At Broadgate Speakers we actively encourage a successful Mentoring programme, open to all members.
What does a Mentor Do?
- To attend meetings
- To complete speeches and roles
- To set Goals
- on the Practice of a Speech
- on the Actual Speeches
- On Other Feedback ( eg evaluation)
- on speech techniques ( such as vocal variety)
- On doing new roles
- On Competition
Who can be a Mentor?
Anyone can be a mentor, but ideally it will be an experienced member who knows about evaluations, the toastmasters club structure, and most importantly who has done some speeches, and can remember being a newbie!
The main qualifications are that the mentor :
- Attends club meetings regularly
- Has completed five speeches (or has requisite experience)
- Demonstrates how to give feedback.
- Most important- Is motivated to be a mentor!
- Be Open to Feedback
- Speak Regularly to Mentor
- Be Honest with Mentor
- If Relationship is not working, request new mentor
- Once a member joins, an experienced mentor is asked to volunteer
- The member is asked if they would like to be mentored
- Once both accept the mentor commits to assisting with a certain amount of speeches
- The mentor keeps track of the mentees progress
- Both work towards a shared goal
As a mentor it is important to be proactive- remember how it feels being a new member- nervous of public speaking, and not sure what to talk about. Remember how it feels walking through the door for the first time, and how scary the first few speeches are.
Steps of the Mentoring Relationship
- First Meeting
- Mentor explains club program of Broadgate speaker and club structure
- Asks about relevant experience of Mentee e.g. job roles, public speaking experience
- Expectations? g, to conquer fear or to start own business selling their skills and everything in between!
- Ask about needs or wants of mentee
- Talk about next role or speech
- Defining Protégé Goals
- Ask about goals from speech, or about role requirements ( such as evaluator or timekeeper)
- Discuss Manuals
- Ask Mentee to evaluate themselves
- Contracting to Work Together
- Let each other know how time to commit
- Give examples of how mentoring works
- Agree on how to contact each other
- Reviewing the Mentoring Relationship
Ask the below questions
- How has guidance been helpful?
- How is relationship working?
- Could it be different?
To download a full PDF outline of the mentoring programme please click here: Broadgate Mentoring Programme