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.

Welcome
  • Ashleigh Tobin, International Speech Contest Winner 2019-20
  • Hannah Spencer, Humorous Speech Contest Winner 2019-20
Latest News

Latest News

Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Calendar

Calendar

Find out about all the important upcoming events
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Find a club

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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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Beat the Clock 2020 – The final week

#WeAreToastmasters Beat The Clock

The 30th of June is fast approaching.

How have we got on with the challenge of recruiting five or more new, dual or reinstated members between 1st of May 2020 and 30th of June 2020?

We’ve seen an amazing performance from coached clubs with three beating the clock and a further five doing enough for recognition from District 71. Well done all involved

Of the non coached clubs One has so far beaten the clock – Newbridge (Plain speakers of old) with 7 new, dual or reinstated members. Seven clubs are so close with four! Fantastic efforts – thank you

The Top 10 Areas supporting membership growth in May and June- smashing effort all

The Top 5 Divisions supporting membership growth in May and June – Very well done with your leadership

Click here to see the prizes that are offer to winners:

Club Growth Incentives

Enhanced Club Officer Training Summer 2020

Club Officer Training Word Art

Promote the Toastmasters promise

Congratulations on your election to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021! We are thrilled to be working together.

Club Officer Training Word ArtEffective training for club officers is one of the most critical parts of delivering our mission to our members. Without properly trained officers, clubs cannot meet members’ needs or introduce the benefits of Toastmasters to others. Club officer training is also vital means to leadership development.

This year how District 71 delivers training has changed as we prevail over the challenges of the novel Coronavirus. This year we are offering for, the first time, a District wide Club Officer Training (COT) on the 4th of July and then to provide flexibility and choice a set of officer training sessions will be held that are coordinated by our twelve Division Directors and their Areas.

Saturday 4th of July 2020 is FULL

Watch this space in the next day or so for the details of further Club Officer training offers led by our Divisions. This list will grow

On the recommendation of Toastmasters International we have adopted for online training a format based on concurrent training with parallel sessions. This format is known as a Toastmaster Leadership Institute or TLI. A TLI offers you choice about which elective sessions to attend for your leadership development. They are increasingly popular around the world.

What to expect? A scene setting opening followed by three rounds of concurrent training with breaks followed by concluding activities.

Agenda (comfort stops between)

  • 9:30-10:00 Registration
  • 10:00-10:25 Opening and Scene setting
  • 10:35-11:35 Concurrent training round 1
  • 11:45-12:45 Concurrent training round 2
  • 13:30-14:30 Concurrent training round 3
  • 14:40-15:10 Wrap up session and close

*Note that Toastmasters International minimum recommended officer training is five hours (allowing for breaks), but we have trimmed it back to four hours to allow for zoom fatigue and will offer a regular program of optional training through the year in compensation.

Final agenda and schedule Click to download 2020-07-04 District 71 Enhanced Club Officer Training Agenda

Training credit for the Distinguished Club Program

Club officers attending the full day should train for their forthcoming role plus their choice of two other modules to earn their Club a credit towards the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). The only incoming officers who can claim training credit are President, VP Education, VP Membership, VP Public Relation, Treasurer, Secretary, and Sergeant at Arms. Assistants and those interested in club leadership are more than welcome to attend for their own benefit.

There will be ample further opportunities to train for DCP credit led be Divisions or Areas.

Register in advance for this meeting: CLOSED

The curriculum

Club Officers deliver the Toastmasters International Club Mission: “We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth”

We will help you deliver that by addressing three key questions:

  1. What is my role?
  2. Why is my role important?
  3. How can I do my role well -what are the best practices?

We are including generous facilitation activities and brainstorming because in the year ahead members, officers, and their clubs face uncertainty around roles and functions and need innovative thinking and idea.

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Good reason to renew! #WeAreToastmasters

On the 30th of June the Pathways extension expires for those members yet to renew. 6th of May Announcement  #WeAreToastmasters

  1. The dues split over 26 meeting a year are equivalent to a snack of a couple of 400g punnets of strawberries or raspberries
  2. In contrast a one-day professional workshop would start in the hundreds and be forgotten faster than the strawberries.
  3. Historically, Toastmasters International’s membership has grown faster in times of economic down turn as more of us invest in skills to get us ahead in the job market or to compete to hold on to our job.
  4. The dues are invested to fulfill Toastmasters International Mission “We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders” which is to help you and I
  5. As the saying goes for a rising star if you want to see a change you need to put in ‘some change’
  6. This is an unprecedented time to enjoy global fellowship afforded by 70% of all clubs and events now being online. I had a great time attending a passionate bilingual meeting of 8 Colombian clubs involving 80-90 members. I came away with 3-4 great ideas to try at my home club

2.75 million Toastmasters got stuck straight into online meetings. If your club isn’t online and you can’t find a club to renew at then find one online and ask to transfer in until September. Use Toastmasters International Find-A-Club, filter for those online and reach out to a few clubs that look right. https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club

Here is Hadir’s Why – What’s yours?

https://youtu.be/a0ilrDBFyEU

Where Leaders Area Made Challenge (16 April-30th April 2020)

#WhereLeadersAreMade dues Incentive

Toastmasters International extended the spring dues renewal period to 30th April to allow for the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. To inspire that final renewals-drive to return clubs to good standing, before 1st of May, the successful Clubs went into a draw:

  • The first Five will receive a “Where Leaders Are Made” T-Shirt (ordered to size, range 3XL to Small), and
  • The next Twenty will receive a “Where Leaders Are Made” pin badge.

Congratulation to the 49 clubs returned to good standing in the period. These are the five clubs drawing a T-Shirt,

Division

Area

Club Name

City

J

2

Dublin Club

Dublin

N

48

Advanced Orators

Manchester

A

3

McAfee Toastmasters Cork

Cork

M

18

Hellfire Club

Dublin 4

M

54

Salesforce Dublin Toastmasters

Dublin

and these are the twenty clubs drawing a pin badge

Division

Area

Club Name

City

M

54

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Toastmasters

Dublin

M

18

Engineers Club

Dublin 4

E

39

Walsall Speakers

Walsall

A

3

Cork East Toastmasters

Cork

F

9

Mullingar Toastmasters Club

Mullingar

A

11

Bantry Toastmasters Club

Bantry

N

21

Sheffield Speakers

Sheffield

B

24

Nenagh Club

Nenagh

J

57

Irish Life Toastmasters

Dublin

S

33

Dunfermline Toastmasters

Dunfermline

F

9

Tullamore Toastmasters Club

Tullamore

C

19

Almac Craigavon Toastmasters

Craigavon

J

7

Cogito

Dublin

D

28

Clane Toastmasters

Clane

S

30

Waverley Communicators

Edinburgh

F

38

Public Speakers Sligo

Sligo

N

31

Liverpool City Toastmasters

Liverpool

S

33

Stirling Speakers

Stirling

A

49

VMWARE Toastmasters

Cork

F

4

Talk Club @ Letterkenny

Letterkenny

DISTRICT OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS 2020-21

DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TEAM

DISTRICT DIRECTOR: GERARD MANNIX

PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR: DANIEL SANDARS

CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR: BRENDA LANNON

PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: ELIZABETH JORDAN

DIVISION DIRECTORS

DIVISION A: PAUL O’MAHONY

DIVISION B: SEAN DWAN

DIVISION C: MARIAN BRENNAN

DIVISION D: SUMESH KUMAR

DIVISION E: JAMES HURFORD

DIVISION F: ROB PARTRIDGE

DIVISION G: PAIGE SKELTON

DIVISION H: VINETTE HOFFMAN-JACKSON

DIVISION J: MICHAEL MAY

DIVISION M: PHILIP O’CALLAGHAN

DIVISION N: LIZ WELCH

DIVISON S: WILL FEEK

English – Open House Public Speaking Meeting

#WeAreToastmasters Open House Public Speaking Meeting

Why do you need to be a good public speaker?

“Does oratory help me advance in my career?”
“How do I know my presentation is impactful before I show up with it in front of my boss?”
“Is there a secret recipe for those who excel in “Public Speaking”?”
“I’m looking for a public speaking course to help me get over my emotions and learn the basics – do you know any?”
“How can I give feedback without the other person taking it personally?”

You’ve probably heard many such questions? There have been times when at least one of them has crossed your mind.

You are invited to this special meeting, where you will

  • receive practical techniques for delivering a speech
  • see a speech by a champion speaker & evaluate to see its strengths
  • see the application of motivational evaluation & feedback techniques gain insight into the power of words & rhetoric
  • take part in impromptu speaking .

You will get answers to your questions.
You’ll meet people from all over the world.
You’ll see how public speaking can become fun. You’ll realise your feelings about making presentations easily be transformed.

It’ll be 90 minutes in English. It’s free via the Internet. Afterwards you’re invited to stay on for a “glass” of informal chat with our team. Having Confidence to speak with Influence – we invite you to a Zoom meeting. When: May 19, 2020 @5pm Dublin & London Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcO6vpj4pHtLLtIwqkGCo1OyEwkwHnR4S

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email telling you how to join the meeting. This is part of a series of events across Europe dedicated to people who want to learn to love public speaking – and how to do it brilliantly.

About Toastmasters International:
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
An online meeting to develop your public speaking skills, meet new friends all over Europe and practice your second language. Organised by Toastmasters in Europe.

Anthony Garvey #ChantalCookePR

Anthony Garvey #ChantalCookePR


The Myths of Public Speaking and Presenting

Have you asked colleagues and friends for advice on public speaking and presenting?  I have and some have been useful but much of advice has been not so great.  You may have had the same experience!

In this article we’ll look at the ‘not so great advice’, debunking twelve myths and pointing out some pitfalls you can avoid when you have a speech or presentation to give.

Anthony Garvey of Tralee Toastmasters Club

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.


March 2020

NE Connected

https://neconnected.co.uk/ten-myths-of-public-speaking-and-presenting/

NE Connected has a large audience of businesses/business people and the general public so it has an ideal audience for TMI.

Readership: 266k per month. 

Bytestart

Bytestart provides information and support for small businesses and startups:  “Helping over half a million start-ups every year”

It has an audience with many potential TM members.

Monthly readership: 100k

Belfast News Letter

Anthony’s article  was in the Belfast News Letter, a daily newspaper – an excellent publication for TM to be in.

You can view a pdf of the article here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbzlnieb9rf5mps/NEWS%20LETTER%2018th%20Feb%2020%20p37.pdf?dl=0

Readership: 35.5k

February 2020

We are UMi

https://www.weareumi.co.uk/news/sectors/business-services/11-business-presenting-and-public-speaking-myths

The We are UMi website is a Business to Business site (formerly called Business Quarter). It provides information and advice covering a wide range of business issues. It has 52,827 unique users pm.

bbpMedia

https://www.bbpmedia.co.uk/business-insights/professionalservices/ten-myths-of-public-speaking-and-presenting.html

This is a Midlands based is a business to business website, helping business owners make the right connections and gaining insight in to running their businesses.  The site will have readers for whom a Toastmasters club will be very useful!

Readership: 40k per month.

LID Publishing

LID Publishing is an international business book publisher, with an associated website that hosts thought leadership articles from leading business people. Every article they publish on their site is also promoted via their social media.

It has also been put on their Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/lidpublishing/status/1230470909380775936  and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lidpublishing

The Recruiter

https://www.recruiter.co.uk/advice/2020/02/presenting-myths-recruiters-should-ignore

This is a leading publication for the recruitment industry.

Readership: 48k+ per month

Herts Business Independent pages 16 and 17

http://www.businessindependent.co.uk/digital_issue/issue_76/html5forpc.html?page=0

This is the leading Business-to-Business publication for Hertfordshire which is delivered in print and digital formats. The magazine is delivered monthly to key decision makers across the county including all the leading CEOs.  It is also distributed at Business Centre, meeting and conference facilities, hotels, golf clubs and railway stations.

Readership:  55k pm

Kent Business Radio

https://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/myths/

This website has a large audience of businesses/business people.

Readership: 178k per week

The editor has also posted the article on

http://www.businesskent.co.uk/

Indezine

https://blog.indezine.com/2020/02/myths-of-public-speaking-debunked.html

This is a specialist website focused on presenting.

Readership: 10k pm

Simon Day (2nd article) #ChantalCookePR

Simon Day #ChantalCookePR

How to Engage Others: The Art of Effective Online Communication

In the current environment huge numbers of us have been compelled to revise the way we work and move our meetings, coaching, mentoring, teaching or presentations to an online setting. I am one such person and have learned some valuable lessons as I have conducted meetings and coaching online. In this offering, I will share things I have learned to help you make your online communications more impactful.

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.


May 2020

Bytestart provides information and support for small businesses and startups so it has an excellent audience for Toastmasters.  Their tagline is:  “Helping over half a million start-ups every year”

Monthly readership: 100k

May 2020

The Negotiator is a leading publication in this sector and it readers are Residential Negotiators/Estate Agents. “It is the only trade magazine reaching the entire UK residential agency market.”

The Negotiator, May 2020 edition, page 26 and contents page 4

You can see the digital edition here:

https://flickread.com/edition/html/free/5eac56cb9cce7#26

https://flickread.com/edition/html/free/5eac56cb9cce7#4

Readership: 60k

29th April 2020

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.

Readership: 70k pm

24th April 2020

Blogging community world is primarily focused on business and technology and encourages community discussions.

https://bloggingcommunityworld.com/t/how-to-make-the-most-of-technology-and-communicate-effectively-online/319804

This site is part of Business Computing World which has a readership of 475k+

24th April 2020

Small Business Insider is a specialist website for small business owners with a focus on supporting business success and the financial aspects of business.  Readership: tbc

23rd April 2020

Business Bunker Radio. This website has a large audience of businesses/business people.

https://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/online-communication/

Readership: 178k per week.

22nd April 2020

Indezine.com is a website focusing on presentations and slides. It publishes articles on all aspects of public speaking and presenting.

It has a monthly readership of 380,000.

17th April 2020

16th April

The We are UMi website is a site for businesses and business  people (formerly called Business Quarter). It provides information and advice covering a wide range of relevant issues.

https://www.weareumi.co.uk/news/sectors/business-services/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-online-communication

Readership:  52,827 pm.

Scratch is the leading UK publication for Nail Professionals.  “Scratch enjoys global recognition for its stunning visuals, trusted content and relentless passion to inform and inspire the nail professional both in print and online.”  With an audience including many business owners this is an excellent place to be published.

https://www.scratchmagazine.co.uk/feature/beauty-nail-clients-social-media-video/

Readership: 45k+ pm.

Feb 2020 New District 71 Webinars up on YouTube

#WeAreToastmasters Webinars

We are very fortunately able to add three new webinars to our District YouTube channel this month on Club Coaching, Pathways and Training the Trainers

Rebuilding a Struggling Club

Presented by Club Extension Chair Zain Ul Abidin, DTM.
Intended for all the current and potential future club coaches as well as officers of struggling clubs.

Pathways for Club Officers

Hosted by District 71 Pathways Chair Tanya Barad

Training the Trainer Toastmasters District 71

Presented by Program Quality Director Gerard Mannix and District Director John Cox

Jan 2020 Club Growth – Welcome and Spring Incentives

#ClubGrowthSpring2020

Welcome to our newest clubs

#ClubGrowthSpring2020 Over the festive season and into January 2020 we have add three more clubs: (See below)

  • Chelmsford City Communicators in Area G1, sponsored by Karen Bellerby, ACS, ALB and Julie E. Kenny, LD2 and mentored by Derrick S. Trimble, DTM
  • The Wests Awake Toastmasters Club in Area F27, sponsored by Dolores Brady, ACS, ALB and Seamus Gallagher, ACS, ALB and mentored by Pat Croke, DTM and Paul Gannon, ACG, ALB
  • Almac Craigavon Toastmasters in Area C19, sponsored by Nathan David Kohner, ACS, ALB

My heartiest congratulations to all involved and to the District 71 Marketing Team, especial Club Extension Chair M. Zain Ul Abidin, DTM

#ClubGrowthSpring2020

How are We Doing?

These ten new clubs bring the District’s total to 215 Clubs in good standing from a total of 220 Club which is a net growth of five clubs (table below). This is a good rate of growth placing us 2nd from 8 in Europe and joint 11th from 120 in the world. If we lose no clubs during the spring renewals it will be enough to gain Distinguished District recognition for Club Growth.

20th Jan club status

Corporate

Community

Total

Last Year (base)

28

182

210

New Chartered clubs

4

6

10

Less
Suspended clubs

0

0

0

Low (<=8 members)

-1

0

-1

Ineligible (<= 3 renewals)

0

0

0

Renewals not here

-3

-1

-4

Total Paid Clubs

28

187

215

Our Goals

Distinguished

Select

President’s

Smedley

Clubs

214

217

221

227

Spring Incentives

Calling all club builders, challenge seekers and service leadership aficionados# #Incentives for the spring quarter! Let’s get building. Drop Club Extension Chair M Zain Ul Abidin (Click To Email Zain) a line for great tips and teamwork. #WhereLeadersAreMade
#WeAreToastmasters

#ClubGrowthSpring2020