June 2022 Leader Letter

District News


Reshape Your Narrative! — Experience the quintessential public-speaking and storytelling event of the year, the 2022 International Convention. Register for the in-person event, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, or sign up to join the online experience. Visit the convention webpage for more details.

Semifinals and World Championship of Public Speaking — Get ready for the 2022 International Speech Contest semifinals and World Championship of Public Speaking® at the first-ever Toastmasters International hybrid convention. The semifinals and World Championship of Public Speaking will also be held in hybrid formats, with contestants competing on-site and virtually. Each participant will have the option to present onsite from Nashville or online from their home country. This allows all contestants to participant in the contest, regardless of travel restrictions. Register now to cheer on and be inspired by the contestants!

2022 Voting Proposals — Have you heard about the proposals for the 2022 Annual Business Meeting in August? The Board of Directors is putting forth 12 proposals this year for consideration by the voting membership. Visit the Proposals page and read through the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the proposed amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution.

District Leader Training — Toastmasters International will conduct a training program for 2022–2023 District Directors, Program Quality Directors, and Club Growth Directors. District leaders will develop core leadership skills, share best practices, and network with others from around the globe. Visit the District Leader Training page in Leadership Central for more details. Submit your District leader list as soon as possible so that we can share more event details as they become available.

Schedule Candidate Talk Time — Have you scheduled a conversation with the international candidates yet? Please keep in mind that with travel restrictions still in place for parts of the world, some candidates may be unable to attend the International Convention. Consider scheduling time to talk to the candidates before convention; candidate calendars can be found on this scheduling site. For more information on the International Officer and Director candidates, please visit the Toastmasters International website.

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Year-End Planning — Don't forget that June 15 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (UTC –6) is the last day for District leaders to place supply orders or to access the District reserve account for the 2021-2022 program year! Your District accounts for 2022-2023 will be available beginning July 1.

Working on Last-Minute Achievements? — All club submissions for the program year must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (UTC –6) on June 30. Submissions received on or after July 1, 12:00:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time (UTC –6) will be applied to the 2022–2023 Program Year. Additional explanations of deadlines and how to submit documents to World Headquarters are outlined in the Distinguished Club Program Manual.

Reporting Requirements Due July 15 — Throughout the year, District Directors are required to submit reports to World Headquarters. Please make sure that your reporting requirements are met by July 15 to maintain access to your District reserve account. Additional details will be provided in upcoming emails from the District Growth and Support and District Finance Teams.

Last Call for Convention Sponsors! — Toastmasters International is taking applications now through June 24 for its global showcase opportunity in August. Do you think your company or club corporate sponsor might be an ideal convention prospect? If so, share sponsorship details with company representatives, if so, and suggest convention is an ideal venue for them to gain worldwide exposure to their brand, products, and services. Applications are due June 24.

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2022-2023 District Leader Kit Update — The District Leader Kit has been updated for the 2022-2023 program year. View the updated District Leadership Handbook, the District Recognition Program, and the District Strategies Guide.

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Counting on the Ah-Counter — The Ah-Counter is one of the most valuable roles in a Toastmasters meeting, and clubs around the world have some intriguing ways of taking it beyond scorekeeper. Discover effective strategies for monitoring filler words and sounds and learn how to make the most of this pivotal meeting role.

Rebuild Your Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem — We all sometimes have self-sabotaging thoughts that erode our confidence—that internal dialogue can mark the difference between success in life and never fully reaching your potential. Read techniques for creating positive self-esteem.

Direct, Initiating, Supportive, or Analytical? — Understanding your communication style is key to engaging in more effective conversations. It's also a Level 2 project in the Presentation Mastery path. Identify the four styles and use them to your advantage.

Diversity Comes Naturally — People from all walks of life are interested in public speaking and leadership skills, which means Toastmasters is a microcosm of global diversity around the world. Discover why Toastmasters clubs attract members of all ages, races, and professions—then share this article with your friends and family outside of the organization.

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Thank You, Outgoing Officers! — Congratulations and thank you to District Leaders for a successful 2021-2022 program year. Your unwavering dedication is an inspiration to other leaders and club members. Toastmasters International recognizes and appreciates your efforts; we hope the challenges you faced and the wins you accomplished have made you a better and stronger leader.

Thank You, 2021-2022 Region Advisors! — Congratulations to the 2021-2022 team of Region Advisors for completing a wonderful program year. We appreciate your dedication and leadership, which were instrumental in helping District leaders fulfill the District mission to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. Your excellence has also been noted!

Region Quarterfinals Underway — The 2021-2022 International Speech Contest continues at the region quarterfinal level. Judging for each region will begin as soon as each District in that region has submitted a video of their District-level contest. Results from each region will be announced by early July. Check back here to see who is representing your region in the International Speech Contest Semifinals. .