Mentoring Your Fellow Toastmasters
Toastmasters uses mentoring extensively by teaming up an experienced member with new members to the organisation. Mentors help coach the new members through their first three speeches, (and beyond if required), and can gain credit for the Advanced Communicator Gold award. However mentors can be used at any time by any Toastmaster when the need arises. In fact the role of Immediate Past President is a mentoring role where help and guidance is provided to the new Club President and committee during their term.
Competent Leadership Projects
- Mentoring a new or existing member are 3 activites in Project 9 of the Competent Leadership Award Manual.
- Mentor for a new member – help with first three speeches.
- Mentor for an existing member – develop new skills or enhance existing ones.
- Guidance Committee Member – for member working on High Performance Leadership program.
Refer to the Competent Leadership Project Manual for more information.
A good mentor provides the following qualities:
- Knows valuable organisational information;
- Shows interest in the mentee’s development;
- Offers emotional support;
- Cultivates talents;
- Offers praise and gives feedback;
- Demonstrates stability, patience and respect;
- Has good listening skills and flexibility;
- Leads by example.
Healthy mentoring relationships do not last forever. The purpose of a mentor, as mentioned above, is to teach the mentee to think and act independently. When that has been developed the mentor is no longer needed. In fact, the greatest compliment that can be paid to a mentor is for a former protege to be recognised with a promotion or election to an office or position. At that point, the mentoring relationship has been fulfilled, and a new relationship begins.
If you don’t have a mentor, find one. If you aren’t a mentor, be one. It’s that simple!