If you had the opportunity to spend a little extra to enhance the experience of your Toastmasters club, would you?
Of course you would!
The real question is, “Where can we get the funds to do so?”
District 4 is currently running two incentive programs, September Sanity and Smedley Stretch, to help clubs earn credits to spend on their members. Read more about District 4’s fall incentive programs through this resource. Once you have the funds you need, whether using District credits or existing club funds, consider purchasing the following items to augment the member experience.
Transparency and gamification are powerful motivators. Wall chart sets can be used to (1) display how many speeches each member has given and how many functionary roles they have filled and (2) serve as a leaderboard highlighting the most dedicated members.
The halfway point is a pivotal moment in any occasion, whether it be a race, project, or path to completing the Competent Communicator manual. If members need a little extra encouragement, recognize them with this halfway ribbon! The Toastmasters store is filled with many other types of ribbons, such as Best Table Topics, Most Improved, and Competent Leader.
Use this black with silver foiling guest book to record the names, addresses and contact information of your guests. It’s fun for members to look back and see their name from when they were a guest! The Toastmaster store also has branded folders for guest packets. Get creative with how you greet your guests and ask them to join the club.
Plunging into that first Competent Communicator speech is no easy task. Let your new members know the magnitude of their accomplishment by gifting them a glass mug, keychain, pen, or other trinket that can be found in the Toastmasters store. These are also great ways to thank guest speakers for their time.
It’s contest season again. Are you having trouble recruiting members to participate? Trophies can help draw attention to the event and motivate prospective participants. Whether it be for speech contests, awards nights, or just because, trophies are the embodiment of personal achievement.
Similar to trophies, pins are a great keepsake item for members, especially if it takes work to earn one. Use your available funds to purchase pins but award them out during specific moments of member achievement (earning the CC, earning the CL, becoming a club officer, etc).
It’s common for members to miss out on advancing past the Competent Communicator and Leadership manuals. Why? Because they don’t know the advanced track exists! Purchase a set of advanced manuals and leave them out during the meeting for members to browse through. And remind them that they receive TWO free manuals after completion of their first Competent Communicator manual!
If your club does not yet have a lectern, reaching two incentives will earn you enough credit to purchase this portable wood lectern, which has a self-contained handle, making it easy to bring to each club meeting.
What is the first thing you want prospective members to see when they walk into your venue to attend your first meeting? Your banner! This item represents the club’s history and achievement. Display it proudly.
10. Purchase Admission to District Fall & Spring Conferences
Did you know that credits can also be applied towards admission to District conferences? This is a great way to give your members exposure to the Toastmasters world outside of their club. By attending District conferences, members will be able to learn valuable skills during educational sessions while networking with other Toastmasters. Credits expire May 31 so use them wisely!
Now that you know what you can do to boost the member experience, participate in the District campaigns to earn even more funds for your club. Get members onboard and excited to help achieve these milestones, because our incentive programs ultimately benefit them. To learn more about our incentive programs, visit this resource.
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