5. Make the most of your time with your advisor

So far, we’ve covered instructions for what you can do with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advising on your own. Once you’ve connected with a advisor, it’s time to have a two-way conversation and start working on your business issues.

Each entrepreneur, business, and problem is different. Fortunately, each advisor comes to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Advising with unique experiences, too. Contributing to the conversation requires listening, understanding, and putting learnings into practice.

Listen

Advisors are eager to help. One of the greatest values of advising is the opportunity for you to learn from an advisor who already has walked in your shoes. Spend time in the beginning being curious and learning about how the advisor got here today.

Understand

As you talk with your advisor, keep your mind open to learning opportunities. Sometimes, advising is as simple as asking questions and getting answers. More often, though, it’s about discussing issues and coming to realizations about how your mentor’s experience applies to your business. If the mentor’s direction isn’t clear, then ask clarifying questions.

Practice

You and your advisor should set up a plan for achievable goals, i.e., things that you can accomplish within a week or a month. Put your learnings into practice to build your business, and then discuss what you’ve learned,what worked and what didn’t with your advisor.

Follow through

Advising relationships are built on trust, and advisors want to see that the time and effort that they are dedicating are going to be useful. If the advice is not helpful, be upfront about your needs. If the advice is helpful, communicate openly about your plan to implement your advisors advice.