You Have a New Member–What Are Their First Steps?

You Have a New Member–What Are Their First Steps?

By Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator

This article helps club officers understand what guidance new members receive from Toastmasters International.  With this information we can better assist our new members get started on their Pathways journey.

Information from Toastmasters International
When an officer enters a new member’s information into Club Central, Toastmasters International sends the new member an email.  The email includes the contact number for Toastmasters International (720 439‑5050) and the email for Club and Member support (membership@toastmasters.org).  The email provides information, including the appropriate hyperlinks to the following items:

1. Confirm your information
2. Set up your member profile
3. Select your path after taking the assessment
4. Visit the new member web page
5. Check their mail for the Toastmaster magazine
6. Download the mobile app

A sample email from Toastmasters International member services can be viewed here.  The following specific items summarizes the information provided.

Confirm Your Information
Provides an opportunity for the member to correct/change their personal information in the event that the information was entered incorrectly into Club Central.

Set up Your Member Profile
Members receive instructions to login and setup their member password for the Toastmasters International website and provide information for.

Select Your Path
Members are instructed to login to the Pathways start page and take the Pathways assessment to help them select their path.

Visit the New Member webpage
After establishing their profile, members can visit the new member webpage for helpful resources and a message from the International President on the Pathways learning experience.

Check the Mail for the Toastmasters Magazine
A link is provided to allow members to view an online version of the magazine.

Download the Mobile App
Directions provided to allow members to connect to Toastmasters International while they are on the go.

When we have knowledge of what the new member receives, officers, mentors, and fellow members can provide better advice and guidance to the new members.  Using this information to create informed club members will improve the quality of the club and help one another along their journey!

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