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.
I have been a Toastmasters for over 4 years, and one of the biggest headaches of running a club is managing the meetings, Toastmost.org and “WordPress for Toastmasters” are some fantastic tools to help you run your toastmasters club efficiently. I have setup now for 3 Toastmasters clubs in London using toastmost, and the clubs love it. Whilst you do need to put some effort in to learn how to setup meetings / run the club, compared to easy-Speak this is much easier to learn.Mark Wiltshire
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.
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
You can configure the WordPress for Toastmasters software to send automated reminders to members who have taken a role (so we make sure they didn’t forget) and everyone else (so they can volunteer to fill open roles). Here’s how. Assuming you already have future meetings scheduled, the date of your next meeting should be displayed [Read More]
This session didn’t attract a large crowd, but it attracted a good one — with lots of excellent questions. I hope you benefit from learning the answers.
This tutorial covers some hidden gems and relatively new features in the WordPress for Toastmasters agenda management system, such as the ability to assign roles based on who hasn’t done them lately and the “Agenda with Contacts” view that lets you see contact information of members in the context of who has or has not [Read More]
The clubs who use the WordPress for Toastmasters software include a mix of those who ask for volunteers, those who make assignments, and those who do a little of both to fill their meeting agendas. In any of those modes, good club leaders seek to encourage members to take on a variety of responsibilities. Now, [Read More]
If you use the free website hosting on toastmost.org, which is part of the WordPress for Toastmasters project, you may eventually want to graduate to hosting at your own domain. There are tradeoffs (more responsibility for technical details), but you also get more control over the site setup and potentially a branding advantage from hosting [Read More]
To run a well-organized meeting, one important pre-meeting task is confirming members with roles and contacting members who do not have an assigned role to ask them if they can fill an opening. Broadcasting the agenda to your list can be helpful, but often contacting specific individuals is more effective. For help with that chore, [Read More]
To get the most out of WordPress for Toastmasters, create accounts for all your members so you can assign them to roles, or allow them to sign themselves up, using the agenda management software that is part of the package. The quickest way to do that is to import the member spreadsheet you can get [Read More]
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. 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 an independent website, [Read More]