Sunday, July 12, 2020

Why Toastmasters is a Bully's Paradise

  1. Some venues will not get involved unless there is an overt act of violence. When violence occurs it is too late. These venues do not care. If they did,  violence prevention policies to secure violence-free venues would be in place rather than violence reaction policies that wait till violence has  already occurred.  The time to stop violence is before violence occurs rather than after. It is the difference between being proactive and being reactive.
  2. There is no transparency when a complaint is filed against a Toastmasters leader. The victim is never told the outcome. No notes are taken. No emails are accepted. There is an effort to eliminate documentary evidence that would verify a complaint
  3. There are dishonest and abusive leaders in Toastmasters. They are currently given free rein to bully
  4. Complaints are met with egocentric behavior. Thought terminating cliques like "disparaging toastmasters," and "If I went somewhere else, it would not be Toastmasters" are common. This kind of thinking is scary and promotes irrational thinking where legitimate issues are not handled but excused
  5. The victim is belittled by the leaders. The only options suggested by the leaders is to leave Toastmasters
  6. Arizona Toastmasters received as D+ at the local Better Business Bureau web site
  7. There are attempts to silence criticism by the corporate leadership
  8. There are no courses on the ethics of leadership. This produces unprofessional behavior from wannabe leaders
The above 8 items have been specifically documented in Toasmasters with the help of various current and former members. We will continue to document abuses.

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