Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest

Here are some tried-and-true techniques to aid your mission, whether your recruiting efforts are aimed at online meetings or the traditional in-person club setting. The sections below explore key aspects of membership-building, including social media, open houses, recruitment strategies, and community outreach programs.

Always invite guests to come back, and ask them to join your club. That last part—”the ask”—is essential.

Toastmasters magazine, August 2020

Storytelling and Photography

There’s a story in Toastmasters Magazine about Storytelling and Photography. Today I visited Toastcrackers Toastmasters Club in Kyiv, Ukraine. For their Warm-Up Exercise, they asked everyone to share a photo, and share the story of that photo. I shared my Facebook profile picture, and others shared photos and we all told a story based on that photo. What a great idea. We often hear the phrase, a picture tells a thousand words–what stories can you tell with your photos?

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. I’ve grouped the top ones into five major themes that suggest a set of priorities for leaders and leadership development programs. While some may not surprise you, they’re all difficult to master, in part because improving them requires acting against our nature.

Sunnie Giles March 15, 2016 Harvard Business Review Home

This research about leadership competencies looks at five themes. These are often soft skills, difficult to train. Are there ways that Toastmasters can help with leadership training?

Why public speaking is VITAL to leadership

Why public speaking is VITAL to leadership

The word “leadership” brings to mind many things.

  • A political leader, who wants to convince you to support their cause.
  • An explorer, cutting a swath for you to follow her through the jungle.
  • An executive, developing his strategy to help you and your colleagues beat the competition.

What does leadership mean to you? How has public speaking helped you meet your leadership goals?

Speech Analysis #1: How to Study and Critique a Speech

Speech Analysis #1: How to Study and Critique a Speech

What is the speaker’s goal? Is it to educate, to motivate, to persuade, or to entertain?

What is the primary message being delivered?

Why is this person delivering this speech? Are they the right person?

Was the objective achieved?

Andrew Dlugan, Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills

What do you do to help the speaker when you serve as an evaluator? How has an evaluator helped you?

On Preparing for Speeches…

A member of the Cabinet congratulated Wilson on introducing the vogue of short speeches and asked him about the time it took him to prepare his speeches. He said: “It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”

—Josephus Daniels, The Wilson Era; Years of War and After, 1917–1923, p. 624 (1946).