At this time, there's nothing special you need to do when
starting an Agora Club - just do it. Right now there are no fees
for joining Agora and currently there's no need to sign up
members on a central website (that will be available soon, but
you can start the club without it), so you don't need to be
thinking about membership dues.
your club's name. Must be unique within your city.
You can name your club in any way you want, with the following
The name cannot contain copyrighted
terms, except if it's a corporate club officially allowed by
your company and the copyrighted term is the company's name
The name cannot imply that it is somehow
a representative of the whole organization (eg: "Agora Speakers Central" or "Agora Speakers Headquarters")
For the same reason, the name cannot
include names of geographical areas bigger than a city (eg:"Agora Speakers France" or "Agora Speakers Europe"). You
can, however use the name of your city ("Agora Speakers Paris"), as
long as there's no other club in your city with the same name.
The name cannot contain any kind of
aggresive speech directed at other groups of people
The name must not contain offensive
terms and must comply with the local legislation on naming of
associations and companies
There's no need to include "Agora" in your club's name.
Your club could just be"Advanced
Speakers of Paris", for example.
Will it be a Public, Restricted or
If it is a Restricted club, the criteria
for admission, which must be public. Remember that, as per the
bylaws, you cannot discriminate members on the basis of "race, color, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, age, income level,
nationality, ethnicity, or mental or physical disabilities"
The meeting venue and days.
Languages that will be used in the club.
Club fees that will be charged to
members. These are separate from Agora's fees. Currently Agora's
fees are waived, but your club can charge from day 1 to offset
the costs of venues, materials, etc.
Will the club allow virtual (remote)
What roles non-resident members
(visiting members of Agora Speakers that don't belong to your
club ) will be allowed to perform.
What roles guests will be allowed to
Who will be the contact person for that
Apply for a club number and contact your country Ambassador, or
become one! Once you're ready, submit your club details
to firstname.lastname@example.org , in order to
get assigned a club number.
Also, check if there's an Ambassador in your country and
contact him with your intention to start a new club. An
Ambassador acts as an Agora representative that is keen on
helping people with the process of starting new clubs. Click here to see the countries in which we have
currently Ambassadors. It is very recommendable that you sign up
on the global Agora Speakers
International Facebook Group, as well as the local facebook
group for your country.
If there is no Ambassador in your country, then as the
creator of the first club you might want to step in as one? Click
for an explanation of the role of Ambassadors
Create the branded materials Use the branding portal to create
banners, agenda templates, etc. for your club.
Contact prospective members Contact people that might be
willing to become members of your club, or that might help you
with it. At least 8 members are needed to create a new
club. If you already have the prospective members, great!, jump
to step 7 Some possible ideas are:
Publish on your socia media accounts
your intention of starting an Agora Speakers club, as well as
information about what Agora is and what the club will do.
EMail your contacts about your
EMail friends or members of other
similar organizations that might be interested in the club.
Spread the word about Agora Speakers in
meetings you attend; invite attendees to the chartering meeting.
Spread the word about Agora and your
club in the social media groups you belong to. If the group is
subject to strong moderation and censorship, it's recommended
that you just observe the opinions of participating people, then
identify those who could be responsive to your initiative and
just comment publicly in the group that you sent them a private
message, mentioning them by name to draw their attention. Then
do the rest of the correspondence in private.
Talk to members of other organizations
that didn't renew their membership.
Post event notices in sites like MeetUp
Announce your intention of starting a
club in either the Facebook Group of Agora in your country, or -
if there is still not one created - in the Agora Speakers
Create a Google Adwords or Facebook
campaign targeting searches of "learning public speaking",
"public speaking practice", "fear public speaking" or similar
combinations, setting a geographical limit as precise as
possible (ideally, your city)
Leave flyers at universities,
bookstores, libraries, etc.
Google blogs, sites, forums and groups
in your area for public speaking and leadership, and post a
notice there. To avoid being labelled spam, make it clear that
Agora is a nonprofit and the fees are absolutely minimal.
Publish a free classified in the local
cultural guide or newspaper.
Write and send a press-release to the
local newspapers and radio stations
To get more ideas, Google the name of
clubs of other organizations in your area, and see the places
where they've advertised, then use the same channels
It is a good idea to review all the
information and presentations available about our organization,
so that you may include the appropriate documents in your
communications and highlight the main benefits of joining an Agora
up leads Once EMails or messages from interested people
start coming in, follow up with an explanation of what Agora is,
how clubs work and how members benefit from the Agora experience
a first meeting Congratulations!, you're almost there.
Decide on a specific date for the first meeting and create a
prospective agenda. It is usually useful to create both Facebook
and Google Calendar events, so that people can sign up and
synchronize the meeting with their own agendas. Try not to plan
to muuch in the future, as people usually sign up then forget
about meetings more than two weeks in advance. Confirm with all
participants the week before. Be sure also to announce
your event either in the Agora Speakers Facebook group of your
country, or the International one.
the first meeting Carry out the meeting. Make sure to
print enough agendas, and especially to include in each agenda:
Your club info and contact point
The date, time and venue of the next
Remember to take pictures, as you're making history :-),
and send us the pictures so that we can publish them (confirm with
the people on those pictures that they're ok with them being
published). At the end of each meeting, it is recommended
that you remind people of the date of the next meeting, and ask
people right there and then to commit to taking roles for the next