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Out with the old, in with the new: A new year in Toastmasters

It’s the 1st of July and this ushers in a new year for us in Toastmasters. So it’s out with the old, and give a warm welcome to your new District Officers in District 71. Here are photos from District Officer Training in Ireland and England. Recognise anyone? 

District Officer Training in England, June 2018

The final D71 newsletter of this Toastmaster year

June 2018 D71 newsletter

Here it is folks, the final newsletter of our Toastmaster year.

There are lots of interviews, Travelling Toastie winners (some pictured above), and news from across the District and Division G, our guest editors.

Enjoy!

–Laura Bruce, PR Manager

PS As I and a number of District Officers are completing our terms today, just a quick ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the newsletters this year. Your contributions have been very much appreciated by me!

May the newsletter be with you!

Herewith, the D71 May newsletter!

All the news from the SafeHaven 2019 conference, news from the District Council meeting, and most of all, lots of updates from our feature division this month, Division A.

Division A Director Ted Mellamphy has put together a bumper issue, and I am sure you will enjoy!

Let me know what you think — your feedback is always welcomed.

–Laura Bruce, D71 PR Manager

PS Here’s some photos from the conference to whet your appetite for Norwich in 2019!

 

 

Evaluation Contest: 2018 District 71

Pat Sexton from Division B (centre) with Contest Chair Helen Tait and District Director Red Skelton

The winner of today’s 2018 Evaluation Contest is Pat Sexton from Division B.

In second place was Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C. Third place went to Richard Foster Fletcher, from Division H.

Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C came second in the Evaluation Contest.

 

Entitled “Why you must neglect the housework”, the Test Speech was given by the District 71 Public Relations Manager, Laura Bruce.

Winner of the 2018 District 71 International Speech Contest

With her speech entitled “DOB’s Army”, Deirdre Linehan is the winner of the 2018 International Speech Contest. She will go on to represent District 71 Toastmasters at the World Championship of Public Speaking in August in Chicago.

In second place was Anne Dooley with “Take that Chance”. Third place was John Duncan with “Dream the Possible Dream”.

From left: Anne Dooley, 2nd place; John Duncan, 3rd place, and winner of the International Speech Contest, Deirdre Linehan.

District Council Meeting 12th May 2018

Update from the District Council meeting:

Incoming District Director Patricia O’Reilly and PQD John Cox

The incoming District Director is Patricia O’Reilly (2018-19)

The incoming Program Quality Director is John Cox (2018-19)

Gerard Mannix was elected Club Growth Director.

Daniel Sandars was elected Public Relations Manager.

Division A: Maura Meeney was acclaimed.

Division B: Larry Lyons was acclaimed.

Division C: Barry Lane was acclaimed.

Division D: Shaun Durkin was acclaimed.

Division E: Andy Nichols was acclaimed.

Division F: Pat Croke was elected.

Division G: Alex Knibbs was acclaimed.

Division H: Steve Campion was elected.

Division S: Avril Stringer was acclaimed.

Their term will commence 1st July 2018.

Motions:

  1. The Realignment Committee’s recommendations for new boundaries was approved.
  2. On the motion for future contests, Option 3 was approved: all 4 contests will be held at District Conference each year.
  3. Motion: From 1 July 2018, Area Directors in District 71 will be appointed by the District Director through a nominations committee: the motion was defeated.

18 Clubs have already achieved President’s Distringuished Status.

There are 22 DTMs this year, and 22 members have achieved a Triple Crown.

Killarney will host the 2020 District 71 Conference.

Contestants’ Briefing has been moved to Harbour 10.

 

 

Oh no! The last Safe Haven Newsletter update!

Can you believe it?? Just hours to go before it starts!

This is the final Safe Haven 2018 Conference Newsletter — and I nearly missed it in my email!

Safe travels everyone!

Safe Haven 2018 – NewsLetter No 5!

7 sleeps to go! Second-last Safe Haven newsletter!

On behalf of the conference team, it’s my pleasure to share the 4th edition of the Safe Haven conference newsletter: SafeHaven2018 conference newsletter, No. 4 – click the highlighted text to open the PDF.

Happy reading, and I hope to see you there!

Laura Bruce

D71 Public Relations Manager

 

Leadership Tips from Toastmasters International

A woman speaking to a groupOne of the most important elements of leadership is the ability to motivate people. Without motivation, even the most skilled team of seasoned professionals is unlikely to achieve great things. A highly motivated group of talented people, on the other hand, can move mountains!

While it’s true that motivating people involves more than just changing the way you speak, here are some guidelines you can follow to help build team motivation with only your words and your voice.

Leadership tips

  1. Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is contagious! Before you present your ideas, think about the aspects of the subject that you find the most interesting, and don’t be afraid to let that interest come through in your voice.
  2. Use quotes, stories and anecdotes. Along with their obvious entertainment value, quotes and stories can lend authority to your topic and provide concrete examples that people can relate to.
  3. Speak with confidence. Deliver your message loud and clear. Maintain eye contact with your listeners. Don’t mumble or slouch.
  4. Say you and we, not I and me. Instead of telling people what you want them to do, present ways for them to work together to achieve their goals. Involve listeners in the success of the group.
  5. Keep it simple. People aren’t motivated by what you say; they’re motivated by what they understand. The best way to ensure audience understanding is to break down complex ideas into simple components.

Visit a local Toastmasters meeting

There are clubs all over the world! In the UK and Ireland there are more than 600 clubs. Each club has a different personality—you may wish to visit more than one. Use the ‘Find a Club’ tool on the Toastmasters Web site to find meetings near you: www.toastmasters.org/findaclub. You may want to call or e-mail ahead of time to confirm meeting time and location.

10 proven public speaking tips

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial. But too much nervousness can be detrimental. So here’s some FREE TIPS! 🙂

These are 10 proven tips from Toastmasters International. These tips will help you control your butterflies and give better presentations.

  1. Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language—that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
  2. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
  3. Know that audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
  4. Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  5. Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
  6. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
  7. Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you.
  8. Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem—the audience probably never noticed it.
  9. Concentrate on the message– not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
  10. Gain experience. Mainly, your speech should represent you—as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. Your local Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment.

Visit a local Toastmasters meeting

Each club has a different personality. Because of this, you may wish to visit more than one. Use the ‘Find a Club’ tool on the Toastmasters Web site to find a Toastmasters meeting near you: www.toastmasters.org/findaclub. It may be a good idea to call or e-mail in advance to confirm the meeting time and location.