Apart from the MK Toastmasters website, there are two other sites that are increasingly important to the day-to-day running of the Eldergate club.
This is where club members can sign up for speaking slots and all other roles at meetings. Previously, you really needed to attend a meeting in order to book a speech or to take on a role but now you can do this online.
Handy too if you find yourself able to attend a meeting you were expecting to miss: you can see at a glance what roles you could still volunteer for.
As a bonus, the more that members use Easy-Speak, the easier it will be for the VP Education and the Toastmaster of the Evening to organise club meetings as they can use the system to automatically produce agendas and to record who did what at every meeting.
You will need to log in to use Easy-Speak – just contact Gonza Avila (VP for IT!) if you don’t yet have a username and password or if you have forgotten them. Once logged in, you can change your password to something more memorable.
When you have logged in, click on either the Meetings tag in the Toolbar across the top of the page, or on the date of the next meeting (3rd box down on right hand side). You can then sign up for any roles that are still available for that meeting.
This is a great way of publicising the club to people in the area who may be thinking about how they could improve their public speaking skills. Anyone searching Meetup for public speaking groups in the MK area will find the MK Toastmasters page coming up in their results.
Meetup gives the times and dates of all the local TM club meetings. If you join the MK Toastmasters Meetup group (for free), you will be notified of all upcoming meetings in the area on a regular basis.
Other features of Meetup include being able to RSVP, so that we know you will be coming to a particular meeting. You can also comment on a meeting in advance, and add some feedback afterwards: it all helps to show potential guests that we are an active and lively group that is worth checking out.
Facebook – we have a Facebook page: search for Eldergate Toastmasters Milton Keynes on Facebook.
Rebelmouse – you can see what all 5 clubs in Area 44 are up to on this new site, managed by Daniel Sandars (VP Public Relations, Cranfield Speakers). Go to https://www.rebelmouse.com/Area44
Toastmaster International – the TI site contains a lot of helpful information and advice. You will need to log in to access some of it (yes, another username and password required!) Go to http://www.toastmasters.org
Toastmaster magazine – you can now read the TM monthly magazine on your tablet. Download the app from the Apple® App Store, Amazon Appstore or Google Play store by searching for “Toastmaster Magazine.” To download the app, you will need to “Sign In” in the upper left and input the username and password that you use on the Toastmasters International website.
You can also read back issues from 2012 to the present day on the TI website without needing to log in.