I Am A Toastmaster Day
The inaugural ‘I am a Toastmaster Day’ will be celebrated by Toastmasters districts across Australia on the 1st of June. On that day, members across the country are being asked to wear their membership badges, lanyards and other forms of identification to promote our wonderful organisation.
The idea for the day came from Juliana Jamal, the public relations manager for District 70.
‘Many people are held back in their careers by their fear of public speaking,’ Jamal said recently. ‘They don’t apply for promotions when they know the role involves speaking in public. At Toastmasters, we focus on helping you overcome any fear you may have, and also support you in fulfilling your leadership potential.’
PR managers from other districts have come onboard including Public Relations Managers Frances Kay from District 69 and Sue Fallon from District 17 (Western Australia will celebrate the day on the 31st of May so as to not be confused with their statewide holiday, Founder’s Day). Our very own Public Relations Darrell Pitt from District 73 has also enthusiastically endorsed the idea.
‘We always wear badges at our meetings,’ Juliana said. ‘But the badges normally come off when we walk out the door. I realised that by wearing our badges on one specific day across the country, we could promote conversations in the workplace and in the community, and encourage people to visit a Toastmaster club in their area.’
Remember to put ‘I am a Toastmaster Day’ in your diary – and wear your badge with pride!