Do You Love Toastmasters?
Do you like to talk about it? Are you a writer? Do you have radio or television experience? Do you have design or event planning experience? District 86 needs you. New members in your clubs mean fresh voices and fresh ideas.
Become a Toastmasters Promoter. Contact District 86 PRM Cathy Herschell to learn how!
10 Ideas To Promote Toastmasters In District 86
1. Create club business cards indicating your meeting time and place, and distribute them to friends and colleagues along with a personal comment on how Toastmasters training has benefited you. Use business card template and give them to all members. Present a speech on how to use this card. Help your members to become aware of opportunities to introduce themselves and share their successes in different situations. Help them to design and practice their elevator speeches (theme for Tabletopics). Remind members to listen first, find the ways ways to connect with the person, and then to share their story. Always have cards with you!
2. Brandwear. Use branded office supplies, branded tent cards, wear Toastmasters shirts, and badges. Order through the TI’s web store.
3. Trophies. Display your Toastmaster trophies in a prominent place during your club meetings, in your home, and in your office. Use every possible opportunity to tell people about the Toastmasters.
4. Pins. Wear your Toastmasters pin! It's another great conversation starter.
5. Libraries, and offices in the neighbourhood. Ask your club members to share unused copies of the Toastmaster magazine, and submit them to the library's periodicals department. Attach your club's business card to every copy. Post fliers and ads on bulletin boards. Also, leave copies of magazines in the waiting rooms of the offices in your neighborhoods. People are always picking magazines to read while waiting for their appointments. Let’s them read your magazines, and learn about your club!
6. HR of your company. Make sure your corporate Toastmasters club mentioned during new-employee orientation seminars, annual performance reviews, and in professional development plans. Educate your HR department about Toastmasters program, and offer them help. Ask them to help you to help them.
7. Welcome Wagon packets. These are distributed to all new residents in a city and contain promotional materials from local merchants and organizations. Your ad or flier should be included in this package.
8. Universities and Community Colleges. Like cities, many Universities have internal cable TV and radio stations, as well as publications reaching students, staff and faculty. Arrange to have a Toastmaster give a presentation as a guest lecturer in a speech communication class. Or better yet, try to participate in communication-related campus events – like "Communications Week," for example – and be prepared to host a booth and offer promotional fliers. If your district already has a University club, make sure it is publicized in campus media, as well as in new-student or freshmen orientations. List of colleges in Ontario: List of campus radio stations:
9. High Schools. Organize or judge speech contests for seniors, or give seminars on career planning. Even if students don't join your club, this is an opportunity for media exposure and gives parents, staff and teachers a good impression of our organization. List of high schools in Ontario:
10. Speechcraft and YLP. Offer Speechcraft and Youth Leadership Programs. This is a great way of showing the public what Toastmasters is all about.
In addition to the above tips, help to promote your club and the Toastmasters program by constantly seeking for opportunities to speak at the community event, write an article, speak on a radio or TV, submit a news release.
Communities offer various events during summer time, when possible - seek for opportunities to have a table or a booth at these events. Promote your club, or cooperate with several clubs in your area.
Step Up, Speak Out, Have Fun!
Vitaliy Fursov, District 86 Club Growth Director