Wednesday, January 07, 2009

How can we encourage more CCs?

On a recent conference call the question was asked,
"How do we encourage members to complete their CC's (Competent Communicator award)?".

Karin von Kaenel, our District Governor, responded with a reference to an article one of our past International Presidents, Dilip A., wrote entitled "Twelve Ways To Encourage Members To Present Manual Speeches".

Please visit his website at and you will see the article there.

Of course, the other option is to run a speech-a-thon which I'm suggesting all AGs try now in January, again in April and in June.

Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions and, of course, great results!!

Thank you for your help in making sure members are experiencing growth opportunities.

Marsha Kiley
D53 LGET, 2008-9

How can we also boost membership with Speech-a-thons?
  • Promote them as special events (which they are) and invite the general public.
  • Invite a local politician or celebrity as the keynote speaker (and publicize the event).
  • If you can't get someone famous, you could invite one of the senior team to speak. (We are all working on CC's too!)
  • Use it as a "Toastmasters rally" for multiple clubs in an area. (The added enthusiasm will pump up all club meetings that follow.)
  • Include a manual speech about membership building, mentoring or some other Toastmasters topic so attendees take home some club building information.
  • Think of 3 more ways to boost membership through a Speech-a-thon. (I know you can do it!)
Any upcoming special scheduling opportunities?
There are a bunch of clubs that meet on Wednesday nights (either the 1st & 3rd or 2nd & 4th Wed.) and there are months that have FIVE Wednesdays (e.g. April). This means there is an extra meeting opportunity ... or the perfect time for a Speech-a-thon !

How many speechathons can we have on April 29th? It will be the week after the Spring conference and it could be a great time maintain the momentum and excitement from the conference!

Happy Toastmastering in 2009 !

Dave Wheeler
D53 LGM, 2008-9
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