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 185 clubs and 4,300 members and 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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  • Vinette Hoffman Jackson, 2017 International Speech Contest Winner

    Vinette Hoffman Jackson, 2017 International Speech Contest Winner

  • Toastmasters

    Toastmasters

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.

Find a club.

Find a local club? Why not visit a club while on holidays?
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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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The September 2017 newsletter is here!

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The latest issue of the D71 newsletter includes:

  • reports from the International Convention in Vancouver
  • 9 lessons Vinette learned on her Road to Vancouver
  • news from Division M
  • how to run an Advanced Club
  • details of the Club Incentive Programme
  • your chance to perform stand-up comedy at the Steel City Conference on 3rd November. . . and more!

Click here to read the September 2017 issue of the newsletter! 

A Snapshot of the 86th International Convention in Vancouver

Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately from Rathfarnham Toastmasters attended the Vancouver conference

Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately from Rathfarnham Toastmasters attended the Vancouver conference

by Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately

As members of Rathfarnham Toastmasters our last attendance at the International Convention was in Calgary 2008 when we supported fellow club member Sultan Nazir who won the District 71 International Speech Contest and made it into the world semi-finals.  This year the combination of a visit to beautiful Vancouver and the Toastmasters annual conference drew us back to Canada so what was our experience of this year’s convention? Read More

9 Lessons I learnt on my Road to Vancouver 2017

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

By Vinette Hoffman-Jackson

On Saturday 13th May 2017, after months of competition, I was selected to represent District 71 (UK & Ireland) in the International Speech Contest in Vancouver, Canada, which was a dream come true. I somehow managed to retain a calm exterior whilst graciously accepting my trophy and giving my thank you speech although butterflies were doing somersaults in my stomach.

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Time is running out. . .

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Only five more days to achieve the Smedley Award and to encourage your members to pay their Dues Renewals.

The Toastmasters International website will be busy at the weekend so please don’t leave it to the last minute.

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D71 Toastmaster Steve Campion gets published in The Guardian!

Guardian newspaper story

Steve Campion’s article helps raise awareness of Toastmasters.

Delighted to report that an article by Steve Campion has been published in The Guardian newspaper!

Well done Steve! Here is a link.

Steve wrote the article to help raise awareness of Toastmasters, and it has been widely published. However the circulation of the Guardian means that many more people will find Steve’s advice after today!

Here’s a taste of what Steve wrote:

Want to win over an audience? How to improve your presentation skills

Whether the prospect of delivering a presentation fills you with excitement or dread, there are key steps to ensuring you make an impact

Presentations shouldn’t be just a set of bullet points on a screen. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore used presentation slides to provide a compelling argument to his audience. Your next business presentation may not win any awards, but there are things you can do to make an impact.

Remember, it’s not about you

There are many reasons why you would need to give a presentation: pitching for funding, building a business relationship or making a sale. However, the overall purpose of your presentation should always do one thing: provide something your audience needs. In his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes: “Begin with the end in mind”. Think about what you want the audience to do as a result of hearing your talk – whether it is to buy your product the next day or introduce you to their company’s senior decision-makers. . . . [continued at link]

 

Athlone is celebrating. . . and you’re invited!

Athlone Toastmasters is turning 30! All Toastmasters are invited to join the celebrations!

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Your invitation to the District 71 Steel City Conference

steel-logoYou are invited to the next District 71 Conference — the Steel City Conference — in Sheffield from 3rd to 5th November 2017.

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Calling all workshop presenters!

The “Dial-a-workshop” initiative is underway! 

Are you available to help clubs as a workshop presenter? Then get in touch!

Are you available to help clubs as a workshop presenter? Then get in touch!

As District 71 Program Quality Director, I am compiling a list of members who are ready, willing and able to deliver workshops on their specialist subjects at club, area, division and district level.

This list will be posted on the D71toastmasters.org website.  It will be emailed to all clubs and area and division directors and they will be encouraged to invite members from this list to deliver workshops at their clubs and events.

Remuneration:  none (we’re Toastmasters)

Expenses:  reasonable expenses will be reimbursed (petrol, train/bus fare, flight (cheap, no frills), overnight stay (if necessary)

Reward:  the satisfaction of bringing your workshop to members, especially those in remoter parts of the District.

If you are interested please send me your name, contact details and workshop title(s) and be a part of this new “Dial a Workshop” initiative.

For more information please contact me here.

–Patricia O’Reilly, Program Quality Director

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It’s dues renewal time!

Having been the President and Club Treasurer of several clubs more than once I understand the challenges of getting dues in on time. 
I also believe that Treasurers are often the “unsung heroes” of our clubs.  Particularly at this important time of the year.
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Treasurers and all other officers have a key role to play in encouraging members to renew their membership, and demonstrating that toastmasters membership is great value for money.
 
Here are some tips:
 
1.  If the club can afford it offer a 10% discount for early payment.
2.  Send out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final reminder emails.
3.  Also remind members that they can only compete in contests if they are “a member in good standing” and that there is no grace period. 
4.  In your reminder emails name and thank those that have paid and you may also want to list those still to pay.
5.  Thank those that have paid for helping the club to achieve one of its DCP goals.
6.  It’s also all about membership retention, work with your VP Membership and other officers to encourage renewals from members that you have not seen for a while.
7.  Some clubs use monthly standing orders to help members to spread the cost.
 
Also take a look at Monzo – a free debit card preloaded from your club bank account to pay Toastmasters International dues.         
 
I’m offering a gift of TI shop items to any clubs who manage to get 80% or more of
their members to pay before the deadline.
 
Don’t forget that the dues deadline is the end of September so think about sending out reminders and paying TI dues now – please don’t leave it to the last minute.    
 
Please help your Club, your Area, your Division and District to achieve their membership payment goals.                                 
 
If you have any other great ideas please let me know.
— John Cox, Club Growth Director

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September is Smedley Award season

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Only One Month Left to Achieve the Smedley Award and More!

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