“Diskypleship” as you might have guessed, is where discipling occurs over Skype. Perhaps you have a mentor who lives a distance away, so you meet up online. It works quite well. What matters is finding the right person. It can even work with audio only.
I have been coached in missional leadership where my coach was in the UK and it was great. I have also done international shark mentoring. This is where you search out people whose advice you really want, but you only ask for one targeted and quick “shark” meeting of 30min to an hour. I’ve found most people respond well to this request. Here’s my tips for the meeting:
- Aim high with who you target. Don’t think they won’t want to talk to you – they usually do.
- Know exactly what questions you want to ask
- Make yourself available even if it’s really inconvenient (at a crazy late hour).
- Ask for a referral and introduction to someone else who might have something more to offer
Last year I had a series of meetings with ministers in the US, none of whom I’d met before. I got their details from friends that had connections, sent them an email showing that I wasn’t a total random, and they responded with interest. This is a form of planned networking, and very beneficial. Even if you’re an introvert, give it a go!