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. Upgrade your club website to WordPress for free
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
These are updated instructions on how to create and edit the marketing content for your website using the WordPress editor. These instructions are specific to the new Gutenberg editor, known as Gutenberg, which is active today on the Toastmost.org club websites hosted as part of the WordPress for Toastmasters project and will become standard across [Read More]
WordPress for Toastmasters helps you plan the time allowed for speakers, Table Topics, and every other phase of your meeting. You can plan your standard meeting agenda around these time allowances, but you can also tweak the timing for an individual meeting. Consider a couple of common scenarios: Someone is giving an extended speech, which [Read More]
This is the new agenda editor, introduced summer of 2018, which takes advantage of the new “Gutenberg” editor for WordPress. Agenda Editor Tutorial The new Gutenberg editor is active on all Toastmost.org club websites. It will become the default editor with WordPress 5.0 and meanwhile is available as a WordPress plugin. If you are running [Read More]
If you have been working with the WordPress for Toastmasters software for more than the past few weeks, you will need to convert your agenda in order to take advantage of the latest and greatest version of the agenda editor. The Toastmost.org club website hosting service has already switched to the new WordPress editor, known [Read More]
Below, I’m including a replay of my tutorial video from Aug. 18, 2018, but first I’d like to share a follow up video that covers a few refinements I made after that session was over. Webinar Follow Up Here is the webinar replay, which is good to watch to see the questions people asked. If [Read More]
The WordPress for Toastmasters project is all about free software and free services for Toastmasters clubs, but it’s still true that “there ain’t no free lunch” — we have web hosting bills to pay. Thank you to SpeakerPromos.com for agreeing to be our first “Premier Sponsor” in return to preferred ad placement on this website and [Read More]
Toastmasters World Champions and other top speakers will tell you one of the best ways to improve is to record your speeches, watch them, and make adjustments so that you keep getting laughs where you want them and driving your points home more clearly. Watching yourself on video is just as valuable, maybe even more [Read More]
The new, improved WordPress for Toastmasters agenda editor takes advantage of an upgrade in the editor the underlying WordPress platform uses for creating and editing blog posts and website pages. Code named Gutenberg, this new editor will become the standard editing experience with the release of WordPress 5.0 (coming soon). Happily, it turns out to [Read More]
At the conclusion of a recent Toastmasters TLI training presentation, a friend walked up to me and asked, “So in a sentence or two, why should a club choose WordPress over Free Toast Host?” You mean I didn’t manage to to make that point in 30 minutes onstage? The problem with my friend’s question is [Read More]
“Online Tools to Market Your Club & Organize Meetings” – Video and Notes from the Broward TLI, July 2018
Below are some notes to accompany a presentation to the Toastmasters Leadership Institute training in Broward County, Florida. See also How WordPress For Toastmasters Pays Off For Your Club. You can watch the actual presentation here: We had an overflow crowd in the room, and the presentation was well received — although a friend told me [Read More]