Toastmasters and Diversity
In these times, it’s nice to know Toastmasters can represent a diverse group of people who respect and support each other on their journey to become better communicators. Get tips for creating an inclusive club for people with varied abilities in the article “Helping All Members Succeed.” For online club ideas, refer to “Creating Inclusivity in Online Meetings.” Learn about building a quality club culture in “What’s the Scoop on Your Group?” Hear speaker and trainer Sarah Khan talk about diversity at Toastmasters in this video below.
2021 International Speech Contest Semifinals
Root for your region’s representatives in this year’s International Speech Contest Semifinals! Two contestants from each region are randomly assigned to each of four semifinals, which will be held during Toastmasters’ 2021 Virtual Convention. The regions for each semifinal have been determined, and you can check here to see the names of this year’s region quarterfinal winners.
Members who submitted their renewal dues earlier this year earned a free path in the Pathways learning experience. (The deadline to redeem it was March 31.) Remember that the free path belongs to you, and not your club. Also, you own that path until you have completed it. So if you are in multiple clubs and working on multiple paths (say, Effective Coaching and Engaging Humor), you can complete any speech for either path in any club you belong to and receive credit for that speech. Reach out to the Vice President Education of the club where you present your speech and identify which project you are completing and the path that you want to apply the speech for, so that you can receive credit in your desired path.