Of course, many managers and leaders join TM for personal growth and to improve their communication skills. This will naturally improve their leadership abilities.
Leadership training is a huge part of the whole TM experience! "Everyone, regardless of their position or role, provides leadership. sometimes that leadership is formal and sometimes it's informal, but we all provide leadership."
Sometimes, you may volunteer to take on a leadership role willingly or out of necessity; at other times, you may be "voluntold" for a leadership position with gentle persuasion or direction! I rather like that word, which I learned while attending the recent leadership training workshop.
Part 2 of the PETs leadership training was held at the Robinson hall, Elanora Uniting church, on 22nd January, 2017.
(PET = President Elect Training designed as preparation for executive members of Toastmasters clubs in district 69, but is now open to any TM club member.)
Eight of our club members took advantage of this very useful and worthwhile training workshop. (see photo below)
L. to R: Ian Garvie, Nick O'Donnell, Sarafina Zubovic, Hannah Castellijn, Christine Lennon, Julie Anne Cantwell, Ursula Beatty and Matasha Nuss.
When I arrived, I walked towards a group of people sitting outside, chatting and having morning tea. By the time I realised it wasn't Toastmasters, an older man was walking over to greet me.
What have tongue depressors got to do with leadership training? Before the training began, Chris made sure each participant had a large wooden tongue depressor (paddle stick) - you know, the kind a doctor would use, to check your tonsils.
The tongue depressor could perform a type of 'Umahectomy'!!
The Tongue depressor was indeed used as a leadership tool, just not how I imagined - thankfully. Mark asked each of the participants to write on the top end of the stick: the main reason we joined TM, then place the stick in one of the containers (located on the table, filled with sand). The containers were marked as follows:
"Made in Australia", Toastmasters International President, Mike Storkey DTM (pictured below) was a special guest together with his wife, Lesley Storkey DTM and past District 69 director. They both hail from north Queensland, so it is wonderful to see just how far leadership opportunities can take you in this International organisation.
But, what exactly does TM do for the community?" Both Marilyn and Mike answered this query very succinctly :
Toastmasters gives individuals a voice, a chance to gain the confidence to speak up and communicate effectively. These skills are transferred to the home, the workplace and the greater community.
on Mike Storkey, (just in case he gets away?) to secures a 'selfie' with the TMI president himself!! Nice one Ian!
Hannah Castellijn (middle of back row); Sarafina Zubovic and Thomas Krafft , Area 24 Director enjoying the workshop.
In addition to becoming a more confident communicator, the various leadership roles that I have taken on, have been empowering and mutually beneficial for me and for the club.
When I can look at any of the leadership roles I take on as an opportunity for growth, rather than a drudge, it makes the whole process much easier and less stressful. I prefer to be a volunteer than a 'voluntold', though gentle persuasion is fine!.
Members of Helensvale Daybreak pose for a 'Groupie'
with International President, Mike Storkey and Area 24 director, Thomas Krafft.
Back row L to R: Nick O'Donnell; Hannah Castellijn, Mike Storkey, Ursula Beatty and Thomas Krafft..
Front L to R: Ian Garvie, Christine Lennon, Sarafina Zubovic, Julie Anne Cantwell and Matasha Nuss.