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Oops – I Went Too Fast and Marked the Project Complete
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Oops – I Went Too Fast and Marked the Project Complete

By Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director, Pathways Coordinator   When we perform new, unfamiliar tasks we make errors.  The Pathways learning experience is designed to be performed in sequence – one project and one level at a time. Tracking Completion What can we do when we mark items as complete when we had...

Benefits of Serving
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Benefits of Serving

By Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi My experiences in Toastmasters have demonstrated the truth in this quote from Mahatma Gandhi.  Point number six of the Toastmasters Promise states, “To Serve my Club as an officer when...

Pathways Mentoring Module
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Pathways Mentoring Module

By Chuck Mencke, DTM, Area 45 Director In the July 14, 2018 edition of Hot Topics, I wrote an article on “Mentoring – In the Spotlight.” I touted the benefits and importance of mentoring and how Pathways has finally put mentoring in the spotlight. To recap, each Pathways path now requires a Level 2 project...

How Toastmasters is helping me grow as a leader
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How Toastmasters is helping me grow as a leader

By Maribeth Fontabla, PM4, President, World Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters I joined Toastmasters in March 2018. The reasons I joined Toastmasters is for to become a better speaker and further develop my leadership skills. At the time that I joined Toastmasters I was working as one of the assistant service managers in the psychiatry department...

Rules of the Road-Club Success Workshop
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Rules of the Road-Club Success Workshop

By Chris Raneri, DTM, Club Growth Director Remember when we could just make up our own rules to conduct business in our Toastmasters clubs?  Oh wait! We always had to follow parliamentary procedures, we just didn’t know what they were or how to implement them.  Club business like elections, passing motions, and budgeting are common...

The More, The Merrier
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The More, The Merrier

By Robi Ley, DTM, District Director Our Annual Conference is more than an event, it’s an experience. It’s even more exciting when experienced with your fellow club members. That’s why we offer the Club Pass. This registration option allows more of your club members to attend and experience the Annual Conference. Here’s how it works:...

Toastmasters Leadership Is Experiential – My First Lesson
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Toastmasters Leadership Is Experiential – My First Lesson

By Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director In 2008, Toastmasters introduced the Competent Leader manual that put definition and form around the fundamental leadership skills being implemented at club meetings as members performed their roles.  Although learning these fundamental skills resulted in personal growth, my understanding of leadership increased tremendously when I implemented my...