Club Officer Roles

Toastmasters Club Officer Roles

There are 7 elected club officer roles in every club.  Let’s take a look at each role:  the responsibilities and the reasons why you may want to consider this for your future. Continue reading “Club Officer Roles”

Level 5: Lessons Learned Elective Project

I joined Toastmasters because my boss told me to.

How many people joined Toastmasters at the recommendation of their bosses? (Thank you, bosses!) They understand that you can make Toastmasters work for you at work. When we look at Level 4 and Level 5, we see some opportunities for you to streamline your Toastmasters progress – and projects at work.  One of these in particular is the Level 5 Lessons Learned elective project.

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Prepare to Speak Professionally: Level 5 Elective

Maybe it’s because of who I follow on social media that I’ve gotten dozens of emails and social media ads that say “The best place to reach your customers is on the stage where they’ve come to hear you speak.” So you want to prepare to speak professionally.

That makes good sense. Instead of spamming thousands of people who will likely unsubscribe from your list, you find a place to speak and invite all the interested customers to come and hear you.

The push to become a professional, paid speaker is pretty fierce right now. Whether it’s a fad or recognition of a long-standing truth – there’s a push right now to learn how to speak professionally. And here’s Toastmasters, where it’s always been, getting our members ready to step up onto that stage. In Pathways, it’s a Level 5 elective: Prepare to Speak Professionally. Continue reading “Prepare to Speak Professionally: Level 5 Elective”

Toastmasters District Events Outside Your District

If you’re a new member of Toastmasters, you might not understand the organization of the program. How the parts make the whole, as it were. But you probably have heard about the Toastmaster district events where the entire district has been invited, either for education, or for awards, or for both.

Every fall, we host Toastmasters district events. District 10 held the Quality Club Forum district event – a series of presentations to help build up clubs in the district. District 11 held the Fall Education Day. What’s the difference? There were a lot of differences in the Toastmasters district events – differing messages, separate tracks vs single track, and whole lot of new people I’ve never met before.

That made all the difference to me. It’s why I recommend you get outside your comfort zone and try a different Toastmasters district event from just your club meeting.

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3 Tips for the New Toastmaster of the Day

Toastmaster of the Day looks like the most intimidating job at a Toastmasters meeting as it’s the role of the one running the meeting.

Trying to be an agent for order in a swirl of chaos – like a teacher in a swarm of students who are running for the door at the end of a long school day. Being a Toastmaster of the day doesn’t look easy.

Today, I have 3 tips for people who are nervous about taking on the role for the first time.

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The Value of the Leadership Style Quiz

I’ve seen some discussion online about petitioning Toastmasters International to create a single starter level with a number of projects that don’t have to be repeated.  A number of advanced Toastmasters have contributed their ideas, including me.  My idea is the the Leadership Style Quiz and the Communication Style Quiz ought to be included in that beginner’s level.

Repeating speeches is apparently of concern to a number of people.  I even covered it in a previous podcast – toastmasters101.net/31.

The Leadership Style Quiz came up when I attended the District 10 Quality Club Forum Club Recognition Ceremony today.   I heard something that made me sit up and take notice – about the quiz.  About what the Leadership Style Quiz did for one woman.

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Level 4 Electives

Level 4 Electives are exactly the same across all the paths with three exceptions.  Those electives were turned into the required projects for those particular paths.

Level 4 Electives

Looking at this list

  • Create a Podcast
  • Building a Social Media Presence
  • Managing a Difficult Audience
  • Write a Compelling Blog
  • Manage Online Meetings
  • Question-and-Answer Session
  • Public Relations Strategies
  • Manage Projects Successfully

I  see that many of these relate to the newest trends in communications:  online and social media.  Even the Public Relations Strategies project is relating to media, even if it’s hypothetical.  Question and Answer Session, Manage a Difficult Audience, and Manage Projects Successfully do tend to be more in person rather than virtual.

Since you’re listening to me on a podcast, I don’t imagine I have to explain the power of social media and an online presence.  But let’s generally review all of these electives because here’s the start of you using your skills in a very outward fashion. Continue reading “Level 4 Electives”

Pathways Choices: Resources to Help

It’s time to choose a pathway.  Pathways choices seem more complex this time around.

Decisions in Pathways Choices

There’s been a bit of grousing in Toastmasters land these days.  As the days of the Competent Communicator wane, I see a lot of people mourning a loss that maybe they didn’t expect.

Since I’m still working on a last CC manual, I guess I’m not ready to mourn just yet since I don’t miss it.  But as I make my pathways choices, I’m a bit nostaglic, not for the Competent Communicator, but for the simplicity of the advanced manuals.

Is choosing a pathway that difficult?

Only in my mind. Continue reading “Pathways Choices: Resources to Help”

Repeating Speeches

I listened to an ice breaker this week from a man who just chose his next pathway.  His speech explained why he selected this path instead of repeating the speech he did with his first ice breaker.  Is repeating speeches  bad in Toastmasters? Continue reading “Repeating Speeches”

Chief Judge and the High Performance Leadership Project

Toastmasters Contest Chief Judge

Do you love paperwork?  Then the role of chief judge is yours.  Because there is a boatload of paperwork that the chief judge has to manage.

I guess they called this organizer the Chief Judge because she is – wait for it – in charge of the judging and the judges.  And the ballots.  And the ballot counters and the timers and… all that paperwork.

The chief judge is technically not a judge.  They have no votes in the contest at all.  I tend to think of the Toastmasters contest master as a ringmaster in a circus – the one out front, directing the audience’s attention to the next attract.  The Chief Judge is more like the backstage manager – handling the logistics.

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