Shameless? Self-promotion? Do both of those words belong together? Yes, they do.
Shameless because we are proud of our Toastmasters heritage and programs. I believe we should be telling everyone
we meet about Toastmasters. I tell check-out clerks at the grocery store they can get more confident talking to their
customers through Toastmasters. I share my experiences with the wait staff at restaurants, telling them they could be
making bigger tips and loyal customers through the art of persuasion which they can hone to finely tuned instrument at
Toastmasters. Yes, I have even dropped Toastmasters at a few city council chambers and political events. Couldn't
everyone benefit from attending a Toastmasters club? Why not yours?
Self-promotion is what we do in Toastmasters. We are eager to share our enthusiasm for the benefits we receive from
our membership and our clubs, so why wouldn't we want to share that with our friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family
members? I know I am always proud to invite someone I know to one of my meetings (and yes I attend meetings four nights
a week). I want them to see what I am getting out of Toastmasters, the friends I am making, the strides I am making in
my public speaking and leadership skills. Don't you feel the same way about your club?
Some clubs have asked about using paid advertising to garner new members for their clubs, and I ask them if they have
been promoting their clubs through the free channels. Most say that they tried but it did not seem to pan out. I heartily
disagree with them. Yes, it takes the right touch to establish a relationship with a newspaper editor or a radio station
manager, but there are so many free opportunities to be exploited that most have not thought about trying.
How about looking up the local events calendar and seeing if there is an event coming up that your club could possibly
help the promoter or presenters with our overflowing