2016 Retrospective

As the year draws to a close, I thought it a good opportunity to take a look at how #OpenMentorship is doing so far. I’m going to talk about some things I enjoyed, some things I’d like to improve on and some things I’ve learned.

Let’s start with some simple numbers:

What I enjoyed most

I got to meet and spend some time chatting to people from Algeria, Canada, Greece, Pakistan, The UK and The USA. How amazing is that? The level of impact I had in each session is hard to gauge but I ended each call feeling like I’d helped them as much as I could in the time available.

What could be improved

Quick clearly, gender diversity was bad. This needs to improve. The same could be said for racial diversity. I’m not entirely sure how to do this, so any ideas/advice please hit me up @adamwhitcroft on Twitter.

I want anyone to feel completely comfortable reaching out to me.

What I’ve learned

Talking to people for the first time is always something I’ve found difficult. I’m naturally pretty quiet and reserved but this has been a fantastically therapeutic experience so far. At the end of each session I feel more confident, which means I’m more comfortable in the next one.

I plan on talking to more strangers, more often.

2017

I kicked this project off mid November of this year, and I couldn’t be prouder of how it’s gone (issues outlined above notwithstanding). I aim to carry on doing this as long as I have the time to donate to it.

For those who have booked sessions with me, thank you for your time. It’s been an incredible experience talking to you and I hope I’ve helped in some small way.

I’ll be blocking off most of February for personal reasons, but there are a couple of slots left in January (at the time of writing) and March will open up soon!

Thanks for reading, take care of yourselves.

~ Adam