Own Your Year

Does your club want to grow, by challenging itself and helping others on their path to growth?  Does your club want to share how awesome it is with the world?

Want to earn a $50 Gift Certificate to District 4 Toastmasters?

If you answered yes or HELL YEA to any of those, you can start small or go BIG with this Toastmaster year’s final club growth incentive, Own Your Year.

Add 3 non-charter members between May 1st and June 30th, 2018 and your club will earn a $50 District 4 Gift Certificate that can only be picked up at the 2018 Toastmasters Leadership Institute.

If you’re looking for new ideas and inspiration on how to grow your club’s membership here are a few suggestions that you might try to help your club achieve the Own Your Year incentive.

Open House

This is an opportunity for club members to work on their leadership skills and have fun. Pick a meeting time slot a few weeks in the future. Build a committee: Marketing, Project lead, food, Scheduling, Volunteer Engagement.  Advertise, Advertise, Advertise, flyers (coffee shops, local nonprofit boards, Internet, company newsletters, New Hire orientations, https://www.facebook.com/District4Toastmasters/, https://www.meetup.com/district4toastmasters/), Need help publishing your open house advertisement? Email our District PR Manager at pr@d4tm.org.

Club Membership Building Contest

Encourage member to bring a guest by having a contest. For example, each guest equals 1 point, a guest that converts to a member get 3 to 5 points. The most points at the end of June 30th, 2018 win XXX. Whatever the club feels is appropriate. At the least they deserve is recognition. If you hold a Club Membership Building Contest and want to put your club winner on the District FB page, please let us know and we are happy to do so.

Elevator speech

Networking opportunities can happen anywhere we go. You need to create a 1-minute presentation on why your club is epic and how the Toastmasters program can benefit whoever you might be speaking to. Business owners and sales professionals have to practice this skill to be successful. Things to consider when building this speech is: What makes your club special? How easy it is to attend, achieve goals and welcoming your club is? How it has helped you and your club members achieve their personal and professional goals. How can this sound like a conversation, not a pitch?

Club Business Cards

Now that you have a mini-speech ready to go. What is the best way for them to act on their new excitement? Leave them with a way to follow up with you. Most of these encounters are quick and typing in telephone numbers or writing things down without a pen around is difficult. That is where a club business card comes in handy. If they are truly interested they will either take the card or picture of it. What to have on the card is just as important as having the card. Have the best telephone number and/or email address to reach the club. Have the club name and online presence. On the back, you can leave a small blurb on why they should join your club.

About Orlando Redden 2 Articles
Orlando Redden serves as District 4's Club Growth Director, helping to build new clubs and strengthen existing clubs across the district. His home club is the Fightin' 49ers.

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