How to Start a New Toastmasters Club
Before you begin thinking about starting
a new Toastmasters Club, review the following:
6 Steps in Building a New Toastmasters Club:
1. Learn How Toastmasters Works
- Check out a few clubs in your neighborhood (Find a Club)
- Get advice from an experienced toastmaster
2. What Kind of Club Do you Want to Form?
- Corporate Club is affiliated with a sponsoring corporation and is usually a “closed” club to employeess of the corporation (or college/university)
- Community Club is usually “open” to all community members and is not tied to a corporation
- Schedule meeting with your HR department or potential sponsor
- Discuss value of Toastmasters to organization by using the Features, Benefits, Value Chart (pdf)
- Discuss what form of support sponsoring agency will give (ex. pay for charter, new member fee, provide room, etc.)
- Plan and conduct a demonstration meeting highlighting the benefits of Toastmasters with the support of the District 2 Club Growth Team
- Designate a convenient location for meetings that can accomodate at least 20 members
- Plan a demonstration meeting highlighting the benefits of Toastmasters with the support of the District 2 Club Growth Team
- Publicize the demonstration meeting throughout your community through Facebook, community agendies, press releases to local media, and any organization that would benefit from developing their communication, leadership, and public speaking skills.
5. Charter your Club and Set Up a Bank Account
Complete the following forms:
6. Celebrate the chartering of your new club and publicize it throughout your corporation or community
For further support in starting a Toastmasters club at your corporation, college/university, other organization, or in your community, please contact District 2 Club Growth Director Molly George.