This guest blog post is provided by Futurpreneur Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to fueling young enterprise in Canada through their financing, mentoring and resources.

Whether you're embarking on your first mentoring relationship or you're a seasoned mentoring veteran, we know you're looking to be the best mentor you can be.

To help mentors and entrepreneurs succeed in their relationship, Futurpreneur Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada have created a series of Mentorship Crash Courses that address common issues in the mentoring relationship. Crash courses are 10-minute self-paced learning modules presented online, and each course is linked to additional tools and articles to help further your learning.

Expand your skillset and rock your mentor relationship by checking out these five highlights from some of our new Mentor Crash Courses.

  1. According to the Content Marketing Institute1, only 44% of B2B marketers have a documented content strategy, but those who have a documented content strategy are far more likely to consider themselves as effective marketers.

    Related crash course: Social Media: Creating a Strategy

  2. While working from home offers entrepreneurs some great benefits, including tax deductions and less overhead, those benefits must be weighed against a number of challenges, including domestic distractions, overlap between work and home life and a lack of professional meeting spaces.

    Related crash course:  Location: Finding a Home for your Entrepreneurs' Business

  3. Sage2 surveyed more than 11,000 small and medium sized businesses in 17 countries across the world to find out their attitudes towards business mentoring. Their results show that 93% of small and medium-sized businesses acknowledge that mentoring can help them succeed, but only 28% of small and medium-sized businesses currently make use of their business mentors.

    Related crash course:  Mentoring is a Marathon: The Mentor Relationship Lifecycle

  4. Futurpreneur Canada alumni consistently cite an increase in confidence as one of the most valued outcomes of their mentoring relationship. Confidence is integral to entrepreneurial success; it's what drives the entrepreneur's ability to move forward and take action amidst uncertainty.

    Related crash course: Mentorship: Supporting Your Vision and Values

  5. As an entrepreneur and mentor kickoff their relationship, it's helpful to begin with a series of questions to help determine areas for development. For example, to determine a mentee's needs around personal and professional development, a mentor can ask, "What do you value? What is your definition of success? How do you learn best? How do you deal with setbacks?"

    Related crash course: Game On! Relationship Stages and Questions to Unlock Potential

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1. 2014 B2B Content Marketing Research: Strategy is Key to Effectiveness

2. The Mentoring Gap