Mastering Mentoring: Becoming a Mentor

Mentoring and coaching are two modalities that can be effective and powerful when engaging with others – whether formally or informally. This 2-day course introduces both modalities and demonstrates how together they can be more effective in helping others through change. Both can be considered essential life skills. The course is both theoretical and practical with exercises in mentoring and coaching.


Mentoring and coaching can be practiced by most – parents, grandparents, managers, chairman of committees….




This introductory course is interactive and participative – it will combine theoretical input with the practical application of mentoring. Participants should leave with the rudiments of effective mentoring.

About The Instructor

John has spent most of his career in “Learning” as a teacher, lecturer, trainer, consultant, facilitator and latterly as a business coach. As consultant / facilitator / coach / mentor he has worked for many SA organisations – small and large and has facilitated and coached across Africa and in Europe.
He is fascinated by the possibility of coaching and mentoring others into their best selves.
He has helped a number of organisations develop and implement mentoring programmes and he has helped NGO’s with their mentoring programmes. He has been mentor to high school students, coaches and a wide variety of others.
John was elected President of the SA Institute of Professional Photographers (way back!) and of COMENSA, the body for professional coaches and mentors.
He moved to Swellendam in 2018 and is living his best life!

What To Bring
  • Notebook and pen
Course Dates

11 – 13 September 2020 (weekend) Register at 15h00. The course starts at 16h00 Friday. Ends 13h00 on Sunday

16 – 18 October 2020 (weekend)

Course Details

Weekend course registration is at 15h00 on Friday. Courses start 16h00. There will be one supper on Friday at 19h00 included. Course ends at 13h00 on Sunday.


What is it? Unpacking the mentoring suitcase.

Reaching a definition of mentoring – and coaching.

Types and applications of mentoring (eg: mentoring young people, professionals)

Practical exercise: The first session: choosing a topic for mentoring


About giving advice

The mentoring process

Coaching and mentoring competencies

Practical exercise: Agreeing objectives / goals


Transmitting knowledge, expertise and wisdom

Listening and questioning

Practical exercise: Action planning


Formal vs informal mentoring

Opportunities for mentoring

Professional mentoring as a career

Practical exercise: Reflection, closing a mentoring engagement



Your package includes:
Tuition, materials*, excursions*, refreshments and meals during the course. Accommodation, dinners, and transport at own cost.
*Applicable to certain courses. See individual course pages for details.

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