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MICEBTN - May-June • Page 7 MENTORING has been around since the beginning of civilization: People sharing their experience, knowl- edge and skills with others. In the travel industry, it has only become a ‘big thing’ in the past 10 years or so, but it’s accelerating as the benefits become more evident . IACC www.iacconline.org is a global MICE leader in mentoring, representing small to medium sized venues focused on meetings, training courses and conferences. All members conform to a compre- hensive set of criteria and stand- ards. It already is strong in Australia, telling wannabes that becoming a mentee will develop their essential leadership skills and improve their understanding of how the industry works regionally, nationally and globally. It also prepares them for their next career step and delivers a holistic view of how business operates while expanding their net- works and boosting their self-con- fidence, communication, interper- sonal and team working skills. IACC Americas offers this defini- tion: “Mentoring is not training, social chit-chat, or supervision. It is a unique relationship that takes both participants out of their day-to-day activities and allows the mentor to help the mentee plan for their future and strategise a plan of Mentoring gaining ground as companies see benefits unfold action to help them achieve their goals.’ The mentor’s role “is not to teach the mentee everything they know and have learned from their years in the business, or to tell a mentee what to do next in their own role and/or business. Instead, the mentor will focus on facilitat- ing strategic discus- sions that will help the mentee clarify and organise thoughts and plans for their own role and/or business.” Nor is the mentor/ mentee relationship “a crash course in Meetings Industry 101. Rather, it is an opportunity for two industry professionals who both have an understanding beyond the beginner level in the industry, to discuss best practices and advice for ensuring the mentee’s ongo- ing success.” IACC mentors and mentees alike are carefully assessed under this scheme. A mentor must meet specified objectives to be eligible to share their experiences, while a mentee must reach a pre-set ‘level’ before they can be assigned a mentor. NZ’s take Conventions & Incentives NZ www.conventionsnz.co.nz has a buoyant mentorship program. Chief executive Sue Sullivan said: “Our mentors are experi- enced business event profession- als who are paired with mentees ready to expand their careers.” Together they grow and learn, gaining individual guidance and advice throughout the year.” Tamsin Jenkins, business devel- opment manager at Crowne Pla- za Auckland said: “I had a trusted advisor (mentor) who provided me with confidence. His experi- ence was relevant to my (new) role and he was a great sounding board as I worked through the challenges of learning my new position.” It should be a win-win. Mentor Leigh Lewis, national director of sales for Naumi hotels said: “As a mentor I learned about my- self, my style, weaknesses and strengths. Any time spent with a mentee is time saved in experi- ence gained.” CINZ uses the services of the Auckland-based NZ Coaching and Mentoring Centre www.coach- ingmentoring.co.nz to support the program. TIME’s graduating class #28 with mentors Continued page 10.