Category: good advice

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...

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...

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...

Sharing Responsibility
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Sharing Responsibility

Joyce Trimble, DTM “There is no I in Teamwork.”  “No Man is an Island.”  “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”  “Many hands make light work.” We are familiar with the common Clichés about working together.  It is not until THAT MOMENT when your options become null and void – tough choices...

Consider Leadership
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Consider Leadership

By Greg Pick, DTM, District Leadership Chair For over 90 years the Toastmasters program has demonstrated its ability to develop and improve communication and leadership skills. In addition to club officer positions, there are numerous leadership opportunities within Toastmasters once you venture outside your club.  The various positions will improve skills you already have, foster...

Happy New Year – Already?
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Happy New Year – Already?

By Robi Ley,DTM,District Director What do you mean it’s January? It can’t be? Didn’t we just get back from Chicago and the International Convention? Wow. Where has the time gone? It does seem like time is speeding by this Toastmaster year. We are six months in and so much has happened. The focus, New Directions,...

Each Member Matters!
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Each Member Matters!

By Bobby Madera, DTM, Division G Director Why are we in Toastmasters? Why do we serve as Club and District Leaders? While we are striving to be better communicators and leaders, having a Member-focused outlook (Servant Leadership mindset) in everything we do significantly enhances our individual goals, enlightens our vision of Toastmasters mission, and increases...

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

Moving and Shaking
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Moving and Shaking

By Emily Murray, DTM Hi there! I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Emily Murray and I am a DTM who has been with Toastmasters since 2004 (with a couple of breaks admittedly). I’m new to D25 and the DFW area and only am just beginning to meet people. I...

How Can I Find Information about the Pathways Learning Experience (Pathways)?
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How Can I Find Information about the Pathways Learning Experience (Pathways)?

By Greg Pick, DTM, D25 Pathways Coordinator Finding information is easy – just “Google” it.  Three established locations that I use and are convenient for finding information about Pathways – District 25 Pathways Resource page, articles included in each Hot Topics, and the Toastmasters International website. District 25 Pathways Resource Page On our District 25 website (www.d25toastmasters.org)...