Are you a new Toastmasters club officer? Have you heard about the club success plan meeting?
I got a message on Linked In last week from Roy Monarch, a Toastmaster from the Word Doctors club in Texas. He asked, “Do you have a plan what we could model as we work on our first DCP plan?”
No, I didn’t plant that.
It’s gratifying to hear from a listener – and then to be asked such a good question just at the time we need to answer it makes my day.
Today, we’ll talk about the Toastmasters club success plan. What can new club officers do now to become a distinguished club that is serving its members well?
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The Club Success Plan
I know some people don’t like the Distinguished Club Program because they feel that some clubs want the title and short the members in the process.
Maybe some do. Maybe some people cheat the system. Frankly, it’s not very hard to save club awards from being posted to the system until next year. Or a member can choose to not submit an award until the new Toastmasters year.
None of that changes that the Distinguished Club Program, as it stands, is a fine metric to show what a Toastmasters club should do to serve its members well.
Recently, I talked extensively about the DCP and each of the goals or points. This week, I want to look at the mechanism a club needs to work to achieve these goals – and why.
Roy asked me about what new officers can do to make sure a club is successful.
My answer is pretty succinct: work the program and earn awards that benefit you. That means don’t do speeches that aren’t projects and get the evaluations so that you will improve.
Being a club officer doesn’t mean you sacrifice your own purpose to learn public speaking in being a member of Toastmasters.
In successful clubs, I’ve never seen a single club officer fail to work on their own skills. I’ve seen some unsuccessful clubs – where speeches are given without being part of a project to get credit – those clubs often fail their members in other ways. But what we often see is that the lack of project progress is a sign of a club that may not be taking seriously the growth of the members.
Remember – each project has a purpose. Pathways education system is based on the objective to learn and practice a new skill. When that purpose isn’t recognized by the speaker or the evaluator, the member will not progress in their skills. We should probably do a show on that purpose statement on every evaluation form… but let’s get back to the club success plan for now.
So, if you’re a club officer – work your Pathway and reap the benefits that you joined Toastmasters to get.