Guide for a Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationship
At Toastmasters, we have a buddies’ system designed to help us get through the certification program and make the most out of our experience as public speakers and leaders. The system has been structured as a mentor/mentee relationship. As a Toastmasters member, you should have at least one assigned mentor and might even have a mentee.
Here are some guidelines and ideas to support the relationship between mentors and mentees.
Mentors should maintain an ongoing communication with their mentees. This can be done on an ad-hoc basis and through a range of channels, like in-person meetings, phone calls, chat messages, etc.
When possible, mentors should take interest in the progress that their mentee is making toward their chosen certification. That generally translates to encouragement, support and reminders when mentees need to fill in participatory roles or give more speeches.
Mentors should be candid and nurturing in their feedback to the mentee to help them grow, take new challenges and meet the goal that they have set for themselves. This can be done through any of the scheduled or ad-hoc communication.
As appropriate, mentors should nominate their mentees for public speaking events. The mentor can speak with HubSpot’s PR team to identify opportunities that match the current level of their mentee and that will help them get to the next level. For instance, a mentee can start off with a smaller class-style event or webinar series, then go through a panel-based discussion until they are ready for a 45-minute solo presentation.
How to Get Started
From the list above, you will see that you have a few options available to you. Now, how do you get started? Here are some basic starting points:
- Meet briefly once every two weeks to exchange feedback and identify roadblocks or challenges that you can solve with each other’s help.
- Schedule rehearsals of speeches once a month, during which you can practice the presentation you are going to give at Toastmasters or another public speaking event.
- Set a quarterly goal: e.g. completion of one external speaking engagement, filling the role of the humorist at an upcoming Toastmasters, tackling a specific topic, completion of a specific Toastmasters speech
- Quarterly inquiries if they are interested in being nominated for a specific external speaking event
Steps to Nominate Members
To nominate your mentor/mentee for an external speaking event, fill out this form.
The minimum requirements include:
- Completion of a minimum of 2 speeches at Toastmasters
- Participation in various roles, including evaluator, ah/um counter, grammarian
- Of course, feel free to include in your nomination any other specific information that will help us find a good match for the speaker.