Mentorship Matchup (2/2)

Micheal Li & Dave Sotvedt – Mentorship Match Highlight

Mentee’s thoughts:

1. Who is your mentor? Dave Sotvedt is my TM mentor. He is a respectful toastmaster member and my role model. He’s positive, humorous and supportive.

2. What has been the most valuable aspect of having a mentor? I got supports from Dave not only in my CC speeches but also in my TM roles. Dave is always a role model on my TM road and has influenced me positively in my daily life.

3. Tell me about what/how your mentor supported you?

a. speech preparations: Before I delivered my speeches, I asked for suggestions and practiced in front of Dave. I could always get positive advice.

b. Q/A for all the TM related issues: I had a lot of “Can I do this?” or “Can I do that?”. I could always get confirmations from Dave. For a new TM members, it’s very important and I avoided many traps or puddles.

4. What would you recommend to other new toasties and their mentors?

TM mentoring process is very important and can help new TM member become more confident in this new, fantastic organization. I recommend to all the new members: find a mentor, benefit from the mentorship and never give up because this is the way to become “Leaders”.

Mentor’s thoughts:

1. Who is your mentee? My mentee is Michael Li.

2. What has been the most valuable aspect of having a mentee? For me, the most valuable aspect of having a mentee is really three things: it’s the opportunity I get to help out a “new” club member with preparing their first few speeches, providing guidance as they prepare to take on one of the club’s roles for the very first time, and the great personal satisfaction I receive when I witness my mentee’s own personal success when they have completed their speeches and roles.3. I have benefited being a mentor by the last point above in Q#2, as well as getting to know my mentee at a stronger level than I would if we didn’t have the mentor/mentee relationship.  It’s awesome getting to know a new member and “how they think” about Toastmasters and their own public speaking experiences!

3. Tell me about how you have benefited from having a mentee?  I have benefited being a mentor by the last point above in Q#2, as well as getting to know my mentee at a stronger level than I would if we didn’t have the mentor/mentee relationship.  It’s awesome getting to know a new member and “how they think” about Toastmasters and their own public speaking experiences!

4. What would you recommend to other new toasties and their mentors? I recommend all Toasties and their mentors to get together over coffee for their first meeting together and talk about expectations and what each party wants from their mentor/mentee.  Be flexible and understanding!  Communicate with each other!  That can be just one meeting, several meetings, phone, e-mail…whatever works for the mentor/mentee relationship to make it successful!

2018-08-14T00:49:25+00:00

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