Two Key Skills to Help You Reach Your Goals

The new year brings the intention of setting resolutions that we want to accomplish but statistics show that just 30 days into the new year over 75% of people give up on them. This year YOU can be a part of the 8% that actually stay committed and achieve their resolutions. First, you need to get clear on what you want to accomplish in the new year. Are you looking to excel in your career? Is there someone you have had your eye on but aren’t sure how to strike up a conversation? Would you like to pick up an engaging hobby where you can meet like-minded individuals?

There are so many areas of your life that you can set goals to improve but you may not realize that your communication and leadership skills serve as the foundation for goal achievement. How you communicate what you are trying to accomplish, and the process in which you approach reaching your goals is crucial to your success.

There are many great resources to help improve communication and leadership, one of the most effective resources being Toastmasters International. This non-profit organization uses a network of clubs across the entire world to promote communication, public speaking, and leadership.

This year put your excuses aside and make the commitment to attend a Toastmasters meeting. District 83 has over 170 clubs with meetings taking place in Northern New Jersey, Staten Island, and Rockland Co., NY. There are 26 out of 30 days in January 2020 to attend a meeting in these areas.

For more information on where to attend a meeting check out the calendar below or find a meeting near you at

Blog contributed by Jenna Barone, EC2
District 83 Public Relations Manager
Jenna has been a Toastmasters since March 2018 and is working on her Effective Coaching path in the Pathways program. She is a member of Clifton Toastmasters where she serves as club Secretary.

2017-2018 Club Newsletter Contest


Does your club have a newsletter? If so, consider entering District 83’s Newsletter Contest! If not, consider creating one. While providing club information, the newsletter team may earn credit towards goals in the Competent Leader manual. We have provided the opportunity for as many clubs as possible to enter and participate.

Contest Criteria:

  • Must use current Toastmasters International logo.
  • Must include correct Toastmasters International branding standards (i.e. colors, use of logo, fonts, images, design devices, etc.).
  • May use Toastmasters International templates or your own layout.
  • Minimum of two pages; no maximum number of pages.
  • Your club must be in good standing.
  • Maximum of one entry per club.
  • Eligible issue must be dated between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
  • Deadline for submission: July 15, 2018.
  • Submit a PDF to: District 83 Newsletter Contest

Results will be announced in the fall. There is a perpetual Club Newsletter of the Year award, a 27″ trophy with the winning club and year engraved on one of the smaller plates. The winning club will take possession of the trophy in the fall of 2018 and will return it to the District 2019 Spring Conference.

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Buffalow, DTM, District 83 Director, 2017-2018; be sure to use the subject line of: District 83 Newsletter Contest.