When I joined Toastmasters, I had a specific reason. I often felt like the little kid at the adult table. I felt awkward and out of place. I laughed at the wrong times. My contributions to the conversation was unrelated. I felt under education, out classed and . . . uncomfortable.
I joined Toastmasters to gain the confidence to not only sit at the adult table — but feel like I belonged there.
After two years, I gained confidence in my voice. I felt like I could hold my own in a conversation at the adult table.
I thought it was all coming together nicely — until I found myself in the role of club mentor for a brand new Toastmasters club. I found myself in a position where I needed to speak up, express my opinions and advice. With confidence.
A club mentor is an experienced Toastmaster who shares his/her experience with the members of a new club. Acting as coach and advisor, the mentor’s job isn’t to “run the club” but offer ideas and options that will lay the foundation for success.
The club mentor position is for six months and credit can be applied towards Advanced Leadership awards. Some of the other benefits include:
- reinforcement of Toastmasters knowledge
- increase in confidence and motivation
- enhances a resume
- recognition of skills and experience
However, for me, there was something i didn’t anticipate receiving when I stepped into the role as club mentor. As I share knowledge with other people looking to grow, I have started to grow myself. My confidence in my ideas and opinions has skyrocketed. I am no longer the quiet participant at the conference (or adult) table. I have found worth in my contributions.
While empowering a new Toastmasters club to be all they can be, they are empowering me to be the best I can be.
Want to mentor a new club or coach a struggling club? Visit District 96’s website to submit your name or get more information!