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Surveys Speak Volumes

Member-satisfaction polls lead to valuable club feedback.

By Stephanie Darling

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30 Tips and Tricks for Hosting a Successful Online Event

Virtual events have quickly become the norm — and for good reason. Not only can you host them from anywhere in the world, but they can save you money, increase engagement with your audience and potential customers, generate leads, build your brand, and help you establish yourself or your clients as industry leaders...

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ABCD - Sorry What did you Say (Acronym Guide for Toastmasters)

Thanks to District 57 for the following compilation of commonly used Toastmaster Acronyms

What did you say?

 

Did you say "survey", "evaluation", feedback" ??  What is the difference.  A survey you ask for opinions BEFORE an event to find out what people want.. an evaluation and feedback you ask for AFTER an event to find out how it went - what went well and what didn't and what should be done next time.

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Don't Settle for the Highlight Reel

“Speech has power. Words do not fade.
What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.”

— Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), rabbi, theologian & philosopher

Among the dismal voids of the so-called information age is the paucity of published speeches.

Twitter and TV cover public addresses using bite (or byte)-sized dictums. At best, newspapers weave a phrase from a news conference into a pithy headline. Websites stitch together patchworks of a speaker's themes.

Guidelines: Get Started with Online Club Meetings

Online meetings are essentially the same as regular meetings with the exception of some protocols and technical equipment. These are addressed in this document. If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact your club or district officers.

Choosing an online platform

If you are a corporate club, your company should already have an account with an online meeting platform.

For community clubs, district 96 has a zoom account that you may be able to use. Check with your club or district officers.

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How to add your Club to Google Maps

Adding your club to Google Maps is quick and easy and is an excellent way to increase your club's exposure and will show up in Google Map search results.

(Based on a presentation by Donald Law, 2019-2020 Division J Director)

Before you start

Step 1: Is your club already listed on Google Maps?

Search Google Maps to see if your Toastmasters Club is already online.

If not, you can “Add a missing place.”

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How to submit an event.

District 96 covers a lot of territory and it's important to let our members know what is happening.  If you are a member of District 96 you can submit an event for your club, area, division or district.  It's easy and this article will give you steps on how to submit and event and edit just in case you make a mistake.

Step 1: Log in or create an account.

Listen to Understand - Speak to Inspire

2 simple rules for consistently delivering better speech evaluations

Originally published by Ian Cunliffe, DTM 

As Toastmasters, we have a very important job to do. We are entrusted with the responsibility of empowering others to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Yikes! Did we really sign up for that? And if so, how do we do it?

We accomplish this, in large part, through evaluations. Effective evaluations are the beating heart of any successful toastmasters program. Yet many toastmasters find evaluations to be daunting.

Meetup Groups For Clubs To Use

The district has three meetup groups available for clubs to promote upcoming open houses and competitions. A great way to get your club in the presence of hundreds of people. We know that not all clubs have their own meetup group and thus these groups function as communal meetup groups for clubs that do not have the resources to operate one. The groups that district clubs can post in are based on the geography of the club:

Momentum Maximizes a Speech’s Power

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.”
— William Barclay (1907–1978), Scottish author, professor & minister

In the midst of making a speech, there are few things more distressing than running out of steam. It might be on account of nervousness, lack of preparation, or a shortage of inspiration. Whatever the cause, the result is usually the same: panic, hesitation, and a scramble to reach an inevitably apologetic conclusion.

Practice Makes… Plasticity

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
— Albert Einstein (1879–1955), German-born theoretical physicist

One of the most-rehearsed forms of performance art is musical theatre, particularly on Broadway or London's West End. At the time of the COVID interruption, The Phantom of the Opera had played 13,370 times—the longest-running song-and-dance show in history.

Professional Zeal Keeps Customers Buoyant

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), German philosopher

Communication is weightless—but it has gravity.

On journeys by plane, ship, train or bus, it shows in the manner that staff interact with passengers. Aboard flights, rote repetition by cabin attendants ("Pretzels or biscuits?") reveals a dispiriting, cookie-cutter approach to customer relations. Dispensing juice in a plastic cup as solemnly as the Eucharist only exposes the thinness of such hospitality.

RENEW NOW! Tips for Dues Renewals April-Oct 2020

Dues and Renewals

Dues are due! Learn tips and tricks to get your renewals in by March 15, 2020. (The final deadline is March 31, 2020). Members pay prorated international dues of $45 USD every six months. Some clubs may charge additional fees. All new members also pay a one-time fee of $20 USD. Download a membership application here.

Below are tips from Stephanie Chow with District 4 Toastmasters to make dues collection easy. 

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SEO Suggestions for your Toastmaster club Websites

For community/open Toastmasters clubs, making a few changes on your website can bring in more visitors - lots more visitors. Download George Marshall’s SEO guide for some things you can do to have your club website found more often.

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The Rugged Road on Perfection's Perimeter

“What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.”
— José Manuel Barroso (1956–), Portuguese politician & university teacher

One of the reasons I joined Toastmasters was to confront crippling perfectionism. I think everyone is prone to this trait, some more than others.

After all, would life be as sweet if there weren't achievements whose excellence we pursued with abject devotion?

What does a great club promo video look and sound like?

Great storytelling sets a club apart from others and motivates members and attracts people to join. For example, behind the scenes, video & photos revealing the club culture and how the meetings are conducted creates a connection. This puts a face to the club. People can see the interior of the meeting rooms, who attends, how they dress and how people interact with each other. 

“COT Best Practices – 5 Tips for Club Officers in August 2020”

It was Shirley Daley, International Director Candidate from Region 8 who reminded me in a Zoom call recently, “Just because we’ve done something or heard something before, doesn’t mean we don’t need to hear it again!” I wrote her quote down word-for-word because I have often thought, early in my Toastmasters ‘career’ about training twice a year and why are we doing this again.