Re: Mentoring

Subject: Re: Mentoring
From: "Rick Ramsey" <rick -dot- ramsey -at- east -dot- sun -dot- com>
To: <kimber_miller -at- acs-inc -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 10:35:41 -0500


I'll volunteer, too, though I'm a little nervous about doing it over the
web. I've mentored writers before face to face, and sometimes the results
were good. A lot depends on what the aspiring writers want to get out of
the experience. So, to set some expectations about how I may or may not be

1. I won't help you find a job.
2. I won't edit your work.
3. I won't help you get ahead in your career.
4. I won't help you look good in front of anybody.
5. There will be times when I'm simply not available.

What I can and will do is help you figure out how you can do good technical
writing, how you can manage your project successfully, and how you can find
a solution to your tech writing problems.

Everybody has their own interpretation of what a mentor is. Speaking for
myself, a mentor is not a teacher. A teacher instructs or provides
information; a mentor simply guides. So if ask me how to use Frame, I'll
tell you to go buy a book.


----- Original Message -----
From: <kimber_miller -at- acs-inc -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 1:42 PM
Subject: Mentoring

> Whirlers:
> Re: The rhetoric flying through the wires about to use or not to use
> methodologies, whether universities adequately prep grads for the
workplace, and
> whether such rhetoric worries new professionals
> All this has me thinking that ours is a profession requiring
> up the ladder of experience reaching back to assist new professionals in
> and climbing the same ladder of professionalism.
> Yet, ours is also a profession that is production-driven. Deadlines and
> time-to-market are king. How can mentoring possibly fit into this
> environment? How can it NOT?
> So--to the Wise Ones with Scads of Experience: Do you mentor the new
writers in
> your world? If a singleton contractor, do you find yourself mentoring --in
> form--at your client site? Do you refuse to mentor? Why? Does your
> company/department/manager have a stated policy, or a general practice?
> Newbies--what do you think of mentoring? What panics you when you first
sit down
> in your cubicle? What's the mentoring/training/ramp-up time like in your
> Is it adequate? How would you change it?
> I think that it would be a Good Thing for us all to listen to each other
on this
> subject. I hope you agree enough to respond.
> Looking forward to hearing from you all.
> --Kimber
> Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.
> --Lord Chesterfield
> Kimber Miller
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