Membership Building

PR Report, from District PR Manager, Helena Brewer

Nominations for PR Awards

From radio interviews, local TV, promotional videos, Facebook, Twitter, articles in newspapers and magazines, club newsletters, through to speech on the beach, club anniversary parties, new club charters events and annual club dinners, there’s been plenty of activity to keep your club VPPRs occupied. Read More

Getting the Word Out! By Pauline Masters, Gloucester Speakers

The inauguration of a new Toastmasters Club requires commitment, leadership and public relations to help it become a successful club. Gloucester Speakers launched 14th October 2014 and chartered 1st March 2015. Public relations made a significant impact, letting people know about the club existence and accepting new members, all to facilitate development of their public speaking skills.

To spread the word, traditional PR was employed such as press releases, posters, business and networking. Then as now, we make full use of social media, Facebook and Twitter. We found that Meetup has helped move us forward.

Local radio love to have notice of local events and are supportive in developing awareness of how Toastmasters helps with public speaking. Our PR coup, air time on BBC local radio. Read More

Long Service Awards at Harrovian Speakers Club

Harrovian Speakers Club recently celebrated 13 years since its inception and continued the trend of achieving President’s Distinguished Club status last Toastmasters year. This was made possible only due to the teamwork of the Cabinet (as we endearingly referred to the officers committee) and combined efforts of each member of the club.

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News from PR Manager Helena Brewer

Helena Brewer PR Manager

Helena Brewer
PR Manager

What’s going on this month,

  • membership drive time
  • Convention in Washington
  • first FREE Leadership Institute
  • budding writers…

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A Message from District Director Vanessa King, DTM

Vanessa King District Director

Vanessa King
District Director

Happy New Toastmasters Year!

New Years are typically a time of celebration, appreciation and of looking forward to the year to come.

We have so much to celebrate in our District. At the time of writing, we celebrate achieving President Distinguished District and being very high in worldwide rankings for club growth, distinguished clubs and clubs with more than 20 members. All those numbers are wonderful, but what they mean is truly spectacular. Read More

News from Pedro Casillas DTM, Program Quality Director

Recent DOT (District Officer Training) saw 87% of Division and Area Directors attending an excellent day of Toastmasters education. A fantastic turnout!

Pedro Casillas Program Quality Director

Pedro Casillas
Program Quality Director

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How to do a Club Success Plan..

With Post-It Notes!

Goals Goals Goals.. yes I know the Euros are on but those aren’t the sort of goals I’m talking about…

I’m talking about your educational awards, your progress in the Toastmasters Program.

Now, not everyone wants to set goals and I’m completely fine with that. One of the many wonderful things about the Toastmasters program is the fact that it is entirely self-paced. It’s up to you when you what to do something and there are lots of people who are quite happy attending meetings and just having a good time not concerning themselves with goals and progress and recognition (oh my!)

CSP Poster 2This idea is for members and club committees who do want to set themselves goals and do so in a fun way.

I spotted this idea on the The Official Toastmasters International Members Group on Facebook.  Many thanks to incoming VP Education Kathy Shine, DTM of Cream City Communicators, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Her club completed Moments of Truth two weeks ago. They have already implemented several suggestions from our members and have begun to develop plans for further action that will be included in their 2016-2017 Club Success Plan.

One suggestion was to find a way to display member goals and progress in a non-threatening and non-embarrassing way for all members, and to encourage others who are taking a slower pace as they focus on building self confidence.

Their solution: they invited their members to sign their name and indicate their goal on a super-sticky post-it note, then placed them all on a large poster board marked simply as “2016-2017 GOALS.” They plan to have a second poster labelled “2016-2017 GOALS COMPLETED” and members can move their post-its from one board to the other in a simple recognition ceremony during a club meeting. What a great photo opportunity!

CSP PosterThey have several fun, colorful shapes:

  • crown shaped post-it notes for members who want to work toward their Triple Crown award
  • red apple post-its are for members who want to serve as mentors – they will be paired up with a green apple / mentee
  • dialogue post-its for people who want to attend their first conference or convention
  • other post-its for goals specific to their club, for example Club Ambassador, being part of their traveling “Cream Team” (a Capture the Banner program, which sounds a lot like Thomas the Travelling Gavel in Area 55)
  • stars for Competent Leader and Communicator awards
  • clouds for Advanced Leader and Communicator awards

It’s a Club Success Plan on a poster board! Why not try it in your club? If you do, send photos to dltdistrict91@gmail.com.

The Toastmasters Promise

web_res_vk_086Why did you join Toastmasters? Why have you stayed?

We all have very different answers to those questions. Maybe a boss told you you really had to improve your presentations or you wouldn’t be able to advance your career. Maybe you had to make a best man’s speech and you didn’t want to let your friend down. Perhaps, like me, you wanted to meet new people with different experiences.

I suspect that, no matter the range of answers to the first question, the answer to the second is pretty much the same for all of us.

Toastmasters has changed our lives.

We discovered capabilities in ourselves we didn’t know we possessed. We felt good about supporting a fellow member. We laughed, cried and developed long-lasting friendships with fellow members, and sometimes more, as I did.

It’s a pretty great place to be, isn’t it!

Wouldn’t you love to share that feeling with others?

When you joined Toastmasters, you made an agreement with your club – The Toastmasters Promise. You might not remember, but it’s there, on the back of the membership form you signed, and in the front cover of your Competent Leader and Competent Communicator manuals. There are ten promises and I’d like to focus on just two of them:

  • To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow
  • To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers

If you look around your club though, is there anyone you haven’t seen for a while? Perhaps a friend, maybe an acquaintance. Do you ever wonder how they are doing? Why not give them a call, just to say hi and let them know you’re thinking of them and ask them to come back to the club for a visit.

I encourage you to invite a friend to your next club meeting. Share with them how Toastmasters has affected you. They’ll probably recognise the changes you’ve made but be unaware of the reasons why. Invite them to your club so they can experience the Toastmasters program.

Grow and be strong!

Best wishes,
Vanessa King, incoming District Director 2016-17

 

New Members Workshop

Holborn Speakers are pleased to announce that the New Members Workshop will be taking place Tuesday 26 April 2016 at The Temple Bar Pub, WC2.

This fun and informative event is perfect for anyone who has recently joined Toastmasters or for members who would like to learn more about how to make the most of their Toastmasters experience.

Here are a few of the topics that will be covered:

Brief history of Toastmasters
How to make the most of the Toastmasters manuals
How to find support and a mentor
Setting goals for your Toastmaster year
…and much more!

trangFurther Details:

The workshop will take place Tuesday 26 April.

Venue: The Temple Bar Pub, 1 Milford Ln, London WC2R 3LL (close to Temple underground station).

Please arrive at 6.30 for 6.45 start.

Holborn Speakers website

Ascot Speakers are all heart!

Ascot Speakers are showing an innovative approach to their membership building campaign.

From 1 February – 31 March Toastmasters International clubs can participate in Talk Up Toastmasters.  Clubs can hold an Open House meeting to share what Toastmasters has to offer with a wide range of guests.  If your club gains 5 or more members during this period you get a Talk Up Toastmaster ribbon for your banner, a discount at the TM shop, and…most importantly…the satisfaction of knowing you’ve encourage more people to take their first step on their Toastmasters journey of learning and discovery.

Read more about membership building contests:  http://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/F5673723522A4FA29B7ED302B2F40371.ashx

And find out more about Ascot Speakers

Next meeting on 10 February 2016: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bring-a-love-to-ascot-speakers-tickets-21031087549

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