Since its creation in 2009, the Official Toastmasters International Members Group has been available for members around the world. Toastmasters International is happy to provide a forum for members to discuss Toastmasters, public speaking, communication, and leadership, and to gain perspectives from members outside their clubs. However, there are a few rules to ensure that mutual respect and civility is maintained. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when posting on the page or responding in the comments section.
- Be respectful of one another.
- Remember there is another human behind the computer screen.
- Abide by the Toastmasters International Code of Conduct.
- Think before you share—is your post relevant to Toastmasters? Will your post benefit or inspire other members of the group?
- Invite fellow members to join the group.
- Consider turning off the comments if your question is answered.
- Credit the original source if you are posting a quote or idea that came from someone else.
- Personally insult or attack other members.
- Post solicitations for businesses.
- Share content that is not directly related to Toastmasters International, including topics related to politics, religion, or controversial or polarizing issues.
- Start “watch parties” or stream live events/videos.
- Post for the sake of complaining—posts that are questions or seeking solutions to problems are more valuable for all members of the group.
- Tag people who are not part of the group—they won’t be able to see the post.
- Start arguments or leave sarcastic comments. This group is for helping and inspiring one another. Please avoid starting unproductive arguments with fellow members and remember that sarcasm often doesn’t translate well over the internet.
- Try to share posts from the group to your personal pages. The group is a closed group, and most posts from the administrator are also posted on the public Toastmasters International Facebook page.
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