Coaches Corner
Jennifer Zerba, ACB, ALB
Lt. Governor, Marketing

Have you ever been upset after not getting the food you ordered? Have you ever been the one person that always ends up doing other’s work? Do you ever wish people would just do their job?

We’re all familiar with leaders such as the traditional manager, clergy or politician. Other types of leaders are those that may be the most knowledgeable about a new computer software program. How about the next door neighbor who is known to be the best baker on the block? Volunteers also take on leadership roles such as in Toastmasters when you volunteer to be a club officer. Leaders are role models in all parts of our lives; however good leaders these days seem to be in short supply.

Toastmasters is a wonderful organization that helps you master being a leader whether you lead yourself, one other person, groups or communities.

Before you lead anyone you must be able to lead yourself. Can you see your goal and make it happen? Toastmasters empowers people with skills such as listening, managing time, organizing, accountability and responsibility...just to name a few. Using those skills exercises your ability to conceive a goal and achieve that goal!


The very essence of leadership is its purpose. And the purpose of leadership is to accomplish a task. That is what leadership does–and what it does is more important than what it is or how it works.
~Colonel Dandridge M. Malone

You can help another transform their life. Can you visualize what is possible for a new member? Toastmasters mentoring program is the key to making sure our new members get what they want and need from our organization. You are able to expand their vision of what is possible and help them accomplish dreams they didn’t know existed.



If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
~John Quincy Adams

Moving mountains is much easier with a group of people than it is by yourself. Convincing those people that the mountain needs to be moved is a whole other challenge. Serving as a club or district officer will give you proficiency to inform and persuade others to consider and embrace your ideas. You will learn how to work with different personalities, see their attributes and you will gain knowledge from them. You will also learn to understand each other’s differences and contribute towards a common goal.



The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
~Henry Kissinger


Leaving a legacy of leadership for the community that lasts beyond your lifetime is a triumph. Because of your involvement with Toastmasters, you will leave footprints for others to follow. In all aspects of your life your courage, strength and confidence will shine through. People will be drawn to you, follow you and admire you.


A leader must always keep the primary goal of leadership in mind: to influence people’s thoughts, behaviors, emotions and most importantly, their actions to produce a result that improves the quality of their
lives. ~ Tony Robbins


Tis the season for gift giving to those you love and care about. Consider giving the gift of service to your Toastmasters Club by being a club officer. Semi annual officer elections are being held this month and your inspiration and passion for Toastmasters is needed! Don’t forget that you can have someone nominate you or you can nominate yourself. Be bold; bring pizzazz and creativity to your club! Your enthusiasm to master leadership will be a breath of fresh air to those around you. Be the leader you expect others to be. Happy Holidays Toastmasters and may you have a magnificent New Year!

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