OPEN HOUSE (Demonstration Meetings)
A club of 12 members or less requiring to build up members has a real challenge. In most cases members recognise that an “open house” also known as a “Demonstration Meeting” is one proven way to attract new members. So examine the possibly of using this strategy.
“Open House” description: This is a specifically conducted meeting to showcase a Toastmaster meeting. It is a meeting with invited Toastmasters from neighbouring club/s to fulfil as many roles as possible in an effort to create a dynamic and interesting meeting, thus encouraging guest’s interest in joining. Open House meeting generally follow the format of a regular meeting (without a business session) with the Toastmaster explaining the roles and the reasons for them.
A successful Open House meeting:
The Open House strategy tends to work well in a populated centre, where there is at least another club within a reasonable distance, willing to provide your club with the supporting manpower over the three weeks.
If your club is the only club in a regional centre, then the Open House strategy may not be the correct strategy instead, consider an in house Speechcraft course.