Everything is Better with a Buddy
The human face behind Toastmasters. We’d like to help you as much as you need, so we have two different opportunities for you as you get started with Toastmasters and Sussex Online Speaker’s Club.
The initial weeks after joining a Toastmasters club can be a bit bewildering. There’s a whole load of things going on at each meeting, there are websites to sign up to, lots of information coming your way. We hope these pages are making things easier for you, but in many cases, it’s better if you have someone to chat to about things, no matter how small or insignificant you might think it sounds. If it’s an issue, then we can help you solve it.
A buddy is the person who, at a physical meeting, you might find yourself sitting next to. Or the person you talk to in the break. You quickly find out that it wasn’t too long ago that they had the same concerns that you do! As an online club, we don’t have anyone to physically sit next to. So, we can assign someone to you in a completely informal relationship, designed to give new members a friendly face as the first point of contact.
The Mentor / Mentee Relationship
Establishing a relationship with a Mentor is more of a formally defined, long term deal than a buddy. Toastmasters offers a Pathways Mentorship Program for established members, which provides benefits for both the Mentor and the Mentee.
When you decided to join Sussex Online Speakers and Toastmasters, you probably had a goal in mind. We’d like to help you meet that goal and figure that we can find the right person from within our ranks to assist you.
However, it is important to point out that it is the Mentee who drives this relationship. We can offer you a mentor, or mentors so that you can pick whoever seems most suitable. You set out what you want to do, when and how.
Your mentor can assist you with undertaking those early roles, speech preparation and practice, or anything else Toastmasters related that you might require.
Like everything at Toastmasters, we like to see feedback and evaluation, so as much as you are learning from your Mentor, your Mentor is learning from their relationship with you. You should be asked at some point to let them know how they are doing, as they must be learning too.