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Feb’19 Going for growth and renewal

Club & Membership Growth

Club Growth Director Gerard Mannix


Milton Keynes Confident Speakers and Irish Life – WELCOME

  1. Milton Keynes Confident Speakers Toastmasters club was chartered on the 1st February 2019. This club is in Area 44 Division H.
  2. Irish Life Toastmasters was chartered on the 12th of February 2019. This is a corporate club in Area 57 Division J.

Congratulations to all involved in establishing the club and every good wish to the members into the future.

CLUB GROWTH CAMPAIGN

Clubs that charter prior to 31st March qualify for a free club banner valued at $100 and a free club ribbon set.

  1. PLUS,
    Timing Lights or Stand for banner Each valued at $100
  2. PLUS…PLUS A Club Starter Kit valued at $30

REQUEST

I invite any member with a suggestion of a lead, which could be the seed that sprouts a new club, to contact me at Email Me

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS – APRIL

Membership Renewals

  • 80% membership renewals prior to 31st March…$15 gift cert for TI store.
  • 90% membership renewals prior to 31st March…$25 gift cert for TI store.

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH CAMPAIGN: TALK UP TOASTMASTERS

1st February – 31st March 2019

  • Add 5+ new members in this period and receive a Toastmasters recognition ribbon and 10% discount at the TI store.
  • Add 5+ new members and get a $25-dollar gift certificate per club for items in TI store.
  • Add 7/8 new members…$40 certificate
    • Add 10+ new members…$50 certificate PLUS Draw for 1 ticket to the Norwich Conference May 2019.

Enjoy your Toastmaster experience in 2019.

Gordon Adams #ChantalCookePR

Gordon tackled the subject of great speech openings to leave your audience well and truly hooked.

What do a great novel and a great speech have in common?  They both grab people’s attention at the very beginning. From the moment you first open your mouth to speak, you need to hook your audience’s attention

#ChantalCookePR
Gordan Adams of North Bucks Speakers (Milton Keynes)

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.

19th July 2019

https://minutehack.com/guides/how-to-get-your-presentation-off-to-a-captivating-start

Minutehack.com is a website which aims to provide a hub of news, guidance and feature material for people interested in how business works and how they can become successful at it. The target audience is UK-based, aspirational entrepreneurs who want to learn how to do business better, as well as start-ups and small businesses.

Readership: tbc. It has 30.7k followers on Twitter – this article has been shared: https://twitter.com/Minutehack/status/1152148738653245440

Summer 2019

Gordon’s article has been published in PM.  This is the magazine for PM Forum which is “the world’s largest and fastest growing community for professional services marketers.” You can view a pdf of the article here;

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k1h2urzf2g4mmdc/PM%202019%20Summer%20-%20Toastmasters.pdf?dl=0

Readership:  12k

27th June 2019


Entrepreneur & Investor is aimed at super HNWs and Ultras [
UltraHigh Net-Worth Individual], 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: 40k per month

1st April 2019

Seven ways to give your speech a flying start

Business Leader Readership: 120,520 visits per month

29th March 2019

How to grab immediate attention when you start your presentation

https://businesscomputingworld.co.uk/t/how-to-grab-immediate-attention-when-you-start-your-presentation/1931

Business Computing World Readership: 150k

28th March 2019

https://www.businessinsider.com/toastmasters-presentation-tricks-hook-audience-2019-3?r=US&IR=T

Business insider: Readership: 36,683,285 (monthly unique views)

28th February 2019

Richard Foster Fletcher lends a hand to Gordon Adams with this radio interview on Speech Openings.

https://www.shareradio.co.uk/podcasts/share-interview-the-secrets-of-speech-making-28-feb-19/PodcastPlayer

ShareRadio Listeners: 35k
It is already on Twitter https://twitter.com/ShareRadioUK/status/1101158271556218880 (where they have 11k followers)
We have been told that the interview will be broadcast on Share Radio on Monday 4th March at 12.30.

27th February 2019

Lidradio Readership: 26k

22nd February 2019

Indezine Readership: 10k

21st February 2019

Small Business Insider Readership: 1000

Your Coffee Break Readership:17k The editor has but it on Twitter @urcoffeebreak

Jan ’19 PR Newsflash

#OpenNight Incentive

– stock up your club with Pathways ribbons and badges

By Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

#OpenNight Public Relations are key to a great open night. An open night (or Open House or Guest Night) highlights and engages an entire club and helps it grow. Open nights can have refreshments, decorations and a headliner speaker. They are an all-round fun night.

To claim: simply send your Open Night guest list, highlight those that joined, and tell me about the PR channel you used. Daniel Sandars, District 71 PR Manager

For Example: campus-based Cranfield Speakers (Division H) had a stall at two freshers fairs, did poster and leaflet drops around campus, created an Open Night event on Meetup and Facebook and gave additional social media publicity on Twitter and Instagram. They had 133 new enquiries of which 80 attended the open night and ten had joined within two months

Support: The District 71 Website has a page full of tips and ideas. http://d71toastmasters.org/open-night/

Additional synergistic Incentives

Club Firsts

Is your club planning to start, for the first time, a website, get a press release published, produce a club newsletter, or any other novel public relations endeavour? Yes, then claim a club ribbon pack

Club Promotional Videos

Have you noticed how powerful YouTube is become with its addictively appealing visual media? The first twenty new club promotional videos will earn the club two pathways pins and feature on the District PR channels.

External Event Grants

Have you got the opportunity to set up a stall at a public event? There are grants of 125 euro towards promotional materials and or venue costs. The grants are competitive and will be based on the likely foot fall, how well you know your target audience and your plans to attract them as guests to your club

Distinguished Club Website

Your website is often your first impression you give potential customers. Does you Club Website look good? Club ribbon pack for the best.

Write an article for Chantal

Chantal Cooke is a Public Relations agent who helps members publish educational articles to the national press. Last year we gained the editorial value of over half a million euro. This year authors will go into a prize draw for a £240 conference ticket

Travelling Toastie

It is great fun to visit other clubs to strengthen fellowship and gain ideas. Do three things 1) capture photo or testimonial video that includes the brand and your hosts, 2) distribute that out to social media where it can be seen, and 3) bring it to the District’s attention by hash tagging and or tagging us. Prize for each District’s best Travelling Toastie

#WeAreToastmasters picks

Toastmasters International D71 Division C

18 January at 12:04 ·

Excellent radio interview with Area 10 club, East Coast Toastmasters, Santry, Dublin, Ireland on the benefits of Toastmasters. Well done to President Shay Donnelly, VPE Sandra Hennessy and Club Secretary Seamus Hynes. Thanks for sharing and recommended listening 🏆🏆🏆

Karen O’Donnell #ChantalCookePR

Karen tackled the subject of the presentation pitfalls you need to avoid to gain more sales – we are all selling be it a message, a service or a product.

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.

karen O'Donnell #ChantalCookePR

Karen O’Donnell of Baltinglass speakers Toastmasters

13th January 2019

How to avoid pitfalls, improve your presentation and make more sales

Family Friendly Working Readership: 10k

3rd January 2019

How to avoid presentation pitfalls and make more sales

How to avoid presentation pitfalls and make more sales

NetworkShe Readership: 18k

21st December 2018

Presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to close more deals

https://www.recruiter.co.uk/advice/2018/12/presentation-pitfalls-avoid-if-you-want-close-more-deals

The Recruiter Readership: 53k

19th December 2018

How to improve your chance of signing more deals after your presentation

https://www.bbpmedia.co.uk/business-insights/professionalservices/how-to-improve-your-chance-of-signing-more-deals-after.html

bbpMedia Readership: 40k

12th December 2018

Eight presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to make more sales

https://dealersupport.co.uk/eight-presentation-pitfalls-to-avoid-if-you-want-to-make-more-sales/

Dealer Support Readership: 10k

12th December 2018

8 presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to close more deals/make more sales

8 presentation pitfalls to avoid if you want to close more deals/make more sales

Entrepreneur and Investor Readership: 40k

A Christmas message from District 71 Director – Patricia O’Reilly, DTM

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Jack Frost nipping at your nose

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir

And folk dressed up like Eskimos…
(The Christmas Song)

Season’s Greetings to all members of District 71. 

I would like to thank all of you for giving selflessly of your time to your fellow club members and your clubs.

Just as you do in your Toastmasters clubs, at this Christmas season please give selflessly of your time to your family, relatives, friends, neighbours, the elderly and the vulnerable in your community. Remember that “Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.” Anonymous

On behalf of the District Leadership Team, I wish you all a happy and joyous Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

And so, I’m offering this simple phrase

To kids from one to ninety-two

Although it’s been said many times, many ways

“Merry Christmas to you”.
(The Christmas Song)

 

Stepping into a Leadership Role – Why not you?

By Elizabeth Nostedt, DTM; Region 10 Advisor, Past Region 11 Advisor, and Past District 59 Director

Within a brief time (if it hasn’t already happened by the time this goes to print), your District team will be asking YOU if you would like to step forward and take a leadership role at the District level – as an Area Director, Division Director or higher. You may have many different thoughts about this – like:

  • Am I ready for this?
  • Do I really want to do this?
  • I have so many other things happening now.
  • What do I have to do in this role X?
  • and so on.

Leadership roles are not obvious to all of us, but they can certainly help us grow as people. Let me tell you a few leadership stories from my career in Toastmasters and in a corporate setting.

As Area Director (AD) – this is the true test of serving others.

As Area Director, people may look up to you as the person that should know everything. But that is not necessary – because there are so many resources in Toastmasters to help you – like the District Leader manual. This is exactly what I learned – I did not have to be an expert. I knew how to read – and I learned to ask good questions. I could ask the person who was AD before me, and I could ask other District leaders. I could also say – “I don’t know the answers to that.” I further learned that when I conducted Club Officer Training and when I visited the clubs in Area – I learned so much about people. I learned about their wants and needs and dreams for being a leader. I learned that I was the servant leader to them.

I set the vision for the Area for the year. I believed that our clubs could be Presidents Distinguished and through the training sessions, we reviewed how to do it with the club leaders. They caught the vision and understood it. We achieved it.

As soon as that Leadership Vision was clear, then it was my role to help them implement it. It included further interpretation of what each goal meant and what actions were necessary.

The biggest learnings came from working with others as volunteers. Of course, all the club officers are volunteers! And as AD, we are volunteers. So, it is not like at work where we work with employees, that they are expected to do the work because they are employees and get paid to work. It meant that I reflected on if I needed help with something, how could I best ask for help, and would this appeal to the person I asked, so that they would help.

As CGD, PQD and District Director

These roles further expanded my learnings as a leader, because there were more committees and more work to be done THROUGH others. A vision, an inspirational idea, enthusiasm for the work, willingness to do the work myself – these were all ways to work through others to achieve our goals. I learned to coach others with great open-ended questions so that they often found the answers they were seeking.

Was it all easy? Definitely not! I can certainly say there were challenges – but they also meant large leadership/personal learning lessons. There were people who could not get along with each other, an area director who did not want to build a new club – because he/she knew better, keeping District conferences within budget, and so on – each challenge came with a new lesson to be learned.

Servant leaders are motivated by caring and the agenda they seek is mutual benefit.” -Stephen M.R. Covey

When working in a corporate setting

I have worked for many years in various corporate settings – from being an “ordinary” employee, to being a department manager and leader of a large group and to my current position as a Senior Project Manager on IT and Business projects. Each of these roles of leadership meant something new.

As an “ordinary” employee, I was the leader of my own work. I learned time management of my own time. Some of you may think that it is tough when a manager is telling you what to do, but what if you yourself are the slave driver!! This is comparable to you as an ordinary Toastmasters member who also must take responsibility and needs encouragement to reach the next level of growth and awards.

As a Department manager, then I saw the people who were motivated by what they were doing, and those who were not motivated. As I see it now, all motivation is “self-motivation” and it was my work to ensure that we could find the things that would keep all the employees motivated in some way. This is perhaps like you as an Area Director, where you can see the clubs that are motivated to reach DCP and others that simply do not care.

As a Senior Project Manager now, I am caught between what my Management Team wants me to deliver, and what my team members say they can deliver. That is another dilemma. This is perhaps like the Division Director role – caught between the Area director and the District Leadership Team.

In each role at work, and in each level at Toastmasters, I take the time to reflect what lessons I have learned, and there are so many. They have made me a better person and a better leader – and they were so worth doing because of how much I have grown.

Dec ’18 Program Quality Update

By John Cox, Program Quality Director

Season’s Greetings

Club Quality – How are we doing?

It’s been a busy time of year leading up to Christmas with Club, Area and Division Contests, a visit from Toastmasters International CEO, Dan Rex, and Area Director Club Visits and their reports being produced. Many thanks for all the challenging work that has gone into these activities.

I urge club Presidents to share the Area Director’s Club Visit Reports with all their officers and identify those key areas for improvement.

Consider carrying out the Moments of Truth educational in your clubs to get members’ views on areas for improvement. You will find their feedback and potential support invaluable.

Identifying areas of improvement is the easy bit – doing something about it will be the real test for the leadership team and their members.

Common themes for potential improvement that have emerged from those reports include:

  • Information provided to guests
  • Inducting and engaging new members – bringing them quickly up to speed
  • Promoting/marketing the club
  • Running a Guest/Open Night to bring in new members
  • Navigating Pathways
  • Social events
  • Educational sessions
  • Increasing membership

The Japanese practice something they call Kaizen – change for the better, continuous improvement – and is a measure of both the leadership of their organisations and the engagement of their employees.

I believe we need to get better at challenging the status quo – in the same way that we encourage our members to improve, we need to apply the same improvement principles to our clubs.

Let’s strive to make our clubs better each year and I’m sure we will see that reflected in member retention, increases in membership and more members achieving their personal goals.

The second Club Visit Reports, to be completed by May, will be a good indicator of the improvements that have been made.

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft Programmes

I am still pushing for clubs to reach out into their communities with new Youth Leadership Programmes and Speechcraft. I have YLP and Speechcraft Kits, and promotional materials available so please get in touch.

[This edition contains a selection of Speechcraft case studies http://d71toastmasters.org/speechcraft-case-studies/ to help and inspire you]

Pathways

Please also look at who in your club has still to enrol on Pathways. This information is available on your Club Roster on the TI website.

Appoint a Pathways Champion to help those who may be struggling to get to grips with the programme. There are now materials around to help understand each of the 10 Paths and the associated Projects at each level: http://bit.ly/2BjKc3R.

All the Evaluation Forms can also be found online and downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2EkvaxS

It would be great to see which clubs manage to get 100% of their members enrolled on Pathways and all their newer members progressing through their various Levels.

I will be looking to reward those clubs who make the greatest progress.

2019 Norwich Conference – May 10-12

Don’t forget to book your place https://www.norwichconference2019.com for our only conference in 2019.

As well as all four contest semi-finals and finals, there will be educational workshops, the District Council meeting with the District Leader elections and some great speakers’ including Eldonna Lewis Fernandez and Marcus Hemsley.

The theme will be the 1940’s and we will be entertained by the D-Day Darlings and The Joe Ringer Band. The venue is the Holiday Inn Norwich North, right next to Norwich Airport. I’m sure it will be another great conference so Book Now!

I guess this will be the last newsletter before the Christmas break so can I please wish you a brilliant Christmas and New Year and hope that you get all you wish for in 2019.

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations

Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2019-2020? Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills.  Leadership roles can be challenging, but mostly they are rewarding, and they are always a learning opportunity.

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)

For more details please click on the links below:

 

First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2019-20 by Saturday 15th December 2018

 

If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork

  • From the candidate themselves
  • Both Submissions should be made to
    • the District Leadership Committee Chair – Immediate Past District Director, Red Skelton, DTM at skeltonred1@gmail.com
    • Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run is

Saturday 15th December 2018.

 

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 2019, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2019, when voting will take place.  Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Red Skelton at skeltonred1 (at) gmail.com

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson #ChantalCookePR

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.

#ChatalCookePR Vinette Hoffman Jackson

Vinette Hoffman Jackson (Bedford Speakers)

 

8th January 2019

10 of the best, unusual, most effective props to use when giving a speech

NetworkShe Readership 18k

11th December 2018

How to add impact to your presentation by using unusual props

How to add impact to your presentation by using unusual props

Lidradio Readership: 26k

28th November 2018

How do I… use creative and unusual props in my presentation?

http://www.bqlive.co.uk/national/2018/11/28/news/how-do-i-use-creative-and-unusual-props-in-my-presentation-34481/

Readership: BQLive says they have audience of 153k entrepreneurs, MDs and CEOs across the UK

19th November 2018

Nine of the Best Props to Add Impact to Your Presentation

https://blog.indezine.com/2018/11/nine-of-the-best-props-to-add-impact-to-your-presentation.html
Indezine: Make better presentations, fast!; Readership: 10k

Discover how mosquitoes were used as props in a speech as Bedford speaker shares her top tips

https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/discover-how-mosquitoes-were-used-as-props-in-a-speech-as-bedford-speaker-shares-her-top-tips-1-8710606
Bedford Today, Readership 88k

14th November 2018

Ten of the best, unusual and most effective props

https://www.newbusiness.co.uk/articles/trainingeducation/ten-best-unusual-and-most-effective-props
NewBusiness.co.uk, for better business advice; Readership: 42k

Announcing Dan Rex in Ireland 16-17 November

Dan Rex

Dan Rex, CEO Toastmasters International, to visit

We are honoured to announce a brief visit by Dan Rex to Dublin in November.  Dan’s Itinerary includes: the presentation of a corporate Club Award; lunch with past International Director Ted Corcoran, who is recovering from major surgery, and members of the District Leadership Committee; and a visit to Division M’s Contests on Friday Night.

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

Biography

As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources, and support to 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.  He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals.

Rex has worked for Toastmasters for 27 years, and during that time he has led several departments at World Headquarters, giving him a unique perspective and an impressive depth of knowledge of the organization.  In 2008, he assumed the role of Executive Director, a title that was changed to Chief Executive Officer in 2013.  Rex’s previous positions include Deputy Executive Director, Director of Communications and Marketing, Marketing Division Manager, and Membership Manager.

Rex holds a BA degree in Modern Languages from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  He holds certificates from the Leadership for Senior Executives course through Harvard Business School, and the Executive Leadership Program through the University of California, Berkeley.  He completed the Strategic Leadership Programme through the University of Oxford.

In addition to his Toastmasters duties, Rex serves as a member of the Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC) of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).