First Event Done

Toastmasters Leadership Institute is in the books.  I’ve got a ton of follow up on specific details and information to provide the governors now.

The event was a great success.  There was room for improvement and many lessons learned.  Time for a day off and then onto the July 14th networking event.

Key theme, more volunteers and teams reduces the work that I have to do and my time is now all taken at the events being the face of D7 to the members.  Teams and volunteers are going to be required for all aspects and I need to just make sure they have it planned as best as possible

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.

Emails Emails Emails

Wow, Talk about a tidal wave, all the sudden, it is emails everywhere.  When I got last night, I opened a reply to each email that I needed to respond to.  It took me all night to get through them all.  I had more to send tonight and am just wrapping those up at 5 after midnight.

One thing about a flat organization is that each step up is an order of magnitude beyond what you’ve previously experienced.  In this case, I’ve been both an area governor and ran several conferences.  Each of those consisted of being in charge of around 50 people.  This position is a huge step over that.  I’ve been in touch with hundreds of people via facebook and even more directly coordinating registration, speakers, materials, etc.

The change is incredible and empowering.  I’m now in the position to make things happen and not feel the need to get approval.  It’s my official job now to make these things happen and I’m loving that.


Prisoners and Realizations

I received my first communication from a Prisoner today.  District 7 has several prison clubs and one of the prison club members was elected to the division governor position.  I received a congratulations from him via a third party today.

I have a response ready to go back once I get confirmation on how to send it.  I’m starting to work on all the projects as the LGET elect.   Receiving a message from the division governor is reassuring.  If he can succeed as a division governor in prison, then there’s no way that being in Southern Oregon will hurt me in being LGET.


Visiting Division Contests

In Southern Oregon, there is only one division.  This means that we don’t get an opportunity to see how other division contests are held.  Our division contests are okay with some room for improvement.  They also fluctuate year to year.

After traveling to three other division contests this year, I’ve seen how other divisions do it and it’s validated some of my concerns.  One specifically is the advanced planning aspect of the conference.  We fall short on this goal.

Some things were more universal, all but one contest had the moment where the chief judge identifies all judges by asking them to come to a certain part of the room.

There is a perspective to be gained by attending events outside of your division/area/club.  At each level, you get exposed to a different group of people.  Take some time occasionally to go watch what others do and take the opportunity to learn from them.

Galleries Relocated onto the main domain

Tagless Galleries are now located on the primary host for and not on the old galleries subdomain.  I was working with lots of different thing back when I first setup the galleries so things were changing rapidly.  This led me to keep them off the main site.  Now that I’ve been running the same stuff for over a year,  I’m willing to bring the galleries site back where it should be so that analytics works fine.