Viewpoint: The Home Stretch!

Viewpoint: The Home Stretch!

A message from our International President

You all know the “home stretch”? It’s the 10K fun run in your community, and there’s just one more kilometer to go. Or, you’ve worked hard all year on your university course, and the final exam is just a month away. Or you’re an army man or woman on a six-month deployment in some hotspot on the other side of the world, and you’ll be home in just a few weeks. By the time you read this Viewpoint article, the end of the Toastmasters year will be about six weeks away – more or less – and that means we are all in the home stretch!

Remember the start of this Toastmasters year, 10 months ago? You did set goals, didn’t you? Whether you are the member, the club officer or the district leader, you set goals for yourself or for your team. You set S.M.A.R.T. goals; goals that were important to you then, and goals that are important to you now. Or you set goals that you have already achieved (congratulations!) or perhaps you need the home stretch to get to where you want to be (good news - there’s still time!).

As Lee Iacocca, “savior” of the Chrysler Corporation, put it: “If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.” What’s the most important use of your Toastmasters time in the remaining few weeks of this year? If you’ve already accomplished what you set out to do, can you help a fellow club member achieve his or her goals? As a club officer, what can you do to create the conditions for success for your club during the home stretch? At the district level, how does current performance measure up to the four critical success factors? Know what’s important, then give it all you’ve got!

Did I mention we are all in the home stretch? And so I ask myself the same question: What’s the most important use of my Toastmasters time in the remaining few weeks of this year? The answer: To do my very best to support you as you “Shape Yourselves and Shape your World”! Let’s cross the finish line at the end of the home stretch – in great shape – together!

Chris K. Ford, DTM
International President