Toastmasters is probably Dorset’s Best Kept Secret. 

Toastmasters in 2016 has 345k members, based in 159k clubs in 142 countries around the world.  In honour of Ralph Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters International in 1924, Toastmasters holds the Smedley Award contest. It’s a membership campaign to help kick start the year’s marketing.  To qualify, Casterbridge Speakers must add five new, dual or reinstated members between August 1st and September 30th.  

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Gaining new members is good for the club, it’s good for members AND individuals could tick off project six in the Competent Leadership manual if they help this campaign over the next 6 weeks.

Thought I’d use tonight’s table topics to think about how we encourage everyone to spread the word. It would also give another BIG tick towards our club president, Bev’s vision for Casterbridge Speakers to be a ‘president’s distinguished’ club this year … 

  1. I have recently picked up a contact through Twitter who hosts a talk radio show in Sherborne.  She asks you to give her three good reasons to come to Toastmasters just to participate in table topics ….
  2. You are at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting where the speaker hasn’t turned up.  The organiser has asked you to fill in at short notice with your 3 top tips on controlling nerves when speaking in public …
  3. The humorous speech contests begin at club level next meeting.  There must be many many benefits for participating.  I can’t think any myself – please give your  top three for throwing your hat in the ring …
  4. Your best friend works for Job Centre Plus.  She asks you for three ways that Toastmasters helps build confidence without having to give a speech …
  5. We’ve seen members come and go in this club over the years.  Who do you miss most and if you picked up the phone for a chat this week what three things would you tell them about the club now …

If you want to know the answers to the above click through to the Casterbridge Speakers Facebook Page.

Remember the Smedley award runs from August 1 to September 30. So don’t wait, get involved, let’s add 5 members and qualify for the Smedley Award. Bev will love us.  Let’s get involved and have some fun doing it!

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