I found a very good article on mentoring on the current edition of the Toastmaster magazine titled, “The Many Dimension of Mentoring”. It is worth a read.
When I joined Parramatta Toastmasters Club, 13 years ago, I was privileged to have one of the Distinguished Toastmasters Helen Kennedy as my mentor. She was very supportive in providing information about Toastmasters as well as providing vital guidance on speech development and delivery. As a new Toastmaster I found her assistance was invaluable during my learning. In addition I also received constructive and positive feedback which helped me to develop confidence within a short period of time.
However, for a long time I did not have a mentor. Currently, I am seeking to have a mentor. I believe, mentors in addition to providing guidance, they can also help you to see the world through a different perspective. By working with a mentor we improve the skill of learning from another person at the same time maintaining a stable interpersonal relationship.
This is one of the transferable skills for the workplace as well. It is widely known that most successful people in business have their mentors in different skill areas.
The article in the Toastmaster magazine outlines benefits of mentors in the perspective of mentees, mentors and club perspective as well as different type of mentors and some challenges to overcome.
It doesn’t matter how long you have been a member of a Toastmasters club, the option of assigning a mentor is open to all members.