Qualities of a Mentor
You must have time to spend with a member - at least 15 minutes each week to help with speeches and questions.
You should be willing to provide whatever it takes to help the mentee.
Tact and diplomacy are vital. Always be careful to say and do things that will motivate and encourage the mentee. Be loyal and take care not to betray mentee's confidences.
A mentor respects the differences between himself, the mentee, and others.
You must accept that mentees may make decisions with which you may not agree.
Supportive of the Club.
Show your pride in Parliament Hill Toastmasters and what it has done - and can do - for members.
Be familiar with the Club, its operations, the educational program, and Toastmasters International organization.
You need to be self-assured and friendly.
A good listener.
A mentor must listen carefully. You can enable the mentee to articulate the problem and sort things out.
Concerned about others.
You must care about other people and truly want to help them.
Role of the Mentor
To assess Mentee's needs based on the information provided by the Mentee in the "New Member Profile" and by talking to them
To observe their Mentee as they participate in the Toastmaster meetings and provide feedback as necessary
To establish a development plan for the oncoming period with their Mentee
To help their Mentee get resources needed to fulfill the development plan
To meet with their Mentee on an ongoing basis to review progress
To assess at the completion of the first three speeches if goals and plans are still on target and adjust the plan as necessary
Guidelines for the Mentor
Build a personal rapport with your Mentee
Sit with your mentee to explain the parts of the meeting.
Orient your mentee member to Club customs and procedures.
Encourage your mentee to serve on a Club Committee.
Discuss your Mentee's needs and aspirations
Translate your Mentee's needs into Toastmaster program levels:
discuss the effort and commitment needed to meet the goals
establish a development worksheet
set appropriate goals and objectives with your Mentee
Help with the Ice Breaker.
Discuss speech ideas and offer suggestions for organization if necessary. Listen to your mentee practice the speech and offer feedback.
Make the mentee aware of the Club resources (i.e. training sessions, seminars, books)
Provide positive feedback.
Provide ongoing developmental support
Explain that membership also means a commitment to helping the Club and the other members be successful.
Help with speeches and other assignments.
If you know that you will not be attending a meeting where your Mentee is going to speak, ensure that another Mentor will listen-in during your absence and offer advice
Tell how you've benefited from the program. You are proof that they can achieve their own goals.
Invite the mentee to other Toastmaster events.
Ask for time during a Club meeting to mention your mentee and his/her progress in the program.
Explain Officers' duties. Describe how the mentee can develop leadership skills by serving as a Club Officer.
Explain the purpose and types of speech contests conducted by the Club. Help the mentee assess their readiness to participate.
Describe the TI organization.
If conflicts occur try to work them out. If they continue, and if you are not comfortable with being a mentor to your assigned member, contact the VP Education.