Every Member a CTM
Dear Fellow Toastmasters
Every Member A CTM
I have recently returned from the Toastmasters International Annual
Convention and from training sessions for top 3 district officers (DG, LGET,
LGM) held in Miami, USA. One very important fact was mentioned at the
Business Meeting that out of 65,000 who joined Toastmasters last term,
only 15,452 registered as CTMs. This problem of low registration of CTMs is
not new and Toastmasters International would like each and every member to
be a CTM if the Toastmasters program is to truly benefit all members.
Work Towards More CTMs Per Club
District 51, like other Districts worldwide, need more CTMs if we are to
help our members become more confident and effective speakers as well as
help our members realize their full potential. Most clubs have 20 or more
members. I would like to encourage these clubs to work towards 6 or 8 or
more CTMs per Club. Even most of our under charter strength clubs (below 20
members) have enough members to achieve 2 or 4 CTMs. Furthermore, with
continuous membership recruitment in most clubs, more CTMs are possible. In
fact, members enthusiastically presenting manual speeches regularly
contribute towards quality meetings and quality meetings in turn attract
more new members and help retain old ones.
CTMs And Fulfilling Members’ Needs
Most of us joined Toastmasters to be better speakers and the only way to
develop our speaking skills is to present our manual speeches regularly.
The Communication and Leadership program manual provides the basic elements
of public speaking. If members are to improve rapidly, they must be given
opportunities to present their manual speeches on a regular basis. Members
lose the momentum to present speeches if they are not encouraged or are not
given speaking slots. Participating in table topics only will not give
members the full benefit of the program. We need the discipline and
challenges of the manual speech projects to ensure a more complete
development of our public speaking skills.
Club Officers can help by managing their clubs with the club mission and
members’ needs in mind. Clubs should ensure that members learn the basic
elements of public speaking within a reasonable time frame, for example, 6
or 8 months. Extra meetings could be held. Perhaps hold joint club
meetings to save time and resources. Plan a road map for each member to
finish his or her CTM by a certain date. We must endeavour to help members
fulfil their needs within a reasonable time frame. We must treat members as
customers who will be satisfied with the product, that is, the Toastmasters
educational program. Our after sales service to our new members is an area
we must never overlook.
Workshops To Upgrade Writing Skills
The Toastmasters program caters for people from all walks of life. There is
no pass or fail system, neither is it a teacher-student system. Evaluation
is always someone’s reaction or response or opinion. Since this is a learn
by observing and learn by doing program, standards and quality are relative
to each member according to his or her educational background.
To help members write and present better manual speeches, I would like to
encourage that the 'Better Speaker Series' be conducted by club officers or
members at Toastmasters club meetings. To further help members, workshops
on writing skills or tips to help members write projects 1 to 7 or projects
8 to 10 could be conducted outside club meetings. It is hoped that members
will continually upgrade their communication skills and at the same time
complete their manual speeches to attain their Competent Toastmaster Award.
Friends Helping Friends Succeed
As long as the Toastmasters club exists, members must continue to present
their manual speeches regularly. There are no shortcuts to excellence.
There is no limit to the number of breakthroughs in the world of
Toastmasters. It is up to each and every member to make that choice.
For those of us who have pushed ourselves or were gently pushed, and flown
to the heights of success, let us reach out and help our fellow toastmasters
achieve their CTMs or even ATMs. We, too were given a helping hand when we
were fledgling Toastmasters. Friends Helping Friends Succeed.
Let Us Together As Friends Strive For Excellence In Educational
Lilian Lau DTM
Lieutenant Governor Education & Training