March 2019



Featured Article

How Do You Define a Great Leader?

Hear from Toastmasters Board of Directors members on how they define a great leader.





SHARED NEWS

Watch and Wow! -Top-performing Toastmasters clubs can come in a variety of styles and interests. Watch this entertaining Wow!Factor video to get some creative ideas, then film a one-minute video telling us what makes your club so great and different. To submit your video, email marketing@toastmasters.org for upload instructions and post on social media with hashtag #wowfactor. For more on the Wow!Factor Project, visit this webpage.

Improve Your Marketing Efforts - Check out the newly redesigned All About Toastmasters brochure! Featuring a contemporary design, this essential marketing material explains how Toastmasters works and the benefits of membership. Hand out this brochure to prospective members when they attend a meeting or an open house!

Reframe Your Life in 5 Seconds - The desire to be more productive is a constant in today’s world. People are always looking for tips and tricks to maximize what they can accomplish each day. Many Toastmasters have developed their own productivity "hacks" or methods for combating procrastination and completing more of their goals while still maintaining work-life balance. Learn how to use the 5-second rule to stop procrastinating and leap into action in this month’s Toastmaster magazine cover story.

The Path to Presentation Mastery - To become an accomplished public speaker, you must connect with your audience. The Presentation Mastery path, one of 11 in the Pathways learning experience, provides the techniques to do just that. It helps you write a persuasive speech, tell an engaging story, handle difficult audience members and improves your overall public speaking. Read how the projects in this path are broadening members’ speaking skills and helping them in their professional lives.

Update to Speech Contest Materials - Starting with the 2019–2020 program year, you will no longer need to wait for your speech contest materials to be delivered in the mail! Beginning July 1, 2019, all speech contest kits (1196 series of kits) and the Speech Contest Rulebook (Item 1171) will only be available digitally. Rather than purchasing these items, you will be able to download them for free from the Resource Library and print the amount needed for your speech contests.

Nominate an Outstanding Toastmaster - Each year, the International President selects several Presidential Citation recipients who will be recognized during the Hall of Fame ceremony at the Toastmasters International Convention. If you know an outstanding member who has made significant contributions to the organization, be sure to nominate them for this prestigious award. The deadline for all nominations is May 1, 2019.

International Officer Candidates Nominated -The Toastmasters International Leadership Committee has nominated the 2019–2020 international officer candidates. Voting for the candidates will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in August 2019, in Denver, Colorado, United States.

Share Your Journey - Show off your progress on your learning path! Visit www.toastmasters.org/PathPins and use code PATHPINS to save 10 percent on Toastmasters Pathways Path Pins and Level Tags! Offer valid March 1–31, 2019. Not valid with any other offer.

DISTRICT NEWS

Encourage Open Houses -Clubs should have spent January and February assessing their current club experience and planning ways to improve it. In March, it’s time for clubs to hold open house meetings. Encourage each club in your district to hold at least one open house meeting. They should promote them with the newly redesigned Open House Flier, which features four unique designs and versions that are optimized to be printed at home. If clubs need help running their meeting, share the Open House PowerPoint with them. If they are looking for other materials to help their club be the best club it can be, have them visit the Wow!Factor Tools Store.

Updated Pathways Adoption Rates - The Pathways statistics in District Central have been updated and now also shows the adoption rate at the club level. Research has shown a positive correlation between the adoption rate of club officers and its members; therefore, we are asking for your help to ensure that club officers are working in Pathways. District leaders should focus on ensuring that club officers are engaged and supported in their efforts to get members started with Pathways. With your help, the goal is to see higher adoption rates at all levels.

Update to the District Leader Kit - Starting in the 2019–2020 program year, the District Leader Kit, including the translated versions, will only be available digitally. In the past, Toastmasters International had to print and ship these kits to incoming district leaders around the world. By offering these as digital files only, we will be able to make updates and get these essential training materials to leaders in a more timely manner. When helping transition your role, please share this information with your newly elected district leaders. Please look forward to an updated District Leader Tools page in the coming month.

CLUB NEWS

It’s Time for Open Houses - During January and February, clubs assessed their current club experience and planned ways to improve it. In March, it’s time to hold Open House meetings. Promote them with the newly redesigned Open House Flier, which features four unique designs and versions that are optimized to be printed at home. To help run your meeting, utilize the Open House PowerPoint. If you are looking for other materials to help your club be the best it can be, visit the Wow!Factor section of the Toastmasters Online Store.

Update to the Club Officer Kit - Starting in the 2019–2020 program year, the Club Officer Kit, including the translated versions, will only be available digitally. In the past, Toastmasters International had to print and ship these kits to incoming club officers around the world. By offering these as digital files only, we will be able to make updates and get these essential training materials to officers in a more timely manner. When helping transition your role, please share this information with your newly elected officials. Please look forward to an updated Club Officer Tools page by the time club officer elections start in May.

 



SHARED NEWS

View the Toastmasters Gallery - Clubs can get even more creative now that a wealth of images for club use can be downloaded through the Toastmasters Gallery. View branded images, which are updated monthly, and access Toastmaster magazine archives. Check it out today!

DISTRICT NEWS

Keep Your Clubs in Good Standing - If any of your clubs are struggling with membership, the best thing to do is to assign a club coach to be their success partner. Clubs with at least one paid member and no more than 12 total paid members are eligible for a club coach. Any club without at least eight paid members during the October 2018 renewal period have already received an email informing them they are no longer in good standing. Visit Club Central and ensure membership dues payments for the next renewal period are submitted by March 31, 2019 to prevent club suspension.

Update Your Leads - With the end of the program year in sight, we are sharing a few key reminders to help you best manage and prepare your Toastmasters Lead Management (TLM) records for the program year-end transition. Assess all lead record Pipeline Stages and update them as necessary. Review all open lead records and disqualify any leads that are not likely to charter a club by the end of the program year. It is recommended to add a note in the Related tab of the lead record detailing why the prospect was disqualified. Update Lead Owners for all lead records as necessary in the event any ownership has changed. For more tips, refer to the Toastmasters Lead Management Best Practices and Guidelines.

Have You Completed Your Area Director Visit Report? - Submit your Area Director Club Visit reports through District Central on or before May 31, 2019 to receive Distinguished Area Program credit. Remember that your support affects the future of clubs in your area and empowers officers and members alike to achieve their goals. For club visit best practices, read Serving Clubs through Visits: A Guide for Area Directors.

CLUB NEWS

Don’t Miss Out on Converting Prospects - Recently, the way prospective members contact clubs from the Find a Club page on www.toastmasters.org was updated. Prospective members now fill out a form with their information and then an automated email will be sent to you with their information. To make sure you don’t miss out on converting these prospects to members, ensure you send an email directly them.

Pay Dues by April 1 - Membership dues payments for the next renewal period are due on or before April 1, 2019. Please remember to log in to Club Central and submit your payments by the deadline. Unpaid officers lose access to Club Central 30 days after their membership expires. Email the Club and Member Support team at renewals@toastmasters.org if you have questions.



DISTRICT NEWS

Stay on Track to be Distinguished - Ensure you reach your targeted District Recognition Program (DRP) milestones by focusing your attention and efforts where they’re most needed. View the Performance Dashboard for the latest statistics on your overall district performance. DRP goals must be met on or before June 30, 2019.

CLUB NEWS

Grow Your Club -The Talk Up Toastmasters membership-building program offers your club the chance to earn a special ribbon and qualify for 10 percent off your next club order when five new, dual or reinstated members join and pay member dues. Please note that these members must have a join date between February 1 and March 31, 2019.



DISTRICT NEWS

Get Credit for Club Officer Training - Recognize club officers who attended second-round training by submitting your Club Officer Training Report through District Central on or before March 31, 2019. After submitting your report, you will have until May 31, 2019 to make any final updates. Please check your report regularly to ensure it is accurate. This will help the clubs in your district receive credit towards the Distinguished Club Program.