Westside Toastmasters, For Public Speaking and Leadership Education

Serving Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Greater Los Angeles

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Toastmasters members may take advantage of many opportunites to strengthen their leadership skills. Many members take on leadership roles within the organization, and others prefer to conduct specialized workshops to help their fellow members or their community. Some of the more common activities are listed here:

Members are encouraged to participate in these leadership programs. As with most activities in the Toastmasters program, members are recognized for their efforts after completing of one of these activities. In particular, many of the activities listed above help satisfy one of the requirements for the leadership track of the individual's educational program.

  Club Officer Positions

Serving as a club officer gives you the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills while also helping your fellow Toastmasters. To help you prepare for the role, the district sponsors a number of Club Officer Training sessions to discuss your duties as an officer.

Also, serving as a club officer for at least six months satisfies one of the requirements for Competent Leader recognition.

(Some clubs elect new officers every six months, while other clubs hold elections once a year. This usually depends on whether the club meets every week or every two weeks.)

Listed below are the officer positions in each Toastmasters club.

  • President
  • Vice President Education
  • Vice President Membership
  • Vice President Public Relations
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Sergeant at Arms

  District Officer Positions

After serving as a club officer, you may want to further enhnce your leadership capabilities. Becoming a district officer is a terrific way to continue growing as a leader.

Also, serving as a district officer for one full term satisfies one of the requirements for Advanced Leader recognition. (All district officers serve a twelve-month term, from July 1 to June 30.)

Listed below are the officer positions at the district level.

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Division Governor
  • Area Governor

  High Performance Program

The High Performance Leadership program provides both instruction and practical experience in leading others to a successful goal. As an integral part of the program, your own Guidance Committee will provide valuable feedback by evaluating your efforts. In this program, you will focus on such vital leadership skills and activities as developing a mission and a vision, setting goals, creating a plan, identifying values, and building a team.

This program takes approximately six months to complete, during which time you will conduct a project of your own choosing with you as a leader of the project.

Completion of the High Performance Leadership program is one of the requirements for Advanced Leader recognition.