50 brave particpants braved the rain and terrible traffic to join us in the Hilton Grand Place last week for a 3Plus Mini-Mentoring Event. Custom designed to meet the needs of even the most reluctant networker, this top no-work networking and mentoring event was a great success.
Mentors drawn from sectors as diverse as Tech, fmcg, B2B, fashion and journalism, executive coaching, branding and non-verbal communicaiton shared advice accumulated from over a combined 200 years’ experience in their functions. Each Mentor was asked to share their one piece of career advice that they have lived by themselves.
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Isabelle Kruass Head of Unit European Commission:
“Always ask. Put your hand up and let people know what you want, even if they say no. Then ask again later.”
Patrizio Ricci Director Global Engineering Procter & Gamble:
“Swim in your own lane; Focus on your own style and swim your own freestyle”
Valérie Nowak Country Manager MasterCard:
“Look at the big picture, challenge what is around you. Don’t hide in the trees!”
Béa Ercolini Editor in Chief Elle Magazine, Belgium:
“Fear is not an option! Be bold”
Rosie Halfhead Branding and Communication Consultant:
Everybody matters, they may seem irrelevant but every person you meet may be relevant, start networking”
Zuzanna Hamranova Head of Talent Acquisition Plastipak :
Don’t give up and get distracted. Stay focused”
Sofie-Ann Bracke Non-verbal Communication Coach:
“I don’t agree with the phrase “You have to have a target” you can meander, wander and think, take time to reflect and create your own story.”
A Mentoring event is a two way street and the mentors got as much out of the evening as the particpants. Engagement was lively and focused with questions ranging from a mix of general and practical. We were also delighted to have the male perspective from Patrizio. Pierre Collowald was stranded in Germany and sadly was not able to attend. But next time we will aim to have two male mentors.
Gilly added: “I also want to add that this was, quite palpably, a valuable mentoring event for the participants and a fun evening for us all. I was struck by the immediacy of the openness, the courageous vulnerability, the appetite for connection and the energy in the space.”
One participant repeated the same comment that is made after very 3Plus Mini-mentoring event “I was able to spend more time with senior managers at this one 3 hour event than in the whole year in my company“
Many thanks to our sponsors: P & G, Hilton Hotels, MasterCard and Plastipak Inc who made this mentoring event possible.
Download the free 3Plus eBook ‘Make the Most of Mentoring’ HERE