Toastmasters do things in threes. In that vein, here is a third thing that every Toastmasters club President must do. They must know what resources are available.
(Note that the Toastmasters web site doesn’t always add the .pdf file extension to its files. You may have to manually add it to open these files)
The Club Success Plan is a way of applying goals that follow the SMART requirements. They are a great way to lead your club forward. Get it here. This is a great way to set expectations for the year for both your club and your members. Following the Club Success Plan keeps your club from being stale while also providing a great leadership experience for its club officers. Do it. Make your club better.
The Club Leadership Handbook is something that I always have with me. What, exactly, is the job of the Club Secretary? That question and most every other question about running a club is covered. Get the handbook here. People like leaders who know what they are doing or know where to find the answers. The handbook will make you look like a genius. Read it and carry it to every meeting. Toastmasters International even has training material for every officer role in the club.
Who is your Area Governor? Do you know what an Area Governor is? There are people who are specifically assigned to aid clubs and guide them to success. If you do not know who your Area Governor is, they are supposed to visit your club twice a year. If they are not visiting, and you didn’t see them at a speech contest, and you didn’t see them at officer training, and you fear they or your club may be or become deceased, check out the web page for your District. If you want to know more about leadership at the District level, there is a handbook for that too.
Toastmasters has the answers for just about every question a club President comes across during their time of service. By using these resources, you and your club will be successful.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500-plus clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters International on Twitter.