Editor’s note: This was written before the social media craze. Even if your club posts in Facebook, Meet Up and Twitter, these other methods are tried and true.
1. Great Meetings: A dynamic meeting is a
club’s best sales tool. Great meetings don’t just happen; they require careful
planning and an agenda. If you do nothing else, do this.
if your meeting place is big enough, has good parking, easy access, low noise
and other amenities. Quality location = pride in club.
responsibility. Members will gain more benefits from an active, healthy club. Member
understanding and buy-in.
for Visitors: Be
prepared before they visit. Have new member kits handy; assign a mentor right
away, if they join; schedule them for roles; and recognize guests and ask for
their comments. Have a plan and consistently implement it.
special occasions: speech contests, club fund-raisers, etc. People want
to be asked – ask them.
a one to two minute verbal pitch/testimony that you can give someone on how
Toastmasters has benefited you. Make it personal.
Toastmasters catalog for a great selection or make your own. Post them.
to all club members, guests, and prospective members – it can be in print,
electronic, one page or multiple, but simpler is better. Hit the
highlights and showcase your members’ successes and membership benefits.
Web site: Link
to the District and International Web sites. Relevancy and current, accurate
“Toastmasters Meets Here” signs. Post them.
club information in calendars of events. Free!
Access TV: Have
community happenings notices. Also free!
a club open house and invite guests. Demonstrate results of Toastmasters program.
to evaluate or coach city hall meetings or to judge local high school/college
speech contests; staff a Toastmasters information booth at a community
festival; or host an open house for local business leaders. Exposure to
has several pre-developed programs, or create your own. Have incentives and
create friendly competition. Make it fun.
taken from an article by:
October 2007, Voices District 25 Newsletter