The Art of Speaking and Leadership

Brampton, ON, Oct. 2nd, 2016 - Hershaw Toastmasters Club

Hershaw Toastmasters

Hershaw Toastmasters Club is happy to announce that earlier today, the Club participated in the Culture Days@Brampton Library program. The event titled “The Art of Speaking and Leadership” took place at South Fletcher’s Library, Brampton, from 2pm-3pm. The event was organized like a mini club meeting, with one speech, evaluation, and a table topics session, to demonstrate how Hershaw Toastmasters can help improving public speaking and leadership skills. All guests participated in the table topics session and indicated afterward that they enjoyed the event very much. Thank you all members who came out and help to made it a successful event. Thank you the club for supporting the team. It is certainly a good opportunity to showcase Toastmasters and we hope to be able to participate again in the Culture Days@Brampton Library program in the future. 

Anh Dao, MBA

Toastmasters Month Recognition in Niagara Falls & Grimsby

The City of Niagara Falls and Town of Grimsby Recognize Toastmasters Month by Issuing Proclamations

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The Mayor and Council of the Town of Grimsby have - for the first time - declared the week of Oct. 23 - 29/16 as "Grimsby Toastmasters Week".

"The Council Chambers have been rented for a grand Open House to be held on Thurs. Oct. 27/16."  - Lydia Schulenberg from Grimsby Toastmasters. Visit grimsbytoastmasters.org for more information.

At the City of Niagara Falls Council meeting on September 27 City Council proclaimed October Toastmasters Month. Niagara Falls is the host for the District 86 Toastmasters Fall Conference on Nov 25 to 27 at the Marriott Gateway on the Niagara. As well as the home of 2012 – 2014 Region 6 International Director, Lori Lococo.

Toastmasters clubs and members in District 86 Toastmasters, one of over 100 districts in the world, will celebrate the first Toastmasters Meeting Santa Ana, California, on October 22, 1924. Toastmasters have been producing community leaders in Southwestern, Central and Northern Ontario with long-lasting clubs Garden City in St. Catharines and Hamilton No. 1, which have been operating since 1952.   Further, clubs like First Oakville Toastmasters and Brampton Toastmasters, founded in 1957 will be celebrating 60 years in 2017.

"I was petrified and paralyzed when it was my turn to speak in meetings with just a few people who I worked with everyday." –recalls an 11 year Toastmaster and successful business owner. Brian is a member of four Toastmaster clubs and now speaks in front of hundreds in speech contests, presentations, and key note speeches. "Toastmasters has helped me confront a fear that was bigger than me and controlled me". Brian has started two Toastmaster programs at a jail in Florida and he helps others in the community shrink their fear of public speaking and develop their leadership skills to advance their lives.

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Club Growth Tips and Information November 2016

Club Growth Director District 86 - Glynis D'souza DTM

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I am so excited to start my message with good news that FIVE new clubs chartered in our district in September!   Four of the clubs are corporate clubs while the fifth is a community club.   Be sure to read my sections below on:

New Clubs, Challenged Clubs, Club Coach Program, Membership Dues And Quality Club Meetings, Non Renewing Members, Guest Packets And Finally, Signing Up New Members.

I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks at your Division Contests and next month at Conference in Niagara Falls! 

New Clubs

The first club, Kenaidan La-Capitale Toastmasters, is a combination of a construction company and a financial services company located side by side that decided to join hands and start a club for their employees; they chartered with 25 members in Area 43 Division C Mississauga.  The second one, CRH Corporate Toastmasters, a building materials and construction company in Concord, had a club champion who was a toastmaster in Montreal and was passionate about the program, eager to bring it to his colleagues at work, and chartered with 41 new members in Area 21 Division A!  The third, BASF Toastmasters, a chemical manufacturing company in Mississauga, wanted to offer the program as a professional and personal development program for their employees, and chartered with 27 members in Area 46 Division C.  The fourth, Citi Orators, also offered the program as part of employees’ development and chartered with 24 members in Area 42, Division C.  The fifth club is the crowing jewel – An Advanced Community Club in Mississauga, called Great Minds Advanced Toastmasters Club, which calls for dual membership and a CC – we got 24 charter members, to Area 45 Division C.  What a great success story!  These added approximately 150 new memberships to the district, which will be tripled over the year due to their early start!  We have plenty of new club launches in October but are looking for your help with more leads so we can charter as many new clubs in the first half of the year!  We have prizes to give you for leads!

Challenged Clubs

Unfortunately clubs also fold during the year and we’ve had several of them who’ve already done so, with perhaps more during the year.  We want to help these clubs as much as we can and are working hard to come up with new and improved club rebuilding strategies.  A success story here would be the Midland Club in Division N which was on the brink of folding, but with some creative strategies, is now back on track and under an able coach.  The Articles in the most recent Toastmasters magazine couldn't come at a better time for challenged clubs. Check out "Last-Minute Scramble" (by James Sultan) and "A Roadmap for Club Growth" (by Jay Sunderland) in the October 2016 issue if you're looking for some good ideas to help your challenged clubs!

Club Coach Program 

Our Club Coach Chair Kristina Johnston is appealing to anyone who may have an ALB or above to come forward as a volunteer to coach a challenged club, which will not only be invaluable experience in your Toastmasters journey, but will also catapult you to achieving your ALS and onward to DTM, especially in view of the new Pathways program which will have different DTM requirements.  Please contact her at clubcoach@toastmasters86.org - incidentally she’s also looking for volunteers to help with Spring Conference 2017 since she’s the Conference Chair!  Kristina is a big proponent of stepping outside your comfort zone. She has done this extensively herself and loves to pass along encouragement to others whenever possible. Please nudge yourself to try something new or nudge a friend. If you know of someone who could benefit from a nudge but are a bit shy to approach them yourself-let her know! Clubs that are challenged need help and many people want their ALS or else simply want to help other clubs. As well, conferences need lots of volunteers-what is your area of strength or area that you want to grow? Let Kristina know!

Membership Dues And Quality Club Meetings

As for Membership Renewals, we are happy to state that we are Number 1 in the Region for membership payments, at 90.3%!! However, we have a long way to go.  We need at least 1500 more membership payments to achieve our goal of distinguished district.  I appeal to Club Treasurers to quickly submit member dues that arrived late. Don't let these funds sit in your club's bank account!!! Remember, the member comes first, and needs to be a member in good standing, especially since contest eligibility is at stake.  On the other hand did your club have members that did not renew? Renewals are directly related to Club Quality, in other words, "A quality club environment is the single most important factor in membership retention."  Club Officers and Members – please refer to pages 45 & 46 of the Club Leadership Handbook for running Quality Meetings. In this world of acronyms, remember the acronym for Quality Club Meetings – VTFM – Variety, Time, Fun and Manual Speeches.  Make sure your meetings have variety, they start on time and end on time, you put in the fun factor, and all speeches are manual speeches.  As Ralph Smedley our Founder said, “People learn in moments of enjoyment.”  I love Mike Storkey’s article in October issue – Show Up – For Yourself and Others. It’s truly the best way for you to help retain Quality Club Meetings! 

Non Renewing Members

Did they leave? Club Officers should continue to engage with absent and past members for renewal and reinstatement of members.  Please use the "Club Exit Survey" in this link

Guest Packet: Hand This Over to your Club Visitor

Does your club have an up to date guest package?  Very often I visit clubs and the guest enjoys the meeting but leaves empty handed!  How do you know they understood the program? Can we assume? No!  Provide them with a suggested Guest Package found below.  Make sure to customize it as per your own home club! VP Membership – are you listening?

Below are some items that you may want to consider

  • A welcome letter from the President  

https://drive.google.com/…/0B230Cjrgw5hxV0l4ZTNhZko3Y…/view…

https://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/9B67FFE604134AD3B46E9E899F3F4874.ashx

  • Meeting Roles & Responsibilities (A Toastmaster Wears Many Hats)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4yXb_KAbWH2OVNPYU9qRTlsX1k

Signing Up New Members

Club Presidents; please encourage ALL members of the executive to be aware and able to sign up new members who may arrive as guests at a meeting and wanting to join when the VP Membership or the treasurer is away.  So many times I am visiting a club and a guest appears who wants to join right away and the person who has the fee structure and knows how to sign them up is away and nobody else knows how to collect the fees and sign the new member up.

Here’s how:

For a tutorial on how to register members, go to http://mikeraffety.com/ClubCentral.pdf. It's a great reference to all Club Officers.  Please check out the two PDFs here, one on How to Register a Member and the other on Membership Start and End Dates, and remember:

- For Membership Contests (Smedley, Talk-Up & Beat the Clock), the membership begin date must be during the contest periods (i.e. Aug or Sep, Feb or Mar, May or Jun).

- For End dates, choose either the upcoming renewal or the one after.

 

 

Over 4 Million Toastmasters Served

District 86 Celebrates 92 Years of Developing Speakers and Leaders like Toastmaster member Brian G.

12591241 toastmasters meetings began in 1924SOUTHWESTERN, CENTRAL AND NORTHERN, Ontario - Oct. 5, 2016 - PRLog -- Toastmasters clubs and members in District 86 Toastmasters, one of over 100 districts in the world, will celebrate the first Toastmasters Meeting Santa Ana, California, on October 22, 1924. Toastmasters have been producing community leaders in Southwestern, Central and Northern Ontario with long-lasting clubs Garden City in St. Catharines and Hamilton No. 1, which have been operating since 1952. Further, clubs like First Oakville Toastmasters and Brampton Toastmasters, founded in 1957 will be celebrating 60 years in 2017.

"I was petrified and paralyzed when it was my turn to speak in meetings with just a few people who I worked with everyday." –recalls Brampton Resident Brian G., an 11 year Toastmaster and successful business owner. Brian is a member of four Toastmaster clubs and now speaks in front of hundreds in speech contests, presentations, and key note speeches. "Toastmasters has helped me confront a fear that was bigger than me and controlled me". Brian has started two Toastmaster programs at a jail in Florida and he helps others in the community shrink their fear of public speaking and develop their leadership skills to advance their lives.

The Toastmasters Story
In 1924, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley held the first official Toastmasters meeting in a basement of the YMCA, in Santa Ana, California. Smedley began working for the YMCA after he graduated college. Observing that many of its patrons needed public speaking training, he decided to help them with a training format that was similar to a social club. At this first meeting, members practiced speaking skills in a supportive, informal atmosphere. The seedling club blossomed and by the 1930s the organization charted its first international club in Vancouver, Canada. In 1973, Toastmasters met an important milestone by opening membership to women.

The Name Toastmasters
Why name it "Toastmasters"? - During the early 1900s, the word "toastmaster" referred to a person who proposed the toasts and introduced speakers at banquets. Ralph C. Smedley coined the first group "The Toastmasters Club" because he thought it suggested a pleasant, social atmosphere.

How Toastmasters Works
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for approximately an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:

• Conducting meetings. Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings.
• Giving impromptu speeches. Members present one-to-two minute, impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
• Presenting prepared speeches. Members present speeches based on projects from manuals in Toastmasters' proven communication and/or leadership programs. Projects cover topics such as speaking, organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion.
• Offering constructive evaluation. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who identifies speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.

Toastmasters and Leadership
Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. In Toastmasters, members learn leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and by completing projects in the leadership manuals. Projects address skills such as listening, planning, motivation and team building and give members the opportunity to practice them. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.

Benefits of Toastmasters
Clearer communication; Improved leadership skills; Enhanced teamwork; Effective meetings; Increased productivity; Positive mentoring; Complements existing training programs; Cost effective.

About Toastmasters District 86
Toastmasters District 86 represents the heartland of Ontario comprising of 235 community and corporate clubs, with over 5,000 members, from Sault Ste Marie in the north to Welland in the south, from Sarnia in the west to Markham in the east - and all communities in between - except Toronto. To learn more about District 86 please visit: http://toastmasters86.org/

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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Contact
Dennis Bartel - Public Relations Manager
District 86 Toastmasters 2016 - 2017
***@toastmasters86.org

Better Toastmaster Club Web Presence

Is Toastmasters a Best Kept Secret in Your Community?

In our community, the answer is “Yes”. Are there steps to changing this accidental Stealth (Invisible) Web Marketing Strategy? Let’s start off by doing a test.

Have you noticed how often new visitors to your club have said “I’ve never heard of Toastmasters.”

Someone who doesn’t know anything about the Toastmasters name might search on Google [my city name] communication and leadership training.

Sadly, Toastmasters will probably not show up at all let alone a Toastmasters club in your city. 

Did you know you have to rank on page 1 of Google search results? Less than 10% of people will look on page 2 or later—a fun fact from a Google search.

A knowledgeable colleague tells me if you are a member of a small noon hour club and you do a search for
[my city name] Toastmasters clubs, chances are it will not show up on the first page.

Instead Google will find the two largest clubs. If Google finds your club’s website, you may be in the minority. 

There are sound reasons for why I am focusing on websites vs. social media at this time. My name is David Bray and as a member of two clubs and currently the VP/PR, Bluewater TM 3835 in Owen Sound, ON. We take advantage of FreeToastHost, Thus, our website is http://bluewater.toastmastersclubs.org. 

Incidentally, if you just Google search public speaking, I get one reference to Toastmasters International on page 1 of search results. I get no reference to other Toastmasters clubs.

Tips for Getting Noticed from Google Searches

We first noticed our stealth (i.e. invisible) web presence issue, in 2014, with a Google search...

[my city name] public speaking. Google told us some local French speaking schools held contests. It still says contest for a lot of clubs. 

We/Bluewater solved this in summer 2014 when I added a custom web page for “public speaking”. This showed up immediately after paid listings.

However, Google has been busy refining their algorithms. With those changes, sometime last year we fell to page 2 (i.e. invisible), but sadly no one noticed.

Kijiji and yellow pages may show up with outdated information. My suggestion in this case is to make sure that your content is accurate. Test the links to your website (or blog or Facebook) actually work. Keep your content current. If it is now late summer, ensure your last notice is not an outdated “Sorry we will have to cancel our upcoming January meeting due to winter snow storms.”

For a search on Kijiji for [my city name] speaker training, Kijiji tells me I can purchase electronic speakers for my stereo. This suggests though that a well crafted Kijiji post might be useful.

Whether It’s a Google search for [my city name] leader training, personal development or clubs, odds are Toastmasters will not be found.

As noted in 2014, our club solved the stealth issue for “public speaking”. I am now working to solve it again—by getting us back on page 1. Plus, we have some new web pages on our site to start replacing stealth for other queries. I am working on learning “Search Engine Speak”—and to sort out any related apparent contradictions.

Toastmasters’ Stealth (Invisible) Web Presence is Pervasive

Clearly, some clubs have overcome the problem of “Toastmasters is a best kept secret”. In some cases, people can learn about Toastmasters because a club in England, Australia or the USA has the same city name—and a strong web presence.

“Good presentations are all about our audience.” I see a huge number of paid and unpaid listings online for speaking and leadership training. Clearly we have an audience out there looking for what Toastmasters has to offer. All too often that audience can’t find us—unless they already know the name Toastmasters.

Conclusion: we are a Best Kept Secret in far too many communities. I call it accidental Stealth (Invisible) Marketing.


About David Bray

My background is not marketing, nor is it websites. Thus I am trying to get up to speed on lots of content, including something I call “(Google) Search Engine Speak” known as SEO, Search Engine Optimization.

Have you ever asked the question “How do we get and keep our membership numbers above 20?” The general response was blank stares. Thus, I changed the question to “Toastmasters is a Best Kept Secret in Our Community. How do we change that?” the response this time, was “Launch a Facebook Campaign”. 

If so, why am I focusing on websites vs. Facebook? In short, I found a 2014 study which noted:

• 94% (that’s right 94%) of folks that buy items, first research them on the web.
• 77% do that research with Google search.

According to my math that is almost ¾ of people using Google search. Thus I ask, “How many folks have never heard of Toastmasters, but are looking for communication and leadership training?” I have no idea. But almost 3 out of 4 of them are looking for answers with Google search. If they live near a local Toastmaster club, we all want them to be able to find our website.

If you have some short cuts or tips for strong Toastmaster web presence, I hope you will share. If you would like to join me on a voyage of how to build and maintain a strong web presence please contact me at Dbray9@gmail.com

For the good of Toastmasters, David Bray

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Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal Update

Effective October 1, 2016, Toastmasters International is increasing membership dues by a nominal $1.50 USD per month per member.  This works out to $45 for six monthly fees compared to the earlier $36.  The increase stems from a need for improved technology and member experience. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the FAQs on the TI site. Membership Application forms and Club Central have been updated accordingly.

What Club Officers Need to Know

Clubs will have to update their Addendums of Standard Club Options (part of the Club Constitution of Clubs of Toastmasters International) to reflect the upcoming Toastmasters International membership dues increase. As this matter has been previously voted on the Board of Directors and is an organizational wide change, clubs will not have to vote on this matter individually as well.

The only instance where the club membership would have to vote on this dues change is when the club is also increasing the local club dues (a large number of community clubs would fall under this category). We encourage all clubs to do so as soon as it is convenient for the club.  A simple majority of active club members must vote in favour of this change. Once voted upon, Club officers can simply make these updates to their Addendum of Standard Club Options online in Club Central.

What Club Treasurers need to Know

  1. Treasurer Responsibility in August and September
    Prepare the renewal notice for all members and send them out starting mid-August. Begin collecting dues from members.  Any active club officer can log into Club Central and Pay dues now.       Please note: Clubs that do not pay the renewal for a minimum of eight members by Oct 1st, at least three of whom were members of the club prior to Oct 1st, be considered no longer in “good standing”.  Cash & Cheque for Club Fees; Credit Card for TI Fees are the traditional methods. Some clubs are now using Interac e-Transfers; Square, Eventbrite & PayPal. Each club determines how these fees are managed.

  2. Preparing a Club Budget
    The Budget helps determine the number of renewing members and the club’s plan for growth. In addition to paying for the club rental fees (if any) and the TI Membership dues, the budget indicates how the remaining funds will be used to pay for educational, incentive and social programs such as events with food.
    It should be presented to the club with periodic updates throughout the year. If the Club Executive has recommended a change to the fees it charges its member, a motion needs to be presented during the business portion of the club meeting.

What Members need to Know

There are consequences to members if a club does not pay their minimum membership by the due date and be considered no longer in “good standing”

Club members will not be able to compete or serve as any judge at any level in the upcoming Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests.  After the due date, all winners from these clubs will be retroactively disqualified. 

In addition, these clubs will not be able to vote at the District Council meeting on Nov 26, 2016.

Some FAQ and Tips for Club Executives

Q: Is there something special we can do at our club to retain member or attract new members?

A: The Leader Letter has "Top 5 Ways to Create a Quality Club"  The article provides more details.  In summary:

  1. Make a Strong First Impression
  2. Assign Mentors to New Members
  3. Keep Meetings Well Planned and Organized
  4. Grow Your Club!
  5. Celebrate Accomplishments

Take advantage of the Smedley Award Membership Building Contest and sign up at least 5 new/dual/reinstated members between August and September. 

  • You’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon to display on your club’s banner.
  • Plus!! Qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order.
  • Plus Plus!! District will reward your club with a $25 Toastmasters Gift Certificate to use towards your club supplies!

In addition, club officers should be in regular contact with members that miss meetings. An Open House is also a great idea in September and October.

Q: I’m helping a new club charter by Sep 30th.  What fees will they pay?

A: Members of new clubs that charter by Sep 30 will pay six months dues in advance at the old rate of $36 USD. Effective March 2016 they pay at the new rate of $45.

Q: I belong to a corporate club and our HR pays for the TI dues. How does this impact our club and members?

A: Make your request to HR as early as possible and ensure that TI has the funds by Sep 30th.  

Q: I have more questions about this, who do I speak to?

A: Your Area Director can assist.  They are knowledgeable and have access to District resources.Visit http://www.toastmasters86.org/district-86-contacts/district-86 and choose your Division for the contact information for your Area Director.

Remember the motto, “If it’s not fun, it’s not Toastmasters”!

Member News September - 2016

Brilliant Bob’s 90th Birthday Bash

Bob's 90th Birthday

On August 30th Hershaw Toastmasters hosted a perfectly charming celebration of long time Toastmaster, DTM and inspirational gentleman Bob Dye in honor of his birthday. No detail was left unchecked in preparation of this special event with guests and members donning handmade bowties and 1920’s fashion. Musical performances of Summertime, Moon River and Edelweiss were elegantly sang out by Mikael Gatje, Merle Miller, Alice Siefert and Isabel Hershaw with keyboard accompaniment of Rueben Calalang. Friends from Toastmaster of Cambridge and District 86 Director Vitaliy Fursov brought with them merriment to this special occasion with Bob brilliantly taking center stage. It was a delight for all in attendance to share their heartfelt memories, impressions, admiration and amazement of all things Bob. A Happy 90th Birthday to our dear friend, mentor and fellow Toastmaster Bob Dye!

Lyndsy Johnson

District 86 Mascot Contest

Did you know there is one thing Toastmasters doesn’t have?  A “Mascot”!  The Trio wants to start a new tradition for our District, and that is to establish a District 86 Mascot.  We want to set precedent by doing things never been done before in our District -- but we need your help.  Are you game?

We have no idea what our Mascot should be, but we are calling on every creative and whimsical thinker out there to put their best foot forward to create the most amazing Mascot ever for our District! To spark more interest and to generate some buzz, we will be posting this on Facebook™ and on our District 86 website.

DISTRICT 86 MASCOT CONTEST

Participants, are you ready?  Let the contest begin!  We want as many clubs to participate as possible.  Therefore, to make this more fun, clubs are invited to submit their ideas for a District 86 Mascot to districtdirector@toastmasters86.org.  

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Explain what the Mascot will be;
  2. Provide a picture; 
  3. Write a short story of why you think yours is the best Mascot for our District; and 
  4. All entries must be received by September 30, 2016

The Trio will review all entries and make a short list of Mascot contenders.  They will inform winning clubs by October 15, 2016.  After this date, the Trio will ask the winning clubs to present their Mascot at the Fall Conference during the period of November 25 - 27, 2016.  At that time, Fall Conference Delegates will vote on the best Mascot for our District.  We will acknowledge the winning club in addition to honorable mention going to all runner ups with some prizes. 

The winning Mascot will receive its own Facebook™ page, and it will travel from club to club.  We encourage clubs to take as many photographs with it as possible and to share your stories from all club visits. 

To use the Mascot, a Club Representative will need to visit the club that holds it and ask to take it home.  In case representatives from multiple clubs visit a club on the same day, holding club members of the Mascot will decide what club gets the Mascot next on a first come, first serve basis.

Are you pumped?  Does this sound like a fun way for clubs to interact with each other; to step outside their club and to make a positive impact on our District?   We believe the answer to these questions is a resounding YES!

With your active participation, we know our District will stand out above the crowd.  Thanks and good luck.

 

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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