►►►Why The Invisible Mentor Does What it Does
After a lot of soul searching, I decided to narrow my target audience to female, business professionals, aged 35 to 49 years. I cannot be everything to everyone, and I think that I can have an impact on this age group. Moving forward the posts will change. If you’re female, business professional, in the target group, who likes to effectively manage her career, then The Invisible Mentor is the gathering spot for you.
- Inspirational business success stories.
- Interviews with successful people who act as invisible mentors.
- Book summaries and reviews to teach you lessons (Includes books off the beaten path).
- Tools and tips to make you more efficient at work.
►►►How We Do What We Do
No one ever succeeds alone today! We are living in the age of collaboration. Ongoing learning is a fact of life. We provide you with the most important tools to succeed. But we cannot do it alone, we need your help. You have to take action.
For instance, learning from people who have successfully travelled the path you’re on, is one way to attain professional success. We’ll provide interviews with successful people, but it’s up to you, to read the interviews, extracting the sections that are applicable to you.
The World Economic Forum has identified the 10 skills needed for future jobs. These are the 10 workplace skills you need to thrive in the future. It’s a basic job skills list, so I’ve added some other skills I think are also important based on my experiences. These skills are aligned with the Strategic Reading Challenge to help you get the skills needed for future jobs.
You’ll find articles and books on the skills you need to acquire to thrive in 2020. And there are tons of tools and resources to help you to perform your role at work better.
►►►What We Can Do For You
Develop Anniversary Booklets & Success Stories
Are you stumped by how to celebrate an important milestone in your company? Or do you want to capture your clients’ success stories?
Clients hire me to do that for them!
I’m Avil Beckford, a writer and expert interviewer. With over 20 years of experience interviewing people, I can interview your key stakeholders, transforming the interviews into an anniversary booklet. Clients have used their anniversary booklet as a marketing tool. I will also interview your clients, turning the interview into success stories.
“Avil wrote all the stories for two publications that CWC (now Women in Communications or WCT) produced to celebrate its 15th and 20th anniversaries respectively. These booklets told the stories of 15 CWC members for the first book and 20 members for the second book; we wanted to tell not only the career stories of these women and how they intersected with CWC, but also a little bit about their personal journeys and challenges.
The reason I chose Avil to be the writer on both of these projects was because she has a unique ability to find unusual angles for stories while maintaining their broad appeal. This talent is the result of Avil’s deeply thoughtful approach to the world. Looking beyond the obvious and casting laterally for connections and ideas, Avil is able to describe the essence of a person or a situation effectively in a way that seems to resonate deeply with readers.” Stephanie MacKendrick, Former President, Canadian Women in Communications“Avil was hired, and paid, by the board of The International Alliance for Women in 2005 to be our editor responsible for all the work involved, including to produce our bi-monthly eConnections to go to over 30,000 members. This included writing articles for each edition. Avil’s position as editor continued until she decided to leave this position in the fall of 2012.As the Executive Director for TIAW who worked closely with Avil all of those years, I can state categorically that Avil was greatly valued and the organization was sorry to see her leave. Avil was always eager to interview women leaders around the world and write an article on them in a timely fashion. The women she interviewed, never failed to say how happy they were with the article she’d created from both her research on them and listening to what they had to say.” Maxine Westaway, Former Executive Director, The International Alliance for Women
If you are interested in expert interviewing, please contact me at Avil Beckford: 1-647-238-8143 or info @ theinvisiblementor dot com.
►►►About Avil Beckford
I’ve been featured in Investor’s Business Daily where I talk about the importance of reading broadly.
An alumna who really gets it by Matthew Fox (Avil in the news)
How the invisible mentor idea was born.
While on my morning walk in Toronto’s High Park in the fall of 2007, “Tales of People Who Get It is your Board of Invisible Mentors” pops into my consciousness. I quickly pull my mini notebook and pen out of my back pocket and jot down my epiphany. I had thought about how to describe my book for a few months, but wasn’t sure where to start, so I let it percolate for a while. Board of Invisible Mentors made perfect sense to me because when I face a challenge, I remember parts of the interviews I conducted for the book and I would know exactly what to do, or how to proceed.
Later that day, I confide in a friend about my epiphany, and she tells me that the idea is pure genius. Then she says that the idea is ahead of its time, so I should alter it to, Tales of People Who Get It is your Board of Mentors. This doesn’t work for me because “invisible” is what makes it so special. Discouraged, I park my idea for nearly eighteen months.
Have you ever postponed your dreams because of naysayers?
The Invisible Mentor was BORN in March 2009 in the form of a blog, and has evolved over the years to be much more. My name is Avil Beckford, also known as, Expert Interviewer, Ghost Blogger, Writer, Author and Chief Reading Evangelist. But I am also the girl next door, who is always working on improving her situation. I am a voracious reader, and I cannot remember a period in my life when I wasn’t reading books. I am embarking on an informal classical education, and you are the beneficiary!
Each month, I invest over 200 hours of my time reading books and culling the great ideas, as well as researching great thinkers. I present you with invisible mentors – unique leaders you can learn things from by observing them from a distance or by reading about them – in the form of interviews with highly accomplished people, mini biographies of wise people and great thinkers, and hybrid book reviews and summaries, what I call SummaReviews. The Invisible Mentor blog bridges the new ideas with old ones. Imagine the great ideas you’ll generate by being exposed to old and forgotten ideas! What that means for you and for me is that we can use old and forgotten, but not outdated ideas, to solve today’s problems.