by Greg Pick, DTM, Immediate Past District Director, District Leadership Chair
For over 90 years the Toastmasters program has demonstrated its ability to develop and improve communication and leadership skills.
In addition to club officer positions, there are numerous leadership opportunities within Toastmasters once you venture outside your club. The various positions will improve skills you already have, foster new skills, and you may discover skills you never thought about!
While on my Toastmasters journey, I served in many roles. As my confidence and desire to develop additional strengths grew, I took on increasingly involved roles. This journey led me to hold positions on committees, areas, divisions, and finally top district leadership positions. Along the way, I was fortunate to have past district leaders and fellow members who helped me as mentors, coaches, and guides. Through holding each of these roles my skills improved as did my self–confidence – the journey changed my life.
Skills we learn in Toastmasters are transferable to our business and personal life. Actively holding leadership roles improves performance at work, aids in other volunteer organizations, and improves communication with your family. It took me too long to decide to begin my journey as an area director! Once I did, I kept saying “yes” and my journey took me to serve the members as the District Director.
Opportunities are waiting for you! Come to the Leadership Open House on November 17th and see what New Direction your future holds (click here for details). Explore the different positions available and say “yes” to something new that challenges you to grow. You will meet many more Toastmasters. It is work but it’s also lots of fun. If you can’t make the open house, please talk to your area director and/or look at the District 25 website.
It’s your journey … I hope you consider including leadership opportunities provided at the area, division, and district levels.
Are YOU interested in District leadership? Find out about elected offices and how to apply for them. The deadline is December 15.