2011 DETC Fall Workshop
October 16-18, 2011
The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel * Nashville, TN
The Distance Education and Training Council will again be offering it's Meeting Mentoring Program, designed to help make first-time attendees feel more at ease, introduce them to colleagues in the DETC family and make sure they get the most from their first DETC meeting. The program will match experienced DETC meeting goers with first-time meeting attendees.
The program gives first-time meeting attendees the opportunity to meet and learn from an experienced DETC member, and have a friendly contact to talk to and ask questions of throughout the conference. The mentor gains the opportunity of meeting new colleagues and sharing their expertise. These relationships can develop into collegial friendships and continue long after the conference is over.
DETC Meeting Mentees should be any first-time meeting attendee, from member or non-member institutions. Mentees should be ready to learn from their mentor and not be afraid to ask questions.
DETC Meeting Mentors should be from institutions currently accredited by DETC and have at least one year of meeting experience. Mentors also should be willing to volunteer a few hours of time sharing, advising and assisting new meeting attendees.
Participants of the program will receive name, phone numbers, e-mail and addresses of the individual with whom they are matched. If possible, matched participants should contact each other before the workshop begins. During the meeting, participants should plan to meet a minimum of two times. First time meetings should take place at Sunday evening’s Welcome Reception, if possible.
Mentors (those providing mentoring) should have a sincere interest in helping new attendees get the most out of DETC meetings. Qualifications involve having good listening skills, having attended at least one year of DETC meetings and the ability to act as a professional role model. Mentors must be from institutions currently accredited by DETC.
Take a few minutes to "talk" to your Mentee (either by telephone or e-mail) before the meeting. Find out if they have any questions. Make arrangements to meet with them at the beginning of the meeting—the Welcome Reception is a great place to start. Things to discuss with your Mentee include their interests (professional or personal), how the meeting works, etc.
Introduce your Mentee to other colleagues and DETC staff. Check in with your Mentee during the meeting, especially at group social events, just to make sure they aren't lonely. It is not necessary to commit to spending all of your time with your Mentee; it is just important to touch base occasionally.
should be interested in making the most from their first DETC meeting experience, being introduced to other colleagues, and learning from their Mentor. When talking to your Mentor, be sure to ask them any questions you have. No question is too silly.
Make arrangements to meet with your mentor at the beginning of the meeting—Sunday’s Welcome Reception is perfect for this. Things to discuss with your Mentor include your interests (professional or personal), how the meeting works, how your Mentor became involved with DETC, etc. Don’t be shy about asking to be introduced to other colleauges or DETC staff members.
If you feel the need, arrange to touch base occasionally throughout the conference. It is not necessary to commit to spending all of your time with your Mentor.
Please contact Robert Chalifoux, DETC’s Director of Media and Events, via phone (202-234-5100, ext. 104) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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