Serving as Toastmaster-of-the-Day for the first time can be a daunting prospect, so much so that it can be difficult to encourage newer members to give it a try. A few of the typical responsibilities include:
- Selecting and sharing a theme around which a short — typically 2-3 minutes — introduction can be given (this is optional but generally boosts the enjoyment factor for participants)
- Making an effort to see that as many meeting roles as possible are filled in the days before the meeting
- Welcoming any visitors
- Running the first portion of the meeting
The decision to volunteer for the role is likely made all the more difficult by the fact that it’s often the more experienced members who end up having to regularly fill this role, giving novices the impression they have to perform at a similar level of proficiency. For this reason, it’s been very helpful in Spirited Speech Masters for our VPE to have created a weekly schedule for this role, giving newer members the gentle push they need to try out this highly rewarding role.
The Toastmasters 101 podcast — a production of Toastmasters District 10 — has some helpful tips for people filling this role, including help selecting a theme and managing time during the meeting. This information is helpfully available as a podcast or as text. Give it a listen and then give the role a try!
Letting go of mistakes. Embracing change. Being able to say “no” when asked. These are just three of the characteristics of those blessed with emotional intelligence, according to Travis Bradberry, co-author of the well known book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0. You can read more about the strengths of emotional intelligence at “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure.” on Entrepreneur.com.
Come to the Spirited Speech Masters Speakeasy Open House on November 14th to learn how Toastmasters can help you develop public speaking and leadership skills!
Thursday, November 14th
1MC16.3312 (central breakroom on the 16th floor)
The event will feature an engaging speech by an accomplished storyteller, and we will be serving appetizers along with a bevvy of Prohibition-themed “mocktails” that are sure to be the Bee’s Knees!
Build your confidence while conquering your fears in the warm and supportive environment of Toastmasters, all without having to leave your workplace!
District 56 is hosting an Executive Leadership Summit on November 2nd. This set of workshops will substitute for officer-required Toastmasters Leadership Institute, but all members are encouraged to attend.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 9a – 2p (Registration at 8:30a)
Where: Fountain Life Center
14083 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77035
Please join to learn more from your fellow Toastmasters and let us all grow as leaders!