Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization helping members develop their skills in communication and leadership. Congratulations on taking your first step in your Toastmasters journey and welcome to District 4! There is a lot to learn and explore within the Toastmasters Programs.

Meeting Roles
All Clubs have some standard meeting roles. Here’s your quick guide to them

  • Toastmaster – Introduces all role-bearers for the meeting, ensures the meeting starts and ends on time.
  • Table Topics Master – Runs the table topics session asking members to speak for 1-2 mins on a given topic.
  • General Evaluator – Calls on evaluators and provides an evaluation for the meeting as a whole.
  • Speaker – Presents a prepared speech for a specific project from the Pathways learning experience program.
  • Evaluator – Provides a 2-3 minute prepared evaluation for a prepared speaker focusing on the goals of the speaker’s project.
  • Ah-counter – Keeps a tally of all unnecessary filler words used by all members and presents a report at the end of the meeting.
  • Grammarian - Keeps a tally of all good and incorrect usage of language used by all members and presents a report at the end of the meeting.
  • Timer – Times all speakers and evaluators and provides appropriate light signals to indicate to the speakers and evaluators. At the end of the meeting, the Timer provides a report.
  • Wordmaster – Presents a word with meaning, usage examples at the meeting and keeps a tally of members that use the word correctly.

Education Program - Pathways learning experience

Pathways is designed to provide members opportunities to learn and grow in the areas of public speaking and leadership. Based on extensive research and member surveys, the Pathways learning experience program offers:

  • Learning paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
  • Technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
  • Mobile access to educational materials (smartphones and tablets)
  • Video and digital content to facilitate learning among our global community of members

There are ten possible paths for learning:

Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills

Detailed descriptions of each of the paths is provided on the Pathways Paths and Projects page.

Leadership Opportunities
At Toastmasters, we believe in learning by doing. We have ample opportunity for members to hone their leadership skills.

The very first step if to take on a Club Officer role. You can read more about Club Officer roles here. It is a great opportunity to step up and lead a club in a leadership role.  Once you have served as a Club President, the next step of your leadership journey would be to volunteer as an Area Governor to support the clubs in your area.

Participate in Contests
Contests are held each spring where members may compete in the International Speech or other contest such as Speech Evaluation, Humorous Speech, Table Topics Tall Tales which may vary from year to year.

The purpose of a speech contest is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities, to recognize individual Toastmasters as an encouragement to all, and to provide an opportunity for all Toastmasters to learn by observing speakers who have benefited from their Toastmasters training. Each contest focuses on a particular set of skills, providing a terrific opportunity to learn about a specific area of communication. The different types of contests conducted in District 4 are summarized here. Links to materials for conducting a contest are available on the Speech Contest Materials page. 

Each of these contests begins with competitions at the club level. Club winners compete at the local Area Contest. Area Contest winners compete at the local Division Contests. Division Contest winners compete at the District Conference. District International Speech contest winners go on to represent the District at the International semi-final level.

What’s outside of the club
There are many opportunities and events that happen outside a Toastmasters Club.

Here are a few things you might consider –

  • Visit other clubs through the Club Ambassador Program
  • Visit other clubs and give speeches through Speakers for Stagetime
  • Attend Area and Division contests
  • Make the best use of the various educational sessions at the Toastmasters Leadership Institute held several times a year
  • Attend the semi-annual District Conference which features a keynote, district-level speech contests and great educational sessions.

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