Become a Mentor or Mentee

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Written by Alick Siu

In Greek Mythology when Odysseus left for the Trojan war, he asked Mentor to take care of his son Telemachus.  When goddess Athena visited Telemachus, she disguised herself as Mentor and encouraged Telemachus to stand up and go abroad to learn more about his father Odysseus.

In Toastmasters, a mentor is essentially a friendly and experienced member who will pair up with a new or less experienced member to offer advice about the Toastmasters program. A mentor’s duty usually covers the following:

  • Orientate new member mentee regarding Toastmaster meeting activities such as prepared speeches, table topics, evaluation, meeting roles and responsibilities.
  • Brief new member mentee about various Toastmaster program such as Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, Bronze, Silver and Gold program.
  • Ensure that the new member mentee is aware of the process for signing up for meeting roles and speeches and loaning resource from the club library.
  • Help mentee in preparing speech and providing positive feedback.
  • Encourage mentee to take leadership role in the club meeting, club executive, participating in speech contest, regional conference.  This can also be leveraged with the competent leadership program.

For those who are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please contact VP education at vped@toastofcibc.toastmastersclub.org

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