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Qualities of a Mentor

  • Available.
    You must have time to spend with a member - at least 15 minutes each week to help with speeches and questions.
     

  • Patient.
    You should be willing to provide whatever it takes to help the mentee.
     

  • Sensitive.  
    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.
     

  • Respectful.  
    A mentor respects the differences between himself, the mentee, and others.
     

  • Flexible.  
    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.
     

  • Knowledgeable.  
    Be familiar with the Club, its operations, the educational program, and Toastmasters International organization.
     

  • Confident.  
    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.
     

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