I took away a lot from this year’s Mid-Year Training in Kuala Lumpur. Firstly, tropic rainstorms are something to behold and can soak one’s only pair of leather shoes taken along for the trip in minutes. Secondly, the real version of Nasi Goreng is soooo much better than the prepared one from Lidl.
Lastly and finally, everything we do in our Toastmasters is driven by our organisational mission.“We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.”
I would like to invite all of you leaders and members to reflect on it for a moment. This mission is why we, as a District, have launched so many initiatives designed to help you and your clubs. Be it the beginnings of standardised Club Officer Training, the imminent launch of our Club Ambassador Programme, club and member level incentives and our 1 – 70 – 100 vision.
1 – A member gaining an educational award each year is evidence that as they rise through Pathways levels, they are becoming more effective communicators and leaders!
70 – Making the most of Toastmasters membership takes time, especially if one has leadership aspirations and wants to test themselves by becoming a club or District leader. Empowering requires retaining. This is why we should strive to retain 70% of our members each year!
100– Becoming an effective communicator requires an audience, becoming a leader requires others to serve. This can’t happen with a handful of people, however it becomes easier when a group reaches 20+ people. The magic of Toastmasters only works when 100% of our clubs are thriving and growing.