Mentoring is a big part of the Toastmasters Journey – and a big part of the GATM journey.
What Is A Mentor?
A mentor takes a personal interest in and helps a new member - offering knowledge, insight, perspective or wisdom.
As a new member, you often don't know exactly what a Timer, a Grammarian, or an Evaluator does. And new members are expected to participate and give their first ice breaker speech soon after joining. This can be a little daunting.
So, that's why we have mentors for new members. Mentors are experienced members that can explain the Toastmasters Journey - the program, the roles, the agendas, and where to find information. Mentors also help you prepare and rehearse your first three speeches.
Benefits Of Mentoring For New Members
- Learn the program and club customs - Competent Communicator and Competent Leader manuals, club meeting roles, membership opportunities)
- Develop confidence and improve participation in club activities
- Quickly learn speaking skills to advance faster
- Get valuable personal attention and ongoing support.
Benefits Of Mentoring For Experienced Members
- Learn new information and perspectives from those you mentor
- Keep your knowledge and skills sharp. Learn new skills, and refine and revitalize existing skills.
- Receiving recognition and appreciation by fellow members
For more information about the Toastmasters International mentoring program, go to:
The Magic of Mentoring on the Toastmasters International site.