Ask him questions, if possible. Don’t go around displaying your intelligence. You must know when to be quiet and listen and when to talk. Many people miss it here: they are consumed with their own intelligence and they get a mentor to close up instead of opening up to them. Don’t make this mistake.
6. Don’t be frivolous with them. Don’t go beyond the space they allow you. Carry yourself with an air of respect, respectability and sensitivity around them. Be humble without being inferior. Be free without being intrusive.
7. You must pass the test of friendship with them. Jn. 15:13-15. What is this test? You must first prove yourself a servant to them not a slave. Carry an air of servant hood around. Look for ways to serve them. Let them lift you to the level of friendship, don’t invite yourself there. Even if a friend of theirs introduces you, maintain your quietness. Let them determine the next move. Be careful not to close a door that could lead you into greatness. Remember ‘the gift of a man makes room for him and brings him before great men.” But it is the sensitivity, character and behaviour that will keep you there.
8. Maintain the proper POSITION and POSTURE around them. You must know that where you give orders as a leader is different from where you are to receive instructions. Posture can affect the level of flow that you get from them.