Mentoring is an important part of the structure of Toastmasters clubs. You’re not thrown in the pool to flail around on your own; you have a guide who’s in your corner and a built-in fan.
Your VP of Education will be providing further information over time on being an effective mentor, but these are some key starting points:
- Your mentor wants you to know that they’re there for you! Ask them all your questions.
- Your mentor should help you book a date for your first speech, the “Ice Breaker,” and keep you on pace to finish your first 10 speeches within about 12 months.
- Your mentor should have a good understanding of your own personal and professional goals — the initial reason you joined Toastmasters — so they can support you and guide you in your endeavors.