Laura Francis's posts

Laura Francis is Vice President of Marketing at River. Laura joined River in 2000 and became the company’s voice to the market straightaway. Her blogs often focus on how mentees and mentors can get more from their relationships and on ideas for mentoring administrators to use as they run their programs. She also uses her life as a mom to a child with special needs as inspiration for many of her writings.
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5 Signs You Need Mentoring Software

From being overwhelmed by matching people by hand to not having a way to track relationships, here are five signs that let you know you need mentoring software.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Mentor

Mentoring thrives because of the personal connections and relationships you create. Here are 10 questions to ask mentors to help you get started.

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7 Types of Mentors

What type of mentor should you look for? From reverse to traditional to peer, here are seven ideas for mentors you could search for today.

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Equality in Mentoring

How can organizations bring more women into leadership roles? One way is through mentoring.

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Mentoring Software for All Ages

Using a new technology can come with some growing pains. Here are three tips for overcoming objections to using mentoring software.

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My Mentoring Mantra

I have many mentors and supporters in my life as a mom to a child with special needs. I also have a mentoring mantra that we can all use: I do not have to do this alone.

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Mentoring Buzzwords

Mentoring software. Conversations. Relationships. Diversity. Leadership. Onboarding. Mentoring buzzwords abound, but there's only one word search puzzle. Can you find all of the words in River's ...

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How to Set Priorities in Mentoring Relationships

Don't get overwhelmed in your mentoring relationship. Here are four steps you can take to set priorities for your mentoring goals.

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Encourage More Female Leadership by Using Mentoring

More women in leadership roles can boost your bottom line, positively impact your corporate culture, and make you stand out as a stellar employer. Learn how Sodexo did it via mentoring.

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Do Generational Differences Matter in Mentoring?

Are our ideas about mentoring tied to our generational identities? Or is that just an easy stereotype?

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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Your Mentor?

All good things must come to an end...even your mentoring relationship. Try these tips when it's time to say goodbye to your mentor.

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Expressing Gratitude in Mentoring

Taking the time to explicitly state why you are grateful to be in this mentoring relationship with your mentee or mentor can be a great conversation starter. Here are some tips to get you going.

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Which Mentor Matching Option Is Right for You?

When you’re designing your mentoring program, one of the biggest factors you will need to determine is how you want mentees and mentors to be matched. Is self-directed or administrator matching ...

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Mentoring Programs Are Not One Size Fits All

After nearly 20 years in the mentoring software business, here are three lessons we've learned with our clients on how to make mentoring programs successful. They are not one-size-fits-all!

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5 Mentoring Activities You Can Try Today

Are things feeling stale in your mentoring relationship? Are you feeling stuck? Have you run out of ideas? Try these five mentoring activities to bring some zip back into your learning relationship.

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So what are you waiting for? Contact River today to schedule a demo of our mentoring software.