Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people by providing opportunities for their members to develop communication and leadership skills.
This Google Spreadsheet tool was created for members to track their progress of completing both the Communication and Leadership tracks required in order to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster Award.
This spreadsheet outlines the required steps and actions one needs to take in order to complete and provides a convenient way to create a strategy towards completion.
Benefits of the Toastmaster Progress Tracker Tool:
- It’s easy to use and keep up to date
- It’s in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere by multiple devices
- It can accelerate your success in the program
An Overview of the Progress Tracker:
The Back Story Why I created the Tracker:
I joined Toastmasters in 2010 and completed the Competent Communicator track within my first year of being a member. At the time I was doing approximately one speech per month. In 2011 I became a father and took a hiatus from the program. While I had anticipated only being gone for a few months, I was gone for four years. I rejoined the program in 2015 and committed to complete both tracks and earn the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. However in the new club I joined, there was only an opportunity to speak in rotation every two to three months. At that rate it would have taken several years to complete the program. Since I already was out of the program for several years I wanted to accelerate my progress not stretch it out. This lead me to create the Progress Tracker Tool so I could plot out my path for success. In order for me to accelerate my goal I needed to give a few speeches a month by visiting other clubs. The tool helped me plan out a realistic plan to achieve my goal and I was able to complete both tracks in a little over a year. Having it in an electronic spreadsheet in the cloud let me easily access my progress from anywhere and make edits as needed. I hope this tool helps to empower others looking to strategically make progress in the Toastmaster program.