Speech Craft The Hidden Gem by Veronica Hislop, DTM

Veronica Hislop2Speech Craft is a hidden gem within the Toastmasters program. It is an underrated, undervalued resource that is underutilized throughout the district.

With this in mind a Speech Craft Survey was distributed in the latter part of 2016 to get a better sense of how District 86 could expand Speech Craft awareness and increase the number of Programs being conducted.

Here are some best practice ideas gleamed from the survey.

Take advantage of technology and all it has to offer. Use Google Drive, and set up folders where presenters and mentors can easily access the information they need.

Set up a planning meeting, and use it to train and educate your team members who are technologically challenged so they know how to find and locate the planning and organizing information they need.

Share your Speech Craft success stories publically. Provide a case study for the newsletter or blog, or create a mini 1-minute video presentation on Facebook Live.

Think outside the box when it comes to club success. Consider the concept of cross pollination. Strong clubs can connect with weaker clubs and assist with providing mentors and speakers to aid the weaker club in marketing and delivering a Speech Craft Program as a way to increase membership.

Do you have an organizing template or best practice idea that you use to facilitate and coordinate your Speech Craft processes? Be kind and share. Forward it to the Speech Craft chair(s) and we will add it to the Speech Craft Tool Kit of resources currently being created.

Thank you to those who took the time to complete the Speech Craft survey it has provided some useful information. As Speech Craft chairpersons, we hear your feedback and have already started to implement some of the most valuable suggestions.

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