New Toastmasters and Ice Breaker Speeches

We’ve got a new member or two in our Toastmasters club.  They’re working through the Toastmasters education program Pathways and selected their paths.  As they get ready to give their ice breaker speeches, I’ve been asked for advice.

What do you tell someone who’s getting ready to give their first speech in Toastmasters?

Today, we’ll talk about how to coach someone – or how to look at your first speech – and what not to expect.

Intro

Do you dream of changing the world?  With a goal that big, you need the leadership skills and public speaking expertise to make your dream come true.  Toastmasters is dedicated to teaching these skills in a fun and safe environment.  We’re meeting online right now – so you can join any club in the world.  This is Toastmasters 101 podcast, and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Ice Breaker Speeches

Have you heard the statistic out there that 90% or so of members join Toastmasters to learn public speaking?  I believe it.  In the past couple of months, we’ve gotten three new members in our club that span the range of the average member:  terrified, motivated, and aware of their shortcomings in the face of change in their career.

How do you advise them about their ice breaker speeches? Continue reading “New Toastmasters and Ice Breaker Speeches”

Guest Packets for Your Toastmasters Clubs

Does your club have a guest packet for guests to help them decide to join?

What persuaded you to join Toastmasters?

Everyone has their own reasons. We could boil it down to a statistic: 98% of members joined because they want to learn public speaking.

So all our guest packets should only address that, right?

No. Not right.

On today’s podcast, I’m going to look at what one club put together for an electronic guest booklet, and a couple of ideas I wonder about – do you think they might work? Continue reading “Guest Packets for Your Toastmasters Clubs”

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.

Intro

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.

INTRO
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”