MENTOR QUALITIESThere are some important and essential characteristics mentors need to possess if they are to be effective. A good mentor is:
2. Patient. People learn at different speeds, and some people may need more guidance than others.
3. Sensitive. Tact and diplomacy are vital. As a mentor, always be careful to say and do things that will motivate and encourage the mentee. Be loyal and take care not to betray the mentees’ confidence.
4. Respectful. Everyone is different. A mentor respects the differences between themselves, the mentee, and others.
5. Flexible. Not everything happens according to plan. You must adapt to various situations and accept that mentees may make decisions you do not agree with.
6. Supportive. Show your pride in your club and what it has done – and can do – for members.
7. 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 several manual speeches, served in most meeting roles, and developed enough personal speaking skills to be of help to the mentee.
8. Confident. You need to be self-assured and friendly.
9. A good listener. A mentor must listen carefully. 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.
10. Concern for others. You must genuinely care about other people and truly want to help them.
Did you know you can be a Toastmasters mentor and you can even fulfill a Pathway requirement as you do it? Being a Toastmaster Mentor is also a requirement to the path for Destinguished Toastmaster. For more information on the Toastmasters mentor program please contact your Education chair or toastmasters.com