What Should I Use for a Club Banner Stand?

Aug 10

Once you have your beautiful, bold Toastmasters club banner, you face a new problem: where do you put it? The official Toastmasters Banner Stand is insanely overpriced at $110. I’ve also heard several clubs complain about it being unstable. A frugal, opportunistic Toastmaster may try reusing an existing tripod or easel that a member has, and hanging the banner...

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How to Make a Homemade Club Banner Stand

Aug 10

Benefits of a Do-It-Yourself Banner Stand Every type of banner stand has their disadvantages. I believe that for many clubs, the best solution is to make your own. Inspired by the examples of other Toastmasters have build banner stands, such as the very tall version from District 53 or the one mentioned in District 37 Sergeant At Arms training or the beautiful...

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What Membership Eligibility Requirements Can a Club Have?

Apr 24

Many Toastmasters clubs are wide open to anyone who is 18 or older, can pay dues and is voted into the club. When a club is listed as “membership eligibility required,” it’s typically because the club is for a specific group of people: employees of a company, members of the military at a base, students or faculty or employees of a university, that...

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Digital Handouts for TLI Sessions

Mar 31

In December 2013 and January 2014, I delivered a number of workshops in the Toastmasters Leadership Institute for San Antonio. Here are my notes on what I did in my sessions, and general Toastmasters tips and info on the relevant topics. Table Topics Why are Table Topics Called “Table Topics”? How to Run Table Topics Should Table Topics be Evaluated? Why...

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Sergeant at Arms Training

Mar 31

In January of 2014, I had the opportunity to train sergeants at arms at a COT (Club Officer Training) event in District 55. You know what officer training needs? Weapons. Ok, break out the Nerf guns! The sergeant at arms is technically the lowest role in Toastmasters, coming after all other six in matters of seniority. However, I argue that the SAA is the one whose...

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Ballot Counting FAQs

Mar 26

General Ballot Counting Procedure Ballot Collection Ballot counters should spread around room; wait for judges to hold up folded ballot slips and collect them. The judge should only provide the torn-off bottom slip; if they provide the entire sheet, tear off the large top part (the scoring rubric) and hand it back to them. Indicate to the chief judge how many ballots...

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Does the Audience Need to Wait for the Ballot Counters?

Mar 25

The final contestant for a speech event finishes speaking. Everyone waits in silence, allowing as much time as necessary for the quasi-anonymous judges to finish filling out their ballots and energetic ballot counters to run around and collect them. The ballot counters and chief judge leave the room. Then the Contest Toastmaster says “once the ballot counters...

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