Association members are constantly looking for tangible proof of their membership benefits—and more associations are choosing mentoring programs as one of those. Why? Mentoring is a cost-effective strategy that engages members while also enabling them to connect and network regardless of location. Read on to see whether mentoring fits your association’s needs.
Membership networking bridges the gap between senior executives and younger professionals while also engaging members with your association, which is a key challenge many associations face. Membership networking and mentoring allows participants to share ideas and build networks. Ultimately, a structured program for membership networking accomplishes the following:
Associations are trying new engagement techniques and turning to innovative technology as a way to provide professional development options to their members. Today, it’s easier than ever to find knowledge through the Internet. But what articles and webinars can’t provide is the hands-on, real-world information that person-to-person mentoring can. Whether you decide to implement a flash-mentoring program, a longer-term traditional mentoring program, or both at the same time, professional development mentoring:
Many professional associations run their mentoring programs with spreadsheets, newsletter items, and other manual methods. Challenges we typically see with these programs include:
Solve these issues and take your association’s mentoring program to the next level with software
Start a new program or revitalize an existing program with mentoring software. Purpose-built to make things easier for you while also expanding your program’s capability, software enables you to create a flexible, easy-to-scale program that allows your members to connect no matter where they’re located. Scale your program easily, reduce necessary admin time, provide an extra value to your members, and quickly pull results to show your association’s leadership. Mentoring software adds to your program by delivering: