Online Training for Toastmasters
… a social media community …
This project began back in 2014 and has been slowly gathering members and developing a purpose for being there.
Description: a collaborative group for sharing ideas on how to plan, prepare, and facilitate online training for members of Toastmasters clubs both land based and online
… a collaborate network of online clubs …
This project began late in 2016 as the number of 100% online clubs began to emerge after WHQ sanctioned their ability to be Chartered and added to clubs in District U in March 2016.
A social media community began as a method of sharing ideas and developing special online versions of Toastmaster meetings. Executive officers from chartered and prospective online clubs were invited to join the Facebook Group.
Monthly meetings are now held to discuss the special needs of growing online club participation and to share ideas on how best we could liaise with WHQ on matters relating to online clubs and blended clubs (traditional land based clubs who enable virtual membership). Meetings are usually scheduled at the end of the month and a new Host and Toastmaster identified at the previous meeting.
A pattern of meeting structure is beginning to emerge! Currently, an agenda is likely to include: round robins, special topic presentations and discussions, Pathways focus topics, proposals for liaison with WHQ and short reports from new and emerging online clubs. The Toastmaster of the day can use their facilitator experience as part of the Pathways elective, Manage Online Meetings. The Host for the meeting uses their webinar platform (eg Zoom room) and invites attendees by creating an Event in the Facebook Group.
A time and note taker are called for at the beginning of each meeting. The note taker is then required to create a Google Doc to share with participants and to upload as a PDF to the Files of the Online Alliance group in Facebook.