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12th December 2018

Eight presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to make more sales

https://dealersupport.co.uk/eight-presentation-pitfalls-to-avoid-if-you-want-to-make-more-sales/

Dealer Support Readership: 10k

12th December 2018

8 presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to close more deals/make more sales

8 presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to close more deals/make more sales

Entrepreneur and Investor Readership: 40k

A Christmas message from District 71 Director – Patricia O’Reilly, DTM

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Jack Frost nipping at your nose

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir

And folk dressed up like Eskimos…
(The Christmas Song)

Season’s Greetings to all members of District 71. 

I would like to thank all of you for giving selflessly of your time to your fellow club members and your clubs.

Just as you do in your Toastmasters clubs, at this Christmas season please give selflessly of your time to your family, relatives, friends, neighbours, the elderly and the vulnerable in your community. Remember that “Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.” Anonymous

On behalf of the District Leadership Team, I wish you all a happy and joyous Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

And so, I’m offering this simple phrase

To kids from one to ninety-two

Although it’s been said many times, many ways

“Merry Christmas to you”.
(The Christmas Song)

 

Stepping into a Leadership Role – Why not you?

By Elizabeth Nostedt, DTM; Region 10 Advisor, Past Region 11 Advisor, and Past District 59 Director

Within a brief time (if it hasn’t already happened by the time this goes to print), your District team will be asking YOU if you would like to step forward and take a leadership role at the District level – as an Area Director, Division Director or higher. You may have many different thoughts about this – like:

  • Am I ready for this?
  • Do I really want to do this?
  • I have so many other things happening now.
  • What do I have to do in this role X?
  • and so on.

Leadership roles are not obvious to all of us, but they can certainly help us grow as people. Let me tell you a few leadership stories from my career in Toastmasters and in a corporate setting.

As Area Director (AD) – this is the true test of serving others.

As Area Director, people may look up to you as the person that should know everything. But that is not necessary – because there are so many resources in Toastmasters to help you – like the District Leader manual. This is exactly what I learned – I did not have to be an expert. I knew how to read – and I learned to ask good questions. I could ask the person who was AD before me, and I could ask other District leaders. I could also say – “I don’t know the answers to that.” I further learned that when I conducted Club Officer Training and when I visited the clubs in Area – I learned so much about people. I learned about their wants and needs and dreams for being a leader. I learned that I was the servant leader to them.

I set the vision for the Area for the year. I believed that our clubs could be Presidents Distinguished and through the training sessions, we reviewed how to do it with the club leaders. They caught the vision and understood it. We achieved it.

As soon as that Leadership Vision was clear, then it was my role to help them implement it. It included further interpretation of what each goal meant and what actions were necessary.

The biggest learnings came from working with others as volunteers. Of course, all the club officers are volunteers! And as AD, we are volunteers. So, it is not like at work where we work with employees, that they are expected to do the work because they are employees and get paid to work. It meant that I reflected on if I needed help with something, how could I best ask for help, and would this appeal to the person I asked, so that they would help.

As CGD, PQD and District Director

These roles further expanded my learnings as a leader, because there were more committees and more work to be done THROUGH others. A vision, an inspirational idea, enthusiasm for the work, willingness to do the work myself – these were all ways to work through others to achieve our goals. I learned to coach others with great open-ended questions so that they often found the answers they were seeking.

Was it all easy? Definitely not! I can certainly say there were challenges – but they also meant large leadership/personal learning lessons. There were people who could not get along with each other, an area director who did not want to build a new club – because he/she knew better, keeping District conferences within budget, and so on – each challenge came with a new lesson to be learned.

Servant leaders are motivated by caring and the agenda they seek is mutual benefit.” -Stephen M.R. Covey

When working in a corporate setting

I have worked for many years in various corporate settings – from being an “ordinary” employee, to being a department manager and leader of a large group and to my current position as a Senior Project Manager on IT and Business projects. Each of these roles of leadership meant something new.

As an “ordinary” employee, I was the leader of my own work. I learned time management of my own time. Some of you may think that it is tough when a manager is telling you what to do, but what if you yourself are the slave driver!! This is comparable to you as an ordinary Toastmasters member who also must take responsibility and needs encouragement to reach the next level of growth and awards.

As a Department manager, then I saw the people who were motivated by what they were doing, and those who were not motivated. As I see it now, all motivation is “self-motivation” and it was my work to ensure that we could find the things that would keep all the employees motivated in some way. This is perhaps like you as an Area Director, where you can see the clubs that are motivated to reach DCP and others that simply do not care.

As a Senior Project Manager now, I am caught between what my Management Team wants me to deliver, and what my team members say they can deliver. That is another dilemma. This is perhaps like the Division Director role – caught between the Area director and the District Leadership Team.

In each role at work, and in each level at Toastmasters, I take the time to reflect what lessons I have learned, and there are so many. They have made me a better person and a better leader – and they were so worth doing because of how much I have grown.

Dec ’18 Program Quality Update

By John Cox, Program Quality Director

Season’s Greetings

Club Quality – How are we doing?

It’s been a busy time of year leading up to Christmas with Club, Area and Division Contests, a visit from Toastmasters International CEO, Dan Rex, and Area Director Club Visits and their reports being produced. Many thanks for all the challenging work that has gone into these activities.

I urge club Presidents to share the Area Director’s Club Visit Reports with all their officers and identify those key areas for improvement.

Consider carrying out the Moments of Truth educational in your clubs to get members’ views on areas for improvement. You will find their feedback and potential support invaluable.

Identifying areas of improvement is the easy bit – doing something about it will be the real test for the leadership team and their members.

Common themes for potential improvement that have emerged from those reports include:

  • Information provided to guests
  • Inducting and engaging new members – bringing them quickly up to speed
  • Promoting/marketing the club
  • Running a Guest/Open Night to bring in new members
  • Navigating Pathways
  • Social events
  • Educational sessions
  • Increasing membership

The Japanese practice something they call Kaizen – change for the better, continuous improvement – and is a measure of both the leadership of their organisations and the engagement of their employees.

I believe we need to get better at challenging the status quo – in the same way that we encourage our members to improve, we need to apply the same improvement principles to our clubs.

Let’s strive to make our clubs better each year and I’m sure we will see that reflected in member retention, increases in membership and more members achieving their personal goals.

The second Club Visit Reports, to be completed by May, will be a good indicator of the improvements that have been made.

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft Programmes

I am still pushing for clubs to reach out into their communities with new Youth Leadership Programmes and Speechcraft. I have YLP and Speechcraft Kits, and promotional materials available so please get in touch.

[This edition contains a selection of Speechcraft case studies http://d71toastmasters.org/speechcraft-case-studies/ to help and inspire you]

Pathways

Please also look at who in your club has still to enrol on Pathways. This information is available on your Club Roster on the TI website.

Appoint a Pathways Champion to help those who may be struggling to get to grips with the programme. There are now materials around to help understand each of the 10 Paths and the associated Projects at each level: http://bit.ly/2BjKc3R.

All the Evaluation Forms can also be found online and downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2EkvaxS

It would be great to see which clubs manage to get 100% of their members enrolled on Pathways and all their newer members progressing through their various Levels.

I will be looking to reward those clubs who make the greatest progress.

2019 Norwich Conference – May 10-12

Don’t forget to book your place https://www.norwichconference2019.com for our only conference in 2019.

As well as all four contest semi-finals and finals, there will be educational workshops, the District Council meeting with the District Leader elections and some great speakers’ including Eldonna Lewis Fernandez and Marcus Hemsley.

The theme will be the 1940’s and we will be entertained by the D-Day Darlings and The Joe Ringer Band. The venue is the Holiday Inn Norwich North, right next to Norwich Airport. I’m sure it will be another great conference so Book Now!

I guess this will be the last newsletter before the Christmas break so can I please wish you a brilliant Christmas and New Year and hope that you get all you wish for in 2019.

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations

Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2019-2020? Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills.  Leadership roles can be challenging, but mostly they are rewarding, and they are always a learning opportunity.

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of:

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Division Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, M, N and S)

For more details please click on the links below:

 

First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2019-20 by Saturday 15th December 2018

 

If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork

  • From the candidate themselves
  • Both Submissions should be made to
    • the District Leadership Committee Chair – Immediate Past District Director, Red Skelton, DTM at skeltonred1@gmail.com
    • Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run is

Saturday 15th December 2018.

 

After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate.  The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2019, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2019, when voting will take place.  Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Red Skelton at skeltonred1 (at) gmail.com

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson #ChantalCookePR

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Vinette Hoffman Jackson (Bedford Speakers)

 

11th December 2018

How to add impact to your presentation by using unusual props

How to add impact to your presentation by using unusual props

Lidradio Readership: 26k

28th November 2018

How do I… use creative and unusual props in my presentation?

http://www.bqlive.co.uk/national/2018/11/28/news/how-do-i-use-creative-and-unusual-props-in-my-presentation-34481/

Readership: BQLive says they have audience of 153k entrepreneurs, MDs and CEOs across the UK

19th November 2018

Nine of the Best Props to Add Impact to Your Presentation

https://blog.indezine.com/2018/11/nine-of-the-best-props-to-add-impact-to-your-presentation.html
Indezine: Make better presentations, fast!; Readership: 10k

Discover how mosquitoes were used as props in a speech as Bedford speaker shares her top tips

https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/discover-how-mosquitoes-were-used-as-props-in-a-speech-as-bedford-speaker-shares-her-top-tips-1-8710606
Bedford Today, Readership 88k

14th November 2018

Ten of the best, unusual and most effective props

https://www.newbusiness.co.uk/articles/trainingeducation/ten-best-unusual-and-most-effective-props
NewBusiness.co.uk, for better business advice; Readership: 42k

Announcing Dan Rex in Ireland 16-17 November

Dan Rex

Dan Rex, CEO Toastmasters International, to visit

We are honoured to announce a brief visit by Dan Rex to Dublin in November.  Dan’s Itinerary includes: the presentation of a corporate Club Award; lunch with past International Director Ted Corcoran, who is recovering from major surgery, and members of the District Leadership Committee; and a visit to Division M’s Contests on Friday Night.

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

Biography

As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources, and support to 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.  He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals.

Rex has worked for Toastmasters for 27 years, and during that time he has led several departments at World Headquarters, giving him a unique perspective and an impressive depth of knowledge of the organization.  In 2008, he assumed the role of Executive Director, a title that was changed to Chief Executive Officer in 2013.  Rex’s previous positions include Deputy Executive Director, Director of Communications and Marketing, Marketing Division Manager, and Membership Manager.

Rex holds a BA degree in Modern Languages from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  He holds certificates from the Leadership for Senior Executives course through Harvard Business School, and the Executive Leadership Program through the University of California, Berkeley.  He completed the Strategic Leadership Programme through the University of Oxford.

In addition to his Toastmasters duties, Rex serves as a member of the Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC) of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

 

 

Special Educational Section: Community Outreach Programs

Special Educational Section: Community Outreach Programs

Many of our members are actively taking their Toastmaster skills out into the community. Their endeavours raise Toastmasters International’s profile, attracting new members to our clubs whilst having fun and enriching their skills. Here a series of articles have been collated where they share their experiences and tips for best practice.

The articles are broken down into three main sub sections. One each for the two-main community-based programs of Toastmasters International 1) the Youth Leadership Program (for young adults with safeguarding arrangements) and 2) Speechcraft (for adults). The final subsection is devoted to diverse examples that go beyond this, such as judging outside speaking competitions and training or presenting to non-members

Toastmaster Isweri Pillay (Clonmel Toastmasters, Ireland) reviewed this section. Isweri was actively planning for a corporate Speechcraft that is now underway and summed it up better than I.

That is a wealth of experience in these pages. People have been so generous with their contributions. 3 take home messages for me. Be flexible, prepare well and network to get support from other Toastmasters.”

Due to the volume of submissions the Community Program section has been split into three separate print editions of the District Newsletter. This edition we start with the Youth Leadership Program. For the keen the other two outreach topics are available online now

But first some incentives to get you started

Outreach Programme Incentives

John Cox, Program Quality Director

 

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft programmes are a wonderful way to put all that Toastmasters experience into practice, helping youngsters and other members of our communities to gain the benefits of our Toastmasters programmes. It will also help to raise the profile of Toastmasters and gain new members and clubs. District can support clubs running brand new outreach programmes through the provision of advice and guidance, marketing and promotional materials, and Programme Kits worth over $30. Contact Program Quality Director John Cox for more information.

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) – Case Studies

Speechcraft case studies

Diverse Community Outreach case studies

Guest Division H

Guest Division H

Editorial

Steve Campion DTM (East Herts Speakers), Division H Director

Having the privilege of being the featured Division for this edition of the District newsletter means that we get to share some of the adventures of our members. In this edition, we learn what happened when a very new member went to our Division conference, hear about how two of our clubs celebrated educational awards, learn about the benefits of advanced clubs, and enjoy tales of spooks, stories, and supper. This edition is focused on what happens when Toastmasters get out into the community, so look out for the articles by Elizabeth Jordan, Vicky Lester and Daniel Sandars about youth leadership and helping people in their careers [See links at bottom].

What can I tell you about Division H? Well, we’re:

Home to the District Cruciverbalist. Why not take the challenge of entering the monthly crossword competition? These wonderfully well researched questions are set by a member of Hertfordshire Speakers and they aren’t fiendish at all. Honest.

Hospitable and social. Many of our members are members of multiple clubs, which helps to spread experience and excellence. It also makes life horrendously complicated when it comes to finding eligible judges at speech contests!

Homologous with The Bahamas: OK, so the beautiful countryside of Area 20 doesn’t obviously compare with the beaches around Nassau, but it does something in common with District 61 area 92. In the past Toastmasters year, they were the only two areas in the world to have all six clubs reach Presidents’ Distinguished status

Hungry for growth: We recently welcomed Luton Communicators as our latest club to charter, and look forward to Stevenage Speakers and Milton Keynes Confident Speakers chartering soon

Honoured to be home to the first person in the District to complete and collect an entire Pathways Path. Congratulations to Elizabeth Jordan on her success with the Leadership Development Path. Elizabeth is also the first person to complete the Pathways mentoring programme.

Hilarious. We’ve just held our Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests. I’m still giggling when I remember it

Hitting new highs with Pathways: Did you know that out of the 111 Pathways awards in the District, 30 of them have been earned by members of Division H?

Hot! But that’s obvious….

Adventures of a newbie

Andrea Lee, Stevenage Speakers prospective club

When Stevenage Speakers Club launched in the summer of this year, I signed up hoping it would allow me to practise new skills and help me to feel more connected with the outside world. I certainly struck gold when my mentor, Steve Campion (Divisional Director), agreed to be my Pathways Mentor. He encouraged me to broaden my horizons by attending events outside of my own club and recommended that I attended the Divisional Conference.

As a ‘newbie’ this could have been a lonely experience but, in practice, was far from it. At Stevenage Speakers we often have visiting Toastmasters supporting the club and I recently visited North Herts Speakers too. This meant that although there were already familiar and friendly faces, and one even jumped in my car to help me find where to park!

With “The Future of Communication” as the theme of the day, the Divisional Conference was certainly the place to be to help me feel connected and happening. Not only was it inspiring and entertaining to meet and listen to so many competent speakers, I was able to make new friends and pick up tips over lunch about how to commit my speeches to memory – my current biggest struggle.

The highlight for me was a Table Topics session, live on the big screen, with participants from as far away as the Caribbean and South Sudan. Presentations about how to ensure websites make the first page of Google were current and useful for all attending. With so much modern technology, and the world changing at the pace of knots it was also interesting to hear from individual Toastmasters about what they felt technology added or took away from the whole mix of communication methods.

Overall, it was a fantastic day, which left me buzzing for some time after. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the many Toastmasters who worked so hard to make this event such an enormous success.

Advantages of Advanced clubs

Nigel Oseland (Cornerstone Communicators)

Nigel OselandAfter a few years in Toastmasters International, you may look at further ways of advancing your speaking skills. Challenging yourself to contests and attending conferences all help, but have you considered joining an advanced club?

Having been a member of Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasters Club in Division H for over a year, I have concluded there are three good reasons to join such clubs.

Firstly – I was first attracted to visiting Cornerstone Communicators due to their program of useful workshops. Some workshops are facilitated by club members and fellow Toastmasters, but external experts are brought in occasionally (and workshops are often free to members). For example, I have attended valuable workshops on quite specific but relevant topics such as: rhetorical devices, “winning evaluations”, humorous speeches, stand-up comedy, presenting on the radio, being interviewed by journalists and so on. The workshops not only provide knowledge but stimulate and motivate further thoughts.

Secondly – Cornerstone Communicators (and other advanced clubs) just do things differently. For example, rather than a standard evaluation the club usually offers an open evaluation – where each member of the audience is invited to provide a commendation and recommendation. Table Topics are very different, and more akin to the impromptu speaking seen on TV. Quite often two or more members will perform together – perhaps one narrating and the other miming, or there may be an absurd dialogue or interview situation in which the two members verbally spar. These Table Topics are indeed challenging but also so much fun than the norm.

Thirdly – As might be expected the members of advanced clubs are experienced speakers, many are professional presenters and workshop facilitators. As with most Toastmasters, they are willing to provide expert advice, valuable within and outside of Toastmasters. They are also well connected and know of conference organisers looking for speakers etc. Unlike one-off courses, advanced clubs give you on-going access to these experts.

There are several advanced clubs throughout the District and beyond. You’re welcome to visit Cornerstone (in Markyate) or at one of our monthly online meetings. Go on, treat yourself and join one of the advanced clubs!

Celebrating success

Eldergate Toastmasters has a record breaking year

Esha Sokhi, CC ALB (Eldergate Toastmasters Club)

Eldergate Toastmasters, Milton Keynes celebrated a Goals Awards evening to recognise a record breaking of 24 awards being achieved by their members between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018. Collectively members earned 7 CC’s, 8 CL’s, 7 ALB’s, 1 ACB and 1 ACS. Eldergate Toastmasters club would like to share some of the lessons learnt along the way to help other clubs in District 71.

Firstly, engage with all your members, understand what brings them to Toastmasters and help them achieve their goals. Secondly, make sure members stay on track by continuously reviewing their progress with the Vice President of Education (VPE). This is easier said than done. Each member was motivated by being asked to set an annual goal. By sharing their intended goals with the VPE, it provides the Toastmaster with self confidence that the goal is obtainable. Individually members were asked a simple but important question, “What are your goals for this year and more importantly how can we help you achieve them?” By reviewing goals regularly with your VPE and seeing progress, soon that self-confidence turns into inspiration of oneself, an unstoppable force.

The third and final lesson is one of having fun and building camaraderie within the club, so members felt supported and develop and realise their potential both in and outside of club meetings.

24 goals are an enormous number so with fizz in hand, certificates, and medals presentations, we completed our jubilant celebrations this summer.

Who needs an Oscar when you can have an EARNIE?

Rose Marie Calder, DTM (Luton Speakers Club)

You have heard about the BAFTAS and the OSCARS, but have you heard about the ERNIES?

If the term the ‘ERNIES’ does not sound familiar to you, then a visit to Luton Speakers Club is in order. In what has become an annual fixture, Luton Speakers Club holds an awards-evening each year to celebrate the success of its members.

The name itself is a tribute to the club’s first three Presidents: Elaine Hide, Rose Marie Calder and Nike Ogundana. The final three letters describe the attributes of our club’s members: Incredible Eloquent Speakers.

Since the concept of the ERNIES awards was introduced we have had a surge in members taking on roles to qualify for the next year’s ERNIES awards. Receiving an ERNIES is an achievement to celebrate in our club

Halloween Spooks & Soup

Davina Malcolm, Hertfordshire Speakers

Six years ago, when I joined Hertfordshire Speakers Toastmasters Club, I never thought I’d be inviting spooks to supper! I did, and it was a tremendous success. In the words of Toastmaster, Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, from Hertfordshire Speakers: “Davina is a consummate storyteller. Her stories together with Bob’s songs made the Halloween event an evening to remember. I hope it will become an annual event.”

Although a college lecturer, I was afraid of public speaking outside my own classroom. Since retiring, I have become a story-teller at local and national events. I am particularly keen on events that promote environmental awareness.

The easiest way to get an audience is to invite them. I planned a Halloween story, song, and supper in our village hall for 24 paying guests. Although finding and presenting the right mix of ghost stories was crucial to the success of the evening, there was so much more involved.

All the range of skills I’d practised at Toastmasters paid off as, for the event, I had to be President, Toastmaster, Sargent-at-arms, and speaker.

Agreeing the date and venue was the easy bit. Delegating the songs to my husband Bob was a given. Luckily a cook was also available, and happy to fit food courses into our playlist schedule. (“Playlist”: there’s a novel word in my repertoire.) Next, I advertised using posters and, for the first time, the village Facebook page. Design, put up, check, then actively sell tickets to ensure we had a full house.

I had delegated decorating the room to a friend with an eye for design and detail but, in helping her, I learnt that it took longer than I thought. It meant I had no time left on the day for rehearsing or panicking. Instead, dressed up and ready to go, I was there to meet and greet. In my introduction, I remembered to include Health & Safety, phones off instructions plus a review of the format of the evening. Telling spooky stories that had been running around in my head for 3 weeks was a relief. I could let the demons go.

 

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) – Case Studies

Diverse Community Outreach case studies

Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

John KendallJohn Kendall DTM (North Herts Speakers), Past Pathways Ambassador and Guide

Around our districts there are hotspots of Pathways activity, but there are others that have yet to fully grasp it.

What distinguishes clubs making the most of pathways from the others?

Some of the factors are:

  1. Champions – who know more about the projects or how basecamp works,
  2. Senior members e.g. New DTMs, setting the example of starting a path,
  3. Most of the officers starting a path,
  4. Some members making fast progress in pathways,
  5. Giving new members are good start.

The learning load for a new member was high enough when they had manuals and loads of people to ask about things.  Now they are told how to login and most people in the club can’t help them and before they can start they have to choose a path from 10 without really knowing the consequences.

Toastmasters works best by doing things in small steps – a salami approach.  So how do we make it easier for a newcomer to do their Icebreaker?  If we had lots of experienced members in the club, we could mentor them about paths and teach them how to use choose a path and how to cope with the basecamp implementation.

Now we don’t have enough pathways experienced members in most clubs –  so until we do, we can make the steps to start smaller.

VPE (Vice President of Education) gives all new members electronic copy (PDFs) for all level one projects, as they are the same in all paths, and while they are doing these – introduce gradually to the paths – and basecamp.

By the time they have finished the third project they will have to choose their path and learn basecamp to go on to level 2.

This will speed the process & time it takes for new members to get their first award.

Remember our core values, Integrity, Excellence, Respect & Service.  Are we, being good clubs members doing all we can to maximise the benefits of pathways for new members?

District Officers will know that Pathways gives the opportunity for new members to contribute to Distinguished Club Programme goals in their first year and the mix of traditional and pathway goals allows club to achieve a higher performance than usual.  Are your club officers including new members in their plans?

Of course, pathways are not just for new members, it is for all of us.  We all joined Toastmasters International to learn new skills, not for CC or DTM awards.  Pathways is simply a way we can choose our new learnings.  When we do the icebreaker at the start we bring all or current knowledge with us and build on it as we progress.

It is said only babies with a full nappy look forward to changes.  That is not true of Toastmasters is it?  We are all here to learn new things, aren’t we?