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Conquering the Cold Call

Toastmasters created a project dedicated to this very topic because it's a real problem for many people. Including me. Picking up the phone and calling a business to pitch a new club always makes me pause -- almost as much as when I was in high school and...

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Photo Editing

Even though smartphones make it easy to take lots of great photos, sometimes those photos need to be cropped or touched up in order to make your district's message shine when you use them for marketing purposes. Here are some options ranging from free to...

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Online Storage for Districts

Districts have a lot of information to store: District Council minutes, contracts for conferences, district property inventories, District Success Plans, etc. These need to be passed on from year to year. Then there are those files which would be nice to...

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Pre-Charter Tools for Clubs

You've had your demonstration meeting and you're still a few members short of chartering. Until you charter, though, you don't have access to tools like Free Toast Host which your home club uses extensively for meeting agendas, email lists, scheduling...

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Email Blasts with MailChimp

MailChimp is an excellent email blast tool for Toastmasters districts or, really, anyone. I use it for my personal business, I've signed clients up for it, and my home district uses it. There are links below to MailChimp and some online tutorials. If you...

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Project Management with Freedcamp

Freedcamp is a free online project management tool designed for use by teams. It is similar to Basecamp. Note: At the bottom of this article are links to Freecamp and tutorials for getting started. There are paid options for Freecamp, but the free version...

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Membership Building

Membership building is a year-round process for Toastmasters clubs. The three membership building contests - Smedley Award in August and September, Talk Up Toastmasters in February and March, and Beat the Clock in May and June - are a great time to focus...

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Member Retention

Membership retention is as important for clubs as employee retention is for corporate managers. Because of this, I turned to a resource that was recommended to me for keeping employees engaged.The book Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay...

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Member Experience

Here are ten ways to ensure that your members are having great experiences in your club. Outside of the Club Meeting Communicate with the members frequently. Send out schedules on a regular basis, confirm attendance at upcoming meetings, and if possible,...

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Club Excellence Talking Points

Club excellence has many facets and there are many ways to help train clubs to achieve it. There are links below to training resources. Here are a few topics to get the conversation started. Clubs hoping to achieve excellence will ... Reflect up on the...

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Charter a College Club in Six Weeks

A sure fire way to build a club is to find a need and solve it. This approach has solved a need - and chartered a club - several times. Here is a need that you can create a new club to solve: As a group, engineers often have difficulty speaking. College...

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New Lead Generation

When my District Director year was over half over, I got one of the best club building tips I've ever heard. I pass this tip on every chance I get. Who knows the members and businesses in the locals areas of your district? Your Area Directors, of course....

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Corporate Skills Learned in Toastmasters

When building corporate clubs, a common question is, “Other than speaking and leadership, what will my employees learn?” I have a standard answer. These notes can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document below or copied right from this page.  ...

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Quickly Email Frequent Answers

You'll answer many emails with the same response: "You can find all of our district's incentives here ..." "I will have to research this. Let me talk with the other district officers and I'll get back to you soon." Sometimes you'll send the same email many...

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Club Launch Kit

When you're ready to launch your new club, walk into the launch meeting prepared to demonstrate Toastmasters and then close the sale with the new members. The kit below will give you everything you need to start your club except for your guests and your...

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Get Personal with Note Cards

In a world of email, text messages, and instant messengers, a handwritten note card stands out and gets the sender noticed. A small investment of your time builds the foundations of relationships in a way that electronic communications cannot. Use the note...

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New Member Email

As the VPE in my home club, I send every new member a welcome email to give them an idea of what to expect in the next few weeks. The email includes the date of their ice breaker (which they will also get when I email out the schedule each week) and they...

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Weekly Status Meeting Notes

My home district's Trio has had a weekly meeting as far back as I can remember. As District Director, I continued that tradition and added a note taking approach that I use at my office for my team's weekly project reviews. Using this process, every...

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Servant Leadership Books

As a student of servant leadership, I'd had the pleasure of reading a number of books on the subject, several while taking the Key Practices of Servant Leadership course through the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in Atlanta, Georgia....

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Mail Merge for Quick & Easy Email Campaigns

When communicating with a large audience, like a full Toastmasters district, an email marketing tool like Mail Chimp or Constant Contact is needed. Often, though, you need to send a small set of personalized emails and those tools are overkill. If your set...

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