DCP Progress as of January

District 25 clubs that have completed 4 or more goals, ranked by number of goals completed, as of the end of January. Area Club Number Club Name Goals T/Date Members T/Date DCP Status 12 6191 Afterburners Club 9 35 23 7274 Unique Toastmasters At Vista Ridge 7 23 31 7514 Arlington Nooners Club 7 21 32 1415 Thumbs Up Toastmasters 7 22 42 3546 Waco – Early Birds Club 7 13 64 114 Southlake Summit Toastmasters 7 11 64 746 Sabre Classic 7 20 64 989 Southlake Reach for Success 7 22 64 4236 Southlake Evening Toastmasters 7 12 14...

Confidence Booster

    With promotion, my manager recommended Toastmasters. Nervousness was an issue for me. I’ve learned to prepare and organize my thoughts, to consider the background of my audience and their needs, and to speak with more confidence and volume. Quick thinking: Toastmasters has helped me tremendously with thinking on my feet. Recently won my first ribbon for Best Table Topics speaker, a big accomplishment for me. “ What I enjoy most about Toastmasters is the ability for each member to tailor the experience to their needs and schedule.”         By Jodie Sanders

Confidence. Conviction. Courage.

    Toastmasters has given me more confidence; more conviction; more courage. Enough courage to start writing a novel or two! In my job as a customer service rep, my average talk time decreased by 35 seconds (more than 12%) in first eight months after joining Toastmasters. Destiny defining: Described my role as area governor to my boss. He developed a whole new respect for me. Told him it was “like being a manager of a 100-person department with six different branches.” Resulted in more responsibilities and a more fulfilling job for me. “Friendships both at the club level and throughout...

Pivot Points & Pivotal People

    I hit a personal low early in pursuing my CC.  Recently, a fellow club member told me he wasn’t a “natural” speaker like me. Toastmasters works. Definitely making progress toward being a better speaker, communicator and role model for my fellow Toastmasters. Priceless “peeps”: Made significant friends and relationships through Toastmasters. I believe the quote is very true, “It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” “For me, leadership is all about “Pivot Points,” which basically means people form quick and lasting impressions about you based on your actions. Toastmasters has made me aware...

Commitment & Community

  Listening and attending other club meetings and hearing other Toastmasters presentations over the years helped me become a better communicator. By leading, my understanding of others grew and I learned how to set attainable goals for myself and others. Self-driven service: As a volunteer organization, Toastmasters allows people to develop at a comfortable pace. “Toastmasters helped me to develop a sense of commitment to myself and other Toastmasters within and outside my club.”       By Jodie Sanders

Joint Open House Is a Success for LM Clubs

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Toastmasters International Clubs held an open house on January 18. Over 50 people attended, including Toastmasters members, leaders, and about 25 guests. The purpose of the open house was to allow non-members to get acquainted with what Toastmasters is and experience the flow of a typical club meeting. In addition, participants received additional information about Toastmasters through the various experienced speakers. Click on photo to enlarge. The participants in the contest pictured within the collage are: Patti Jones, Travis Pipkin, Tim O’Conner and Larry Weatherholt of PM/SE; Ogewu Agbese and Denni Cravins of LM AeroSpeakers; Larry Weatherholt,...

Saving a Club, Helping Real People

Would you help a child? Of course you would! Most of us would freely give our time to help a child in need. But, would you help a club? What if a struggling club needs your help? Would you help them?  Just for a moment, don’t think of it as a club; think of it as the individual members who comprise it. Each of those individuals joined Toastmasters for a reason. In this tough economic climate, the skills learned in Toastmasters can have a significant impact on their ability to keep or get a job. Do these individual members have...

28 January 2011: A Baker’s Dozen of Offerings at UNT Denton TLI

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 Toastmasters Leadership Institute at Texas Wesleyan University offers a baker’s dozen (yes, count ‘em: thirteen!)educational and leadership growth sessions! Not only can all incoming Club Officers attend designated training to learn about their new roles, but thirteen elective classes will warm up a cold winter’s day and send you away enlightened and empowered! Advanced Leadership Training:For those who have served in their elected office previously, we offer a great alternate leadership class with motivational speaker and personal growth coach Aldean Pearson. You’ll be REDEFINING LEADER in this advanced class. Motivating Achievement:You’ll learn about opportunities for growth available through the...

If You Only Show Up

    In my opinion, the most important marketing tool a Toastmasters club has is a high-quality meeting. High-quality meetings result in members renewing and bringing guests who are likely to join. Obviously, the first requirement for a high-quality meeting is to have any meeting. It follows that cancelling a meeting is usually a mistake, and I will demonstrate the truth of that statement. I enjoy Toastmasters so much that I am a member of three clubs: Denton Toastmasters, Las Colinas Communicators, and Oration Plus Toastmasters. Denton Toastmasters meets on Monday evenings, and my wife, one of my daughters, and I all...