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A young Ralph C. Smedley
Founder of Toastmasters

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Hello Fellow Toastmasters

Toastmasters thrives today because of the many volunteers that have given back!

By doing so they have helped build and strengthen an organization that offers many opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people around the world to learn and grow as leaders and communicators.

Since 2006 I've spent a lot of time in the Toastmasters Learning Laboratory - doing, thinking, discussing and writing about whatever aspect of Toastmasters I was involved in at the time.

So far my Toastmasters related writings have been downloaded 166435 times in 158 countries.

I hope what you find here helps you on your Toastmasters journey.

Rodney G. Denno, DTM
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

Become an Inspiring Leader and Communicator

The Leadership, Communication, Inspiration Cycle

EMM Project

Total Downloads = 166435 in 158 countries.

Downloads = 50665

Evaluation Maven Manifesto (EMM) Project

For Individual Members and Clubs

A thoughtful, insightful speech evaluation - with specific, actionable and encouraging suggestions - has the power to transform the speaker and the speech.

The Evaluation Maven Manifesto (EMM) 2.0 provides all the insights, knowledge, tips, tools and techniques you will need to become an evaluation maven.

You can get the EMM 2.0 and Evaluation Worksheets HERE

Downloads = 46313

How to Create, Promote and Deliver - Fair, Fun and Well Run Contests

For Club, Area, Division and District Contests

Being a Contest Chair is challenging and rewarding - stretching both your leadership and communication skills.

Contestants have spent many hours crafting their speeches or developing their impromptu speaking skills. As Contest Chair you - and your team - can provide a contest environment that is enjoyable for the competitors and the audience.

This page has all the resources you will need to build a team and create fun, fair and well run contests.

You can get step-by-step scripts for all five contests HERE

Downloads = 20176

Ten Tips for Making Videos

For Individual Members and Clubs

Anyone with a smartphone or video camera has the technology needed to make a video. Videotaping speeches, and other speaking activities for later review is a great way to use video to deepen your knowledge and understanding.

However, if you want to produce a more professional (entertaining, thought provoking, educational) video - there is more to do than point-and-shoot.

Film maker and fellow Toastmaster - Brian Hebb - provides ten tips on how to produce a professional looking video.

You can get the 'Ten Video Tips' HERE

Downloads = 16232

How to Win a Speech Evaluation Contest

For Individual Members

The short answer – Be the best! A somewhat longer answer – "Be the best! – on that day – for that speech – as determined by the judges in that audience – out of all the speech evaluators at that competition".

If you can do that four times (Club, Area, Division, District) you earn the right to call yourself the District Speech Evaluation champion for that year. No small feat!

This eBook will help you prepare to - Be at your best!

You can get the 'How to Win the Toastmasters Speech Evaluation Contest' strategy HERE

Downloads = 16796

Toastmasters Magazine Articles on Speech Evaluation

For Individual Members

A selection of articles on evaluating speeches (published in the Toastmaster Magazine over the past few years) are available HERE

Downloads = 4306

How to Build or Rebuild Club Strength

For Strengthening Clubs

Think back to the first club you joined. You probably joined because it felt like the 'right fit'.

That feeling is what I call Club Strength. When Club Strength is high it's because members are contributing to the production of dynamic, informative and entertaining meetings - that keep members engaged and wanting more.

This guide looks at how to build - or rebuild - Club Strength by raising membership levels AND ensuring that each members overall club experience is valuable. The miniMentor program - introduced here - is a way of assisting clubs in rebuilding Club Strength when a Club Coach is not available.

You can get 'A Guide to Building or Rebuilding Club Strength' HERE

Downloads = 7831

How to Maintain Club Strength

For Maintaining Strong Clubs

A club's health - or strength - can deteriorate in small decrements that are not noticed until the change is significant. One of the most valuable services you can perform - as a club leader - is to ask club members if the club is meeting their expectations and helping them reach their leadership and communications goals.

Toastmasters recommends that every club do the Moments of Truth module once a year. However, sometimes clubs feel they are doing just fine or that Moments of Truth takes too much time and effort. When this happens I've used a survey that takes only 15 minutes and yields the insights you need to assess the health of your club - so the club can take action in the areas that need it.

You can get the survey, spreadsheet and report HERE

Downloads = 1300

How to Provide Online Club Officer Training

For District Level Club Officer Training

Club Officers in remote clubs are sometimes unable to attend training because of the significant time, cost and in some cases weather danger associated with travelling to in-person training.

In 2009 a group of us in District 21 (British Columbia, Canada) decided to increase the number of club officers receiving training - by providing an online training option. Since 2009 a few hundred club officers have been trained - that would otherwise have not received training.

NOTE: Prior to each training period the District has asked for - and received - permission from the TI Board to have this - online - training count towards the clubs DCP points.

A step-by-step guide that contains all the information needed to set up and deliver online club officer training.

You can get 'How to Provide Online Club Officer Training to Remote Clubs' HERE

Downloads = 1240

How to Create and Deliver Large Events that WOW

For Areas, Division and District Level Promotional Events

Simply put - WOW events are intended to get attendees to say 'WOW! I didn't realize there was so much to Toastmasters!'

Over the past few years a number of us in District 21 (British Columbia, Canada) have created and delivered large WOW events to a couple hundred people at a time. Typically a single WOW event helps a couple dozen clubs build membership and club strength - and generally create a greater awareness of Toastmasters.

You can get 'How to Create and Deliver Large WOW Events' HERE

Downloads = 1576

How to Get to SOLD OUT

For Promoting District Conferences

Experiencing a SOLD OUT conference is energizing for the attendees - and gratifying for the team of people it took to create and deliver it!

Over the past few years I've helped a number of conference teams create and deliver SOLD OUT conferences. This eBook contains all the plans and email content that we created to successfully promote a District Conference - that reached SOLD OUT and had a waiting list!

You can get 'How to Get to SOLD OUT: Promoting Your District Conference' HERE

© 2020 Rodney Denno