Let’s roar together

WOW! Did you see January and February fly by with lightning speed? Where did the time go? Let me give you a brief recap of the past couple of months:

  1. 3 Division training sessions with more than 300 officers and members attending
  2. At least 12 educational sessions
  3. Area & Division Council Meetings
  4. Open House Celebrations
  5. Planning for Contest Season

We have four months left of this Toastmaster year. How are you going to go out—like a lamb (baaa) or a lion (roar)?  Let’s roar together. Here are some tips on how we can do that:

  1. If you are a low-member club, add at least one new member a month. To find out how, join Lynnette Holzman and me to learn one simple act which may help.
  2. Ensure your meetings are over-the-top with enthusiasm, energy, and learning. In other words, excellent.
  3. Invite, Invite, Invite – most people join Toastmasters because someone kept asking them.
  4. Follow-up, Follow-up, Follow-up – If a guest doesn’t think they matter, they won’t come back. Following up with them shows you care.
  5. Have fun and enjoy the friendships you have in the club. It doesn’t matter who is not at the meetings; it matters who is there. Whether there are five or six in attendance or fifteen, host an excellent meeting for you and for them.

When we host excellent meetings, we learn, we enjoy, and we refresh. I am fortunate to be involved with the John Maxwell worldwide initiative called Transformation Tables. The premise is to discuss what we as individuals bring to the table and talk about how we can transform ourselves little by little, then help to transform our communities, little by little. I learned that clubs that have high-hope people succeed.

The first session we held concentrated on hope. It had a powerful impact on me; part of which I share now with you. Decide what type of person you would like to be-a low-hope person or a high-hope person: 

Low-Hope People

  • Avoid Problems
  • Focus on Symptoms
  • Feed their Fear
  • Get Tired
  • Give Up

High-Hope People

  • Engage in Problem Solving
  • Focus on Solutions
  • Feed their Faith
  • Get Inspired
  • Work Harder

The kind of person you are will direct your club and the members in it. If you have been a Toastmaster for many years or are relatively new, you joined Toastmasters to become a better communicator. You wanted personal growth, to gain confidence, and to be a better version of yourself. Have you gotten all you planned for when you first joined?

If not, re-energize yourself, help make your meetings excellent, be a person of high hope, and have the best year ever both in Toastmasters and in your life.

Bev LeBlanc, DTM
District 42 Program Quality Director


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