David Nicholas
David Nicholas

A help file prepared by David Nicholas DTM

Email or phone 08 9457 6468

Here are some suggestions to help you in the coming year. There is no one way you must do things, but some methods are usually effective and some are usually not very effective.

Tip 1: Use your Presidents Manual supplied by Toastmasters International.

It has excellent advice, based on more than 80 years successful experience. Pages 6-15 are particularly valuable. Study them now at the beginning of your term. Refer to them regularly during your term.

Tip 2: Plan and work for your Club to be Presidents Distinguished.
The Distinguished Club Program is an excellent guide to success. Establish your Club Success Plan as a priority.

Tip 3: Your Vice President Education is the most important Club Officer.
You are the administrative head of the club, steering it. The VPE is the engine room, providing the driving power. Help your VPE to do the role with excellence.

Tip 4: Develop and maintain a Club Website.
This is 2010. The internet is growing in value as a communication tool every month. Most of your members, and prospective members, use it regularly. Toastmasters International is switching most of its communication channels onto the web. Your Club needs a website. Toastmasters International has organised a free site which will host your Club’s website. Go to to check it out.

Tip 5: Use the ToastmastersWA website to keep up to date with information
I maintain this site at You can find all the latest information on your Member Awards and the Distinguished Club Program, arranged to make it easy to locate your club and your members. As well there is up to date information on Toastmaster events, including the District 73 Convention being held in Perth next May.

Tip 6: Learn how to use the Club Business portal on the TI Website.
Go to
Your VP Education, VP Membership, Treasurer and Secretary should be using this portal to keep Awards, New Members, Renewals and Club Officers up to date. You need to be able to do all of these things so that you can help your Officers master the processes. In particular, identify your Clubs number and password, which they will need. You will find your clubs number on the Toastmaster Clubs in WA webpage, and specific advice on how to get your club password.

Tip 7: Use the human resources available in WA.
Besides many other experienced members, you can get help from your Division Governor and your Area Governor. And you can always ask me for help – email me or phone 9457 6468.

Tip 8: Go for growth in your membership.
The club needs a steady source of new members to replace those you are certain to lose, and to bring new energy and vitality into your meetings. Inspire and help your VP Membership to be an effective Officer.

Tip 9: Give many awards to successful members.
Your members will appreciate you noticing their work and their successes, and they will respond with even more effort when you publicly acknowledge them. Find reasons to give awards.

Tip 10: Start planning and working now.
What you do in the first three months will determine your success for the year.