Last night was my first Toastmaster meeting as club President.
I am definitely my harshest critic. My nerves had a hold of me at the start, then I remembered the sage advice of a trainer… “Fake It Till you Make it.” So that’s what I did, it had me standing tall.
One concern that I had going in was that I had been to enough different club meetings, each of which are subtly different that I can’t always tell which version applies to which club. Relying on the general agenda on the podium, I called the meeting to order.
The attendance that night was… a little low. Of course… that’s the night that we have four visitors. And we are (
desperate for) focusing on membership growth.
As president, I felt the need to take on another role at the last minute that needed to be filled, Tabletopics Master. So my face was front & center for opening, Tabletopics, speech 1 and closing. Not a great way present the club to prospective new members.
Well… the meeting started on time & finished early, all roles were filled & executed and we had a great Toastmaster.
Here’s what I’ll do differently for next meeting…
- have more members present,
- tweek the general agenda,
- stop elaborating so much,
- talk to visitors before the meeting in part to gauge their participation (tabletopics),
- have officer reports (only if needed),
- Roberts Rules – old business/new business
Some things to think about…
- any value to meeting minutes?
- Open House
- Adding invocation to agenda
- moving Tabletopics to between speaker and evaluation
- Member Survey
- Guest Survey (anon via survey monkey)
So I’m… Standing Tall and looking forward to the next meeting.