Quick Guide to Mentoring

Quick Guide on Mentoring

 

What is a Mentor?

A Mentor, taking a personal interest to help, serves as a:

(a) Role Model. (b) Coach. (c) Confidante.

He/She offers experiential knowledge, insight, perspective and wisdom, to help someone (the Mentee) to become successful.

How does a New Member gain?

  • Learn the program.
  • Learn Club standards and customs.
  • Develop confidence.
  • Participate more.
  • Quickly learn speaking skills.

How do Experienced Members gain?

  • Further refine skills.
  • Learn new skills.

Benefits to Mentors

  • Learn from their Mentees.
  • Remain productive.
  • Do something for others.
  • Receive recognition.

Benefits to Clubs

  • More Members.
  • More satisfied Members.
  • Higher Member retention.

 

Mentor Qualities

  • Available.
  • Patient.
  • Sensitive.
  • Respectful.
  • Flexible.
  • Supportive.
  • Knowledgeable.
  • Confident.
  • A Good Listener.
  • Concern for Others.

The Mentoring Steps

The First Meeting

  1. Sit with the New Member.
  2. Orient the New Member to Club customs and procedures.
  3. Explain how to sign up.
  4. Help with the Ice Breaker.

The Next Meeting

  1. Make the Mentee aware of resources.
  2. Provide positive feedback.
  3. Explain responsibilities.
  4. Help with speeches and other assignments.

Over Time

  1. Tell how you have benefited.
  2. Invite the Mentee to other events.
  3. Acknowledge progress.
  4. Explain officers’ duties.
  5. Explain speech contests.
  6. Describe the organization.

Qualities of Mentees

Mentees should be:

  • Eager to learn.
  • Receptive.
  • Open to new ideas.
  • Loyal.
  • Grateful.

A Finite Relationship

While a Mentor-Mentee relationship does require some time and commitment, the relationship does not last forever.

Conclusion

Who can you help learn new speaking or leadership skills?

Who may be able to help you learn new speaking and leadership skills?

  • A Mentor-Mentee relationship provides many opportunities, offers many challenges and has many rewards.
  • Experience them for yourself.
  • Benefit from the skills of a Mentor.
  • Then, become a Mentor and share those benefits with others.

 

Source: Toastmasters International “The Successful Club Series” – Mentoring

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