Business Mentorship

What is a mentor?

Mentors are entrepreneurs that desire to share their experience, wisdom, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling with those in developing countries.

A good mentor is willing to share skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to be successful in life and business. He or she willing to share personal struggles yet keep the conversation positive and profitable.Be sure to always show a lot of interest in  your group both professionally and relationally. Be invested in the success of the individuals in your group. When mentoring cross culturally always seek to understand and be sensitive to the others struggles without allowing their cultural struggles to be an excuse for failure. The principle we teach should always presented in a way that affirm universal principles that are applicable anywhere business is attempted. Overall good mentoring requires empowering the student to develop their own strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes in the culture they are seeking to impact.

Keep a positive enthusiastic approach we never want the student to feel inferior or that we do not really enjoy our time together.


  1. Call in on-time, expect group to be on-time
  2. Introduce yourself with short bio., Include business history
  3. Use video conferencing when possible
  4. Never promise money
  5. Include mistakes you’ve learned from
  6. Keep teaching very simple, single topic
  7. Make sure connection is clear, you may have to ask them to take phone off of speaker to avoid feedback
  8. Choose your topic, choose from one of our 10 topics,or resource ideas from the following websites.

To view one of our IBBTalks go to our website at   IBB Talks Website/ Audio Teachings

For Topic Ideas go to:   My speech class

For examples of some of the best motivational speeches for entrepreneurs that you may glean some ideas from @

10 Best Motivational Speeches for Entrepreneurs


  1. Be consistent, weekly or bi-monthly mentoring sessions preferred
  2. Those mentoring African countries will need to plan for am meetings
  3. Be prepared with well thought out lesson
  4. Be willing to take an annual trip to visit groups you are mentoring (preferable not mandatory)

Before teaching:

  1. Start with SWOT analysis
  2. Listen to five recorded calls
  3. Choose one of our 10 topics and watch corresponding videos
  4. Discover all you can about the group
  5. Leaders name and background info
  6. Identity of the group
  7. Businesses represented
  8. Prepare topic of discussion
  9. Ask if they have any questions
  10. Ask if they have any problems you could address

Teaching time:

  1. 10-15 minutes in duration
  2. Encourage note taking and teach using points they can easily follow.
  3. Allow for 10-15 minutes discussion
  4. Limit to one topic, keep very simple
  5. After point is made ask for questions to determine level of comprehension
  6. Give assignments to be ready for following week
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