Image Masters Mentorship Program

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Welcome to the Image Masters Mentorship Program! Our objective is to acquaint you with the Toastmasters organization, club meeting roles and leadership opportunities, and to assist you in reaching your professional and self-development goals in the areas of leadership and communication/ presentation skills . Please click here to see if you have already been assigned a Mentor. If you have not been assigned a Mentor, please ask the VP, Education to get one assigned to you by completing the Mentor Request Form.

To Mentors: When working with your mentee, remember that your function is to help the mentee learn to think and act successfully and independently. Don’t tell the mentee what to do or do the mentee’s work yourself. Simply guide and offer feedback.
Keep in mind, too, that for the mentor/mentee relationship to be successful, you must be: Available. You must have time to spend with a member – at least 15 minutes or more each week to help with speeches and answer questions. New members may require additional time.
Patient. People learn at varying speeds, and some need more guidance than others.
Sensitive. Tact and diplomacy are vital. Be careful to say and do things that will motivate and encourage the mentee. Be loyal and take care not to betray the mentee’s confidences.
Respectful. Everyone is different. Respect the differences between yourself, the mentee, and others.
Flexible. You must adapt and adjust to various situations and accept that the mentee may make decisions with which you may not agree.
Supportive of the club. You must be proud of your club and what it has done and can do for members.
Knowledgeable. Before you can help someone else, you must be familiar with the club, its operations, the educational program, and even the Toastmasters International organization itself. You should have completed at least several projects in the education program have served in most meeting roles, and have enough speaking skills yourself to be of help to your mentee.
Confident. You should be self-assured and friendly.
A good listener. Often simply listening, without taking on the other person’s problem, can be of great help to the mentee. Just by listening you can enable the mentee to articulate the problem and sort things out.
Concerned about others. You must care about your mentee and truly want to help; and you must be able to keep confidences.

To Mentees: If you are a new member, your mentor will help you become familiar with club meetings and roles of meeting participants and will help you with your first few speeches. If you are an experienced member, your Mentor will help you develop the special skills in which you
are interested. To receive maximum benefit from this relationship, it is important that you be: Eager to learn. You must be willing to take on new challenges.
Receptive. You must be open to feedback, viewing it as an opportunity to improve.
Open to new ideas. You should be able to see things from other perspectives.
Have a plan or goal. You should have an idea of what you want to do, or where you want to go, or what you are expecting to achieve as a result of being in Toastmasters. Be sure to discuss this with your Mentor. Committed. You should be able to keep appointments when agreed to, and be genuinely committed to self-improvement.
Appreciative. Your mentor is volunteering his or her time to help you achieve your goals and be successful. Be appreciative.