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Top Tips for Membership Growth & Retention – Florian Bay

September is the membership renewal and Smedley Award season for Toastmasters clubs. In this short video, Florian Bay, our Club Growth Director (CGD), shares his top tips on membership growth and retention.

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3 Ways Toastmasters Changed My Life – By Shola Kaye

Two and a half years ago, I attended my very first Toastmasters meeting. At the time I had no idea what a profound effect Toastmasters would have upon my life and career! Now, as I look back over my time as a member it’s easy to see the amazing impact it has had.

Over a decade ago I was ‘let go’ from an account director role. I hadn’t contributed enough during business meetings because I was too shy to speak up! Ironically, I later ended up working as a professional singer, but I knew I had a bone to pick with public speaking and realised that it was an issue I would eventually have to tackle.

As such, I’d been meaning to attend a Toastmasters meeting, literally, for more than two years before my first visit. One day, I found myself as a visitor at what would become my club, Grosvenor Square Speakers in Central London. I attended 3 consecutive meetings as a guest, and after the 3rd meeting, I joined, knowing I could resist no longer!

If I had to sum up the ways in which Toastmasters has had the biggest impact upon me, I’d say it was in the areas of leadership, community and openness.  Read More

International Speech & Evaluation Contests

The big one. Details to follow.

See videos of previous winners here.

Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contests

The District 91 Humorous Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest will take place on Saturday 4 November 2017 at the Hilton in Gatwick. This will be preceded by Area contests in September and Division contests in October; to qualify first enter your club contest.

For the Humorous Speech Contest the contestants present a 5 to 7 minute humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (with an opening, body and close) and not a monologue i.e. series of one-liners.

For the Table Topics Contest the contestants present a 1 to 2 minute impromptu speech. All contestants are assigned the same topic, which is told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.

See our calendar for a list of the divisional contests and check the website for previous district Humorous Speech and Table Topic winners.

Success and the Smedley Award by Florian Bay

Every club welcoming 5 new members during the months of August and September will automatically receive the Smedley Award for membership growth! Don’t miss out an opportunity to add another ribbon to your club banners. A club banners full of ribbons is always an amazing talking points for guests and members alike.

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