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Congratulations to Clubs that Gained Five+ New Members!

Has your club gained new members since October 1?  If the answer is NO, take inspiration from the 39 clubs that recruited five or more new members in the past two months.

Six clubs posted double digit increases in membership. Essayons Club topped the list by adding18 members. University of Oregon Club and FIG Masters tied for second place, each with 14 new members. Portland Club and Smooth Talkers tied at 13 new members, and Toastmasters for Speaking Professionals added 11 members. Among them, these six clubs welcomed 83 new members since October 1. What an impressive feat!

Thirty-three other clubs gained five or more new members since October 1. Percentage-wise, the greatest gains were posted by Smooth Talkers, University of Oregon Club, Woodburn Toastmasters, and FIG Masters.

Below is a list of the clubs that recruited five or more new members since October 1. Kudos to all 39 clubs, and thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible!

  Club Number and Name

New Members

Percent Increase

A73 00002265 Essayons Club

18

69%

A31 00007093 University of Oregon Club

14

140%

A91 00001832 FIG Masters Club

14

108%

A52 00000031 Portland Club

13

52%

A12 00856839 Smooth Talkers Club

13

433%

A63 01877656 Toastmasters For Speaking Professionals

11

55%

A74 00000087 AAA Towsters

9

31%

A35 00004134 Lunch Bunch Toastmasters Club

8

57%

A41 00001933 Woodburn Toastmasters

8

133%

A73 01431066 Professionals of Portland Toastmasters

8

50%

A84 00741873 Speakers With Spirit Club

8

40%

A91 00006129 West Beaverton Club

8

23%

A24 00002931 University Toastmasters Club

7

28%

A31 01278233 Symantec Toastmasters

7

39%

A32 00003722 Oregon State Club

7

44%

A35 00000566 Cascade Toastmasters Club

7

37%

A41 00003714 High Noon Club

7

37%

A42 00693720 Capital Toastmasters Club

7

35%

A61 00608093 Babble-On Toastmasters Club

7

41%

A71 00001467 Arlington Toastmasters Club

7

12%

A81 00009527 Clark County Toastmasters Club

7

44%

A32 02658342 NuScale Toasters

6

25%

A35 00000364 Yawn Patrol Club

6

29%

A41 00007007 Tuesday Noon Toastmasters Club

6

75%

A63 00000605 Lake Oswego Toastmasters Club

6

38%

A83 00004777 Encouraging Words Club

6

40%

A91 00009579 Silicon Forest Club

6

23%

A92 00001597 WRIP City Club

6

50%

A95 00001360 New Horizons Toastmasters Club

6

29%

A10 01252137 Spirit Trackers

6

33%

A21 02478275 Rogue Valley Networking Toastmasters

5

50%

A32 01505225 Control Freaks Toastmasters

5

25%

A54 00009521 Columbia Center Club

5

19%

A54 00959680 Banfield Barkers

5

18%

A61 00875188 Portland Progressives

5

26%

A92 01451910 Liberty Talkers

5

50%

A94 02894943 Toastmasters Panda

5

100%

A11 00006856 Bend Chamber Toastmasters

5

36%

A11 01799014 La Pine Chamber Toastmasters

5

42%

How can your club also recruit new members?  You can start by using the marketing and PR resources downloadable for free from the Toastmasters International website. These include Item 108DCD From Prospect to Guest to Member (Digital), Item 113DCD Because Communication Isn’t Optional (Digital), and Item 124DCD All About Toastmasters (Digital), and many, many more.

Start now and increase the likelihood that your club will be among those being congratulated on April 1st for adding five or more new members.  If these 39 clubs could do it, so can your club!

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When Opportunity Knocks Answer the Door! – Effective Marketing Tip #3

Opportunities to talk up Toastmasters are within our grasp every day.  The problem is, we may not recognize them before it is too late.   

The  next time you find yourself fidgeting in line at the grocery store, or sharing an elevator with someone, strike up a conversation.    Asking “What do you know about Toastmasters?” could be the spark that sets ablaze the tinder of enthusiasm in your next new member.   Will this conversation starter always be successful?  No, of course not, but you can guarantee it won’t be if you never take the opportunity to speak up.

Here’s a challenge for you:  Try asking “What do you know about Toastmasters”  to a stranger every day for the next week.   Then let me know what happened.

 

Marketing Tip #3 – When Opportunity Knocks Answer the Door!


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Do Your Homework – Effective Marketing Tip #2

Dear Decision Maker – Your employees really need Toastmasters so I want to start a club in your organization!

When seeking  to start a corporate club, what is foremost in your mind – Creating clubs for the sake of increasing membership and getting an “atta boy” from District leaders?  Or is it about increasing the organization’s marketability through training their employees to be effective communicators and leaders?

If you answered “yes” to the first question, know that influencing the decision makers is going to be very difficult!

Before you approach an organization, do your homework (and answer the “right” question!).  Determine how Toastmasters can help them market their products or services and communicate with their customers more effectively.  Give them real life examples about how Toastmasters has increased market share for organizations whose employees are part of Toastmasters.

Starting a new club takes work.  However, the benefits the organization and the future club members gain far outweigh the effort you expend doing your homework.

Effective Marketing Tip #2 - Do Your Homework


 

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Why Worry about Club Growth?

“We don’t need to worry about club growth, we have enough members!”

Recently I was sitting in a club executive meeting when an officer stated that the club had enough members and they were not in favor of attracting more visitors.   After a moment of stunned silence, the other officers began to enumerate why continued member growth was so important to the well being of the club.  Some of their comments were:

1.  New members are key to club vibrancy.   Clubs that don’t grow, die.

2.  New members change club dynamics.  They bring in fresh ideas, new energy,  and provide new opportunities for existing members to be mentors, coaches, and evaluators.

3.  Member attrition is inevitable.  The club must continue to attract visitors and encourage them to become members or the club will quickly lose momentum and their competitive edge in the marketplace.

If your club is struggling with membership retention or attracting new members, let’s talk.  One of the main jobs of the Lt. Governor Marketing is to assist clubs, such as yours, get back on their feet.  Sometimes it just takes a different focus, innovative ideas, or new marketing strategies to make a difference.  I can help.


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