District 86 Public Relations

PR MANAGER SAMAA EL-SAYED, ACS, ALBPublic Relations Manager - Samaa El-Sayed, ACG, ALB

As a member of the 2019-2020 District Executive Committee, my mission is to collaborate with all district and club leaders to follow a Public Relations plan that will:

  Generate positive awareness of the Toastmasters brand for the purpose of attracting and retaining members to the clubs in the district.

  Keep the public and members informed about our club and district activities through effective forms of communication channels and media relations.

Public Relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutual relationships between organizations and the public. To help achieve this, I invite all members to contribute to our website blog, monthly newsletter and social media channels by referring to the resources and tools available below:

District 86

Toastmasters International

I look forward to working together toward achieving the mission of our district, as well as growing our brand and creating a buzz within the communities that we serve.

Samaa El-Sayed, ACG, ALB was appointed by Jacklyn A. Payne, DTM, 2019-2020 District Director, District 86.

Your Club’s Digital Presence

Is it easy to find your club? Is your club advertised well?  Did you check what Internet search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others return if you type your club’s name, or simply Toastmasters in <Your City>? If you are unsure, you can refer to the FAQs below to help you improve your club's digital presence:


Can I list my club on the Toastmastmasters International Website?

How can I open for a Free Toast Host account for your club?

How can I set up an Easy-speak account for your club?

How can I setup a Meetup group for my club
For a step-by-step guide, you can refer to these instructions:
pdfMeetup Setup for your Club (PDF) >>

How can I post my club events through Eventbrite

How can I register my club on Google?
You can list it there for free as an educational organization:

How can I set up a Facebook Page for my club?

How can I set up a Facebook Group for my club?

How can I set up a LinkedIn Group for my club?

District 86 Social Media Links / Practices

District 86 Social Media sites are listed below.
Pages are administered by the Public Relations Manager unless otherwise stated.

The following PDF document provides District 86 Social Media Guidelines/Practices:
pdfD86 Social Media Practices (PDF) >>

Status:  Open to the public

Description: Simply like the page and be notified of District 86 events, achievements and news.  Promote the content of this page to your club members, friends, and communities.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/toastmasters86/

Status:  Private Group. Moderated (Request to join >>)

Description:  Request to become a member of this group, and promote your club. Tell the district what is exciting happening in your club. Post videos and photos from your meetings and events. Post links to news releases and publications about your clubs. Ask questions. Participate in discussions. Teach your club members to join this group, and to be part of the open forum discussions. 

Link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/toastmasters86/

Status:  Open to Public

Description:  Subscribe to this channel to receive access to District 86 videos. Enjoy them, share them, embed them to your club’s web pages, email them to your friends and communities.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/toastmasters86/

Status: Open to the public

Description: Simply like and follow the page to be notified of District 86 events, achievements and news.  Engage with your club members, friends, and communities by tweeting and liking the content of this page.

Link: https://twitter.com/toastmasters86/

Status:  Private Group. Moderated (Request to join >>)

Administrator:  Samaa El-Sayed, PRM

Description:  Request membership, and keep in touch with your fellow Toastmasters to build your professional network on Linkedin.

Link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2821528

Additional Public Relations Resources


Toastmasters ProclamationA great way to promote Toastmasters is to find out if your city/town declares proclamations. 

Click on the link below to download a Proclamation template. Use this fact sheet to get updated Toastmasters information.

docxToastmasters PROC template >>

See Oakville Proclamation Blog >>


Member Photo and Video Release Forms

District 86 requires having members sign release forms prior to sharing their images or videos to the public.

  pdfPhoto Release Form.pdf

  pdfVideo Release Form.pdf   

Speakers Bureau

PlaceholderHeadshotSpeakers' Bureau Co-Coordinators - Annie Bai & Steve Elliot

Stretch Your Limits!

You have become comfortable speaking in front of your club but you didn't join Toastmasters to be comfortable. You joined to stretch your limits.

Now you can do this. Become part of our Speakers' Bureau and take the opportunity to serve your community by speaking in front of community service clubs, student groups, safety associations and more.

This year we are going to work on developing opportunities for people to speak in front of larger groups and non-Toastmasters groups.  The idea is to try to generate such opportunities (initially) with community organizations such as Kinsmen, Optimists, Rotary, etc. and use those opportunities to spread beyond that base.  

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organization so any speaking engagements we help you to arrange or that you do under the Toastmasters brand must be without any contractual fee but speaking in front of a larger, non-Toastmaster group is just the beginning.  These speaking opportunities will do three things:

  1. It will expose the people where you live and work to the skills people learn as a Toastmaster.
  2. It will allow you to practice your skills: as Darrin LaCroix says, "The way to become a professional speaker is 'practice practice practice."
  3. Done well, and regularly, it will lead to contacts that can turn into professional speaking opportunities. (so long as you don't ever charge for your services while speaking under the Toastmasters name.)

  pdfSpeakers Bureau Application Form.pdf

Potential topics: The Power of Good Questions, Workplace Safety, Personal Development: a Journey, Resolving Conflicts In Manufacturing, Terrifying Experiences in Africa, Travelogues for Ireland/Pakistan

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

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