All posts by Darryl Heron

Has Your Club Been SWOTted?

Toastmasters Club SWOT

 

 

The 2013-14 Toastmaster year is now underway and it is time to start doing club planning for the year.  Division F recently had our first Club Officers Training of the year.  All of the club presidents present did a SWOT analysis (see the picture above) along with the officers in their club.

 

SWOT is an abberviation of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Weaknesses. Each club should discuss and come up with some points for each area,   based on what the come up with, you should come up with three action items that you’ll focus on.  In order for the action items to work, you should make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely), they should be assigned to people so that they can be performed and tracked.

 

If you and your club are SMART in your SWOT, you’ll be on your way to a great  Toastmaser year. Check out the Our Toastmasters group pinboard for other helpful Toastmaster documents and ideas.

 

Darryl

Episode 12 Raquel Belo, João de Mendonça, Morag Mathieson and Ed Tate

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we…

  • We have more interviews from Antwerp and the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • Interview Raquel Belo, who gave a very inspiring speech as a semifinalist and a finalist in the International Speech Contest at D59 in Antwerp
  • Talk to João de Mendonça, who was the D59 Lt Governor of Education in the 2012-13 TM year and will be D59 Governor for the 2013-14 TM year
  • Have a conversation with Morag Mathieson reflects on the year that she has had as the D59 Governor in the 2012-13 TM year
  • Interview Ed Tate, the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking who was a keynote speaker in Antwerp conference this year.

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 11 Kailey Peng, John Zimmer, Hans Peterson, and the Antwerp Team

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we…

  • We have several interviews from Antwerp about the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • Interview Kailey Peng, who was the International Speech Contest winner for Division F in 2013
  • Talk to John Zimmer, who won the D59 International Speech Contest and will be represent District 59 at the International Convention in Cincinnati in August
  • Have a conversation with Hans Peterson about the D59 2013 Fall Conference in Budapest
  • Do a round table with some of the Antwerp team at the end of the conference

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 10 Kees Broos and Darmstadt Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we…

  • Interview Kees Broos, who is the District 59  Lt. Governor of Marketing in the current Toastmasters year and who I first came to know as the Division F Governor
  • We celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Dartmstadt Toastmasters club with an interview  with Matthias Lehmann and a round table discussion with some of the more experienced Toastmasters there talking about 10 years at the club
  • We have a big update from Antwerp about the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • We’re looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

I’ll be at the District 59 2013 Spring Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, I hope to see you there.

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 09- The Birthday Show

 

Welcome to the podcast, believe it or not, the podcast has been around for a whole year now, so this is our birthday episode.  We wrap of the interviews from the District 59 2012 Fall Conference in Bonn, Germany.

In this episode we…

  • Interview Peter Kent, who has 20+ years experience in Toastmasters
  • Talk to Barbara Hoerger, who was the District 59 Governor for 2011-2012 Toastmasters year
  • Talk to Morag Mathieson, who is the current District 59 Governor for the 2012-2013 Toastmaster year
  • We have a big update from Antwerp about the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • D59 has beens promoting Open Houses at clubs in February and March, be sure to let your Area Governor know when you’re holding yours and about the results
  • We’re looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Look for the next Toastmasters Podcast Europe coming in the next few weeks.

 

Bye for now.

Darryl

Come Join The Toastmasters Pinterest Banner Group Pinboard

 

Have you heard of Pinterest? This social media darling has had astronomical growth with millions more people discovering it every month.  In February 2013, it was reported by Reuters that Pinterest had over 48 million global visitors.  There are lots of ways that Toastmasters can make use of Pinterest and one of these is by the use of the “Our Toastmaster Banners” Pinterest group pinboard. I’d like to tell you about the group pin board.

 

What is Pinterest, you’re probably asking?  Wikipedia says “Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos.”  Its like putting a big pinboard online and adding the social aspects that we’re all getting more and more used to.  This means that you can create your own pinboards, themed about pratically anything; you can add your own pictures to each pinboard or add pictures from the internet, other people can follow your boards and “re-pin” items that they like, and you can invite others to join on boards where you would like to collaborate.

 

What does this have to do with Toastmasters, you ask?  Toastmasters is largely a social organization and it makes sense for us to tap into various social media sites and to be where the people are.  By sharing Toastmasters related content in Pinterest, we reach out to a new audience that potentially join our clubs and make use of our material and it allows us to share material with other Toastmasters and to find material that others find interesting and useful.

 

The basic goal behind the “Our Toastmaster Banners”  is to collect pictures of banners from every single club, division, district, and region (basically anywhere there is a Toastmaster banner, a picture of it should appear here).  This gives people looking at the group pinboard an idea of how many clubs there are and where they are in a visual way that will draw attention to Toastmasters.  As the group grows, with more and more club banners being pinned, the board has a great chance of getting noticed and possibly going viral.   This is a great place to tell a story about your club and to share banner pictures from clubs that you visit.

 

There are different ways to participate.  You can send an email to (darrylheron@about.me) asking to join the group pinboard (be sure to let e know your Pinterest username and provide a link to your Pinterest profile). You can pin banner pictures from your club and clubs you visit.  You can tell your clubs story.  You can comment on pins in the group pinboard.  You can challenge others and other clubs to participate. You can send a picture of your club banner to (darrylheron@about.me).

 

Our Toastmasters” is anouther group pinboard with lots of educational sharing opportunities.  There are pins linking to useful Toastmaster material, some people have even added links to videos of some of the World Champion of Public Speaking winning videos.  Maybe you have something to share that you think other Toastmasters could benefit from. Why not check out this board as well?

 

I hope that you’ll check out the  “Our Toastmaster Banners” and the “Our Toastmasters” pinboards and promote your clubs and share valueable and useful information with other Toastmasters. Happy Pinning!

 

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 08- D59 2012 Fall Conference Part 02

Welcome to the podcast, this is the second of a series of podcasts with interviews from the District 59 2012 Fall Conference in Bonn, Germany.

In this episode we…

  • Interview João de Mendonça who is the D59 Lt. Governor for Education for the 2012-2013 Toastmaster year and was the D59 Lt. Governor for Marketing last year
  • Talk to Rudy Moralez, who is the Area Governor for D59 Division F Area 2
  • Talk to Bill Monsour, who was the English Humorous Speech Contest Toastmaster for the finals and for one of the semifinals in Bonn, some of you might know him for his work with EasySpeak
  • District 59 2013 Spring Confernce link
  • D59 is promoting Open Houses at clubs in February and March, be sure to let your Area Governor know when you’re holding yours
  • Don’t forget that we’re looking for the  best club theme song in Europe, so send us yours today
  • We’re also looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Look for the next Toastmasters Podcast Europe coming in the weeks.

 

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 07- D59 2012 Fall Conference Part 01

Welcome to the podcast, this is the first of a series of podcasts with interviews from the District 59 2012 Fall Conference in Bonn, Germany.

In this episode we…

  • Interview Earl Taylor, Toastmaster contest enthusist from Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Talk to George Thomas, who is currently service a two year term as a Director on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors and he was the keynote speaker in Bonn
  • Egwin Gonthier tells us about the District 59 2013 Spring Conference being held in Antwerp, Belgium on May 10-12th
  • District 59 2013 Spring Confernce link
  • Don’t forget that we’re looking for the  best club theme song in Europe, so send us yours today
  • We’re also looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Look for the next Toastmasters Podcast Europe coming in the next couple of weeks.

 

Bye for now.

 

Darryl

Episode 005 Interview with Ivan Aksenov

Welcome to the podcast, in this episode we interview Ivan Aksenov, Acting Governor of D59 Divsion F.  Ivan is the Immediate Past President of the Darmstadt Toastmasters club.  He is also a driving force behind setting up a new advanced club in Division F.

In this episode we…

  • Interview Ivan Aksenov
  • Announce a contest to find a podcast theme song
  • Announce a contest to find the best club theme song in Europe
  • Play the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

 

Bye for now.

 

Darryl

P.S. I’ll be at the D59 Fall Conference in Bonn from November 16th to 18th.  I look forward to seeing you there.