American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Setting the Ground Rules

After getting acquainted, mentees and mentors should agree on some ground rules for the relationship. The following are important considerations:

  1. How often will we try to communicate? (Should be at least once per month and preferably more at the beginning.) Will it be by phone, e-mail, or face-to-face?
  2. What days/times work best?
  3. What are the roles of the mentor and the mentee?  
  4. What expectations do we have about the way the two of you will communicate (e.g. formally, informally)?
  5. What each person is hoping to gain from the relationship?

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