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Fall to Winter 2019 Results

#FalltoWinter2019 #WeAreToastmasters #WhereLeadersAreMade

by Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director

It gives me great pleasure to announce the Fall to Winter membership incentives (see charts below). In total we recruited 316 new dual or reinstated member during November and December at a time of year when festivities abound, and roads can be foggy and icy. It is really encouraging to see the clubs that have coaches, Cashel, Dundee, and Cornerstone, share in the glory. Long may that continue.

Google Phonic, in Division M Area 18, grew 500% from 10 members on the 1st of July to 50 today, adding 46 in November and December, having lost 6 during the autumn renewals. Google Phonics’ performance pushed Division M and Area 18 to the top of the pile for best performing Division and Area –almost. In the last half of December Division H edged ahead to end up a best performing Division with 53 new members on a membership base of 428 members compared to 59 new members on a base of 488 members in Division M. Three of Division H’s Areas, H14, H20, and H44, finished in the Top 5 Areas and four of their clubs finishing with five or more new members with two leading the table on 7. Not to be outdone Area H32’s Coached Cornerstone Advanced Toastmasters Communicators added 2 new members to gain an incentive. A fantastic all-round performance in H.

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Forthcoming Club Growth and Membership Incentives in the third quarter 2019-20:

  1. The worldwide Talk Up Toastmasters membership campaign though February and March.
  2. A semi-annual dues renewal campaign.
  3. A club chartering Incentive.

Webinar: How to promote your club and get new members

Members of the District Leadership Team, John Cox, District Director, Gerard Mannix, Program Quality Director, Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director and I will be holding a panel discussion on topics relating to Public Relations and Membership Growth and Retention, and Enhancing the Guest/Member experience.

Resources

4) Well worth checking D69 Club Growth Director Mark Snow’s resources

beautiful step by step resources

5) Free Marketing fliers from TI Website. Search resource libraries for more

https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/resource-library?t=marketing

Webinar: District 71 Leadership

On this webinar, District Leadership Chair and Past District Director, Kevin Lee discusses Toastmasters leadership opportunities beyond the club, highlighting the benefits, rewards and challenges that District Leadership brings. He believes that every toastmaster has more to gain from serving their fellow members. In addition, Kevin will demystify the process for becoming a District Leader.

Call for District Leader Nominations 2020-2021
To:   All Members
Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2020-2021?  The first call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 is Wednesday 15th January 2020.

To find out more, on Sunday the 8th December at 8.00pm there will be a webinar run by District Leadership Committee Chair, Kevin Lee, DTM, Past District Director. Registration details to follow. Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to support our clubs and fellow members, and further develop your communication and leadership skills.  Leadership roles can be challenging, but they are rewarding and a further opportunity to learn and grow.   The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of: District Director Program Quality Director Club Growth Director Public Relations Manager Division Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, M, N and S) There have been some key changes this year to Protocol 9.0 particularly regarding floor candidates.   
For more details and the critical deadlines please click on the links below: District Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities For further information about these roles, please refer to the District Leadership Handbook and the District Administrative Bylaws, Article VII: Officers in the Toastmasters International Governing Documents. See the Toastmasters International Website for the Elections Toolkit. First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 by Wednesday 15th January 2020. If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork: District Leader Nominating Form From the candidate themselves:
Officer Agreement and Release Statement
Candidate Application Form
Both Submissions should be made to the District Leadership Committee Chair – Past District Director, Kevin Lee, DTM at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.comDeadline for candidates to declare intent to run is: Wednesday 15th January 2020.
After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate.  
The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2020, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2020, when voting will take place.  Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Kevin Lee at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.com

Webinar: Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations

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

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

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

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

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.


8th January 2019

https://neconnected.co.uk/giving-and-receiving-empowering-feedback-at-work/

NE Connected has a large audience of businesses/business people. And approximately 266k monthly website impressions.

22nd December 2019

Simon’s article which was in the print magazine is now online.

Readership: 42k pm

3rd December 2019

http://entrepreneurandinvestor.com/tips-for-entrepreneurs-on-delivering-and-receiving-empowering-feedback/

E&I is aimed at super High Net Worths and Ultras, plus successful entrepreneurs living the life of their dreams on their own terms, and also those who may just be embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, but still aim high and have a strong desire for the finer things in life.

Combined audience/circulation: 240k

November 2019

The HR Director issue 181 has published an article from Simon.

You can view a pdf here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wsi5qtcmr9j551s/HR%20Director%202019%2011%20issue%20181.pdf?dl=0

The magazine goes to HR Directors and their departments across the country.

Readership: 20k+

Dealer Support Magazine – November 2019 ‘Final Say’ page 49, and on contents page 4

https://flickread.com/edition/html/5ddd0936222f1#49

Readership of the magazine is 15k

21 November 2019

For women who mean business, Network She provides to a wide range of resources for business owners from experts in this country and beyond.

Readership: 18k

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

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.

26th November 2019


For women who mean business, Network She provides to a wide range of resources for business owners from experts in this country and beyond.

Readership: 18k

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…

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.