January 2018

Identify and Achieve Your 2018 Goals

Learn how to discover and pursue what’s most important to you this year
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Setting goals is important. Not only can it help you avoid being complacent, but it can also give you something to aspire to. Now that you’re at the mid-way point of the program year, ensure continued success in 2018 by using these tips to identify any additional goals you want to accomplish during your term.

Figure out what’s most important

Before you make your list of goals, take the time to think about what’s most important to your club, district or members this program year. What are the main issues you are facing, and how will you address them over the next six months?

Find your blind spots

Every leader, no matter how great, will miss important things if they rely solely on their own perspective. Consult your fellow club or district officers on what they think your goals should be, and utilize their point of view to ensure your list of goals is as comprehensive as possible. You can also consult your members! Make the focus of your next club meeting goal setting, and try incorporating ways to improve the member experience into a Table Topics® question.

Understand how your goals connect to the big picture

Once you’ve chosen your goals, one last thing to do is figure out how they relate to the larger goals of Toastmasters International. For club officers, how do your club goals tie-in to the district mission? District leaders, are your goals directly aligned with regional goals? And finally, how are your goals aligned with the organization’s envisioned future of being the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development?

Communicate your goals

Now that your goals are set and in line with the organization’s larger objectives, communicate them to your fellow club officers, district leaders and other members of your team. You should also consider creating and sharing a roadmap and timeline of when you expect each goal to be accomplished. Good luck!

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New Pathways Testimonials

As Pathways arrives in more districts, members are sharing their stories about how the new program is enhancing their Toastmasters experience. Watch this new video featuring testimonials from District 33, and share it with your members to get them excited about Pathways!

Translations Reviewers are Making a Difference

Thank you to the members of the Spanish Translations Review team and to all volunteer review teams. Pathways materials are being translated into Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Members around the world give their time and effort to ensure that all Pathways translated materials are accurate and authentic. Currently, Pathways materials are available in French, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. Visit the translations team page to learn more about the members who make up each team.

Look Professional with Branded Business Cards

Make a lasting impression at your next club meeting, open house or event with Toastmasters-branded business cards! Use the online template to create your cards and be ready to share them with prospects so they can contact you.

Sponsor the 2018 International Convention Now and Save!

Do you know anyone who might want to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 Toastmasters International Convention? Let them know they can save $100 on exclusive packages during the Early Bird Special, good through February 28. This is a great chance for individuals or companies whose services are relevant to members (as well as district corporate sponsors) to showcase products, services or sponsor the Helping Hands volunteers!

International Officer Candidates

The Toastmasters International Leadership Committee has nominated the 2018–2019 international officer candidates. Voting for the nominated candidates will take place at the next Annual Business Meeting in August 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Laurel Hilbert: I Had an Endless Vision

Meet Toastmaster Laurel Hilbert, a Syrian-born immigrant who has dramatically transformed his life after arriving in the United States at age 17. Blind since birth, he overcame homelessness, language barriers and all the other challenges of immigrating to a new country. Now 21, Laurel talks about the change and growth he’s experienced over the last four years. You can read about his incredible journey in this month’s Toastmaster magazine cover story.

Recognition Dashboards Temporarily Unavailable

Toastmasters International is excited to announce that the World Headquarters transition from California to the new office in Colorado begins this month. Staff transitions have begun, and all relocation activities will be complete by May 1, 2018. An important part of the transition is the physical move of systems and equipment used for daily operations. Whenever possible, the transition has been planned to ensure that service to club and district leaders will not be impacted; however, from January 19 until approximately January 24, dashboards.toastmasters.org will be unavailable. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Download the Pathways Logo

The Pathways logo is now available to download in both color and grayscale versions! Visit the Logos and Design Elements page on the Toastmasters website to access it now.

Ready for Club Officer Kits?

Make sure your 2018–2019 club officer kit arrives on time by logging in to Club Central by March 1 to update your club mailing address and language preference. Kits will be mailed in May to the mailing address on file.

New Pathways Testimonials

As Pathways arrives in more districts, members are sharing their stories about how the new program is enhancing their Toastmasters experience. Watch this new video featuring testimonials from District 33, and share it with your members to get them excited about Pathways!

Translations Reviewers are Making a Difference

Thank you to the members of the Spanish Translations Review team and to all volunteer review teams. Pathways materials are being translated into Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Members around the world give their time and effort to ensure that all Pathways translated materials are accurate and authentic. Currently, Pathways materials are available in French, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. Visit the translations team page to learn more about the members who make up each team.

Look Professional with Branded Business Cards

Make a lasting impression at your next club meeting, open house or event with Toastmasters-branded business cards! Use the online template to create your cards and be ready to share them with prospects so they can contact you.

Sponsor the 2018 International Convention Now and Save!

Do you know anyone who might want to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 Toastmasters International Convention? Let them know they can save $100 on exclusive packages during the Early Bird Special, good through February 28. This is a great chance for individuals or companies whose services are relevant to members (as well as district corporate sponsors) to showcase products, services or sponsor the Helping Hands volunteers!

International Officer Candidates

The Toastmasters International Leadership Committee has nominated the 2018–2019 international officer candidates. Voting for the nominated candidates will take place at the next Annual Business Meeting in August 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Laurel Hilbert: I Had an Endless Vision

Meet Toastmaster Laurel Hilbert, a Syrian-born immigrant who has dramatically transformed his life after arriving in the United States at age 17. Blind since birth, he overcame homelessness, language barriers and all the other challenges of immigrating to a new country. Now 21, Laurel talks about the change and growth he’s experienced over the last four years. You can read about his incredible journey in this month’s Toastmaster magazine cover story.

Recognition Dashboards Temporarily Unavailable

Toastmasters International is excited to announce that the World Headquarters transition from California to the new office in Colorado begins this month. Staff transitions have begun, and all relocation activities will be complete by May 1, 2018. An important part of the transition is the physical move of systems and equipment used for daily operations. Whenever possible, the transition has been planned to ensure that service to club and district leaders will not be impacted; however, from January 19 until approximately January 24, dashboards.toastmasters.org will be unavailable. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Become a Better Leader

Mid-year Training is coming soon! Make the most of this opportunity to build your leadership skills by completing your pre-work in advance. If you have questions, please email the Training team.

Easily Access Lead Reports

Club growth directors and marketing committee teams: explore the new Toastmasters Lead Management (TLM) report templates. Access pre-formatted reports to analyze, manage and share your leads. Begin by logging in to the TLM dashboard (Insightly), then select “Reports” and use the Standard Report Templates folder. Choose any of the reports to automatically generate your district data. Export reports to Excel by clicking the Actions tab so you can easily analyze them or share with your district director.

Prepare for Upcoming Elections

Your District Leadership Committee should already be seeking district officer candidates for 2018–2019. To ensure that the selection and election is well-managed and successful, please review the Elections Toolkit and Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections in the Governing Documents.

Achieve Distinguished Club Program Goals

Ensure that your clubs are progressing toward distinguished status by reviewing the Performance Reports Dashboard and Club Success Plan. These resources can help you determine if your clubs need to make any adjustments to successfully complete the program.

Financial Deadlines are Approaching

Please remember to enter December 2017 information into the district accounting system by January 31. This will allow the district director, finance manager and audit committee to complete the Monthly Narratives and Certification spreadsheets by the February 15 deadline for Mid-Year Audit Profit & Loss Statement and documentation. Also, complete both the inventory and accrual templates if you expect to have inventory and expense accruals as of December 31. Email your finished templates to the Finance team by February 15.

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