Make it easy for people to help

For the past three years, one goal of mine has always been to figure out a way to get more people interested in speaking.  Toastmaster districts have a large number of events where people can get up and speak to a larger audience than they get at the club level.  It has always been a challenge to get people to step forward though.

Those who are already comfortable are more than willing to step up  and those who aren’t won’t jump at the chance.  For Toastmasters Leadership Institute, I tried something new.  I included an option on the form asking if people were interested in speaking at the event.  I received better response to that question than I have from any other method and it will be on every form.

While people may not search out being a speaker, there are definitely members who are interested and if you can get the question in front of them, they will step up.