the person who has read Chapter 1 is an expert. You just need to know more than someone else to be able to teach and mentor. When you've taught all you can the person can then go to another expert.
        Very very true, I think anyone can be a mentor as long as they don't talk nonsense and actually try and help people. There's no point in being a mentor for the sake of it, I think you have to have a real desire to help people

        Originally Posted by Bayo View Post

        Hi Joe,

        A great post that reflects something I'm in an ongoing debate (and I think it'll continue long after I'm gone!) I have with 'institutionalized' coaching organizations.

        I agree that if you share what you know with authenticity and confidence that you know enough to help someone, then you can do it. It's when you don't know what you're talking about and therefore are misleading the person that there are issues.

        Dan Kennedy put it well in a piece he wrote a long time ago when he mentioned that people should remember that every single coaching or accreditation body that exists today was started by one or more people who one day appointed themselves into positions to endorse others.

        That's where my gripe with the coaching industry comes in, even though I did qualify professionally as a business coach back in the day (I didn't know any better at the time!). Currently I mentor people in organizations as well as in business, but everything is based on what I have done or come to know through my own failure or successes, and you don't need a degree or some fancy accrediation in order to do that..

        Great post and well articulated.

        Bayo
        I really like your response Bayo, you have contributed some real awesome stuff to the thread I especially like the quote by Dan Kennedy!

        Great to hear you're enjoying mentoring people and I hope you get even more pleasure from doing so!

        Thanks for your kind words

        Originally Posted by onlinesolutions1985 View Post

        great post! sometimes being efficient is not effective in mentoring someone..
        Definitely, I do however think that as long as we can help someone out, we can qualify for being a mentor to that person. It's all about teaching others, what we know

        Originally Posted by UnkwnUsr View Post

        Nice post you may not see yourself as an expert but to someone who has never built a website at all you have a lot of value to give. That's why I think it's important to start an IM blog that can chronicle all the things that you're learning even if you're not an expert what you're learning through this journey will be valuable to others. And when you give value eventually you get it in return.
        My thoughts exactly, I have mixed opinions on the IM blog topic. I think it can be a great idea as long as you don't get sucked into the whole "Make money fast" concept. There are too many blogs like that.

        As long as you are sharing great stuff however, it's a great idea and one that could potentially be very profitable.
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  • The best way to become a mentor if they can inspire their apprentice and always say the positive ways on how to earn big.
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  • Profile picture of the author hiserus
    Really nice post. After all, you can't be a good mentor if you haven't atleast experienced it.
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  • Hi Joe, It's always great to unexpectedly give good Value to someone at random. That is a very good experience to have. And, like often happens, the law of reciprocity kicks in and without another word something of Value is placed in Your column. I love these kind of reports. Thank you.

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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    When I first read the title, I thought this thread would be an attempt to justify trying to charge high-cost "coaching" and/or mentoring by people who haven't achieved anything. But it seems that what you're saying is that you don't have to be an expert to lend a helping hand. If so, then I agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    There's the saying, "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed person is the king." You don't have to be an expert to mentor someone. But then, don't expect your student to become an expert, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noctilus
    I agree you don't need to be an expert in a field to mentor someone. You need to develop a system and learn to leverage others skills that can be used in a business. You can then teach a system and teach someone how to use this system to make money. Does one person know everything from design, tech, copywriting, writing, seo, social - no right? It's about the big picture. Know enough where you can talk to businesses on how YOU can help them make more money and you should be good to go.
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