Toastmasters members may take advantage of many opportunities to strengthen their leadership skills. Many members take on leadership roles within the organization, and others prefer to conduct specialiszed workshops to help their fellow members or their community. Some of the more common activities are listed here:
• Being a Club Officer
• Being a District Officer
• Presenting a Better Speaker Series module
• Presenting a Successful Club Series module
• Coordinating a Success/Communication Program
• Coordinating a Success/Leadership Program
• Coordinating a Speechcraft Workshop
• Coordinating a Youth Leadership Session
• Conducting a High Performance Leadership Program
• Helping Build or Rebuild a Club
• Serving as a Personal Mentor to Another Toastmaster
Members are encouraged to participate in these leadership programs. As with most activities in the Toastmasters program, members are recognised for their efforts after completing of one of these activities. In particular, many of the activities listed above help satisfy one of the requirements for the leadership track of the individual’s educational program.
Club Officer Positions
Serving as a club officer gives you the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills while also helping your fellow Toastmasters. To help you prepare for the role, the district sponsors a number of Club Officer Training sessions to discuss your duties as an officer.
Also, serving as a club officer for at least six months satisfies one of the requirements for Competent Leader award.
(Some club elect new officers every six months, while other clubs hold elections once a year. This usually depends on whether the club meets every week or every two weeks.)
Listed below are the officer positions in each Toastmasters club.
• Vice President Education
• Vice President Membership
• Vice President Public Relations
• Sergeant at Arms
District Officer Positions
After serving as a club officer, you may want to further enhance your leadership capabilities. Becoming a district officer is a terrific way to continue growing as a leader.
Also, serving as a district officer for one full term satisfies one of the requirements for Advanced Leader recognition. (All district officers serve a twelve-month term, from July 1 to June 30.)
Listed below are the officer positions at the district level.
• District Director
• Program Quality Director
• Club Growth Director
• Public Relations Manager
• Administration Manager
• Finance Manager
• Division Director
• Area Director