Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Expectations of an Advanced Toastmasters Club

16 of 30 speeches finished. Delivered Speaking on Television #1 Straight Talk to the Advanced Toastmasters Club. I'll include an excerpt here:

“What are your expectations of an Advanced Club?”

I feel that with great power comes great responsibility.

I see an advanced club as a core group which develops, motivates and polishes leaders:
  • A group of movers and shakers of the division.
  • A group that leads by example and innovates.
  • A group that challenges itself and others to aspire to more.
If I look back over my last six years in Toastmasters, I’ve seen a lot of young members come and go. Too many people make it to CC and leave. There is a conspicuous lack of members with advanced designations in the 2-5 year mark. I feel that we’re not engaging keeners with relevant and appropriate challenges. We need to start working together to support each other.

I am most interested in this groups ability to enhance and innovate in:
  • Toastmasters Learning
  • Officer Training
  • Ongoing Educational Events
  • Conferences and Contests
  • High Performance Leadership projects
In a nutshell:
  • Lead by example, 
  • mentor keeners, 
  • give back to our community, 
  • demonstrate the calibre of what an advanced designation and club really means. 
That’s my expectation of an advanced club.

An advanced club is a beehive burner:
Our energy and expertise the spark
that help ignite the clubs,
growing more leaders,
who are drawn into this group,
feeding the fire again
with innovation, passion and leadership.

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