Your High Performance Leadership Project in a Pandemic

Today’s podcast is about your High Performance Leadership Project in a Pandemic – what to do when you are stuck.

TI Extends the Deadlines

Toastmasters International made a huge announcement last week right in the middle of my recording last week’s podcast. The big news? An extension has been made for those who are currently stuck due to the pandemic – the Advanced Leadership Silver award and the Distinguished Toastmaster Award in the classic education program have had their deadlines moved to 2021. Inside this extension is the Club Coach project – also extended into 2021.

What wasn’t extended was the deadline for the High Performance Leadership – which is part of the Advanced Leadership Silver award.

What’s a Toastmaster to do?

My suggestion? Pivot. Continue reading “Your High Performance Leadership Project in a Pandemic”

Mastering Online Meetings

Mastering Online Meetings

Toastmasters are facing a lot of challenges right now.  As we make the transition to mastering online meetings, we get to

  • Learn how to manage a meeting platform
  • Present projects with a remote audience
  • Plan out our path for us to achieve our goals.

Yeah, that’s not much, right?

What’s even more challenging is that your equipment is what you’ve got to work with.  So how do you make that work?

Online Meetings

Good question.  We can’t possibly address every single variant – this equipment, that platform.  But what we can do is try to help you face your audience at the meeting with some confidence that you can do it.

So today, we’ll spend some time talking about how to learn your platform, presentation skills in the video format, and what your next project will teach you – a lot more than just what the Pathways instructions told you. Continue reading “Mastering Online Meetings”

Moving My Toastmasters Meeting Online

In the face of all the advice to stay home, how do we Toastmasters meet?

Let’s talk about moving my Toastmasters meeting online.  Let’s talk about moving all Toastmasters meetings online!

“When managing during a crisis first make sure that your people and the organization you are managing are going to be safe, then look for opportunities.

Periods of turbulence provide both large risks and large opportunities, so after you make sure that you and your people are safe from the risk of ruin, look for the opportunities. It is at such times most people pay the most attention to the risks than the opportunities, that at such times opportunities are greatest.” – Ray Dalio

via Harry Duran.

Welcome to the new world.

In the midst of all the panic, the crises, the lack of toilet paper in the stores, we find we can still function.  It’s a matter of adaptation.

Moving your Toastmasters Club online with Becky Holland Fuller Toastmasters 101Becky Holland Fuller is president of  Singing Sands Toastmasters Club in Michigan City, Indiana.  I saw her post on the Official Toastmasters International Members Facebook Page about her club’s first online meeting last night and I immediately messaged her.

I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU!

We’re all feeling a bit at sea with the news from Toastmasters International that encourages online Toastmasters meetings.  Many of us have been in webinars, some of us have run webinars.  But how do you switch from an on-site meeting to an online meeting?  How does that work? Continue reading “Moving My Toastmasters Meeting Online”

Speech Topics and Titles: Your Problem with Speeches

Today’s podcast title is Speech Topics and Titles where we’re going to talk about topics and titles for speeches.  It gets a bit meta in here sometimes.

What’s your problem?

I’m baking bread and I have a math problem.

Let’s be a bit honest here. I always have a math problem. The only thing I’m worse at than math – is algebra. Or maybe trigonometry.

I have 3 pans to bake my bread in: two of them are the same, and one is slightly smaller. How do I divide up my dough?

I did what every sane person who can’t do math does – I went on Facebook and posted the question on my feed. In 20 minutes, I had an answer – which was convenient because that’s when I needed to put the dough into the pans.

What does my baking-bread-math-problem have to do with finding  speech topics?

Let’s bite into this problem and discover we’ve got the solution in our very own hands.

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Do you struggle with finding speech topics? This problem starts immediately in Toastmasters after a new member completes the ice breaker. What can we say that won’t bore other people? Continue reading “Speech Topics and Titles: Your Problem with Speeches”

Education Sessions: The Big Stages at Toastmasters Events

Education Sessions at Toastmasters conferences, education days and officer training events: do you want to take the bigger stage and speak to a larger Toastmasters audience?

Education Sessions – Step Up and Step Out

The districts are announcing their Annual Conferences right about now, and maybe you’ve seen some calls for presenters. Does that intimidate you – or challenge you?

Maybe a bit of both?

Today, let’s chat a bit about the bigger stages in our districts – Annual Conferences, fall education days, and Officer Training. Continue reading “Education Sessions: The Big Stages at Toastmasters Events”

Working Toastmasters Pathways

What Order Should You Follow in Toastmasters Pathways?

“What good is skipping a step on a ladder?” Toastmasters Pathways were built to be done in order, right?

I saw this ladder analogy on the Official Toastmasters International Members Facebook Group this morning about a member who has completed their level 5 project – but had to skip completing Level 4 first.

I’d like to discuss the ways that we work our paths. How are you doing it?

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To be a leader, you have to have a good foundation in public speaking. In one hour a week at Toastmasters, you can learn the communication skills to reach your goals and achieve your dreams. This is Toastmasters 101 podcast. I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Dropping the Walls

One of the biggest improvements in Toastmasters Pathways that I’ve seen is the dropping of the barriers between the levels. Continue reading “Working Toastmasters Pathways”

Contest Speeches and Ice Breakers

Today’s episode is about contest speeches and ice breaker speeches.

According to Toastmasters International, I’ve given more than 8 Ice Breaker speeches.

According to the evaluations on my desk, I’ve given my contest speech 8 times in preparation for this week’s area contest.

I see a connection, and it’s not in how many times I’ve done the same thing.

INTRO

Do you want to overcome your fear of public speaking? Do you want to discover the leader inside you? Welcome to Toastmasters, in one hour per week, we can help you do both. This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci. Continue reading “Contest Speeches and Ice Breakers”

Membership Contests

Where will you find a Toastmaster? Get new members in your club with  membership contests.

I went to a story-telling conference last week and discovered that one of the other attendees is a Toastmaster.  ( Hi, Alan!) Then I met another gentleman who has been in Toastmasters in the past.

You never know where you’ll find a Toastmaster – or someone who would like to know more.

Because of that, I’d like to ask a favor of you. If you like this podcast – would you tell one person about it? Someone who would like to know more about Toastmasters – or a current Toastmaster who needs to know more about the Pathways program? Thank you!

Why am I asking this?

Continue reading “Membership Contests”

Toastmasters Meetings: Why you should go

Oh, not another meeting.  It’s that time of year when we in the northern hemisphere know that spring is coming – months from now. We want to sink down into a warm blanket and sip something soothing and not leave until that groundhog’s prediction no longer matters. But there’s a Toastmasters meeting. Why should we go to Toastmasters this week? we ask.

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Can you spare an hour a week to change your life?  With Toastmasters, you can find the voice inside you and discover the leader you can become.  This is the Toastmasters 101 podcast.  I’m your host, Kim Krajci

Continue reading “Toastmasters Meetings: Why you should go”

Toastmasters Open Houses to Recruit New Members

How to run Toastmasters Open Houses

Why do we have Toastmasters Open Houses? Do you know what kind of turnover you can expect in a Toastmasters club in one year?

I actually did the math and you know what? Toastmasters International is probably right.

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Welcome to Toastmasters – where in about an hour a week, we can teach you public speaking and leadership skills. You will change your life as you improve your communication skills and discover the leader inside you. I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Recruiting New Members in the DCP

Toastmasters clubs have a metric to determine how well they’re serving their members. The Distinguished Club program has a list of goals that a club should be aiming for. Most of those goals are education awards earned by the members. some of the goals are administrative – reporting the new officers, getting them trained, and paying dues on time in both September and March.

But there are two more goals – building membership. Continue reading “Toastmasters Open Houses to Recruit New Members”