A Phase 1 mentor helps a new member get “on-boarded” into the club. Phase 1 mentors basically watch over the newest members, making sure they receive the materials and guidance they need for their first few months in the club.
If you are a Phase 1 mentor, here’s what you need to do:
- Call or email your mentee and introduce yourself.
- Make sure your mentee downloaded the startup materials he or she will need while waiting for the Toastmasters New Member packet to arrive in the mail.
- Make sure your mentee joined the Istanbul Toastmasters Yahoo Group. As you know, that Yahoo Group is our club’s mailing list. If your mentee isn’t on it, he/she isn’t going to get agendas, meeting announcements, etc.
- At the next meeting, during the meeting, introduce your mentee to the club; tell the club a little about your mentee.
- Point out some of the roles people are playing in the meeting, and encourage your mentee to sign up for one of the roles for the next meeting.
- Start your mentee thinking about his or her goals at Toastmasters, and the timeline for giving the Icebreaker speech. The VP Education will be asking your mentee about this shortly.
- A few days before each meeting, call or email your mentees to remind them about the meeting and see if they are coming.
- When your mentee receives the New Member Kit in the mail, make sure he or she realizes there are two manuals in that kit (the Competent Communicator and Competent Leader manuals). Remind him or her to bring BOTH manuals to every meeting. Also, remind your mentee he or she can start on the CL manual simply by taking some jobs in the meetings.
- After a few meetings, make sure your mentee is signed up to give his or her Icebreaker speech.
Don’t forget to be a good model for your mentee. Whatever you ask your mentee to do, make sure you’re doing it first.
If you still want more info, there’s more info about mentoring on the Toastmasters website. The February 2010 issue of the Toastmasters magazine had a great article on mentoring, including specific advice for the first, second, and third meetings. Here’s another good article about mentoring, from the May 2013 issue of the TM magazine.