Keith Worrell

Club Growth Director North - Keith Worrell, ACS, ALS
Contact Keith at growth@d4tm.org

I joined Toastmasters looking for something different out in the world, and discovered myself. Every turn has been an opportunity to help others, and taught me about continuing to change for the better. As I experience Toastmasters I have come to love bringing enthusiasm to everything I do. Everybody has a role, and there is little pleasure greater than giving people permission to find their unique strengths, and embrace them unabashedly. Share them with me, and let’s go on an adventure.

My vision is for every club to have cultural self-awareness, and let the world know what it has to offer. For every group of people that has an idea, there is a club to be chartered right now. Together we will face unique challenges, paving the way for a new generation of leaders and speakers in Toastmasters and District 4.

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Club Growth Director South - David Spence, DTM
Contact David at growth@d4tm.org

I was told to join a Toastmasters club, and it took quite some time to pluck up enough courage and actually go. Looking back now, I’m glad I did go, and I’m glad I stuck with it. Toastmasters has contributed way more to my personal and professional development than I could ever have imagined. More importantly, it really has made me a better person in the process. Now I wish I had discovered Toastmasters much earlier in my life. Many Toastmasters have similar stories to mine.

This is why Club Growth is important—Toastmasters has something to offer everyone, and we want more people to be able to experience more of the benefits of Toastmasters, so that they too can experience greater self-confidence and personal growth. My vision is to have a Toastmasters Club in every community in District 4, whether it’s a corporate community or a residential community. Everyone deserves the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters program.

One of the best ways to stimulate growth is for each of us to talk about how Toastmasters has helped us. So I encourage all of us to tell our stories: the stories of how Toastmasters has helped us become better leaders, better communicators, and ultimately better people. When you’ve told your story, invite your friends and colleagues to attend a meeting with you. When you’re driving home, look for communities that could benefit from having a Toastmasters club, and let us know about them. If we all work together, we can make our clubs and our District stronger, and as we Journey Forward Together, helping more people benefit from Toastmasters, we’ll find that we too have grown in the process.

Here are some specific programs that help with club growth. Please browse through the links and let us know if you have questions about Club Growth, or if you have ideas that could help us.

  • Club Sponsors: Have an idea for a new club? Let’s make it happen! Don’t worry--you don’t have to do it alone. The new clubs team will work closely with you and help you throughout the process. And you’ll get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Coaches: Coaches work with clubs having fewer than 12 members to grow membership and increase momentum, so that the club becomes Distinguished. District 4's Adopt a Club page showcases clubs that are seeking a coach. Successful Club Coaches get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Mentors: Mentors work with a newly chartered club for 6-12 months, helping that club establish itself. Your guidance assists the new club to begin on a solid footing. You’ll also get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Ambassadors: Want to step outside your club and visit others? The Club Ambassador Program enables you to visit other clubs and share your unique insights with the District! Participation in other club meetings helps spread best practices across the District, and helps you to broaden you own Toastmasters experience.
  • Club Open Houses: Hold an Open House to spread awareness of your club and its unique culture in your community, adding new members in the process. Planning and having an Open House is a great exercise in leadership and team building for your club, and it also helps strengthen your membership.
  • Speechcraft Program: Present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-Toastmasters over 4 to 8 sessions. This is also an excellent way to grow your club’s membership as Speechcraft graduates often join the club and get credit towards their CC for the speeches they’ve already given.
  • Youth Leadership Program: Bring the benefits of Toastmasters to a younger generation! YLP coordinators run 8 weekly Toastmasters sessions with students ranging in age from older elementary school children through younger high school students.