#Toastmasters Leadership & Communication Education (LACE) Training


It’s the beginning of the year, and it’s time when the thoughts of all club officers in Toastmasters International turn to … LACE training! I hope to convince you in this post that it’s not just for club officers, though!

LACE stands for Leadership & Communication Education, and its main purpose is to train club officers in their respective roles for the club. The club officers are the following, from the highest ranking on downwards.

Officer Role

Explanation

1. President Responsible for providing the supportive club environment members need to fulfill their self-development goals.
2. Vice President Education Responsible for providing and maintaining the positive environment and the educational programs through which members can learn and grow.
3. Vice President Membership Responsible for building membership and ensuring a strong membership base by satisfying the needs of all members.
4. Vice President Public Relations Responsible for coordinating an active public relations and publicity program.
5. Treasurer Responsible for keeping clear and accurate financial records of club business and for seeing that the club remains financially stable. 
6. Secretary Responsible for keeping clear and accurate records of club business, including membership records and correspondence with Toastmasters International’s World Headquarters and others.
7. Sergeant at Arms Responsible for maintaining club properties, arranging the meeting room and welcoming members and guests at each meeting.

The LACE training consists of a series of workshops put on during the course of a single day, where each club officer attends a session where they gain training on how to do their job more effectively. That in itself would make the training worthwhile attending.

But wait, there’s more! There are other workshops that you can attend that can help you learn about various aspects of speech craft, for example, how to use acting techniques or humor in your speech. There are workshops you can attend that help you on the creative process of speech writing, on doing better evaluations, or on becoming a more effective leader within your club whatever your role happens to be.    These workshops can be attended by anyone, whether you’re a club officer or not, and are what make LACE training special, in my opinion.

And of course by meeting together with fellow club members and officers from a wide variety of clubs in the District, you will have a chance to network and exchange ideas about what works for you in your club. I have learned so much from these “Toastmasters culture jam” sessions and picked up great ideas for our club to try out.

So it’s education, both practical and inspirational, it’s a chance to meet and exchange ideas with your peers, and all for a reasonable price ($12 for the entire day). I had a wonderful time and would talk about it afterwards in our club during our Educational Minute, so much so that some regular members ended up coming and joining the various sessions that were not for club officers.

So it’s really for anyone who wants to get further education on all aspects of public speaking and how you can use it to strengthen your role as a leader within Toastmasters and without. I hope to see many people there in the coming weekends when it takes place!

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