District 71 - UK & Ireland

Welcome to the official District 71 website. District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of over 200 clubs and 4,500 members. It spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England. Find out where our clubs are, about the big events that go on throughout the year, who makes up your district leadership team and the diary of events for the year.

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  • Phillip Khan-Panni winner of D71 International Speech Contest 2018-19

    Phillip Khan-Panni winner of D71 International Speech Contest 2018-19

  • 2018-19 Winners - Dermot Carey Humorous Speech, Simon Day Evaluation, Vinette Hoffman-Jackson Topics with District Director Patricia O'Reilly

    2018-19 Winners - Dermot Carey Humorous Speech, Simon Day Evaluation, Vinette Hoffman-Jackson Topics with District Director Patricia O'Reilly

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Calendar

Calendar

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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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Webinar: Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations

Vibrant Corporate Programs Webinar

A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations

Approximately 10-15 percent of our District’s Toastmasters clubs are in corporate environments (worldwide 60% are) – yet many of these clubs struggle. That’s because we support them using the techniques and knowledge that has worked for community clubs.

To help these struggling clubs, we must:

Think like a genuine stakeholder within the corporation

Meet their expectations of us as their education program provider

Have expectations of them beyond providing a meeting facility and tuition being paid

Audio (only) webinar with authour Pat Johnson DTM, Past Toastmasters International President. An informative discussion that can change your interaction with, and expectations of, your corporate programs. We covered these key points

  • The importance of beginnings
  • Preparation prior to your initial meeting with the corporation
  • “Corporate Speak” versus Toastmaster jargon – know your audience
  • The demonstration and/or information meeting
  • Potential challenges you may encounter in the corporation
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities for everyone
  • Supports required from the district team

Resources

The Handbook

https://www.toastmasters.org/shop/B79–A-Handbook-for-Building-and-Sustaining-Vibrant-Toastmaster-Programs-in-Corporations

Toastmasters International Resources

Starting a new club, Club sponsors/mentors , Charter clubs and kits – newclubs@toastmasters.org
Corporate acknowledgement, Corporate relations – corporaterelations@toastmasters.org
New Member Kit – tracking@toastmasters.org

Starting a new club:https://www.toastmasters.org/start-a-club

Corporations sponsoring a club: https://www.toastmasters.org/membership/sponsor-a-club

How to sponsor a new club: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/how-to-sponsor-a-new-club

Marketing Presentations: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/marketing%20presentations

Speechcraft training program: https://www.toastmasters.org/education/speechcraft

The Successful Club Series set: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/the-successful-club-series-set

The Leadership Excellence Series set https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/the-leadership-excellence-series-set

Rick Furbush Corporate Kick Off Meetings

Kick Off Meeting Success

Ultimate Kick-Off meeting! Rick Furbush shares successful actions on Starting New Toastmasters Clubs. Check out part 2:

Webinar: Building New Clubs

Building New Clubs

Club Extension Chair Zain ul Abidin is hosted a District 71 Webinar on Sunday 3rd November on building new clubs.

This webinar covers three main building new clubs stages:
1) Planning
2) The Kick-off Meeting
3) You’ve got 20 members, now what? What to keep an eye on post chartering!

Resources

How to Build a Toastmasters Club: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/how-to-build-a-toastmasters-club

Charter forms checklist https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-forms-checklist

Form 1 Application to Organize a Toastmasters Club:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/application-to-organize-a-toastmasters-club

Form 2 Charter Payments https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-payments

Form 3 Charter Membership Application:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-membership-application

Form 4 Charter Club Officer Information:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-club-officer-information

Form 5 Club Information:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/new-club-information-form

Form 6A Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/form-6a-club-constitution

Form 6B Addendum of Standard Club Options:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/form-6b-club-constitution

The Kick Off Meeting

Rick Furbush Kick Off Meetings

Kick Off Meeting Success

Ultimate Kick-Off meeting! Rick Furbush shares successful actions on Starting New Toastmasters Clubs. Check out part 2:

2019-20 Fall to Winter Incentives

Fall to Winter Incentives 2019-20 #WeAreToastmasters

There is a lot of very encouraging news in quarter one, but no room to slack so I’ve put together a robust set of incentives for November-December membership building in our own 2019-20 Fall to Winter initiative.

Daniel Sandars

D71 Club Growth Director Email

Don’t forget to exploit leverage from Brenda’s Public Relations incentives such as Open nights see http://d71toastmasters.org/open-night/

2019-20 Quarter 1 Growth Incentive results

#WeAreToastmasters #ClubGrowth #Incentives #Results

Club Growth Director Pin Badge #WeAreToastmastersDear District 71 Council,

Very many thanks for all your hard-work over Quarter one and since. Some highlights:

  • To date the district has 230 more member payments than a year ago
  • Nine clubs met the 15th of September renewal incentives
  • The Smedley Award brought in 193 new, dual or reinstated members
  • Ten clubs met the Toastmasters International Smedley Award criteria
  • A further two clubs with coaches met District 71 new membership criteria
  • Congratulations to Division N and Areas H20, N31, N48, S60 and E39 for winning the most new members incentive
  • Two clubs chartered in the Golden Quarter, one since and three more are midst chartering
  • Eight new prospective clubs have been added to date

Please disseminate to your Club committees and members and especially congratulate all who are making this year flourish!

Daniel Sandars

D71 Club Growth Director

The Q1 Growth Incentive winners are:

D71 renewal challenge by 15 Sept winners #WeAreToastmasters

D71 Smedley Award winners #WeAreToastmasters

D71 Smedley Coached Club winners #WeAreToastmasters

D71 Smedley Best Division winners #WeAreToastmasters

D71 Smedley Best Area winners #WeAreToastmasters

D71 Golden Quarter Chartered Club winners #WeAreToastmasters

Simon Day #ChantalCookePR

Simon Day #ChantalCookePR

Empowering Others through Effective Feedback

Feedback. Barely a moment goes by in which we are not providing it, receiving it or replaying it.

We are largely a product of how we have reacted to feedback since we were old enough to be socially aware. How we look, dress, speak, work, drive – even the things we dare not try again – have all been informed by feedback from family members, teachers, friends and colleagues.

Let us give feedback from the heart and ensure it is actionable, specific and timely. The way in which we communicate in our workplaces, communities and homes – amongst rapidly evolving situations – will be a key factor in improving quality of relationships, productivity, happiness and success.

Simon Day #ChantalCookPR
Simon Day, Leeds City Toastmasters

Simon Day is an award-winning speaker, coach and training consultant. He is the 2019 District 71 (UK and Ireland) Evaluation Champion and holds Distinction in Grade 8 Public Speaking from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.


21st October 2019

Family Friendly Working provides means by which people may balance work and parenting effectively, as well as provide useful business tips and guidance. 

Readership: 10k pm

11th September 2019

Bytestart has an audience of small businesses and startups with a readership of 100k per month

30th August 2019

Company Bug provides small business owners, entrepreneurs, contractors and consultants with the information they need to set up and run a business in the UK, together with insights into relevant business and tax issues.

Company Bug Readership: 70k pm

29th August 2019

LID focuses on current trends and features conversations with some of the brightest minds, top experts and influencers in the area of business, entrepreneurship, smart thinking and personal development.

Readership: 26k

22nd August 2019

https://www.bbpmedia.co.uk/business-insights/professionalservices/how-to-give-effective-and-empowering-feedback.html

“We provide our loyal business readers with an invaluable information resource, helping them to make the right connections while gaining insight in to running and scaling their businesses, providing our readership with a market leading freemium resource like no other.”

The Business Post Readership: 40k

21st August 2019

https://blog.indezine.com/2019/08/to-empower-others-use-the-four-cornerstones-of-effective-feedback.html

INDEZINE Readership: 10k

Rebecca Pepper #ChantalCookePR

Rebecca Pepper #ChantalCookePR

How to use storytelling to ensure your message is remembered for a lifetime.

When I was six years old, I sat still, crossed-legged, looking up, wide-eyed, following every movement my granddad made, hooked to every change of intonation as he regaled my younger brother and I with a story about the most magnificent adventure. …

Your message is important. But without your audience’s buy-in, it’s going nowhere. Focus on how to create a story that will live in the hearts and minds of your audience, and your story – your message – will last a lifetime.


Rebecca Pepper #ChantalCookePR
Rebecca Pepper, Didsbury Speakers

Rebecca Pepper has presented to and trained tens of thousands of all ages across the UK and Europe. A member of Toastmasters International, she is passionate about the use of story to communicate powerful messages.

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.


9th October 2019

Rebecca’s storytelling article has been published in: Business Brief – For the Channel Islands Business Community, pages 68 & 69

https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pnum=68&edid=0309b062-8e56-4e42-8ae7-c0790d1cb22f&isshared=true

Readership: 15k

1st October 2019

Readership: 10k

30th September 2019

Website aimed at leaders in SMEs providing information and advice.

Readership: 84k pm

28th August 2019

LID publishes on all areas of business and lifestyle topics to provide valuable knowledge and key insights.

Readership: 26k

27th August 2019

Bytestart has a large audience of business owners and staff in small businesses and startups.

Readership: 100k pm

15th August 2019

Company Bug Readership: 70kpm .  The sites provides support and advice for small businesses.

14th August 2019

Title Media Readership: 5k

8th August 2019

Indezine Readership: 10k

2nd August 2019

http://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/stories/

Kent Business Radio Readership: 178K

So long, farewell…

So long farewell...

So long, farewell…

By Patricia O’Reilly, District Director 2018-19

In “The Sound of Music”, the Von Trapp family sang, “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye. I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye”

It’s almost time for me to say “so long, farewell” as your District Director. I’ve served 5 years and 3 months on the District Leadership Team. It has been a huge commitment in terms of time and effort, but it has also been richly rewarding. A member of the DLT told me recently that “the amount of knowledge you have about how things are done is encyclopaedic and I for one would have had a much harder year if you hadn’t been there to advise me”. That DLT member was right. I do have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the district. But that knowledge has been learned from the District Directors I served under – Luanne Kent, Kevin Lee, Michael Collins and Red Skelton. For better or for worse they had a big influence on my development on the DLT.

Other members who influenced me are past District Governor, David Thompson, past Region Advisor Aletta Rochat, Past International Director Teresa Dukes and most especially Past International President, Ted Corcoran. I am grateful to each of them.

While it’s difficult to measure commitment and effort it’s important to recognise it. I would like to recognise the commitment and effort put in by the members of the DLT and the wider District Executive Committee in 2018-19.

  • John Cox, Program Quality Director was a great support to me and masterminded a very successful 8 semi-finals and 4 finals at the District Conference.
  • Gerard Mannix, Club Growth Director helped to add 14 new clubs to the District and was so committed to his role that he went in person to a corporate club and guided one of the members through the renewal process and followed up with Toastmasters International on a daily basis to get the club reinstated.
  • Daniel Sandars, PR Manager gave us informative, interesting and entertaining newsletters, ensured the district was visible on social media and resurrected the District YouTube channel.
  • Brenda Lannon, Administration Manager, whose attention to detail, willingness to learn and commitment to her role made my life easier and contributed to the smooth running of the District.
  • Martin Foran, Finance Manager was patient and dependable and understood the importance of accountability in his role. His strict adherence to accountability meant that he even had the temerity to challenge the District Director’s expense claims. I couldn’t have asked for a better finance manager.
  • Red Skelton, Immediate Past District Director was always available to take a call when I needed his advice.
  • The Division Directors all of whom are at least Distinguished – Phillip O’Brien, Larry Lyons, Barry Lane, Shaun Durkin, Andy Nichols, Pat Croke, Alex Knibbs, Steve Campion, Colm McGlade, John McFadzean and Avril Stringer.
  • The Area Directors – Mari Manning, Alun Rees, Charlie Corrigan, Darren Burnett, Donnacha Smyth, Helsa Giles, Rosario Walsh, Derry Butler, Michael Madigan, Marie McNamee, Chris McCabe, Laurence Kelly, Jim Keating, Loretto Kenny, Niamh Doherty, Ita Finnerty, Danny Banks, Jill Ming, Mish Barad, Ken MacKenzie, Thérèse Kinahan, Pat Coakley, Paul Gannon, Kevin McGill, Karen Bellerby, Ray Mitchell, Martin Harnor, Faye Ritchie, Wojciech Zujla, Martin Mansell, Binal Sawjani, Gareth Coghlan, Mairead Murphy, P.J. Claffey, Mary Burnham, Bobby Buckley, John Kelly, Lynn Gregory, Becky Pennington, Rumbi Chihoro, Shyamenda Purslow, Tina Norbury, Adrian Herbert, Helen Kelly, Phil Cooper and Neil Whitelaw.

Will I “heave a sigh” as I say goodbye? Of course, there will be a sigh of sadness that my year as District Director has ended. But it’s time to move on. I will step into the advisory role of Immediate Past District Director and will still be involved in various pursuits across the District. Outside of toastmasters I’m looking forward to spending more time with my 18 months old twin granddaughters and their 6 months old sister. I’m hoping my garden will be blooming beautifully by the end of the summer and in September I hope to go back to college.

Alfred Lord Tennyson said in Morte d’Arthur “the old order changeth, yielding place to new”. I wish the incoming team a very successful year and I look forward to working with them.

One of the current DLT members said to me recently “your year as District Director will play a big part in my activities in TM for years to come”. As I say, “so long, farewell”, I couldn’t ask for a better compliment.

Division and Area Director Training (DOT#1)

2019-2020 Division and Area Director Training (DOT#1)

Over the weekend 23-24th June District officers gathered for the first round of training. We currently have 210 active clubs arranged into 12 Division and 47 Areas. First to go were the Irish Divisions at the Carlton Airport Hotel on the Saturday followed by the Northern British Divisions at Manchester Hilton Airport Hotel on the Sunday


Divisions A, B, C, D, F, M, and J (blue in heart of Dublin)


Divisions E, G, H, N, and S from Northern Britain

Division and Area Director Training (DOT#1)A few take-outs

  • Remember the member -when members and guests flourish everything else follows
  • Excellence is build from the foundations up
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and convivially
  • It is a hobby -keep it fun
  • Excellence is the next five minutes…the next conversation…the next email… or it is nothing at all (Tom Peters)

June ’19 New Clubs

June '19 New Clubs

Welcome New Clubs

Congratulations to all involved

JTI Ireland

JTI Ireland (14) is a corporate club that chartered in Dublin on the 4th of June 2019. It is the fifth new club to charter in the Dublin area and is aligned into Division M Area 26. The two sponsors who helped get it started are 2018-19 Area Directors Mary F. Burnham (Area 5) and Bobby Buckley (Area 18 )and the two Mentors to help establish the club over then next 6-12 months are 2018-19 District Director Patricia O’Reilly and Christopher Werner

Birmingham New Street Speakers

Birmingham New Street Speakers (13) is a community club that chartered on the 22nd of May 2019 and aligned into Division E Area 39. 2018-29 Division E Director Andy Nichols and 2018-29 Area 42 Director Mish Barad were the club Sponsors with Tanya Barad and 2019-20 Area 42 Director Sanatan Shelat coming in as the Mentors

June ’19 Public Relations

June '19 Public Relations

Public Relations

Daniel Sandars, DTM District 71 Public Relations Manager

This is my 11th and final District Newsletter. It has been an incredible year and a great pleasure. I wish my successor Brenda Lannon as much fun and good fortune as I enjoyed.

A cast of hundreds have helped deliver this year’s newsletter and I thank you all. I’d like to specifically thank my regular newsletter contributors Ted Corcoran, Elizabeth Jordan, Sudha Mani, John Kendall, Alex Knibbs, and the District Leadership Team. Special mention goes to all 12 of the Division Directors; Phillip, Larry, Barry, Shaun, Andy, Pat, Alex, Steve, Colm, Teresa, John and Avril and their teams who each brought in such informative news.

This year we aimed to deliver the District Newsletter in both email pdf hard copy and online as socially shareable articles. It is a bit more work, but it gives the articles written by hardworking members far more utility and durability.

One area where that durability may pay off well are the educational collections of best practice case studies that were introduced to ease the burdens of writing content on the Division teams. I really enjoyed collating these and we covered Pathways (twice), Club Coaching, Public Relations, Speechcraft, Youth Leadership Program, Community outreach, New Club Building, and Membership Building strategies.

#ChantalCookePR

Chantal Cooke is a PR agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to promote an article a month to the national press. Last year the combined editorial value generated by this program was estimated at 0.55 million Euro (£0.5 million) with a combined readership of 40 million.

District 71 had a bumper year and put forward articles from nine members


September 2018 Sudha Mani
What to do when things go wrong with your presentation

http://bit.ly/2LlPQJr


October 2018 Richard Foster Fletcher
What to say to a staff member who’s done a terrible job

http://bit.ly/2J8rArC


November 2018 Vinette Hoffman Jackson
Ten of the best, unusual and most effective props

http://bit.ly/2IPRelM


December 2018 Karen O’Donnell 8 presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to close more deals/make more sales

http://bit.ly/2XyS12W

I’d like to thank all these splendid authors who have done such a magnificent job. Gordan Adam won the draw for a free #Norwich2019 conference ticket. Special grateful mention must go to Kit Cheng whose article How to build your confidence in public speaking proved a better fit in the District Newsletter.


February 2019 Gordan Adams How to create an attention-grabbing opening for your speech

http://bit.ly/2xjqHXm


May 2019 Jean Stewart How to add humour to your speech/presentation – even if you are not a comedian.

http://bit.ly/2WrHPsY


June 2019 Sam Warner Opening Doors – Top Ten Tips to Delegate Effectively.

http://bit.ly/2J8zC3K


Pending Rebecca Pepper How to use storytelling to ensure your message is remembered for a lifetime.


Pending Simon Day Empowering Others through Effective Feedback

#WowFactor Video

District 71 had one entry in this global initiative from Toastmasters International

Cranfield Speakers Club #WowFactor video. Based on the Moments of Truth club quality audit and part of International President Lark Dooley’s theme for 2019 at Toastmasters International #WeAreToastmasters

https://youtu.be/0DKkYSbqPhc


Cranfield’s Vice President of Public Relations Anita Devi accepts the District incentive Timing Lights


Timing Lights -Controls on the reverse