5 Things I Learned Building Toastmasters
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charlesjLove to build stuff that matters.
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Key things I learned and can apply to my first startup

5 Things I Learned Building Toastmasters

1.) Recruit the right team

Right people means, someone who believes in the mission, are self-directed, self-learners, open to give and receive honest feedback, and someone who you are comfortable giving responsibility.

2.) Share the mission with your team constantly

Having the shared mission will allow them to focus and what matters the most.

3.) Set the destination, the team will figure out the path

Because the people I want and will work with does not need to be given orders but only a destination. They love to figure out how to get to the destination.

4.) Share the success, shoulder the blame

You’ll never see a truly successful leader standing in front of a crowd saying he or she did it alone. We all recognize the importance of having the right team members in place to be successful.

5.) Be open, honest, transparent, and give room for errors

You have to set the tone for others to follow, people will choose to follow you if your character is respectable.

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2 years agoReply
Watch out for the #grammarNatzis.. They every where ;)

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2 years agoReply
@charlesj congrats! that's really awesome to hear!

charlesjLove to build stuff that matters.
2 years agoReply
It was small because I started it in the college campus I go to. I did not want to travel to the other campuses due to the distance and time. Within a year, I was able to grow it to an established club with 13 and expecting more members. In addition, the area governor decided to make our club as his home base, which is a big thing for us.

2 years agoReply
@sydney @charlesj - The recruiting part was essential and very difficult. We tested a couple ways to recruit, yet it was hard to find out whether the person would be a good fit for the team. A lot of people were super talented and committed but during the interview, they didn't reflect those talents, so it was really hard for us to select. At the end, we decided to recruit everyone that was interested and delegated certain tasks so that they could figure out what they wanted to do within the organization. I'm not sure if people would agree with this way of finding talent, but it worked to pretty well for us :).

lisaSilver CommaCats
2 years agoReply
Great lessons charles! How big was the organization?

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
These are really great leadership tips :) How long did you run toastmasters for? Great org for picking up leadership and public speaking skills! @slisam @aneesha @jaydeep you guys have all had to manage organizations before! Do any of these lessons resonate with you in particular?