WordPress for Toastmasters allows a Toastmasters club to take advantage of everything the WordPress blogging community has created for an easy-to-use yet powerful platform for marketing and social networking, along with Toastmasters-specific functions like managing meeting agendas and member role signups.
If you are a club officer, this is a tool that can help save you time and bring in new members. You will find yourself doing less manual work in spreadsheets and back-of-the-envelope calculations of how members are progressing through the Toastmasters educational program.
For a club that wants to attract new members, you get the advantage of access to a professional quality web publishing and marketing platform. With a little imagination, you can also dramatize what makes your club special and tell those learning about Toastmasters for the first time why they should visit and join.
You can sign up for a site on the Toastmost.org service (which will have a web address like myclub.toastmost.org). Test it free for 60 days and decide whether it makes sense for your club. Hosting plans are available through Carr Communica
tions Inc. on toastmost.org or at your own domain. Or you can create your own website using the same software on any web hosting service that supports WordPress.
You can do some basic testing of the member experience at demo.toastmost.org by clicking on one of the Weekly Meeting or Contest links and logging in as:
See the How To page for more on how WordPress for Toastmasters works (and how to make it work for your club).
This video covers some of the thinking that went into this software project, as well as other ways you can promote your club and the Toastmasters experience online.
The Origin Story
These WordPress customizations for Toastmasters have been used by my home club, Club Awesome in Coral Springs, FL, since early 2012. I’m David F. Carr, a writer, editor, and web consultant, former club President, VPE, Area Governor, and District 47 social media chair. I hope to enlist the support of other web developers and designers who are active in Toastmasters as this project becomes more widely known.
When I first became a VP of Education at Club Awesome, I was frustrated by the limitations of the default web publishing solution used by most clubs. So I created something that worked exactly the way our club wanted it to work.
The version you see here has been generalized for use by other clubs, with some additional effort into making it usable by non-techies. Recent enhancements include member and club performance tracking features developed at the request of Club Awesome’s current VPE and other Toastmasters leaders. Having led Online Presenters Toastmasters to charter, serving as its first president, I have been adding features to support the needs of clubs that meet online or allow remote attendance.
From the Blog
The WordPress for Toastmasters agenda system is a lot more effective for everyone if members take the time to enter their speech details (manual/path, project, title) on the website when signing up for a speech. Here is how and why members should make the effort.
Toastmost.org, the free websites piece of the WordPress for Toastmasters project, continues to grow. It took me a while to get Google Analytics set up properly for a network of websites spread across multiple subdomains, but I now have some statistics to share. For the period June 12 – July 12, here is what the [Read More]
WordPress for Toastmasters now allows individuals to download a copy of their personal data or request that it be erased, in keeping with the provisions of GDPR. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is part of a broader trend toward giving individuals more control over how their data is secured and managed. WordPress [Read More]
The Agenda Timing tool allows you to quickly adjust the timing of different parts of your agenda, without restructuring the entire event document or template in the WordPress editor (see How to Modify an Existing Agenda Event or Template). Agenda Timing is one of the choices under the Agenda Setup menu you see when you are [Read More]
Club and meeting leaders can use the email version of the meeting agenda to fill open roles, sending it out with a link that invites members to sign up online with a couple of clicks. You do that by selecting the Email option under the Agenda menu, like this: This tool allows you to add [Read More]
If you have the required editing rights on the website, you can edit any existing agenda event or event template. You will find the events listed under the main RSVP Events listing of event posts. Templates are listed under a submenu, RSVP Events -> Event Templates. You would modify the template if you wanted to [Read More]
This is part of a series of How to Do X posts that explain how to perform discrete tasks with the WordPress for Toastmasters solution. To add a role to a new or existing agenda document, click the Toastmasters Role button on the button bar. Clicking that button will display a dialog that allows you [Read More]
This is part of a series of How to Do X posts I will be adding to explain how to perform discrete tasks with the WordPress for Toastmasters solution. A button at the top of the WordPress editor allows you to add an Agenda Note to an event. Think of these as “stage directions” for [Read More]
This is one of a series of how-to posts. In addition to containing standard “stage directions” to appear on your meeting agendas, an Agenda Note can be used to display information that changes from meeting to meeting, such as a theme or word of the day you want displayed on the agenda. To make it [Read More]
This is part of a series of How to Do X posts I will be adding to explain how to perform discrete tasks with the WordPress for Toastmasters solution. While I provide a default meeting event template site administrators can modify, some may find it easier to create their own from scratch, so the signup [Read More]