General

Adopt-a-Club Incentive

 

Does your club have an incredible potential and hasn’t reached it yet? Is it challenging to reach and/or keep the charter strength (20 members)? You can reach out to a club that can help you on your path to success (or a successful club can reach out to a club they can help).

What’s in it for you?

Struggling club:
- Achieve a distinguished status or higher.
- Enjoy quality meetings, stronger and deeper member experience.

 

Boost Your Open House

When planning your next Open House have a look at these resources:

1 Open House PowerPoint – A presentation specifically for open house events, “Open House PowerPoint” explains the Pathways education program and provides information on member benefits, including details on the extensive resources available to members. 

Call for District Leaders for Next Year 2021-22

Nominate yourself or a fellow Toastmaster to lead District 96 through July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Every year on July 1st a new set of Toastmasters leaders take up their roles.  This happens at all four levels of leadership in our district - Club, Area, Division and District.

Club elections provide the majority of the leaders (almost 1,000) at the club level.

Our District 96 Leadership Nominating Committee is currently looking for passionate members to serve in approximately 50 District leadership positions for the 2021-2022 term.

Changing My Own Little Corner of the World

Originally published By Angela Louie, DTM

Many people join Toastmasters to improve their performance at work. That was never my goal. But looking back over 16 years in Toastmasters, I can definitely say that it has had a significant impact on my work and my career.

Congratulations 2019-2020 Club Mentors

Remember when you went to a toastmaster meeting for the first time and everyone knew what was going on but you? Imagine a brand new club with new members all not knowing everything that happens.

District 96 Incentives for 2020-21

The district would like to recognize and reward those clubs and members who realize the district mission to build new clubs and to help existing clubs achieve excellence.

Due to a new directive from Toastmasters International we can no longer offer third-party incentive certificates. The rewards below will be reviewed and reassessed by the Core Team. If you have suggestions, please feel free to reach out to the TRIO.

Incentives will be reviewed and confirmed in September.

Evaluate? Evaluate. Evaluate!

Originally published By Rodney Denno, DTM

“If I could give one piece of advice to members, it would be this: Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate.”

 

-- Presiyan Vasilev, 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking

February is Toastmasters Month

Janice Parkinson
Submitted by jprknsn@gmail.com on Sat, 01/30/2021 - 15:41
Provincial proclamation image

February is Toastmasters month around the world and here in British Columbia. 

Use this proclamation as part of your open house and membership drives this month!

Use  the text of this proclamation to work with your city to declare Toastmasters Month in your own city.

Most importantly, celebrate the things that we do to make the world a better place.

 

Category

How To Become A Great Public Speaker

Anyone can be an effective public speaker. Just ask Jim Kokocki. In 1981, he was a shy corporate IT guy who did little public speaking. A few of Kokocki’s colleagues noticed that he didn’t speak much at meetings, so they brought him along to a Toastmasters International event. The rest, as they say, is history.

Important Message from District Director Louisa Davis, DTM

Club Meetings and Division Speech Contests (B, H & S)

Due to the evolving impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Toastmasters International Board of Directors has made the following exceptions, effective immediately and until further notice:

Make Your Votes Count - Assigning Proxies Matters

President and VPEd - Make sure you assign your votes to members who will be at the Spring Conference Business Meeting. 

Here are the rules concerning the number of votes a member can carry to the business meeting.

Manage the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Pro Tips

You have the privilege to speak in front of an audience.

That means you have a chance to positively impact others’ thoughts or emotions, improve your reputation, profile or authority and it’s a great way to get a step ahead.

On the other hand . . . you have to speak in front of an audience.

If you are like most people that means nervousness, sleepless nights, and tachycardia (palpitations for some).

New Club Leads

 

Do you remember your first Toastmasters meeting? How much have you learned since then? Did Toastmasters help you with your public speaking skills, social life, or even finding a new job?

 

In District 96, we have many opportunities to extend this life-changing experience to new communities and companies. As of today, we have 140 clubs, and we’d like to grow our Toastmasters family.

 

Ideas for clubs:

 

  • Corporate clubs

Our World Incentive

 

Would you like to have fun and get a chance to win US$100 to use in the Toastmasters International store?

- Capture your experiences, take photos and notes. Publish them all in a blog or newsletter. post blogs and newsletters on our District 96 website blog page at http://www.district96.ca/blog and pictures with comments on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/District96/

Public Relations Awards 2016-2017

  • Winners will be announced at the Spring 2017 Conference May 13th, 2017
  • Awards will be gift certificates to the Toastmasters International Merchandise store, to buy merchandise, ribbons, equipment and prizes for your club members.   
  • Timeframe: Nov 2016- May 2017
  • Open to ALL clubs in District 96

 

1)   Social Media Awareness Award - $100

·      Most “likes” gained on your Club Facebook page between Nov 2016- April 30st, 2017

Rise!

When we find our voice, we rise up.

An evening hosted by Toastmasters, for everyone.

We are bringing together an amazing group of speakers who will share with you how public speaking skills have helped them to Rise in their personal and professional lives.

Learn how public speaking can build your confidence, transform your life and discover new opportunities.

Shoot for the Moon from your hotel base camp...

The Executive Hotel in Richmond is offering our attendees a special hotel rate for April 16, 17 and 18th. 

GUESTROOM RATES:

We are pleased to confirm the following room very special reduced rates for this Conference:
 

Shoot for the Moon, Plan B: Virtual Workshops

Now that Toastmasters International has announced that we cannot host any District events, the District 96 Annual Conference has been cancelled.

PLAN B - Host a few workshops online instead!

Workshops will happen Sunday afternoons between 2 and 3 PM in April, May and June!

Our April lineup is confirmed. For details about the workshops you can visit this page

Speakers Bureau

Is your Toastmasters club looking for an experienced guest speaker who can talk about Public Speaking, Teamwork, Business Storytelling, or another topic?
 

Speakers Bureau, an easier option to find a guest speaker for your club, speakers who will provide the club an opportunity to hear a fresh voice
on the topic your club's learning path.

Start a Youth Leadership Program

As you may know Toastmasters International has an age limit for members of clubs.  It's 18 years old, but that doesn't mean that young adults younger than that should miss out on the important skills that being in a Toastmasters clubs teaches. That is where the Youth Leadership Program comes in.  It's for youth between 7 and 17 years of age.

Still Relevant

The ability to communicate is just as important today as it was pre Covid. Skills in leadership and communication are highly valued in corporations and in our communities. One could be the best in the world in their job, but if they lack confidence or skills to lead others their career could suffer. 

OnlineToastmasters will still teach members to:

Summer & Fall Open House Challenge

TM open house

 

Summer and Fall are great times to challenge your club to host an Open House.

Build club membership by inviting guests into your club so they can experience a well run and engaging Toastmasters meeting!

This challenge is open to any club.

Host an Open House in July, August or September - and we will help.

Take Your Toastmaster Journey to the Next Level

Take your Toastmaster Journey to the next level:

Are you wanting to learn, practice or enhance the leadership skills that you can take out into your “real world”? This is a safe place to try new ideas, make mistakes, learn from them, and improve. Any one of these roles will provide a learning opportunity to help boost your planning, management, and communication skills.

Toastmasters Coronavirus Update

Area/Division/District Meetings

As committed to this week, we continue to monitor the situation with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which has resulted in a major change effective immediately.

District events are no longer permitted in person from now right through to at least June 2, 2020 to prevent the further spread of this global outbreak.

In response to this, we held our District 96 Executive Committee meeting (Area Directors, Division Director, Conference Co-Chairs, District 96 Chief Contest Judge) this morning. 

VP Membership Recap - September 13, 2020

THANK YOU so much for caring so much about your club! Of all the years this is definitely the year that your club needs your leadership.

There are lots of people that don’t know what Toastmasters is so keep inviting!

People that show up to online meetings are looking and okay with online meetings. For those clubs that are meeting online, keep in mind, this is the way of the world now. Communication and Leadership never go out of style. Many people won’t ask to join, they are waiting to be asked.

VP Public Relations Meeting Recap - September 27, 2020

THANK YOU so much for caring so much about your club! Of all the years this is definitely the year that your club needs your leadership. There are lots of people that don’t know what Toastmasters is, so we need to work together to get the word out.

Welcome to D96's new website!

Your are viewing the new website for District 96.  It's a website for all of us, hopefully it will be the place to check regularly to see what is happening.

There are several new features that I would like to introduce you too.

Signing up

While it's not required you sign up for an account to read the site, you will need one to be able to post events, articles and news.  Signing up is easy.  You can either create an account or log in using the Facebook sign in.

Youth Leadership

The Youth Leadership Program is a workshop consisting of eight one- to two-hour sessions that enable young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience. The program is presented during or after school, or on weekends. In the workshop, young people learn valuable skills including: