Noah Cirincione of Advance Mentoring, a service that helps locate business mentors, says consistency and preparation are essential."Frequency of contact is important in the relationship to keep the learning process moving forward.

There's more to an effective mentoring relationship than organized meetings, though.

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She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers' group in a 21-foot motorboat.

By Scott Allen A mentor will become not only your advisor, but your friend and confidante.

That doesn't happen instantly—building trust and personal interest takes time.

You set the tone at the outset of the relationship by demonstrating your commitment to the process.How can you best establish the base on which to build a solid mentoring relationship?Bring a recording device of your choice: pen and paper, PDA, laptop, or voice recorder.Take time to review your notes and to set action items based on your notes.Before your next meeting, review those items and make notes regarding their status.Bring the notes to the next meeting for discussion.