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Bully! ... Beware the hyphenated-Toastmaster.

Teddy Roosevelt was considered by many to have popularized the phrase "bully pulpit," this President spoke out on many issues and was considered one of the more progressive leaders in his day.

It's Presidents' Day in the United States. And regardless your place or origin or your citizenship, communication and leadership go hand-in-hand.

Who is your favorite political figure? What sort of communicator is/was he or she? Would the core values of our organization — integrity, respect, service, and excellence — describe or fit this public figure’s character?

Consider dropping in on a local #Toastmasters meeting in honor or this holiday for that's #WhereLeadersAreMade, honing their leadership and public speaking skills.


Beware the hyphenated-Toastmaster. What do I mean by a hyphenated-Toastmaster? Have you heard of members sorting themselves into groups such as …

  • I’m a community-Toastmaster versus a corporate-Toastmaster?

  • I’m an advanced-Toastmaster … Perhaps hinting that timing lights and other rules need not apply.

  • I’m from an on-line club. I’m from a traditional or legacy-club. Etc.

Our global organization reaches out to all members and offers an equal opportunity for all to learn and grow. With this equal opportunity comes challenges which the International Board of Directors may face in the near- to mid-term. For example:

  • How should the dues be set so as to attract and retain the optimum number of members?

  • What accommodations should be made for members who attend their meetings on-line, or in so-called hybrid clubs with some members meeting face-to-face while others teleconference into these meetings?

  • Should there be a policy in place to help club-level officers get their needed training without extensive travel or expense?

It is this candidate’s view that we are all Toastmasters and that policies and protocols must best reflect this principle of fairness and equality. Beware the hyphenated-Toastmaster.

I say, “Bully!” Beware the hyphenated-Toastmaster.

I say, “Bully!” Beware the hyphenated-Toastmaster.

Are you on the path to Toastmastery?

What does it mean to truly master a skill? Many believe that the Pathways program represents a leap-ahead innovation within the Toastmasters experience. Most of the projects are targeted for members working within their respective clubs. Some of the more advanced projects found at levels 4 or 5 allow for members to apply their learning to service within their district or beyond.

How have the lessons you’ve learned in Toastmasters served you along the way? I hope that you’ve integrated what you’ve mastered into your family life, into the hours you spend at the office, into the volunteer work you do within your church, community, or favorite charity.

Remember that any path will get you to the summit so long as you keep climbing.

Are you on the path to Toastmastery?

Are you on the path to Toastmastery?