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|People join Toastmasters for a variety of reasons
ranging from social to self development.|
If you are a
Toastmaster – think back to the first club you joined. Did you
join because there were a certain number of members or they
met at a certain location? Most likely not.
probably joined because it felt like the right fit and it
seemed as if the club and the Toastmasters program would give
you what you wanted – whatever that was at the time.
put it in economics terms ‘Your overall assessment of the
value you would get from (spending time writing, practicing
and delivering speeches and participating in club meeting) is
greater than you would get from (spending the time and effort
doing other things)’. Whether we like to admit it or not
we regularly assess the value we are getting from doing one
activity over another.
That ‘right fit’ feeling
people get when they decide to join a particular Toastmasters
club is what I call Club Strength. If Club Strength is
high it’s most likely because the members are contributing to
the production of dynamic, entertaining meetings – that keep
the membership engaged and wanting more.
has two main components – engaged membership and program
Toastmasters recommends that a club with 12
- or less - members should be provided with at least one Club
Coach. However, when I was a Division Director I found it very
difficult to get good coaches - so I created a 4 to 8 meeting
program I call the 'miniMentor'.
A miniMentor is
a seasoned Toastmasters that help clubs back to health by
working with them for 4 to 8 meeting to help identify where
membership engagement can be enhanced and the quality of the
program can be improved.
You can get 'A Guide to
Building or Rebuilding Club Strength' here PDF