What is an Old Town Toastmasters Buddy (mentor)?
An Old Town Toastmasters Buddy takes a personal interest in and helps an another member, offering knowledge, insight, perspective, or wisdom. At Old Town Toastmasters, we believe every member has something to offer when it comes to the support of another. Hence, we refer to mentors and mentees as “buddies”.
New members are often not familiar with the intricacies of a Toastmasters club. They don’t know what a club meeting’s Timer is or what a meeting’s Grammarian does. Additionally, new members are expected to participate and present speeches—something many are terrified to do. In either case, the new member may benefit greatly from direction and encouragement from a more tenured member.
New members often require someone to explain the Toastmasters program and show them how to prepare for various meeting roles. New members also may need guidance to prepare for and rehearse their first few speeches. Many clubs expect new members to handle all of this with a minimum of instruction—we don’t! We support each other, ALWAYS! We offer our members an Old Town Toastmasters Buddy.
Senior members who serve as mentors for an Old Town Toastmasters Buddy benefit as well. The mentor learns how to assist in the development of less experienced individuals—a valuable skill. Also, mentors can seek a fresh perspective by seeking feedback on their own speaking performances from their protégé. Having a Buddy creates growth opportunities to both party’s advantage.
Old Town Toastmasters Buddies is a win-win proposition. Whether a new member or a veteran Toastmaster, an Old Town Toastmasters Buddy can supply the valuable personal attention and ongoing support that every member needs to achieve their personal Toastmasters goals.
Benefits for all Buddies:
- Learn new information and perspectives from your buddy
- Keep your knowledge and skills sharp
- Receive recognition and appreciation by fellow members
Benefits of having a Buddy (mentor) for new members:
- Learn the program and club culture and traditions
- Develop confidence and improve participation in club activities
- Quickly learn speaking skills to advance faster
Benefits of having a Buddy (mentor) for experienced members:
- Refine and revitalize existing skills
- Learn new skills
- Receive personal, attentive, and more detailed feedback
- Feel good about helping someone
Contact our VP of Membership if you would like to sign up to be part of an Old Town Toastmasters buddy team. Everyone can participate and benefit from the personal attention by a fellow Old Town Toastmasters member.