March 2017

How to Lead Through Storytelling

Learn how to motivate and inspire more effectively with these tips
Toastmasters Leader Letter StoryTelling

Being a great storyteller is one of the most effective ways to lead. From politicians to business leaders, the best storytellers rely on a mixture of strategy, knowledge and skill to motivate their audience and inspire them to trust in their vision. Focus on these key areas to become a better storyteller and leader:

  • Show, don’t tell – A story’s power lies in the details. Help your audience connect with your message by using specific descriptions that allow them to step inside and imagine the story for themselves.
  • Be spontaneous – When a story or speech is completely scripted, you’ll tend to read instead of perform, and your delivery will suffer. Practice telling your story with less emphasis on the script and focus on melding your heart, soul and voice into a singular, powerful delivery.
  • Use an emotional appeal – Logic can be a powerful tool in influencing a person to trust in your vision. However, appealing to emotion is equally important in winning over an audience and is perhaps even more influential than logic. Look for ways your story can tap into emotions that might resonate with your listeners.
  • Stray from your performance comfort zone – The more you’re used to speaking or performing in front of others, the more comfortable you will be doing it. Try theater (or Table Topics®) to help you build confidence and improve your ability to win over an audience.
  • Harness the power of your voice – How fast you speak, your intonation and your word choice provide nearly endless options for how you approach your delivery. Great storytellers select a way to use their voice to emphasize and reinforce their message.

Remember, simply telling a story isn’t enough. Use these strategies to help your audience visualize your common goal, the plan to achieve it and—most importantly—why they should care.

Preparing for Pathways

The Pathways Preparation Schedule is a document designed to help prepare you for the Pathways rollout in your region. The schedule provides information about the supporting resources available to you and the timeline to follow to ensure that your club is ready when Pathways arrives.

All-New Testimonial Video

Watch this powerful video featuring a diverse group of members describing how Toastmasters changed their lives. Share it with current and prospective members to get them excited about everything Toastmasters has to offer!

New Welcome Ribbons in All Languages

Welcome Ribbons are now available in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Order yours today in the Toastmasters Online Store.

Explore the New Club Central

Preview the redesigned version of Club Central, featuring an enhanced user experience. Click the button at the top of the Club Central page to launch the preview version. Email Club and Member Support if you have any questions.

Avoid Losing Access to Club Central

Club officers will lose access to Club Central 30 days after their membership expires and may not receive further communications from World Headquarters. To ensure that your club officers can continue conducting business in Club Central, please verify all club officers have paid their dues. If you have any questions, please review the Club Officer FAQ or email World Headquarters.

Process Dues Renewals by April 1

Dues renewals are due by April 1. Please remember to log in to Club Central and process your club member dues by the deadline. Email World Headquarters if you have questions.

Give Your Winners Official Recognition

Save 10% on all Torch Awards exclusively available in the Toastmasters Online Store. Use promo code: TORCH. Offer valid March 1–31, 2017. Not valid with any other offer.

Grow Membership and Receive Recognition

Participate in the Talk Up Toastmasters membership-building program now through March 31, 2017. Encourage your members to invite guests to special meetings where they can learn about Toastmasters’ benefits.

Preparing for Pathways

The Pathways Preparation Schedule is a document designed to help prepare you for the Pathways rollout in your region. The schedule provides information about the supporting resources available to you and the timeline to follow to ensure that your district is ready when Pathways arrives.

All-New Testimonial Video

Watch this powerful video featuring a diverse group of members describing how Toastmasters changed their lives. Share it with current and prospective members to get them excited about everything Toastmasters has to offer!

New Welcome Ribbons in All Languages

Welcome Ribbons are now available in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Order yours today in the Toastmasters Online Store.

Succeed as an Area Director

Discover how you can improve as an area director by reading Serving Clubs Through Visits: A Guide For Area Directors. Learn how to create supportive learning environments and properly evaluate clubs based on Moments of Truth, a guide to club quality standards. Submit an Area Director's Club Visit Report after every visit, and complete all visits by May 31, 2017 to receive District Recognition Program credit.

Get Credit for Officer Training

Earn recognition credit when club officers attend second-round training by submitting your Club Officer Training Report via District Central by March 31, 2017. Report updates are due no later than May 31, 2017. Please check your report regularly to ensure it's accurate.

Stay on Track for DRP

Help your district meet its District Recognition Program goals by June 30, 2017. Use the Performance Dashboard to keep up to date on overall performance and to determine where attention should be focused to achieve the district mission.

Give Your Winners Official Recognition

Save 10% on all Torch Awards exclusively available in the Toastmasters Online Store. Use promo code: TORCH. Offer valid March 1–31, 2017. Not valid with any other offer.

Keep Your Clubs in Good Standing

Assign a Club Coach to any club with less than 13 paid members to help them remain in good standing and grow. Clubs that did not have at least eight paid members during the October 2016 renewal period have already been notified. Ensure club renewal payments are submitted by March 31, 2017 to prevent club suspension.

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