The District Director sets the tone and direction for the district each year, leading the District Executive Team's efforts to achieve Toastmasters International, District, and Club missions.
The District Director is responsible for directly overseeing and managing the district’s programs, day-to-day operations, finances, and human resources.
Key Programs include:
- Club Growth - focusing on building and strengthening clubs
- Public Relations - coordinating publicity efforts in the District to reach both members and the public increasing awareness of Toastmasters in all available media
- Program Quality - focusing on the quality of our Toastmasters Program through trainings, contests and conferences.
- Finance - keeping us financially accountable.
Youth Leadership Program
The Youth Leadership Program is dedicated to developing public speaking and leadership skills for those under eighteen years of age.
The program is sponsored by local Toastmasters clubs and conducted by Toastmasters members. The program is based on the belief that every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader - but this potential needs to be developed. The program’s unique design follows a format similar to a typical Toastmasters meeting. The program helps participants through practical experience, learn to:
• Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to
speak before an audience
• Organize and present their ideas logically and convincingly
• Listen carefully to others’ ideas
• Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and
• Participate in – and even lead – group discussions or meetings
Through the eight-session program, participants will increase their self-confidence as they learn. They also make new friends and have fun, reinforcing that Toastmasters is an enjoyable learning experience.
The program is not an award to honour those who already have become leaders either inside or outside of the school. It is for young people who have not yet developed the ability to express themselves. If you feel that your child can benefit from such a program, contact the District Youth Leadership Coordinator. The coordinator will see if there is any program which will be running in your community. Otherwise, the coordinator will put your contact information on file and inform you when a program in your community is about to begin.
For Schools & Community Youth Groups
The program is not in competition with school programs or courses, or other established youth projects. Instead, it is a supplement to these programs, providing emphasis on specialized skills and individual needs. Participants will learn speaking and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. If you are an established school or community youth group who is interested in enhancing your program, and are interested in partnering with a local Toastmasters club to sponsor a Youth Leadership Program, contact the District Youth Leadership Coordinator. The coordinator will pass your interest to Toastmaster clubs in your community to determine whether a potential partnership may be established
Speechcraft is an extended workshop on communication and leadership where the participants learn about various aspects of communication and leadership, participants are supported by a team of presenters and mentors and are guided by a coordinator. The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting.
For Clubs, it is a great way to promote membership in community or company club, as Speechcraft brings prospective new members to a meeting to see, first-hand, what Toastmasters is all about.
For participants, it is the quickest means by which non-Toastmasters can jump right into the process of improving their speaking skills, it also serves as a method of recruiting new members for local clubs.
It is structured and run like a condensed Toastmaster meeting with short educational during the meeting and about 15 minutes of coaching at the conclusion of each meeting. Speech craft’s short duration appeals to people with busy lives who want to improve their speaking skills but don’t want to make an on-going commitment.
Speechcraft students learn public speaking and evaluation skills in a safe, supportive environment and derive many of the benefits we as Toastmasters are already familiar with but may have taken for granted. The only difference is with Speechcraft there is a specific time period.
The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting. It’s a great way to promote membership in your community or company club, as Speechcraft brings prospective new members to a meeting to see, first-hand, what Toastmasters is all about.
Benefits of Speechcraft for participants include:
• Gaining confidence in public speaking
• Developing communication and language skills
• Learning to think quickly and clearly
• Becoming an effective listener
• Learning to evaluate effectively
• Using body language and visual aids
• Gaining advanced social skills
• Improving job or promotion prospects
• Gaining experience benefits of a TM club without having to initially join
Speechcraft can also help participants improve performance in:
• Meeting in larger groups
• Motivating people
• Selling ideas or products
• Conducting business meetings
• Impromptu Speaking
• Managing Nervousness
• Introducing a Speaker
• Preparation & Practice
• Speech Structure & Organization
• Beginning & Concluding a Speech
• Body Language
• Vocal Variety
• Knowing an Audience
Benefits of Speechcraft for a Club include:
• Building club membership
• Giving new members a helping hand with the different meeting roles
• Reaching out to the community
• Giving experienced members an opportunity to grow
• Sharing the Toastmasters experience with others
• Speechcraft students who decide to join the club are up to speed and already have 3-4 speeches towards their Competent Communications Manual
• Speechcraft students invite their family and friends to the graduation ceremony, which takes place at club meeting location – which introduces them to Toastmasters and possibly inspire them to join.
• Acquiring additional funds in their treasury if Speechcraft students choose not to join the club (see “fees” below)
• Additionally, individual Toastmasters can accelerate the completion of their communication and leadership designations by fulfilling various roles in a Speech craft.:
• One member can earn credit towards AL as Speechcraft coordinator
• One member can earn credit towards AL by conducting Evaluation Course
• Additional members can earn credit towards ACB, ACS or ACG by conducting Better Speaker Series modules to Speechcraft students.
• Members can complete the mentoring requirement in the CL manual by coaching Speech draft students