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The Successful Club Series-Mentoring

Seaway Toastmasters of Cornwall
November 10, 2009
Teri Kingston DTM
What Is Mentoring?

 “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an

ear to listen, and a push in the
right direction.”
John C. Crosby
Uncommon Individual Foundation
What Is A Mentor?
mentor: noun
1 capitalized : a friend of Odysseus
entrusted with the education of Odysseus'
son Telemachus
2 a : a trusted counselor or guide b :

Source: Merriam-Webster OnLine (

Who Benefits?
pro·té·gé: noun
Etymology: French, from past
participle of protéger to protect, from
Latin protegere
one who is protected or trained or
whose career is furthered by a
person of experience, prominence,
or influence

Source: Merriam-Webster OnLine (

Benefits for the Protégé
 A non-threatening learning opportunity;
 Improved self-confidence;
 Developing business expertise & technical
 Challenge;
 Support and reassurance;
 Networking/partnership opportunities;
 Coaching; and
 Listening and reassurance.
Benefits for the Mentor
 Increased motivation;
 Challenge;
 New insights and perspectives;
 An opportunity for self-development;
 Increased self-esteem & pleasure;
 The opportunity to positively influence the next
 Increased peer recognition; and
 The opportunity to improve communication.
Mentoring As A Process
 Deliberate learning is the
 Both failure and success are
powerful teachers.
 Leader need to tell their stories.
 Development matures over time.
 Mentoring is a joint venture.
The Mentoring Relationship

 On-Going
Communication is

 Every Relationship
Phases of the Relationship
 Orientation

 The Middle Period

 Dissolution

 Redefinition
Pitfalls Can Occur …
 Mismatches

 Unrealistic Expectations

 Breaches of Confidentiality
Qualities of A Mentor
 A Desire To Help
 Positive Experiences
 Good Reputation for Developing Others
 Time & Energy
 Up-To-Date Knowledge
 Learning Attitude
 Demonstrated Effective Mentoring Skills
Qualities of A Protégé
 Committed to expanding their
 Open and receptive to new ways of
learning and trying new ideas
 Able to accept feedback and act
upon it
 Willingness to apply learning
Qualities of A Protégé con’t

 Focused on achieving desired

 Able to communicate and work
cooperatively with others
 Knows when to ask for help
 Have a sense of personal
responsibility and commitment
 Willing to meet on a regular basis.
You CAN be an effective mentor
 Be committed to the relationship and
the program
 Support and encourage your protégé
 Be willing to share your knowledge
and wisdom
 Be open minded to new ideas
 Be available and accessible
Mentoring: Final Thoughts

Think of a mentor as a learning

leader who facilitates a learning
process, rather than as a guru
who passes down "the word" to
a favored individual.
Mentoring: Final Thoughts

Think of growth as the

acquisition of attitudes
and capabilities as well as
the acquisition of skills
and behaviors.
Mentoring: Final Thoughts
View development as
being enhanced by
open dialogue and
free form thinking,
rather than limited by
discussion guided by a
set agenda.
To participate in the Seaway
Toastmasters Club Mentoring Program

 Contact Mentoring Chair Teri Kingston

 613-726-9488
 The Magic Of Mentoring By Earl Hill, DTM, PDG found at
 The Successful Club Series-Mentoring Toastmasters
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