The mentor Experience
When I joined Message Crafters – Toast Masters International, I began on a pathway called, Engaging Humor.
I’m now on level two of that pathway and part of my assignment will include becoming a mentor.
I’m an information hog and so, I thought to go and investigate a bit about mentoring on the Message Crafters site might be a good idea, so since I’m also addicted to blogs, I started there.
Check out this post on mentoring and then keep reading to learn how you can join us at a meeting to see what all this is about.
The Mentor Experience
“Mentors aren’t teachers, they are awakeners.” -Robert Frost
In your relationship with your mentor you can look forward to genuine respect and empathy because, as you will discover, it’s quite a personal relationship which thrives on honest and open communication.
While mentors can teach to pass on skills and knowledge; a mentor’s real value lies in the awakening of their protege’s awareness of their own abilities and potential. Most of us find our own potential obscured from ourselves until someone with awareness and understanding points it out and shows us how to leverage it.
Mentoring may not be a magic wand that automatically creates success, but mentorship definitely encourages you to find the best in you. The mentors at Changemakers are veteran storytellers who:
•Genuinely want you to be successful, in your own estimation.
Message Crafters is a niche Toastmasters club for individuals who want to engage in Storytelling Leadership.
We believe big visions need big stories to match.
Storytelling is at the root of all transformation: personal, cultural, and corporate.
At a time when every facet of life has been redefined, as changemakers, we have the opportunity to define our future path.
To help you build the future through the power of Storytelling!
Learn to communicate with flexibility, impact and authenticity to connect with anyone. Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. We will help you craft the stories you want to tell.
Message Crafters Offers…
Online Interactive Training: 11 self-paced programs, available when and where you are ready. Whether you’re starting a career, moving up or leading your family, church or community, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Self-Paced Program: Develop your storytelling craft at your own pace. Interactive materials are available online 24/7. When you are ready you will present your learning projects at our meetings.
Mentoring Guidance: Each protégé is paired with a seasoned storyteller. Mentors provide guidance throughout the process and work with you to craft your stories.
Practice & Feedback: Practice delivering your stories in our upbeat, supportive format and receive feedback designed to help you perfect the presentation of your message.
What We Do:
We are Toastmasters and a communication specialists team devoted to training changemakers to develop & deliver compelling messages
Why We Do It:
Message Crafters believes that igniting the joint power of marketers, communicators, fundraisers, journalists and executives leads to great results and better prospects for the future.
How We Do It:
We pair you with one of our Award-Winning storyteller mentors to guide you while you participate in the Toastmasters’ education program. Training is self-paced. In addition to the core competencies of your chosen curriculum, you will select elective projects to align and expand your storytelling expertise.
Who We Help:
Our protégés are message crafters of all types, especially current and aspiring marketers, communicators, fundraisers, corporate presenters and job seekers.
Problems We Help You Solve:
Through storytelling your audience’s reluctance to invest in your vision or strategy will melt away as they come to understand the story of who you are, what you do, where you are going and why it matters.
In the face of societal uncertainty, we help you inspire and motivate your audience to take action, sell the future, to demystify and humanize what are often complex, technical business solutions, and increase perceived value.
You will know how to create powerful stories that:
- Inspire action
- Spur donations
- Mobilize supporters
- Increase sales
- Unify purpose among team members
You can weave your organization’s consumer-facing narrative which will:
- Elicit strong emotions
- Transform your brand’s image
- Drive consumer action
You will have the opportunity to create a compelling portfolio that:
- Develops emotional connections with your audiences
- Creates support for your message and cause
- Enables you to change the future
Message Crafters is currently offering assistance thanks to the generosity of some of their alumni.
Each Enrollment Application is Submitted for Scholarship Consideration.
Some of our Alumni have decided to pay forward their Message Crafters experience and sponsor new Message Crafters by providing them with fully paid memberships in Message Crafters through September 2022.
Terms and conditions apply.*
*Terms and Conditions:
- Sponsorships are limited to fees assessed for membership by Toastmasters International.
- Qualifying applicants must meet and agree to the following provisions:
- Qualification for membership in Toastmasters International.
- Submit a completed application for membership in Message Crafters.
- Sponsored applicants are responsible for payment of any Message Crafters dues as recorded with Toastmasters International.
- Any Message Crafters dues must accompany the initial membership application and again be paid prior to subsequent sponsored Toastmasters International membership renewal payments made in September 2021 and March 2022.
- Failure to meet, agree and execute these terms and conditions by a scholarship recipient will immediately relieve the corresponding sponsoring alumni from their commitment of support.
- The decision to sponsor a new Message Crafters member is solely made by the sponsoring alumni.
- To protect the privacy and security of sponsors, Message Crafters has agreed to keep alumni identities confidential.
Message Crafters is the only Toastmasters club which meets twice a week. Members aren’t required to attend both meetings. This schedule is provided as a matter of convenience for our members. You can attend one or the other or both meetings in a week. Your choice, your convenience.
Our Tuesday meetings are only 1 hour long, as they are designed to fit within someone’s lunch hour. Our Friday meetings are a bit longer: an hour and 15 minutes up to an hour and 30 minutes. Infrequently we run an hour and 30 minutes depending on how much club business we might have to attend to after the conclusion of all the speaking.
Overall, more people attend on Fridays, but some are over-achievers and attend twice a week.
Please feel free to attend as it best fits your lifestyle and commitments.
Guests are welcome. If you’d like to attend, please let me know.
There are different links for Tuesdays and Fridays:
Every Tuesday 12-1pm EST (UTC-4)
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Every Friday 5:30-7pm EST (UTC-4)
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