A Question for Toastmasters

I have a question for all the Toastmasters in my audience.

What would you consider to be the greatest challenge facing your club today, and what steps are you taking to meet it?

I belong to a corporate club which meets at lunchtime.  The challenge we’ve been facing is low attendance.  We’ve got about forty members but tend to only get about eight to ten people attending each meeting.  This has become very frustrating.

In our Executive Committee meetings, we’ve been discussing possible causes.  One is that people get busy and need to work through lunch.  Another is that, since the company pays for membership, our members don’t feel as invested in the club as they would if they were paying for it themselves.

We’ve been trying a number of strategies to increase attendance:

  • We’ve increased our communication with the club, to keep the club forward in their minds.
  • We’ve sent out the Toastmaster’s Promise to remind the member’s that when they joined they pledged to attend meetings regularly.
  • I’ve begun sending out up-beat recap e-mails after every meeting to the entire membership to remind them how much fun the meetings are, with the hope of enticing them back.

Has anyone had a similar challenge?  If so, how were you able to overcome it?

Any help from more experienced Toastmasters would be very much appreciated, especially if you are a member of a corporate club.


NON-RELATED EDIT:  This is my 50th post!!!  Yay, me!


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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