Special events are an important part of maintaining a quality club because they can positively impact membership growth and club morale  plus, they can be a lot of fun!

Marco Ambrogio from Toastmasters Malta tell us:

How can you convert all these guests to new members? ➡️

Tips from super club-starter Peter Kossowan, DTM

“Kossowan always wants to put somebody else first, to connect you with someone who can help. That’s what he’s all about—helping others.”

Neil Wilkinson, PIP, DTM

This page provides you with a number of resources to run in the best way an Open-house or Demo meeting:

To organise an Open-house we suggest the following steps:

  1. Set-up a team of committed Toastmasters to help you in running the event. Share the documentation with them. Consider using this event to complete your CL path or as a High Performance Leadership Project.
  2. Read and share with your team the document “Open-house Meetings Organisation” to get guidance and suggestions on how to better organize your event.
  3. Read and share with your team the Toastmasters short manual “From Prospect to Guest to Member” and Success 101” (electronic version).
  4. Hold a meeting with your team to start planning your event. During that meeting or before see the YouTube video of the Rick Furbush method for running demo meetings:
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAo6TS6SNrM,
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRTbZ-3EO08,
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2oIEm-Ycw8
  8. Use the “Open-house Meeting Agenda” document in either the Word or Excel versions to prepare the agenda for your event.
  9. Refer to the article “Stir Up Excitement with an Open House or Demo Meeting” for additional tips.

Organize a Demo meeting

On a specific page of the Toastmasters International website you can find two presentations: one for Corporate Demo Meetings and one for normal Demo meetings – use them to present what is Toastmasters International and what is Pathways.

The District has produced an Open-house box (big and small versions). The January 2018 edition of the box has been given to Division Directors and Area Directors on the basis of open-house plans received and confirmed. The boxes had he following content: