Plan An Open House

When is your open house?  Start planning early for the best results. Here are some ideas to help you have the best one yet:

1- Organize a committee:

  • Find out who in your club needs a CL project
  • Organize or Help organize club special event
  • PR campaign – chair or help with
  • Membership contest
  • Befriend a guest at a meeting

2- Get all members involved

  • Share the plan
  • Review the moments of truth standards – these are found in your Club Leadership Handbook
  • All members greet guests
  • Arrange a fun themed meeting – all meeting roles filled in advance
  • Invite a guest speaker 5-7 minute manual speech with evaluator

3- Promote the event

  • Flyers – distribute to members to post in the community or at their workplace
  • Social media, Eventbrite, MeetUp.com
  • Local papers- press release, article
  • Community calendar, SNAP

4- Arrange for greeters

  • Have lots of guest kits made in advance
  • Ask guests how they found out about the meeting
  • Introduce both guests and members (30 seconds why they joined)

5- At the meeting

  • Have an easy fun table topics session, invite guests to try (ask them first)
  • Have an experienced member deliver the open house Powerpoint (download below)
  • Hold a special session for guests (VPM) during the break – explain the benefits of joining your club and answer questions

Measure your results

  • Process memberships promptly
  • Follow-up with guests
  • Invite guests to future meetings by phone or email

Press releases for media coverage

https://mediacenter.toastmasters.org/media-kit

Create a flyer

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