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MENTORING
A wise and trusted counselor or teacher. An influential senior sponsor or supporter.

Doing what matters to live and work on your own terms, our mentoring relationships will give us both;

  1. Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking.
  2. Advice that develops your strengths and helps you overcome challenges.
  3. Guidance on living OUT your calling.
  4. Opportunities to develop new skills, attitudes, and knowledge.
  5. Growth – Significance – Contribution – Connection – Belonging.
  6. A sense of pride and satisfaction knowing we're both doing what matters to  live and work on our own terms.
  7. Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches.
  8. Opportunity to reflect on goals and practices.
  9. Development of our personal leadership and coaching styles.
  10. Recognition as a subject matter expert and leader.

"Mentoring is a fundamental form of human development where one person invests time, energy and personal know-how in assisting the growth and ability of another person. Mentors are those special people in our lives who, through their deeds and their work, help us move toward fulfilling our potential." (Shea, 1997.)

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...that MATTER

  1. What advantages do you have that will give you that EDGE to overcome the obstacles YOU face?
  2. What can you do this week to get exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking, being or doing?
  3. What would a Mentoring Relationship bring to your life?

Mentoring involves helping someone explore questions about growth, significance, contribution, connection, and belonging. - Dan 

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Growth, Significance, Contribution, Connection, and Belonging.

I believe every Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning (LGBTQ) person benefits from having and being a mentor to someone at some point in life. 

Advice and support could safely revolve around topics such as sexuality, coming out, relationships. Or let's talk about productivity and work performance — YOU DECIDE!

YOU mentor me or I mentor you? Reap the joy from our collaborative learning process.

A mentor can provide SUPPORT, ADVICE and RESOURCES to help you live and work on your terms. 

It's about giving back, leaving a legacy and helping the next generation wiggle through life's challenges. — Dan Trepanier.

Being part of the LGBTQ community is not always obvious and causes some folks to withdraw.

  • The benefits of mentoring are many, and vary from relationship to relationship. By the way, who is helping who? It's not always an older person to mentor a younger person dynamic. A younger person with a unique perspective is well-positioned to mentor someone older.
  • The right mentor brings wisdom, resources, and personal experience to aid aspiring young people, whether it's in business, your own life, or working on a creative project.
  • We all struggle with how out and open we could be in meetings before getting involved. Connecting to role models and seeing others 'like you' succeed lift's your spirits.

We can all be that mentor for someone else. We are demonstrating how our success was possible because we had someone in our corner; Someone who showed us how and why it gets better.

A mentor uses accountability to help you set and keep priorities and reduce time-wasters. Stay on track, focus and achieve RESULTS. 

Creating, launching or maintaining a project can be an emotional roller coaster. There are hi's and lows to manage, and for some people, self-doubt can be debilitating.

Hiring an accountability mentor is a psychological lever that impacts your bottom line — Dan Trepanier.

Dan is a Canadian LGBTQ Mentor — Helping CREATIVES find; Significance, Connection, Belonging, Personal Growth. Toronto Sailor, Personal Wellness Trainer, Collaborator, Social Worker. Check out DanTrep.com and explore more ways to connect.

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...people who hate the word coaching.

Even successful artists and entrepreneurs get distracted and overwhelmed at times. With accountability you increase your chances of doing what matters for business and life. To learn and collaborate.

We are doers, givers, creators, leaders, mentors, collaborators, and challengers of the status quo. You believe in doing what matters to live life on your own terms even when faced with huge obstacles and we feel like quitting

  • Feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one's own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.
  • Success is when your followers value your perspective, relate to your original, unique voice, and consider your message relevant in their lives. Engage others to create content based on doing what matters.
  • Creating, launching or maintaining a life and work can be an emotional roller coaster. There are hi’s and low’s to manage and for some people self-doubt can be debilitating.

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Scrutinize prospective coaches to see if there is a good fit between what they are offering and what you need.

I have been involved in the coaching profession for over 30 years. Some days I’m proud to call myself a coach while other days, I’m embarrassed to use the word. 

A market-saturation of unqualified people think coaching is a path to easy on-line money. In contrast, there are amazing, talented coaches who inspire and make a difference in the lives of others.

The 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study found that more than 43 percent of respondents viewed untrained individuals who called themselves coaches as the biggest obstacle facing professional coaching over the next year. 

The continued use of the terms “coach” and “coaching” by untrained professionals is also a significant threat facing the viability and credibility of the global coaching profession, the study said. Read Study: Coaching Industry Faces Challenges

The average consumer has become somewhat tired of having to dig deep into their hard-earned pockets to pay someone for advice. Perhaps they’ve never experienced good coaching dynamic? Understandably, many people live a month to month, making cut-back decisions on everything other than essentials and fun (yes, I said fun).

A coach is someone who gives you the perspective you can’t see. To help you identify, reinforce and work towards concrete goals. A coach offers insight, challenges and holds you accountable — Dan Trepanier.

Don’t take what I say at face value without doing your homework and without having an exit strategy from any coaching relationship that’s not working for you.

Now let me begin my pitch;

As a National Project Manager for one of Canada’s largest charities, I led the most successful National Internship Program ever. It wasn’t easy, and we had our fair share of ups and downs!

  • Our efforts translated into collaborating and coaching 100’s of staff and volunteers. We guided 13,000+ Interns, 7,451 Mentors in 787 Canadian Cities, Towns, Villages, 90 Ministries, Crown Corporations, Agencies totalled $163 million in Government Funding over 14 Years — WHEW that’s a mouth full of impressive stats!

Much of the credit to our success went to the talented professionals across Canada, the Interns and their Mentors.

For me, it always about applying significant, measurable know-how, plus the guts to use all my talents for the betterment of the people, programs and projects I’m involved with.

As Sean Moffitt, Author of Wikibrands, once said, “ In the true spirit of being a “change agent,” Dan can stickhandle through a maze of process, technology and resource constraints and come out the other side looking like roses.

Dan is a Canadian LGBTQ Mentor — Helping CREATIVES find; Significance, Connection, Belonging, Personal Growth. Toronto Sailor, Personal Wellness Trainer, Collaborator, Social Worker. Check out DanTrep.com and explore more ways to connect.

Read The Benefits of a Mentoring Dynamic — Dan Trepanier

 

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In collaborative learning, you connect with others to create something more significant.

In collaborative learning, you connect with others to create something more significant.

Each one of us is responsible not only for learning what is offered but also for helping each other gain self-awareness and skill-development. This process creates an atmosphere of tangible success.

  • Together we practice, fail and succeed until we reach our desired outcome.
  • On Your Terms means you get more wins through collaboration. We all gain from a kindred sense of mutual understanding and support.
  • We respect that each person is free to bring into their practice an attitude of life experiences.

What are the elements needed to make YOUR Collaborative Learning strategy effective? Each of us is responsible for making some positive shifts. — Dan Trepanier

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14 Benefits when we collaborate...

Do what matters to live and work on YOUR terms!

  1. Develop higher-level thinking, communication, interaction and self-management skills.
  2. Promote facilitator-learner interaction and familiarity.
  3. Increase content retention and enhanced self-esteem via and early and rapid progression of cumulative positive results.
  4. Meet or exceed expectations for success.
  5. Enjoy a positive attitude toward the relevant subject matter.
  6. Get active, involved in a challenging program that promotes an atmosphere of cooperation and support.
  7. Connect to others to problem-solve while maintaining individual accountability.
  8. Appreciate that diversity of understanding and learning styles is encouraged.
  9. Have direct involvement in developing curriculum content and learning process that promotes innovation.
  10. Explore a solution-focused approach to problem-solving.
  11. Access critical thinking stimulated to clarify ideas through discussion and alternative perspectives.
  12. Learn how to criticize ideas, not people.
  13. Gain self-awareness and skill development, 
  14. Foster a sense of focus and purpose.

"Collaborative learning is not just a concept; it's a way of life — join me. In collaborative learning, you connect with others to create something more significant. To do what matters to live and work on your terms. — Dan Trepanier

Each one of us is responsible not only for learning what is offered but also for helping each other gain self-awareness and skill-development. This process creates an atmosphere of tangible success. What are the elements needed to make YOUR Collaborative Learning strategy effective?

Let's prop up and support each other as we sail through life's challenging waters! In a collaborative environment, we aim to promote cohesiveness amongst each other, coupled with a sense of free spirit and passion. Together co-create the content and processes necessary to achieve our definition of success.

Canadian LGBTQ Mentor — Helping creatives find; Significance, Connection, Belonging, Personal Growth. Toronto Sailor, Personal Wellness Trainer, Collaborator, Social Worker. Check out DanTrep.com and explore more ways to connect.

 

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6 Things I Can Help YOU Get
  1. Identify one simple thing you should be doing regularly — That moves YOUR life forward.
  2. Connect with a respected colleague, friend, fellow collaborator who can relate to your challenges.
  3. Agreement to touch base with each other. You set the interval period. Phone, email, carrier pigeon, banging on a tree trunk. Whatever works -- just do it!
  4. A simple process that's easy to manage.
  5. Results you can see right away.
  6. A sense of satisfaction and pride focusing on what matters!

I'll keep you accountable, focused and on track.

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5 Collaborative Learning Goals
  1. Interdependence: We rely on each other to reach a shared goal or task.
  2. Direct Interaction: We promote success via praise, encouragement, support, and mutual help.
  3. Individual Accountability: We are accountable for our work and play.
  4. Skill Development: We develop skills and garner the right balance of resources.
  5. Process Development: We model what works and adapt to our unique situations.

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Mentoring involves helping someone explore questions about growth, significance, contribution, connection, and belonging.

A mentor uses accountability to help you set and keep priorities and reduce time-wasters. Stay on track, focus and achieve RESULTS. Creating, launching or maintaining a project can be an emotional roller coaster. There are hi’s and low’s to manage and for some people self-doubt can be debilitating.

Hiring an accountability mentor is a psychological lever that impacts your bottom line - Dan Trepanier

About Dan Trepanier’s National Mentor-Intern Impact

13,500 Interns – 7,500 Mentors – DanTrep National Project Manager with Impact – (Highlights)

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (one’s sexual or gender identity).

PSYCHOLOGY

The study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity.

RELATIONSHIPS

The state of being related or interrelated.

SUCCESS

Favorable or desired outcome.

SURROUNDINGS

The circumstances, conditions, or objects by which one is surrounded.

BELIEFS

A state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. A feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true, that something is good, right, or valuable, a trust in the worth or ability of someone.

WORKLIFE

Relating to the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy.

BEHAVIOUR

The way in which someone conducts oneself or behaves

BOATING – Dan’s Sailboat

A state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. A feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true, that something is good, right, or valuable, a trust in the worth or ability of someone.

EMOTIONS

A conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body

HABITS

An acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary

HEALTH

The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit

INSPIRATION

A divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.

JOURNALING

A record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use.

JOY

To experience great pleasure or delight

Even successful artists and entrepreneurs get distracted and overwhelmed at times. With accountability, you increase your chances of doing what matters in business and life.

Dan Trepanier

MENTOR , Collaborator