A New Product and Partner
During the Board of Directors Briefing at the 2022 International Convention, the Board announced a new partnership with Yoodli. This artificial intelligence (AI) is a new and exciting technology that will enhance your Toastmasters experience by giving you the ability to get immediate feedback and practice speeches, hone Table Topics® skills, and play fun communication-related games. Yoodli makes it easy for you to collaborate with other club members, friends, and colleagues and get their feedback outside of club meetings.
Yoodli will be available to members through the Toastmasters website by the end of the year. You can read more about the partnership in this Toastmasters news release.
Get to Know the New World Champ
Convention may be over, but 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking Cyril Junior Dim and the top two finalists have been busy speaking and spreading the word about Toastmasters all around the globe. Read the article on page 14 in this issue to learn more about the first-place winner from Poland, and then relive the excitement by watching the top three speeches in this Toastmaster convention recap.
Review Contest Resources
As the 2022–2023 speech contest season kicks into gear, remember that many contest resources are available to provide assistance. One of the best things you can do is review the Speech Contest Rulebook, which outlines the rules and processes for all Toastmasters speech contests. It is updated annually. As all Area, Division, and District contests must take place in either an online or hybrid format, you will also want to familiarize yourself with the Online and Hybrid Speech Contests Best Practices document. Also helpful are resources on the Toastmasters website, such as Speech Contest Tutorials, the Speech Contests FAQ, and various contest-related articles in the Toastmaster magazine, including this one from Toastmaster Toolbox columnist Bill Brown, DTM.
The more you can familiarize yourself with the contest experience, the more prepared you’ll feel when you participate!
Meet Toastmasters’ 2022–2023 District Directors! There are 127 such Directors around the world—three more than in 2021–2022. (The three additional Districts represented are: 124 [India, Bangladesh, and Bhutan], 125 [India], and 126 [India]). With help from their fellow District leaders, District Directors oversee and manage their District’s day-to-day operations, finances, and human resources.
Connect With More Prospects; Gain More Members
Do you need help communicating with prospective members? This new guide will walk you through how to maximize the tools already at your disposal for connecting with potential members. It also includes customizable templates to easily communicate with prospects and to keep track of your communications.
Drop Into Your District Website
Do you want to know what’s going on in your District? Remember to check out your District website. Most of these sites have information about District events, resources, leaders, and more. You can learn about other Districts in the world by visiting their websites as well.
Improve Your Club Policies
Want to add something new to your club rules? Discuss your Club Policies document to consider an update or addition. All clubs must follow certain rules, but you can insert ones unique to your own club to help improve the learning environment. The Club Policies document is kept on file by the Club Secretary.