Mentors provide members with help and practical advice, such as tips on preparing speeches and on club roles and responsibilities. They encourage protégés to grow as leaders and offer them reassurance if they hit a rough patch.
“A mentor shares what they have learned, their shortcuts and their insights, and they ultimately can ease the learning of the protégé ,” says Johnson, a Toastmaster for more than 30 years.
In the formal program, mentors— including those who want to meet with their protégé virtually—must participate in training. This involves completing a number of REP learning projects. For one such project, mentors learn and practice a set of competencies, which include recognizing the skills needed to be successful, and demonstrating a clear understanding of the mentor-protégé relationship.
After six months of mentoring, both the mentor and protégé submit a written evaluation of the experience to the club vice president education. In addition, the mentor will present a speech to their club describing what they gained from the experience.
Whether a member is new or experienced, struggling or thriving, everyone can benefit from working with a mentor. And the process is mutually beneficial, because it challenges both the mentor and protégée to share, trust and collaborate.
Odile Petillot, DTM, a member of multiple clubs in Paris, says helping other members grow and succeed brings definite emotional rewards.
“I find it extremely satisfying to work as a mentor; you can feel great pride while witnessing your protégé develop and become a great speaker,” said Petillot in a 2013 Toastmaster magazine article about mentoring. “Plus, many of them have also become real friends.”
START YOUR MENTORING JOURNEY NOW IN TWO STEPS
Step #1: Download this form, fill it out, and email it to the Vice President of Education.
After these two steps, you will be issued a Mentor Certificate if you choose to be a mentor.
If you get stuck at Step #1, fill out the following web-based form instead and all the other things will be taken care of.