Tuesday, 30 August 2016 03:07

Can I get credit for a competent leadership project outside my Toastmaster club?

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as originally answered on Quora.com

Toastmasters International Competent Leader PinThe answer depends on how one interprets the question. There is outside of the club, meaning that the activity is conducted outside of the club meeting. Another interpretation of outside the club, is that the leadership project is conducted at a non Toastmasters event, with or without fellow Toastmasters.

Yes, there are several opportunities to get credit for a leadership project outside of your club. You may have to think a little out of the box for this one.

I believe the benefit of the Competent Leadership manual is that it provides real world leadership skills development opportunities that can be undertaken within your Toastmasters club. Opportunity is everywhere, be it at work or in your private life and if you can undertake a specific leadership project task, within the parameters of our educational program, I say go for it!

Here are some examples of leading outside of the club:

Project 6 Organization & Delegation, offers several opportunities.

Help organize a club special event. Odds are that your club meeting doesn’t allow enough time to do committee work. Help organize a membership campaign or contest. Help organize a club public relations campaign. These tasks come up in several different projects with different objectives but all can take place outside of the club.

Project 8 Motivation: Speech Evaluation: You could provide an oral & written evaluation for a speaker at another club than your own. You could also provide a speech evaluation to a club member who was speaking in the community i.e. at a non Toastmasters function. You would need to get a Toastmaster member to complete your Competent Leadership manual evaluation.

As mentioned and described in more detail below under Project 10, you can Chair a membership campaign or a public relations campaign.

Project 9: Mentor a new member with the first three projects in the Competent Communication Manual

I often meet members I am mentoring at coffee shops or invite them to my house to strategize and/or practice delivering their speech.

Mentor an existing member with his or next three speaking and/or leadership projects

Same as above.

Serve on a Guidance Committee of a High Performance Leadership Project.

I have served on Guidance committees for local Toastmasters, not of my club and on-line for others around my province.

Project 10: Team Building: Club Membership campaign or contest.

While it says that you are to select reliable team members who possess the necessary skills and knowledge, there is nothing that says they have to be members of your club or current members. Conceivably, a former member may not want to commit to a regular club meeting but might be interested in helping you grow the club. Family members who are not Toastmasters, could serve as your team members as long as they actually participated in the campaign.

Chair a Club public relations campaign. Once again, creating a team is necessary. Club members may be used, or not. Public relations, by its nature, would take place outside of the club. The purpose of course is to raise awareness of Toastmasters club in your local community. If you take this project on, I would highly recommend the e-book The Power of Promotion!The Power of Promotion! On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth, written by me.

The Power of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth by Rae Stonehouse.

Chair a club special event: You can create a stand-alone event to showcase Toastmasters and specifically your club.

Don’t be stifled by the confines of your Toastmasters club in completing your leadership projects. Something to keep in mind though is that if you do your projects within the club setting, you are in turn providing leadership learning opportunities for your fellow club members when they help you. Together we grow!

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