September

Selflessness: A Better Way to Lead

Effective leadership is about giving more and demanding less
Top 5 Toastmasters Club Myths

Some people mistakenly perceive being a leader as simply ordering people around. However, according to several modern-day experts, a leader is someone who guides their team to its objective while supporting everyone along the way. Master these ways to selflessly lead your club, and help maximize your collective potential.

Use your ears

“To lead is to listen,” says Shar McBee, a best-selling author, motivational speaker and member of Fox Talkz Toasmasters club. According to McBee, you should try and understand who your team members are before you lead them. Ask questions and find out what motivates those under your authority, and what they’re looking for in their current role. A good leader will take the time to truly listen to each team member and learn how to help them be successful.

Ask, don’t tell

No one likes to be bossed around; remember this when assigning tasks. “I don’t give orders,” says Toastmasters International President Balraj Arunasalam, who is also a successful businessman and philanthropist. Instead, his advice to leaders is to learn the “art of requesting to get the work done.” Effective leadership should be more about learning how to guide others and promote harmony instead of just being assertive or demanding.

It’s better to give

Being a leader also means making sure your members have the support and resources necessary to succeed. “The more leaders view themselves as facilitators of knowledge and team success, the more effective they become,” says Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach who was also named one of the world’s most influential leadership thinkers. Instead of focusing on how team success can benefit you personally, undertake your duties with a spirit of service to those reporting to you.

Celebrate your team

The best leaders will deflect credit and acknowledge their team’s efforts whenever possible. People truly appreciate when their hard work is singled out, and it will only make them want to continue to perform at a high level. “Recognition doesn’t cost money,” says Goldsmith. “It’s something anyone can do, and it makes a huge difference in people’s lives.”

Take the time to invest in those around you. You might be surprised by what you all can accomplish together!

Related Resources:
Meet Balraj Arunasalam, DTM
Leadership: It’s Not About You
Club Leadership Handbook

Congratulations, World Championship of Public Speaking® Winners!

Manoj Vasudevan from Singapore won first place with his speech, "Pull Less, Bend More." Second- and third-place winners were Simon Bucknall from the United Kingdom with "What James Bullock Taught Me," and Kevin Stamper from Florida with "Speak Up." See the complete list of finalists and watch highlights from the top three speeches on the Toastmasters YouTube channel.

New Accredited Speakers

Congratulations to Clare Crowther from the United Kingdom, Donny Crandell and Robert Cravalho from the United States and Joe Grondin, Angela Louie, and Freddi Dogterom of Canada for achieving the Accredited Speaker designation! Accredited Speaker is an elite title reserved for those who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with a mastery of public speaking. If your members are interested in the program, let them know applications for 2018 will be accepted from January 1–February 1.

Stream the 2017 Convention!

Did you miss the 86th Annual Toastmasters International Convention? You can still experience it on your phone, laptop, tablet or TV through Convention On Demand, and enjoy permanent access to individual events or the entire convention.

Prepare for a Successful Pathways Rollout

Do you want to help your district or club get ready for Pathways? A new article in the Toastmaster magazine outlines tips for a positive Pathways roll out, including preparation guidelines and how to begin using the new education program when it arrives in your area.

Meet the 2017–2018 Board of Directors

At this year's Annual Business Meeting, the membership of Toastmasters International elected new members to the organization's Board of Directors. Learn more about the International President, vice presidents and international directors who will serve in 2017–2018.

Manage Your Magazine Subscription

Now that the Toastmaster magazine is online, you have more ways than ever to enjoy your subscription. Opt out of the print edition and manage other preferences any time by logging in to your My Toastmasters profile.

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Add Five Members and Receive a Smedley Award!

Can your club add five new, dual or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30? If you do, your club will receive a Smedley Award ribbon to proudly display on your club banner.

Submit Dues Renewals by
October 1

Keep your club in good standing and receive credit for the Distinguished Club Program by logging in to Club Central and processing member dues by October 1. If you have any questions, please contact Club and Member Support by email, or call +1 949 858-8255 Monday–Friday between 6 a.m.–7 p.m. PT.

Congratulations, World Championship of Public Speaking® Winners!

Manoj Vasudevan from Singapore won first place with his speech, "Pull Less, Bend More." Second- and third-place winners were Simon Bucknall from the United Kingdom with "What James Bullock Taught Me," and Kevin Stamper from Florida with "Speak Up." See the complete list of finalists and watch highlights from the top three speeches on the Toastmasters YouTube channel.

New Accredited Speakers

Congratulations to Clare Crowther from the United Kingdom, Donny Crandell and Robert Cravalho from the United States and Joe Grondin, Angela Louie, and Freddi Dogterom of Canada for achieving the Accredited Speaker designation! Accredited Speaker is an elite title reserved for those who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with a mastery of public speaking. If your members are interested in the program, let them know applications for 2018 will be accepted from January 1–February 1.

Stream the 2017 Convention!

Did you miss the 86th Annual Toastmasters International Convention? You can still experience it on your phone, laptop, tablet or TV through Convention On Demand, and enjoy permanent access to individual events or the entire convention.

Prepare for a Successful Pathways Rollout

Do you want to help your district or club get ready for Pathways? A new article in the Toastmaster magazine outlines tips for a positive Pathways roll out, including preparation guidelines and how to begin using the new education program when it arrives in your area.

Meet the 2017–2018 Board of Directors

At this year's Annual Business Meeting, the membership of Toastmasters International elected new members to the organization's Board of Directors. Learn more about the International President, vice presidents and international directors who will serve in 2017–2018.

Manage Your Magazine Subscription

Now that the Toastmaster magazine is online, you have more ways than ever to enjoy your subscription.Opt out of the print edition and manage other preferences any time by logging in to your My Toastmasters profile.

50% Cotton. 100% Cool.

Share your passion for Toastmasters International wherever you go with the vintage logo t-shirt! Save 10% with promo code: VINTAGE10. Offer valid September 1–30, 2017. Not valid with any other offer.

Board of Directors Candidates Wanted

Do you know someone who would like to be on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors? Refer them to the role attributes and responsibilities to see if they qualify to be a candidate. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is October 1.

Now Accepting Region Advisor Applications

Region advisors help districts grow by guiding and mentoring district leaders, ultimately helping them to achieve greater success. Do you know someone who should be considered for the role of region advisor? Encourage them to apply! Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018–2019 program year and are due by September 30.

District Directors: Appoint Your Committee

The district leadership committee (DLC) is responsible for nominating candidates for district office, using the procedures set forth in Protocol 9.0: District Campaigns and Elections. As district director, you are required to appoint your DLC chair no later than October 1, and work with them to appoint your full committee by November 1. If you have any questions, email the District Growth and Support team for more information.

Grow Your District

Receive dedicated assistance with building clubs, managing leads and securing sponsors by appointing a club extension chair. This core member of your district marketing team will oversee your Club Extension and Club Sponsor committees, helping ensure that prospective clubs charter successfully.

District Budgets Due

Please download the district budget template, and email your 2017–2018 budget to the District Finance team by September 30. You can find the budget template and other useful resources on the District Finance page. As a reminder, your 2016–2017 Year-End Audit Report and supporting documents should have been submitted by August 31.

Submit District Requirements by September 30

Keep your district eligible for the Distinguished District Program and maintain access to your district reserve by submitting your Division and Area Directors Training Report and District Success Plan by September 30. Please complete and submit the forms on District Central, and email the District Growth and Support team if you have questions.

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