Toastmasters members have a long history of supporting and nurturing each other through mentorship.
A mentor offers encouragement and guidance to a fellow member of Toastmasters while he or she works to accomplish goals. A mentor has the opportunity to share experience, wisdom, and knowledge while
a protégé gains a foundation for building skills and meeting goals.
Mentoring can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the protégé.
Being a mentor for newer members in a Toastmasters club is one of the organization’s most-challenging, least-defined and often-neglected duties. Yet when done right, it can be one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and beneficial experiences in developing our communication and leadership skills.
The final step in developing our skills in Toastmasters is learning how to help others become competent communicators and leaders. Being a mentor may seem like it is all for the mentee, but the real benefit comes from knowing we can help someone better their life.
As a mentor, observe and listen to your mentee. Speech evaluation develops the ability to give concise and constructive feedback and to inspire a person to continue to improve and achieve. In mentoring, it is more important to find and reinforce what the person is doing right than to find what they are doing wrong. Our actions should inspire them to keep going forward.
Toastmasters – like many of life’s learning experiences – is a process. No one gets 100 percent 100 percent of the time. So as a mentor, your job is to help your assigned person continue to make gradual changes and avoid becoming discouraged.
Help the person to identify and achieve his or her own goals. Be careful not to insert your own agenda, but instead encourage the person to create realistic objectives. Empower the person to think and act.
We all have a bad speech, lose a contest, or receive a negative speech evaluation. These can be upsetting, invalidating and discouraging. Help the person you mentor to keep the big picture of Toastmasters in focus. Toastmasters is a learning process, for everyone – including speakers, judges and speech evaluators. There is always something to learn from the experience. No matter how tough it may seem, the program prepares us to handle life outside of Toastmasters.
Keep it fun and friendly for the person you mentor. Watch their body language. Be alert for any negative issues they might experience, and help the person tackle them.
Keep it fun and friendly for the person you mentor. Watch their body languaYou don’t have to have an answer for every question. Be honest, caring, interested and willing to make a mistake.ge. Be alert for any negative issues they might experience, and help the person tackle them.