Five Tips To Get The Best Toastmaster Experience as a New Member
As a new member of Speak To Lead Toastmasters and Toastmasters in general, there are a few things you can do to get the best Toastmasters experiences from the get-go. Here are five things you can do as a new member.
As a member of Speak To Lead Toastmasters Copenhagen, you’ll be part of a vibrant and driven group of people from all over the World who want to develop and improve their public speaking and leadership skills.
There are two platforms you need to get accustomed with as a new member, one being toastmasters.org and the other one is Easy Speak.
Toastmasters.org is, besides being the official Toastmasters website, where you also find Pathways, the educational program which will help you become a better speaker and leader.
The Pathways program consists of 10 different paths, and as a new member, you’ll take a test that will help you choose which path is best suited for your needs.
PATHS TO CHOOSE FROM:
- Dynamic Leadership
- Effective Coaching
- Innovative Planning
- Presentation Mastery
- Visionary Communication
- Motivational Strategies
- Persuasive Influence
- Leadership Development
- Strategic Relationships
- Team Collaboration
As you can see, there is pretty much a path for everyone to choose from no matter what your ambitions might be.
2. EASY SPEAK
Easy Speak is the platform we use to schedule speeches and roles for our weekly meetings.
Visit tmclub.eu and get familiar with how you confirm your attendance, claim roles and speeches in advance. Knowing who will attend the meetings makes for a better experience, and it helps the Toastmaster of the weekly meeting know who to ask to take on open roles.
A best practice would be to schedule a speech a month from your path and confirm your attendance for the meetings you can attend in advance, and also note the ones you’re unable to join in the Easy Speak system.
3. GET A MENTOR
When you’ve become a member, then ask the club Vice President of Education (VPE) to assign you a mentor to help guide you on your Toastmasters journey. A mentor can help you schedule speeches and give you additional feedback on the speeches you do. The mentor will also help you navigate on Easy Speak and answer questions you might have about the different roles that are up for grabs at the meetings.
4. SCHEDULE YOUR ICEBREAKER SPEECH
The first speech you’ll make as a new member is your Icebreaker speech, which serves as an introduction of you to your fellow Speak To Lead members. You can schedule your Icebreaker speech once you’ve chosen which path you’ll take on Pathways. You can find instructions and inspiration to your Icebreaker speech within the Pathway program.
5. TAKE ON A FEW MEETING ROLES
As mentioned, there are a couple of different roles for every meeting.
- Time Keeper
- Speech Evaluator
- Table Topics Master
- General Evaluator
The best roles to take on as a new member would be the Time Keeper, Ah-Counter, Table Topics Master, and Grammarian. Doing those roles will help you get used to getting up and doing brief reports in front of the other members.
As you get more experienced, try taking on the more demanding roles like speech evaluator, General Evaluator, and Toastmaster.
- Visit Toastmasters.org and take the test to find out which path is best suited for your Toastmasters journey.
- Visit Easy Speak (tmclub.eu) to get familiar with the meeting agenda and roles for the meetings.
- Talk to the VPE and get assigned a Mentor who will help guide you in the beginning.
- Schedule your first speech, the Ice Breaker, and spend a week or two to prepare it.
- Take on a few roles like the timer, Ah-counter, or grammarian if the agenda allows it.