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#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


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

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.

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

13th November 2019

Entrepreneur & Investor Issue 14, (pages 78–79)

Since being published on the Entrepreneur and Investor website Simon’s article has also be published in their glossy print magazine and its digital edition.  They are both distributed to their High Net Worth, Ultra HNW, investor and entrepreneur audience and the print editions are also made  available at selected City corporates, airline lounges, members’ clubs etc.

The combined readership for the magazines is 240+k.

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

13th November 2019

Since being published on the Entrepreneur and Investor website Rebecca’s article has also be published in their glossy print magazine and its digital edition.  They are both distributed to their High Net Worth, Ultra HNW, investor and entrepreneur audience and the print editions are also made  available at selected City corporates, airline lounges, members’ clubs etc.

The combined readership for the magazines is 240+k

Entrepreneur & Investor Issue 14:

How Entrepreneurs can use Storytelling to Make a Message Stick

Pages 32–33

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

Sam Warner #ChantalCookePR

Opening Doors – Top Ten Tips to Delegate Effectively.

Why have a dog and bark yourself?  You might have heard of this expression – and it’s certainly true.  The trick is to find the balance between delegating effectively and becoming Teflon-coated and not doing any of the work yourself.

#ChantalCookePR Sam Warner
Sam Warner DTM, Shropshire Speakers

Sam Warner is a Communication Specialist and works with global leaders across multiple industries to help Autistic people into work and at work to achieve recognition, respect and understanding.

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.


October 2019

Education Executive, October 2019, pages 44-45.

https://flickread.com/edition/html/5da579abd6bef#44

Education Executive is carefully targeted to benefit the key decision makers across England’s 24,317 state schools and academies.

Readership: 24k

4th October 2019

NEconnected: Readership: 266k

August 2019

Dealer Support, September 2019 edition has the interview with Sam on pages 18-19.

You can see the digital edition here:

http://flickread.com/edition/html/5d65426529bba#18

Readership: 12k

14th August 2019

ByteStart Readership:  100k per month – small businesses and startups.

25th July 2019

Executive Secretary is put together in the aim of enabling career secretaries to develop both knowledge and skills. It aims to bring together a global network of senior and aspiring administrative professionals to discuss and share best practice.

The editor said regarding sharing the link:

This article first appeared in Executive Secretary Magazine, a global training publication and must read for any administrative professional. You can get a 30% discount on an individual subscription when you subscribe through me. Email subscriptions@executivesecretary.com and tell them I sent you.

Please include @lucybrazier in your tweets.

Readership: 15k+

18th July 2019

“10 Tips to delegating effectively.”

https://www.ceo-review.com/2019-10-tips-to-delegating-effectively

Al Global Media aims to offer the very latest insights, interviews and profiles of Chief Executive Officers from across the corporate landscape.

Readership: 60k pm

15th July 2019

Your article “Eight tips to improve your delegating” has been published by Supply Management

https://www.cips.org/en/supply-management/opinion/2019/july/eight-tips-to-improve-your-delegating/

Supply Management is the official media outlet of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). It is the home of all the latest news, information, analysis, jobs and thought leadership for procurement & supply chain professionals.

Readership: 87k pm

12th July 2019

https://www.shareradio.co.uk/podcasts/share-radio-interview-leadership-and-delegation-at-work-12-jul-19/PodcastPlayer

Share Radio is a national business radio station with 35k listeners.

27 June 2019

http://entrepreneurandinvestor.com/how-entrepreneurs-can-delegate-successfully/

Entrepreneur & Investor is aimed at super HNW [High Net Worth]s 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. 
Readership online; 40k per month

LID Radio 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

17 June 2019

Indezine Readership 10k

14 June 2019

Tips to help you delegate well and empower your team

https://dealersupport.co.uk/tips-to-help-you-delegate-well-and-empower-your-team/

Dealer Support: Readership 12k

Guest Division B (South West Ireland)

By Barry Lyons, Division B Director

Hello fellow toastmasters. You are very welcome to Division B guest contribution to this Month’s D71 magazine. I had the great honour of attending the D71 Conference in Norwich which took place recently. What a wonderful occasion it was and congratulations to all involved in running a super conference. Well done to the local Norwich club and the district leadership team in producing a wonderful event. Our division B contestants Jane Sheehan and Pat Sexton did their families, clubs, areas and division proud. They surely gave their personal best performances on stage and I am very proud of them as our Division B representatives. I had the privilege of interviewing the candidates during the candidate showcase and I also had the honour of being contest chair for the Humorous speech final. The power of the toastmasters’ programme helped me to perform this role and I am living proof that anything is possible once you put your mind to it.

Division B straddles most of the province of Munster in the South West of Ireland comprising counties Kerry, Cork (North of the river Blackwater), Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. Noted for its tradition in Irish folk music, and with many ancient castles and monasteries in the province, Munster is a tourist’s paradise destination. Of course, rugby has also put the province on the map and hopefully this will continue.

The Division is divided into 4 areas:

  • Area 13 – Shannon, Raheen, Kilrush and Ennis. Area Director Donnacha Smyth.
  • Area 17 – Fermoy, Failte, Speak Easy. Area Director Helsa Giles.
  • Area 24 – Limerick, Nenagh, Thomond, Killaloe, Roscrea. Area Director Rose Walsh.
  • Area 36 – Tralee, Killarney, West Limerick, Listowel, Dell, Fexco. Area Director Derry Butler.

Listowel has just chartered this year and I spent a wonderful evening in their company last Friday night the 3rd of May as they celebrated this great achievement. Home of the late great playwriter JB Keane Listowel should thrive as a Toastmasters club due to the natural talent that I witnessed on Friday. More on this below from the clubs VPPR Tom Dillon.

All clubs are trying their best to keep toastmasters alive in their area and it can be difficult at times to keep the momentum going especially if you lose some members. There is a lot of transition nowadays in the work scene and this can be felt when it comes to membership retention. The decline in rural population is also posing difficulties as is the new Pathways programme. Clubs might struggle to reach goal targets for the next year or so while the transition takes place. Tom O Keeffe President of the Limerick club has put a lot of work into promoting Pathways. We also held area information nights between clubs with members bringing along their laptops and going through the process live. This was very helpful to members.

However, there are ways to enhance recruitment of members and word of mouth is probably one of the best ways to do so. Another great way to spread the word is the youth leadership programme. See below the article from the Nenagh club in relation to this. Nenagh is one of the top clubs in the Division now and I’m sure they are getting a spin off from all their hard work.

At this stage of the season I would ask all clubs to take stock of where their club is at right now and consider the following: Is your club in good standing, are you fulfilling the toastmaster promise and mission, are you doing everything possible to promote the benefits of toastmasters and opening your club’s doors to the possibility of recruiting new members. Are you looking to put a strong executive in place and shake things up a little so that each member gets a chance to grow and develop?

Is there an element of – all is fine, we have adequate members, we have a cosy set up, we don’t want to change the present situation.

New members bring energy to a club and it is important that we all do our best to reach out to the huge potential of possible members that reside in and around our clubs.

Two very successful Divisional Contests were held over the year and a very high standard was witnessed by all who attended. Toastmasters is playing a huge part in developing our members in their public speaking, presenting, creativity and excellent leadership skills development. It was great to have Brenda Lannon and Daniel Sandars along as District representatives at our contest Finals.

Listowel Toastmasters raise a toast to their new club

By Tom Dillon, VPPR

Listowel Toastmasters held a charter dinner on Friday May 3rd to celebrate its establishment as a new Toastmasters club.

The charter dinner was attended by over 30 people including members of Listowel Toastmasters and friends from other clubs in Killarney, Tralee, West Limerick and Shannon.

Renowned for writers and poets such as John B. Keane and Brendan Kennelly, the creativity which has earned Listowel its distinction as the literary capital of Ireland helped make the night one to remember.

Members gave poetry readings specially composed for the occasion while there were also songs, jokes, funny poems and magic tricks.

President of Listowel Toastmasters John O’Connor paid tribute to the committee, club members and members of the neighbouring clubs who helped bring about the foundation of the new club which was officially chartered in March 2019.

Encouraging words for the future were given by Patricia O’Reilly, District 71 Director, who addressed the gathering along with Larry Lyons, Division B Director; Derry Butler, Area 36 Director and Gerard Mannix, Club Growth Director.

Listowel Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month with a number of open nights held each year in the iconic John B. Keane’s bar.

Youth Leadership Program

by John Spillane Nenagh Toastmasters Club

Nenagh toastmasters have been delivering a youth leadership program for almost 30 years. The program was started by members who recognised the benefits of the Toastmasters communication and leadership program for transition year (TY) students.

This year a team of 7 toastmasters delivered the course to 130 students across 6 classes in two schools. Two toastmasters typically take one double class per week in place of the students regular English class. The first class is an introduction to the various toastmaster roles, combined with a talk on the benefits of being able to communicate effectively. All subsequent classes are conducted by the students as per a normal Toastmasters meeting with the Toastmasters limiting their input to short speech evaluations and guidance. We give a certificate at the end to each student. The success of the course is obvious by the time its finished as each student will have delivered two or more short 2-3-minute speeches and answered several topics. Others will have had leadership roles such as Toastmaster or Topics-master.

Our experience over the years means that we have streamlined the course to be easy to deliver while making it a rewarding experience for both the toastmaster and the students.

The A Team that deliver the Youth Programme in Nenagh

Heading to Norwich

Representing Division B at the Norwich Conference are Jane Sheehan, Killarney Toastmasters in The International Speech Contest and Pat Sexton, Speakeasy Toastmasters in the Table Topics and Evaluation Contests. Pictured with Sean Corcoran, President Speakeasy Toastmasters.

Going’s on at Speak Easy Mallow

Literary Speaking

Speakeasy Toastmasters annual Theme Night was an absolute treat for bookworms and members alike. Club members presented wonderful interpretative readings from famous Irish writers and former Club members who had stories published.

From Left – Liam Flynn, MC, Bobby Buckley, Sean Corcoran, Noel O’Connor, Michael Cronin, Pat Sexton, event curator. Seated – Anne Buckley, Loretto Barry, Bridie O’Connell and Deirdre Linehan.

Conclusion

I wish to thank all who helped me throughout the year and to the Area Directors for their input in keeping the wheel turning. To the clubs for their continuous leadership and commitment to the toastmaster mission. To my assistant Tom O Keeffe for his support throughout the year and to the District team for all their time and effort.

#WeAreToastmasters

April ’19 Membership Growth – Beat the Clock

Membership Growth – Beat the Clock

1ST MAY – 30TH JUNE 2019

By Gerard Mannix, Club Growth Director

District 71 has been very successful in growing membership each year by increasing the percentage of new member intake from year to year. Last year, 2017-18, our percentage intake of new members was the highest since the District reformed in 2014. A growing club and subsequently a growing district, is dynamic, and everyone benefits. Growing members feeds into the distinguished club program and into the distinguished district program.

Every club should aim to leave their club strong in membership when they hand over to the incoming committee on the 30th June. To facilitate this there are some excellent incentives for adding members in May and June.

Club incentives

  • Add 1-2 members ………..$50 voucher to purchase goods at TI store
  • Add 3-4 members…………$100 voucher to purchase goods at TI store
  • Add 5+ members………….$150 voucher to purchase goods at TI store

Add +5 members to enter a draw for a ticket to the Killarney conference, May 2020

CONGRATULATIONS: WALSALL

Walsall Toastmasters club get a paid voucher for the Norwich Conference. This well-deserved prize is from “Talk up Toastmasters” 1st February-31st March where the club added 11 new members. A new club from September 2018 thriving. Three clubs brought in 10+ members in this period.

The draw took place at the Listowel Toastmasters meeting

Congratulations to all clubs in the endeavour to welcome new members.

PLEASE, PLEASE never lose that momentum. CLUB GROWTH Director, Gerard Mannix

Welcome & Congratulations

Dublin 15 Toastmasters Chartered on the 31st March 2019 in District 71, Area C16

Wednesday / 1st & 3rd 8:00PM

10th new club of 2018-19

History #12 District 71 Achievements in the’80s

By Ted Corcoran DTM, Past International President

Growth in the ’80s, as I said, while slow but steady, was gradually creeping closer to what was then seen as the magical figure of 50 clubs. Educational completions, though, were a problem and failure to meet our targets in these areas resulted in the District frequently failing to achieve Distinguished District status. Notable exceptions to this were in 1984/85, when Select Distinguished status (top 12) was achieved under the leadership of David Lindsey (Aylesbury and Thame). This was the first success at International level for the now 13-year-old district. David, a member since 1974, also possesses the distinct honour of achieving the first DTM, awarded in D71, to a member. This is what David wrote in the September/October 1985 edition of “The Spokesman”, the British and Irish Toastmasters District 71 Bulletin.

Select Distinguished District Award (mouse damaged)

Select Distinguished District Award (mouse damaged)

District 71 has achieved the award of Select Distinguished District for its progress during the year. Santa Ana sets certain targets for each District at the beginning of the Toastmasters Year. We were given a goal of 27 CTMs (we made 91!), 6 ATMs (we made it!), 3 new clubs (we got 4) and about 100 new members (we got over 230!). In addition, two Youth Leadership Courses and two Success/Leadership seminars were given. The award has never been won by District 71. In January 1985 the District was 45th in the World rankings (out of 75 Districts), and by the end of June we had risen to 11th which is a terrific achievement brought about by sheer hard work on the part of everyone in the British and Irish District – Members, Club Officers, Area and District Executives.”

(Note: CTM then = CC now, Santa Ana = WHQ)

1980’s District 71 Governor's Regalia, which was later replaced by the current gold chain regalia

1980’s District 71 Governor’s Regalia, which was later replaced by the current gold chain regalia

“When you consider the challenges of distance between Britain and Ireland, and between both countries and WHQ and the costs of phone calls and postage, this was an admirable achievement. For example, surface mail from the U.S. took at least three months to reach the district. The postage, by airmail, of a simple educational module cost about $40 while it cost £2.77 sterling to post a new member kit from Britain, where they were stored, to Ireland. Remember this was a very small district of about 35 clubs and less than 1000 members.

Equally meritorious – because they faced the same challenges – were the achievements of Harry Knox (DLS), in 1987/88, and Joe Prendergast (Clonmel), in 1989/90, in achieving Distinguished District status. One can’t omit, either, the achievements of the other DGs during this decade who kept the show on the road in difficult circumstances. These were, Andrew Ducker (Oxford) 1979/80, Mike Murdock (Shillelagh) 1980/81, Gerald Keen (Grosvenor Sq), 1981/82, George Gallagher­Daggitt (Oxford), 1982/83, Mary O’Connor (Waterford), 1983/84, who served as the first DG from Ireland after four years of service from the afore mentioned, Mary Dwan (Dun Laoghaire) 1985/86, Norman Rhodes (Maidenhead) 1986/87, who received the International President’s Citation in August, 1989, awarded for outstanding contributions to TI, and John Earnshaw (Oxford), 1988/89.

Past District Governor Norman Rhodes celebrating 30years since founding Maidenhead Speakers