40 Read: Persuasive Case Study 4 – Zhade Speaks on Mentorship

Case Study

Zhade’s Speech Delivery

Zhade’s Speech on Mentorship: https://mediaspace.minnstate.edu/media/IMG_0206.MOV/0_5tnovhz1

Zhade’s Outline

Importance of Mentors and Mentorship

Name: Zhade Carlin
Specific Purpose: To make a positive impact on youth and adults in America

Thesis: The impact of mentoring or having a mentor reaps positive results in the lives of many people.

Add your Audience Analysis Report:

  • A. What were the questions?

“Have you ever had a mentor in your life?

Yes or No

How interested would you be in mentoring someone?

Not interested 1 2 3 4 5 Very Interested

If you’ve had a mentor, can you explain a time they had a positive impact on your life?”

  • B.  What was the mean (average) response of your fixed response and ranked question? In general, what did you learn from the open question?

For the fixed response, out of 19 students who took my survey, 42% said they had never had a mentor and 58% said they had. For the ranked question, the average scale of people who were interested in becoming a mentor was 3.05. Lastly, for the open question, 11 of the 19 students explained they had a mentor or someone who had positively affected their life. I learned that there hadn’t been a negative experience by having a mentor and they the students were driven toward a goal or positively influenced by the person(s) they mentioned.

  • C. What did you infer about your audience from this data?  BE DETAILED…what did you guess about us?  What did you think we would think, feel, do, etc. about your topic? What about our demographics – what do you infer about us based upon who we are concerning how we’d listen to your speech, etc.

I inferred that a majority of the class would have had some experience with a mentor in their life at some point. Because I assumed most people had exposure to some form of mentorship, I interred that many would find my speech motivating to find a mentor for themselves or be a mentor to someone else.

  • D.  How did you use your data and inferences to adapt to your audience?   Who did you see as your “target audience” – why?  How did you select your sources based upon the audience? Address this thoughtfully in a paragraph. Be specific in your response. 

Guessing that everyone had some exposure to mentoring or being a mentee, I was able to choose questions in my survey that would have recalled those experiences. My target audience is really everyone because I know the importance of having a mentor as well as having the chance to make a difference by being a mentor. I chose my sources based the overwhelmingly positive results of mentorship to help inspire my classmates to become involved in it.

Add your Interview Summary:

  • Who did you interview? What is their Expertise?

Linda XXXr, my mentor and a mentor to many others over the years.

  • Contact Information for Interviewer:

My phone number: XXX

  • Summary of Interview:

On March 22, I visited Linda at her home where we had a cup of tea together and conducted the interview. I asked some general questions about her thoughts on mentorship and then more specific questions related to some of the stories and examples she provided. We spent a couple hours discussing the individuals she has had a chance to mentor over the years, and she also shared her personal thoughts on the importance of it in the lives of those she has ministered to.

How are you involved in your topic – what did you do that you are asking us to do?

  • In a paragraph summarize what you have done.

Since high school, I have been incredibly involved with being a mentor to younger girls and boys through my involvement through American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts of America. I have also had several women in my life whom I was close to and considered both role models and mentors. I currently have a mentor, a woman whom I refer to as my Rochester Mom, Linda. I also act as a mentor for the two girls I nanny as well as the high school girls at my church where I lead them in small group on Wednesday nights.

  • Who can verify this? Add their contact information. You can add photographs proving you did this instead.



Attention Material (focus attention on problem): In my Tribute Speech earlier this semester, I briefly touched on how important it was to have someone to look up to. Today, I want to elaborate on the importance of having a mentor or being a mentor to someone.

Gain Goodwill of the Audience: According to my survey, 11 of the 19 who took my survey have had a mentor figure at some point in your life. It goes without saying that you’ve all had someone you look up to as well.

Credibility Material: I have grown up with several mentors, both male and female. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to give back by mentoring younger girls in my scout troop when I was in high school. I’m currently involved by leading small group at my church’s high school youth group for the last 2 1/2 years, and I have been acting as both a nanny and mentor to two beautiful young ladies, whom I’ve been with nearly four years.

Thesis & Preview: The impact of mentoring or having a mentor reaps positive results in the lives of many people. Today, I would like to discuss the need for mentorship, then I’d like to explain how you and others can help be part of the solution or even benefit from it, and lastly, I’m going to explain the results of inaction versus action in mentoring.

To begin, I’ll describe to you the need for mentorship.


  1. Main Point #1 – Need: I’d encourage everyone to have a mentor or a mentee.
  2. (Statement of Need for Action)
  3. (Description of Problem) Although mentorship has been shown to have a positive impact on individuals, there is little awareness or promotion for it.
  4. (Signs, Symptoms, Effects of Problem) According to Science Daily.com (2013), accessed on March 25th, a five-year study was conducted at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada (BBBSC) by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on how mentorship affected youth in the program. One surprising detail that the study found was that without a mentor, girls were four times more likely to bully, fight, and lie more than girls who had a mentor in their life in contrast to boys who were two times more likely to have the same issues without a mentor.

You as adults also need mentors. It has been found, according to a post on Forbes.com by Meghan Biro (2017), which I read on March 25th, that Millennials’, duration of their employment was affected by mentorship in the workplace.

  1. (Example, Narrative, or Testimony) Having negative influences or no role model in general contributes to behavioral problems as well as intrapersonal and interpersonal problems. Linda Hunsberger, my mentor, shared some examples of mentorship she has participated in over the years when I interviewed her on March 23rd. In one example, Linda pursued a friendship with a young woman about ten years younger than her. The woman had many emotional wounds from being hurt continuously by other people in her life over the years and she ended up being a very closed off person, keeping most people at arm’s length relationally. Slowly, she opened up to Linda’s pursuit of friendship, and after a couple years, the woman ended up mentoring other young women in the years following. Linda concluded her story with a statement saying, “I think that one of the important things about that growth is that you can see them eventually take on that role of being a mentor to others.”
  2. (Who is Affected) Lack of mentors affects both youth and adults in our society.
  3. (Facts/Statistics) PsychologyToday.com (2013), which I read on March 25th, observes that without a mentor outside of their parents, youth are more likely to become bullies, have less self-confidence in school, have increased anxiety over peer pressure, are more likely to get involved with illegal drugs, and less likely to go to college.
  4. Statistics posted on Mentorloop.com (2016), accessed on March 25th, stated that without mentorship, 71% of employees were unengaged in their work, 94% of CEO’s said their companies didn’t develop skills or leadership fast enough, and 30% of the company’s current employees were looking for other work.

Summary: You can see what a problem we face!

Preview: Thankfully, the solution to this problem in a person’s behavior and workplace attitude can be improved with your participation.

II. Main Point #2 (Present Solution that Satisfies Need)

  1. (Description of Solution) The solution starts with you. You can become a mentor or seek out a mentor for yourself.
  2. (Justification of Solution)
  3. (How Solution Satisfies Need) By getting involved with youth in programs like Big Brother Big Sisters of America, scouting groups, YMCA, programs in your church for youth or adults, and local schools, you will make a difference in their lives, and without a doubt, they will impact yours as well.
  4. (How Solution can be Implemented)

(a) (Plan of Action) To become a mentor, simply inquire what needs there are at some of the organizations I mentioned such as Big Brother Big Sisters of America. Browsing the Big Brother Big Sisters of America (2018) site, which I researched on March 25th, you can type in your zip code to find an office closest to you. The closest one to Rochester is in Winona. Then you fill out a thorough application and wait for an interview. Once you pass the interview, you’ll be introduced to a local staff member who will match a mentee for you to work with.

You can find a mentor or be mentor outside of an organization as well. For example, meeting with someone in your classes for a peer-to-peer mentorship, a family member, or even a coworker can serve to be mentor in your workplace.

(b) (Steps of Plan)

(i) (Step 1 of Plan) Once you’ve become a mentor, be proactive in keeping contact with your mentee. In-person visits, phone calls and text, Skype, and email are all valid means of communication. If you’re the one being mentored, don’t hesitate to reach out when you need fellowship, advice, or encouragement.

Summary: Being proactive in this need for more mentors…

Preview: Comes with positive results or on the opposite side of the coin, it can have negative consequences.

III. Main Point #3 (Visualize Results – Remember you can rework this section to meet your own topic needs, but here is a suggestion – use visual aids as well here!)

  1. (Describe Consequences of Inaction)
  2. Describe the situation if we do nothing with an explanation. Without your help, more youth have a higher potential of developing behavior issues, becoming bullies, and committing crime. According to Mentorloop.com, adults without mentors are more likely to be less engaged in their work and won’t develop their skillset fast enough in growing companies.
  3. Remind us how WE are connected to “no action”. By not mentoring someone, you are robbing yourself the opportunity to help nurture the next generation of young leaders, dreamers, and overall American citizens. You would also be losing an opportunity to grow as a person yourself.
  4. (Describe Expected Results of Action)
  5. Describe the situation if we do get involved with an explanation. According to Britannica Academic, which I accessed on March 26th, research has indicated that we have better socialization and motivation, possess better career planning skills, and have increased involvement and self-sufficiency in work-related tasks. Not only that, mentoring can also improve relationships with those you are close to.
  6. Give testimony to back up your claim. In my interview with Linda, she mentioned a story of a woman who had had an affair and Linda had gone to her house to meet with her about it. Unbeknownst to Linda, on the day she visited was the day the woman was going to leave her husband. Being a Christian woman, Linda spoke with the woman and they studied the Bible together and Linda, acting as a mentor, kept in daily contact. She saw a marriage on its way to destruction become restored a year later through what Linda credits as God’s work through her.
  7. Remind us how WE are connected to the results of this “action”. Being a mentor not only serves to positively influence the mentee, but you also get to grow as a person by practicing mindfulness and kindness towards others.


Sign an End (Indicate an end is coming): As you can see, so much good can come from having a mentor or being a mentor.

Summary: Mentors help us to make better decisions as people and know that we have someone there when we need them.

Goodwill Audience Tie: Think again about the people who you’ve considered mentors. Consider the positive influence they’ve had in your life by pushing you towards your goals or guiding you when you feel lost in this whirlwind state of life. Then think about how you can be that person to someone. How incredible that you could change the direction of someone’s life just by having an active presence in their life.

Concluding Cincher (Remember to include a Call for Action!) The relationships you make with the people who have mentored you and the people you’ll mentor in your life will truly make an impact. If you think you don’t have it in you, let me encourage you with a quote my own mentor, Linda, stated to me, “In mentorship, we’re not there to fix people. We’re just being there to be there.”


Works Cited

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, www.bbbs.org/.

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. “Mentoring Youth Matters.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 9 Jan. 2013, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-moment-youth/201301/mentoring-youth-matters.

Nation, Opportunity. “Mentoring.” Opportunity Nation, 8 Oct. 2012, https://opportunitynation.org/latest-news/blog/mentoring-affect-lives-young-people/.

“Youth Mentoring Linked to Many Positive Effects, New Study Shows.” ScienceDaily, ScienceDaily, 15 Jan. 2013, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130115143850.htm.

“Cross-Company Mentoring.” Mentorloop Mentoring Software, https://mentorloop.com/cross-company-mentoring/.

Rampton, John. “10 Reasons Why a Mentor Is a Must.” Inc.com, Inc., www.inc.com/john-rampton/10-reasons-why-a-mentor-is-a-must.html.

Acton, Annabel. “Why You Need A Mentor And How To Get One.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 25 July 2017, www.forbes.com/sites/annabelacton/2017/07/25/why-you-need-a-mentor-and-how-to-get-one/#425336d973cc.

Biro, Meghan M. “Make 2017 The Year To Get Serious About Mentoring.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 27 Jan. 2017, www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2017/01/27/make-2017-the-year-to-get-serious-about-mentoring/#49b48440bcea.

Allen, Tammy D. “Mentoring.” Britannica Academic, https://academic-eb-com.ucrproxy.mnpals.net/levels/collegiate/article/mentoring/610314.

Linda Hunsberger, mentor


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