Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Toastmaster Mentor as A Teacher - A Job Description

by Gege C. Sugue

Yes, it’s a job. It does not pay much, er, at BnT TMC it pays zero, but the rewards are priceless. Mentorship is more than just doing the rah-rah cry and the good-job shoulder pat. It is also about imparting information. It is about equipping your protégé with the tools necessary for Toastmasters success. Someone once said, "A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." Become unnecessary by educating, encouraging, and empowering your protégé to soar. Here’s the Job Description:

Position: Mentor, Teacher
Reports to: Vice President for Education
Position description:
The Mentor is responsible for providing a motivational atmosphere for the protégé to have the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential for growth in the Toastmasters organization. This person is responsible for organizing and implementing a program that will result in the protégé completing the basic communication and leadership manuals.

Primary Responsibilities:
•Communicating and working together with the protégé to ensure that protégé is actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences in the Club.
•Listening to the protégé to identify and meet his or her self development needs.
•Modeling ideal Toastmaster behaviour – delivering speeches, volunteering and performing meeting roles, participating in activities that enhance leadership skills
•Ensuring that protégé is constantly growing and learning by monitoring and acknowledging achievement.
•Guiding protégé in finding information about Toastmasters, BnT TMC, the TM path to DTM, Meeting Roles, and DCP Goals.
•Giving honest and constructive feedback to encourage the protégé to learn and grow.

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