Run, toastmaster, run!!!

It is that time of the year! The time when toastmasters choose the officers’ team for the next term. The new term will begin July 1st 2017 and last till June 30th 2018.

Any member can run for any position; it does not matter how long one has been a toastmaster; 2 years, 2 months or 2 weeks. Each toastmaster can find a position in the team to his/her taste and there are plenty to choose from: President, Secretary, Vice President Education, Vice President Membership, Vice President PR, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-arms.

Many toastmasters have great potential and what is more important willingness to be the part of the team to serve to the best interest of the club. I am happy to see that some of you have already applied for a position and even two.

In this post I’d like to encourage those who are still hesitant. I have talked to some of you and the main issue that bothers you is that you will have too much work to do. For this my answer is: Yes, you will have to devote more time to ATC but it is not something that cannot be coped with due persistence and time management. And there are always your team mates and fellow toastmasters who are ready to share your burden. You will have good days and bad days. You will meet optimistic motivating people and pessimistic discouraging people. You will be supported and sometimes judged for your actions and decisions. But all I can say is that serving as an officer has been and remains an unforgettable experience of my life.

Do not hesitate, take your chance now. Try yourself at something you have never done before. You say that it is difficult, but how can you know if you never tried?

So, my advice to you, toastmasters: Run for an ATC office!


Korlan Bektassova

President ATC