There were not 2, or 3, or 4... but 9 guests from Port Credit Toastmasters who literally ‘invaded’ our Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters meeting on January 11. WOW!!!!! With our club members’ habitual camaraderie and their amazing energy, that meeting was simply OUTSTANDING.
Following their visit and inspired by that initiative, we decided to pay back the 'invasion’, having 7 of our members join the Port Credit Toastmasters meeting on February 4th. The result? Another fantastic meeting with guests and members alike truly enjoying the experience! Have you ever considered doing a ‘club invasion’ of this sort? Well... we absolutely loved it AND recommend it!
The best part about visiting other clubs is being inspired by their best practices, to share these new ideas with your own club members. I was personally impressed by the way Port Credit Toastmasters has a “Guest Greeter” role in their agenda, to introduce each guest and give them the chance to speak or be introduced by a seasoned member.
In my corporate clubs, guests are usually introduced by the Toastmaster of the meeting, but depending on the experience of the person in the role, welcoming of guests and requesting their feedback at the end of the meeting are sometimes ‘hit and miss’ practices, rather than the formal process I saw performed so well by the “Guest Greeter” at Port Credit Toastmasters. A great meeting role to suggest and start applying in my other clubs!
They also have a “Book of the Week” practice, that allows their club members to borrow a book on Communication, Presentation Skills or Leadership for two weeks. What a neat idea and an additional way to entice guests to join the club, so they can also benefit from that unique opportunity!
Visiting other clubs is an awesome way to discover great ideas that can make the experience of guests and members a lot better in our own club(s). Make sure to plan a visit to another club if you have never done so -maybe even plan having an ‘invasion’ of your club members to another club, to change the routine up and give memorable and truly enjoyable meeting experiences to all involved, and share any awesome best practices you discover here in our blog! In the end, everyone leaves a winner thanks to the experience, and stronger inter-club connections are built.
At Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters we have enjoyed this couple of ‘invasions’ so much, that we plan to continue doing them throughout the year. Will your club be next???
Looking forward to our next club ‘invasion’!!!!!!
Amparo Cifuentes, DTM
VP Public Relations, Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters 2018-2019