What is an Open House Meeting?
An Open House Meeting is a special event aimed at showcasing what Toastmasters can do to a large number of guests. The objective is to inspire these guests to become Toastmasters members.
It differs from a regular club meeting in a number of ways:
- The meeting agenda is designed to encourage guests to take an active part in an energetic meeting
- The table topics section will feature shorter table topics (1 min) and be run via cards filled by individual audience members.
- At least one prepared speech will be a testimonial by a club member on her/his experience and the impact of Toastmasters on his/her life.
- A larger number than normal will be present.
- Longer breaks and more networking time.
What support is available from the District?
A successful Open House Meeting will require a fair amount of prior preparation. A big measure of success of an Open House is to have a large audience audience that’s highly engaged with the meeting itself so that it sees the benefits of Toastmasters first-hand.
It is recommended to begin the preparation of an Open House at least six weeks in advance and ideally two months beforehand. To support you with making your Open House a success, a lot of information is available:
- An extensive Open House Guide is at hand.
- This case-study from City of London Toastmasters who attracted over 100 people at their Open House in February 2019.
- A thorough article from a past edition of the Toastmasters magazine.
Additionally, District 91 will provide material support clubs organising an Open House.
- Clubs will receive a free box of marketing materials containing flyers, booklets, name badges, ribbons and other goodies.
- Up to £100 of costs (venue, catering, marketing, etc.) can be reclaimed via Area Directors.
To start organising your Open House please reach out to Helena Boden-Brewer D91 Club Growth Director.