October 2017

5 Ways to Respectfully Disagree with Your Boss

It’s easier than you think
Top 5 Toastmasters Club Myths

Disagreeing with someone in authority can be difficult. Whether it’s your club president or your supervisor at work, there are a few ways you can get your point across respectfully. Here are 5 tips from the experts:

Pick the right time and place

The middle of a club meeting probably isn’t the best time to address your concern. Neither is during an important presentation. Colette D. Ellis, Principal at InStep Consulting, LLC suggests that “you pick a time you think will work best for him/her.” Additionally, she suggests looking for nonverbal cues, such as if he/she is frustrated or overwhelmed, in which case, they probably won’t be receptive to your feedback.

Establish a good relationship

“If you built a respectful working relationship with your boss, your input is going to be seen as more credible,” says Gayle Abbott, CEO of the consulting firm Strategic Alignment Partners, Inc. That means you should have an ongoing dialogue with your boss on a regular basis, using a combination of small talk and professional interactions.

Know your boss’s personality

Is your club president an introvert or extrovert? Do they respond to hard data or do they prefer personal, relatable anecdotes? Communicate with him/her in a way that best relates to them. For example, if they are a numbers person, come prepared with data, charts and graphs. Put yourself in your club president’s shoes and visualize your approach.

Be passionate but not emotional

Although arguments are more convincing when they’re delivered with passion, that doesn’t mean you need to show a lot of excess emotion. This can make you look unprofessional and make your boss feel pressured. Be clear, confident and calm for the best impact.

Back down when you’ve lost

Sometimes you just can’t win. Gracefully accept your boss’s decision and let him/her know that you respect it. Hopefully these experiences will give you a better gauge on how to successfully bring up issues in the future.

Don’t be afraid to disagree with your boss. Alternative ways of thinking and fresh ideas will help you and your club or organization grow.

Related Resources:
How to Disagree with Your Boss
How to Disagree With Your Boss and Still Get Ahead
Communication and Conflict

Are You a Dynamic Presenter?

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You Can Still Catch Every Moment!

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Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

The Board of Directors met in August, 2017 prior to the International Convention. To learn about decisions that were made, read the meeting minutes and watch the Board Briefing.

October Dues Still Accepted Online

Although the October renewals due date has passed, you can still submit dues payments online to keep your club and members in good standing. Log in to Club Central to submit dues or conduct other club business online. If you need assistance, contact Club and Member Support by email or phone at +1 949-858-8255, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.–7 p.m. PT.

Is the Location of Your Club Correct?

To help guests find your club, take a moment to ensure your club's map location is accurate on the Find a Club tool. When changing your club meeting location, both the address and map marker must be updated on Club Central. If adjustments are needed, log in to Club Central and select “Club Contact and Meeting Information” to reposition the club's location on the map.

DCP Recognition Ribbons

Distinguished, Select Distinguished and President's Distinguished ribbons were mailed in late-August to clubs who achieved recognition in the 2016–2017 program year. If your club earned Distinguished status or higher but has not received its ribbon, please email the Tracking Team; a replacement ribbon can be sent based on inventory availability.

Are You a Dynamic Presenter?

Apply to be a speaker at the 2018 International Convention next August in Chicago, Illinois. If you have experience addressing international audiences of 1,000 or more, submit your video and application by December 31, 2017.

You Can Still Catch Every Moment!

Did you miss the 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking®? Want to hear Golden Gavel recipient Erin Gruwell's inspirational speech? These convention moments and more are available through Toastmasters On Demand.

Take a look at the convention photo gallery!

Relive your experiences in fun-filled photos with you and your friends. Choose from your favorite pictures in the official convention gallery, and purchase them as prints, digital downloads or keepsakes.

Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

The Board of Directors met in August, 2017 prior to the International Convention. To learn about decisions that were made, read the meeting minutes and watch the Board Briefing.

Profit and Loss Statements Due

To meet the October 31 deadline, please complete these steps: 1. Submit your 2017–2018 budget; 2. Enter all financial transactions through September 30 into the district accounting system; 3. Reconcile bank accounts for each month through September 30; 4. Notify World Headquarters to close the books; 5. Email the completed Monthly Narratives and Certification Spreadsheet.

Area Directors: Visit Your Clubs!

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PRM Webinar Video Provides Helpful Tips

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DCP Credit for Charter Club Officers

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Stay on Track to Distinguished Status

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