In this episode of the Time to Thrive Podcast, Elaine Slatter, an author, mentor, and the founder of XL Consulting Group, speaks about the value of mentoring, how it advanced her career, and the steps YOU should take to maximize the benefits of your mentoring, and accelerate your success.
After working in the corporate world and being mentored for over 30 years, Elaine shifted her focus onto creating her consulting company as a means to give back to the community of female entrepreneurs. While being mentored in her corporate role, Elaine noticed not only the benefits of having a mentor as a sounding board, but also someone to vouch for her, opening doors to new roles.
Now, she has experience mentoring female entrepreneurs through Futurentreprenur, and the Women in Biz Network. As a seasoned business professional, she continues to guide young or inexperienced female entrepreneurs into really understanding the structure of a business.
Leigh and Elaine discuss the difference between outsourcing (for a more formulated program) VS. finding a mentor (to guide you not just through your business challenges and successes, but your personal ones too!)
Everyone has different skills and experience that they bring to the table; find a mentor that fits your style, and clearly understands the gaps that you need help filling.
Throughout this episode, Leigh and Elaine reveal the importance of how being prepared to be mentored enables you to really take advantage of all the help your mentor can offer. Let your mentor know where you need guidance: THINK ABOUT IT!
While currently enduring yet another lockdown, Leigh and Elaine analyzed the difficulties and the amount of ever-changing tasks that lockdown sprung upon women. They discuss entrepreneurial depression, and time-giving approaches to help make your tasks more enjoyable.
The strategies you will learn in this episode will help you maximize your time, and build strong, long-lasting mentee/mentor relationships that will accelerate your career and business.
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More About Elaine Slatter
Never one to take the easy path, Elaine Slatter left the UK at 19 to pursue adventure in Canada. Not satisfied with staying in the admin pool and with a burning desire for a career, she started taking university courses on a part-time basis while at the same time raising two children.
A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton and Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Elaine has an extensive corporate resume spanning over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing, retail and distribution sectors. This experience includes product launches, branding, trade show execution, IT projects, website development, e-commerce websites, international customer service set up and bonded warehouse experience. Elaine was CEO of the Canadian operations for a US manufacturer. In this capacity, she was responsible for sales, finance, customer service, marketing, warehousing operations and the bottom line.
In 2012 Elaine founded XL Consulting Group and author of the popular book, “Fabulous Fempreneurship”, a complete business guide for women. XL Consulting Group helps entrepreneurs with market planning, strategy, branding, web design, and social media. She has over 30 years of executive business and marketing experience and is ready to help you rocket your business to success. Elaine is passionate about mentoring women to become successful women entrepreneurs. Elaine is also co-founder of Independent Women in Leadership, a Burlington, Ontario based community offering education, collaboration and networking for business professionals and entrepreneurs.
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