A message for mentors

Sherry recently distributed an update to the mentors of the club, showing speech progress for their mentees, and she’s graciously okayed me sharing her tips in this post.

Sherry Briscoe, VP of Education
Sherry Briscoe, VP of Education

Check in periodically with your mentees, and encourage them to schedule their next speech. Offer to help them with it, if need be.

My mentor is Merilee, and when I got ready to enter the speech contest, she met me for lunch before and listened to the speech, gave me pointers that really helped, and that also gave me encouragement and more confidence. If you can, let your mentee know that you always want to make sure you know when they are giving a speech, because it’s important to you, that you’re there to hear them.

Be the inspiration and motivation that they need. Reach out to them.

Another role of the mentor is to pay attention to your mentees when they fill any role at a meeting.

Immediately after the meeting, you can give them pointers on how to make that role better next time, and congratulate them on the things they did well in it.

This is one way you can BEST help your mentees!

Who’s my mentor?

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.