Speaker to Trainer Workshop November 26 2016

Are good speakers also good trainers? The short answer is “not always”. What makes the difference? How does a person transition from trainer to speaker or speaker to trainer?

Like speaking skills are transferable to situations outside of our Toastmasters meetings, so are the skills of trainers. I was a trainer (as a public school teacher) long before I became a speaker.

I can tell you the biggest difference – letting go of the stage! It’s a hard thing to do because it is more efficient (in regard to time only) to have a speaker speak and an audience sit back and listen. Training takes more time but it solidifies the learning better.

Do you want to become a trainer? Many workplaces and volunteer organizations need effective trainers.

District 64 will be needing even more to train our clubs how to implement the new education program, Pathways. Is it a job for you? Sign up by November 20 to find out: ProgramQuality@District64.ca.

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Are you breaking laws?

Integrity is one of our core values.  Does this mean it’s ok to follow Toastmaster guidelines while ignoring local laws?  I expect few people of integrity would say yes. If you don’t like a law, fight to get it changed, don’t simply disobey.

Please note this letter sent to one of our contest chairs: “The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (LGA) received your application(s) for a social occasion raffle for October –, 2016.
Individuals and groups who are planning a one-time social event at a public place of amusement such as a banquet hall, restaurant, bar or community centre, and want to have a raffle such as a 50/50 or players’ choice at the event, are required to apply for a social occasion raffle licence.
Private businesses are not eligible for this type of licence. As such your application will not be approved.
If you wish to hold your event at any other location mentioned above, please re-submit the application (attached) or select the link.
http://lgamanitoba.ca/liquor-gaming-applications/social-occasion-raffles/.      The processing time for this type of application is five business days.”      
The chair and the host club found another way to collect the cash the District requested to help pay for prizes.  It was legal, creative and fair.  Can you do the same?

Integrity. Respect. Service. Excellence.

Sheryl Poirier

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Retaining Members – Part 8

  • Ask their opinion
  • Incorporate activities outside of toastmasters
  • Have them write down their goals
  • Encourage them to work on the leadership track
  • Establish standards for responding to members
  • When conducting focus groups at meetings, invite attendees who are not leaders to participate.
  • Send mini-surveys that can be done quickly (via fax or email).
  • When a new member joins, e-mail congratulations from an organizational leader that same day.
  • Post results of meetings and conferences on social media
  • Increase meeting attendance by featuring an interview with the meeting’s keynote speaker in the publication that comes out a month before the meeting.
  • List new members on your Web site.
  • Combine and coordinate all forms of member communication to support membership recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Have a special list serve and/or special section of the Web site for first year members.
  • Partner-up members for progress
  • Give members points when they participate in any activity, like frequent flyer points. They can spend their points in the District bookstore or for another award.
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Retaining Members – Part 7

  • Have a strong mentoring program
  • Have guest speakers
  • Have interclub meetings (do a banner raid!)
  • Have social activities
  • Variety in meeting format
  • Individual name tags or place cards
  • Executives speak to members personally
  • Recognize progress
  • Make friendships
  • Senior members set good example
  • Present toastmaster pin when the icebreaker is delivered
  • Encourage commitment
  • Solve conflict promptly and fairly
  • Motivate and teach
  • Thank-you notes for special jobs
  • Give awards for attendance
  • Send an audio file as an informal annual report.
  • Establish a  Member Service Centre for “one stop shopping,” a website or website page where they can receive all information and products/services they need
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