Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker


A mentor is a trusted guide, an experienced advisor, and a coach. An area-specific mentor is often referred to as a coach. There are life coaches, career coaches, financial coaches, sports coaches, spiritual coaches and many, many more. These coaches may instruct or train, helping with skill development and personal growth in one or several targeted areas.

However, I see the type of mentoring I do a little differently, with a broader vision. The reason I mentor is to help people live their life’s potential and actualize their dreams. I believe our life’s “work” is becoming who we are capable of becoming. In that regard, my commitment as a mentor is to help you do that, if that’s what you want to do.

What does that mean?

It’s mentoring your way. You set the direction. You set the goals. You set the possibilities. My role is to help you get where you want to go, not leading you up some mountain, but assisting you on a path of your choosing. That can be as specific as a one-time challenge or issue, or as general as an ongoing aspiration or life dream. You decide.

What I do is not a preplanned script, pre-packaged workshop, or developed curriculum for what you are suppose to do, should learn, or need to develop. It’s as unique as you are, customized for your needs, aspirations, your desires, and your dreams. And if I don’t think I’m the right person to mentor you, I’ll tell you upfront.

How does it work?

That depends on you. There are two options for working with me as a mentor:

  • By the hour. The prepaid time can be used however you want – 15, 20, 30 or 60 minute time blocks depending on the issue(s) you would want to tackle. I do everything by phone, which can be augmented by quick emails, as needed, although anything that involves more than a 10 minute email response I do charge against the time.
  • Longer term / bigger goals. This approach is used by people who are looking for an ongoing mentoring relationship for a longer timeframe or specific goal – typically 3, 6, or 12 months. While I do everything by phone, typically our conversations are longer and more involved and people tend to use their time in longer segments, typically 30-60 minutes, augmented by the ongoing email access which is included in the prepaid arrangement.

Interested in finding out more about mentoring?

Send me an email at: and let’s begin a dialogue.

Collaborator @ Work

Sometimes we just need a little help in a specific area, an unbiased person, or some honest feedback – nothing that falls into a mentoring category. If so, Collaborator @ Work is something to consider.

You may have read Beth Pelkofsky‘s posts occasionally on my blog, or seen me reference her in my books (she’s helped me with all of them). But, if you ever have a chance to work with her, like I do, you’ll come away with enhanced results. I know she does that for me. So, I’m delighted Beth is offering her Collaborator @ Work skills here for you.

Why Collaborate @ Work with Beth?

Read Beth’s invitation (PDF)

What Collaborator @ Work “looks like” (PDF)

Learn about Beth Pelkofsky – Bio (PDF)

Interested in finding out more about Collaborator @ Work?

Send Beth an email at: and ask her about it.