Leading through ASKing

As a leader do you ever get asked the question or find yourself asking the question, "How do you get more people to step up and serve?" I have two thoughts on that to consider:First, it's been said that people want to follow a leader who know where he/she is going. What kind of leader are you?... Continue Reading →

Stories Make Great Speeches

According to Deena Metzger (1992), six ideas can help us with the creative process of composing a great speech. From what I have learned anecdotally, about half of the great speakers write their speeches out.  The other “half” compose in other ways with index cards, notes (mental or written), or with mental formulation reinforced with... Continue Reading →

Recruiting New Club Officers

April (or even earlier) is a good time to start recruiting your new slate of officers for the following Toastmasters year. Club elections typically take place in the first meeting in May and therefore the nomination committees need to decide their candidates ASAP. Two weeks before the elections, the club president appoints a nomination committee... Continue Reading →

TALK UP TOASTMASTERS RESULTS

Here are the current results for Talk Up Toastmasters. The eligibility period to add members was from Feb 1 through March 31st 2019.  The District added 102 new members during this period! Well done!! The results are displayed alphabetically by Club: Club Name Feb Mar Total Apple Toast-Masters 1 1 2 Ashburn Toastmasters Club 1... Continue Reading →

Speechwriting Tips and Techniques: Seven Secrets

We have probably all heard the oft-repeated quote that according to “surveys” public speaking is “the number one fear” (rated higher even than death). I have searched repeatedly and have never been able to find empirical evidence of these “surveys.” If you have located concrete evidence of this claim, please post a blog comment. In... Continue Reading →

Getting a Struggling Club to Distinguished!

Every Club goes through an up and down cycle with respect to membership. Maybe the company sponsoring the Club is going through a restructuring and existing members got transferred away to continue to be members. Maybe the community Club is going through other challenges such as being forced to change venues. Whatever the reason, on... Continue Reading →

Engaging Humor Path has arrived!

This is no joke. There is now an 11th Path in the Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience and it is the Engaging Humor path. This path just launched around the world TODAY and is brand new to Pathways. Engaging Humor is only offered online and is available to all members. Its projects, which include titles such... Continue Reading →

Is Your Club Using Your Division’s District 29-Sponsored Meetup Account?

Did you know that all District 29 clubs have access to free Meetup accounts that are sponsored by District 29? Contact your Division Director to find out how to update/edit/take advantage of Meetup. Not familiar with Meetup? Meetup is an online service that helps people organize online groups that host in-person events for people with... Continue Reading →

District 29 Snapchatter Wanted

The District 29 PR team is looking for a Snapchatter to run our new District 29 SnapChat account. Tell your Toastmasters story. Share stories from District 29 members. Snapchat is the third-most popular app among 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S., so you can make a difference by helping introduce more future members from this age-group to the benefits... Continue Reading →

Tips for Area Directors and Reminder that Area Director Reports are Due Nov 30th

District 29 Area Directors - it getting very close to the November 30th deadline to submit your Area Director Reports. In order for your Area to become Distinguished (or Select or President's Distinguished), Area directors must submit Area Director's Club Visit Reports for no less than 75% of their club base by November 30th. Here are a... Continue Reading →

Five Characteristics of High Performing Clubs

You have no doubt heard it said in our organization that "it's all about the member". Indeed, our organizational pyramid shows the member at the top, supported by all other levels. But in my experience, a high performing club serves its members far better than a struggling club.  Similarly, the success of a District depends... Continue Reading →

Freebies for Your Clubs

Did you know that Toastmasters International has a whole bunch of FREE marketing materials that you can add to your next club order? Just add these item numbers to your cart to obtain these free printed items in your next order from the Toastmasters shop: *Means the item is also available in digital format In... Continue Reading →

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