Tara Fela-Durotoye shares the key to getting the attention of a mentor, how to grow and pull from their wealth of knowledge.
The beauty entrepreneur revealed steps for identifying a mentor at her periodic TFD Series where she holds a no holds barred session teaching women in business how to strategically place themselves to be successful amongst other things yesterday 9th March in Lagos.
The beauty entrepreneur who started her makeup business out of college at age 20 has successfully built a global brand out of House Of Tara which she oversees. At a discussion with her mentor; Mrs Ibukun Awosika a business magnate, motivational speaker who also currently serves as Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and sits at the helm of The Chair Centre she shared tips for women in business.
The mogul shares an instance where she needed a loan of half a million from the bank for her business and couldn't get anyone to listen, she told her mentor Mrs Ibukun Awosika who made a few calls, prepped her for likely questions and ended up seeing the bank manager who approved a N40million naira loan without collateral to fund her now thriving business!
Highlighting the need for mentors to impact knowledge in their mentees, position them in strategic places apart from impacting knowledge to grow their business and generally guide them on a path that sets them apart.
Tara Fela Durotoye points out how to identify a mentor, position oneself to attract the attention of a mentor and how to make sure it's to one's benefit:
1. Have a value
Tara Fela-Durotoye shares how important to be valuable before looking for a mentor. She reveals successful people want to impact in the lives of people who already have something going on, people who come valuable and are serious with their craft.
2. Never impose yourself on anyone/intrude into their privacy
While Tara Fela-Durotoye speaks on the need to mind people's personal space, Ibukun Awosika also reveals great timing as a great way to get the best out of a mentor. Showing up unannounced in people's personal spaces etc she reveals is a no no.
3.Warm your way to their hearts
Ibukun Awosika reiterates the need to get to know the mentor first via direct/indirect, conscious or unconscious interactions which gradually makes the mentor warm up. She stated instances where simple (frequent) salutation can cause the party sort of get familiar with the mentee to be.
Tara Fela-Durotoye recently launched a hub against intellectual property theft and piracy.