“We Rise by Lifting Others”-Robert G. Ingersoll
In Toastmasters we have values that guide us as an organization. It is our core values that make Toastmasters a successful organization that you can be proud to be part of. Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence are the core values of Toastmasters. When we apply the core values of Toastmasters, our willpower will rise. Your club will rise and your Area will rise and your Division will rise. We all will rise together because our core values are in alignment with what great leaders do!
In all organizations it slowly becomes like family. Sometimes there is family or people you may not like, but it is important to still be respectful to them. In Toastmasters, this is even more truthful. It is the regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. It is talking or emailing someone without personal attacks. It is giving consideration to their role, while working on your own instead of doing their role for them. It is allowing them to do their role or task when you have delegated it to them and not take over and do it for them.
I also say “Fabulous” instead of Excellence, but really we are talking about the same thing. How can you show excellence? Do you WOW your guests when they visit your club? Does your area WOW others with their achievements and accomplishments? Does your District WOW others with how great they are? If you were unsure or answered no to any of these, how can you change that? Can someone else help you who might be able to offer assistance? Reach out to those who have the knowledge, training, expertise and experience to help you to be the most “excellent” club or most “excellent” are or division or even the most “excellent” district!
Bringing it back around, remember where I started this blog. We rise by lifting others.
Are you lifting others up or tearing other down? Even if you don’t mean to, it could be happening. When others come to you with a concern or issue do you attack them or do you come from a place of integrity with who you are and offer them kindness, appreciation, and sincere listening to hear what they are trying to tell you not what you want to hear? What are you doing to lift others? How are you lifting your members up or your leaders up? Who are you lifting them up to? Are you telling them? Are you showing these values to them? Are you adhering to these values yourself? Are your leaders adhering to these values?
If not, a suggestion from my mindfulness certification is to follow this guide called RAIN. Recognize, Acknowledge, Investigate, Non-Identify.
Public Relations Manager
District 26 Toastmasters