Incentives

The Region Advisors’ D71 #MyWhy challenge

By Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

Our Region Advisor Elizabeth Nostedt visits our district in late January 2019 and has challenged members to produce their #MyWhy videos. The #MyWhy campaign is an initiative of Toastmasters International see https://www.toastmasters.org/MyWhy and also see example

The concept is simple:

  1. Record a one-minute (or less) video telling us your story. During the first 30 seconds, explain your motivation or the personal or professional challenge you faced. Then spend 30 seconds explaining how Toastmasters has helped you.
  2. At the end of your video, hold up this sign (http://bit.ly/2RZE7AD) and say, “And that’s my why!” If you can’t print the sign, write #MyWhy on a piece of paper or hold up the sign on your phone.
  3. To share your video with friends and family, post it on your personal social media pages with hashtag #MyWhy and tag Toastmasters International. Make your post public so the world can hear your story! The District has a http://bit.ly/2QRr3jG that you can use to (re) publish your video so please ask me to do that (see below).
  4. Email a link to your video to Daniel the District Public Relations Manager daniel.pr_manager_d71@sandars.org.uk before the deadline including details of your home club.

The Prize Draw Deadline Friday 18th January 2019 at 21:00 GMT

Prizes

Patricia (District Director) and Elizabeth (Regional Advisor) have very kindly donated a Wireless Presentation Advancer and a Youth Leadership Program kit. The winners will be announced at the District Officer Training events in late January and your Area or Division Director will be entrusted with the prizes to present to you at your club.

 

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.

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.

Dec ’18 Club Growth update

By Gerard Mannix, Club Growth Director

Dec ’18 Club Growth update owes much thanks for the magnificent work you are undertaking

New Club Initiatives

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix@gmail.com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

Cash Incentive

: Allow 45 pounds/50 euro support for one-time room hire costs for your demo meeting.

New Clubs Report

With immense pleasure District 71 can announce our latest club, bringing to 4 this Toastmaster year. Very many congratulations to all involved.

Salesforce Dublin Toastmasters, Club Number: 7126746, District 71 Area M54, Charter Date: 1st November 2018

District Director Patricia O’Reilly also carried out Club banner presentations to last year’s (2017-18) recently chartered clubs in Division A (Southern Ireland) Lee Valley Speakers (#4858276 chartered 24/4/2018) in Area A11 and Republic of Work Toastmasters Club (#6779360 chartered 2/5/2018) in Area A23.

Fall into Winter Award

Does your club have many guests? Toastmaster clubs need to encourage new members to join to maintain quality meetings and continuity. This time of year, District 71 has an incentive for clubs that add 4 plus members. Each club that attains these extra members will qualify for a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro. Yet, if the club does not like that food then alternately there is a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods from the Toastmasters International store.

November 1st to 31st December

  • Clubs that add 4 plus members during this period will be awarded a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro or for those in the sterling currency a voucher valued at 40 pounds
  • Or a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods at Toastmasters International store.

Help for weaker clubs

Club coaching: 100 euro/ 90 pounds assistance per club with 12 or fewer members. Club coach reward $15 to successful coaches

Wishing all members and their families a Happy and Peaceful Christmas

Club Growth News – November 2018

Club Growth News

Gerard MannixGerard Mannix DTM, Club Growth Director

Invitation

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix @ gmail . com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

Now that Halloween is done the real fall time of year is approaching.  At this stage meetings have got into full swing and contest time is with us.  Good wishes to all members participating.

Does your club have many guests?

Toastmaster clubs need to encourage new members to join to maintain quality meetings and continuity.  This time of year, District 71 has an incentive for clubs that add 4 plus members.  Each club that attains these extra members will qualify for a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro.  Yet, if the club does not like that food a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods from the Toastmasters International store.

Fall into Winter Award

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

November 1 -31 December

  • Clubs that add 4 plus members during this period will be awarded a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro or for those in the sterling currency a voucher valued at 40 pounds
  • Or a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods at Toastmasters International store.

Thank you for your attention and the magnificent work you are undertaking.

Membership Contest Smedley Award Results

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CLUBS

Cambridge City Communicators

Manchester Orators Toastmasters Club

Heart of England Club

Leeds City Toastmasters

Castleknock Toastmasters

Naas Club

Clondalkin Toastmasters

Galway Club

Glasgow Toastmasters

Lincolnshire Speakers

EI Toastmasters

 

This is the membership award where clubs have added five new, dual or reinstated members between August 1 to September 30 2018

New Clubs

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix @ gmail . com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

With great please District 71 can announce our latest clubs.  Very many congratulations to all involved.

  • McAfee Toastmasters Cork, Club Number: 6806020, District 71, Area A3, Charter Date: 23rd October 2018
  • Luton Communicators, Luton, Club Number: 5941966, District 71 Area H32, Charter Date: 31st October 2018

Club Growth Map Novembnr 2018

 

Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick

Triple Crown Criteria 2018-19

Triple Crowns

Have you heard of the Triple Crown?  Surprisingly, few members have.  It is an award made available to District’s (and their members) to recognize educational achievement.  Members who achieve three or more educational awards in a single program year are listed in the Triple Crown report in the Daily reports section of the Dashboard for our District (http://bit.ly/2PQQgu8).

Each district identifies the combination of educational awards and any other parameters that count toward the Triple Crown.  In District 71 we have recognised members achieving Triple Crown in our Hall of Fame each year by asking them to stand and be recognised.  Under 1% of members achieve a Triple Crown each year.  Purchase of the optional pin badge is left to the discretion of the member or their club.

With the advent of Pathways, we have agreed that District 71 will for this year recognise Triple Crown for members that achieve any combination of three education awards including Pathways Levels.  So, for example, a Pathways Level 1,2 and 3 will constitute a Triple Crown award.  Any mixture of three awards – Pathways Levels and a CC, CL, Advanced Communicator, or Leader, or DTM will also be recognised as a Triple Crown Award winner.

Current Triple Crown Standing in District 71 (7th November 2018).  Congratulations to everyone!

Member Count Award
Barad, Tanya Louise 6 PM3 , PM2 , PM1 , DTM , PM4 , ALS
Cowley, Martin 4 ALB , DTM , ALS , CL
O’Brien, Moira 4 DTM , LDREXC , ACG , ALS
Leeman, Lauren 4 ACS , ALS , CL , LDREXC
McFadzean, John 3 ALB , ACB , CL
Cronin, Beryl 3 CC , ALB , CL
00671898 – Name unavailable 3 ALS , LDREXC , DTM
Hammond, Carl 3 ALS , LDREXC , ACG
01371735 – Name unavailable 3 ACS , DTM , ACG
01568270 – Name unavailable 3 LD5 , PWMENTORPGM , CL
Walton, Darren 3 VC4 , VC2 , VC3
Shaw, Gillian 3 DTM , ALS , LDREXC
Bruce, Lorna 3 ALS , LDREXC , ACG
03619993 – Name unavailable 3 ACS , DTM , ACG

“Name unavailable” means the member has not opted in to disclosing their information.  This can be changed under “Manage My Data and Consent” on your profile on the Toastmasters International website.

Public Relations 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Public Relations Incentives

Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

Public Relations makes a difference. Our Goal as a District is to return to the International Hall of Fame at the next convention in Denver. To do that we need more members and more clubs and it all begins with attracting more guests.

The budget is structured to mirror and support the three remaining membership contests, Fall into Winter (November-December), Talk Up Toastmasters (February-March), and Beat the Clock (May-June). Claims can be backdated to 1st September

Below is a summary of this year PR incentives with links to full details at bottom

 

The flag ship incentive is the Open House/Open Night

This is designed to be incrementally progressive. Holding an open night is not the challenge, doing the public relations that makes it successful is. Points are awarded for the Public Relations effort in terms of the number of channels used e.g. event stall, radio interview, press release, Facebook event, email shot, flyer distribution campaign, etc. Additional points are awarded for the number of guests attending and the number of those guests converted to members. Clubs that started out the year with less than 20 members get more generous points. Official prospect clubs can apply. There is a limit, but two strong claims or three weaker claims per club are possible

Points mean prizes and in this case Pathways ribbons and pins or by arrangement a contribution to branded club promotional materials.

Additional synergistic Incentives

Club PR 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


 Full details on the website

  1. Open Nights
  2. Club PR Firsts (email me to claim)
  3. Club Promotion Video
  4. External Event Grants
  5. Distinguished Club Websites
  6. Write an Article for Chantal
  7. Travelling Toasties

Program Quality 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Education, Education, Education

By John Cox, District 71 Program Quality Director

Program Quality Incentives

What Will Your Club and Your Members Achieve in 2018-19?

I don’t know about you, but I have often been confused by the variety of terms we use – training, education, development, learning, coaching, mentoring, knowledge, skills, etc.

It is also recognised that a lot of education and training is wasted and doesn’t necessarily get applied in the workplace or in life.

I still wonder what the value of algebra is and why at school they didn’t teach me how to hang wallpaper!

For several years I was a National Training Awards Judge (and my business was a National Training Award winner). Organisations were recognised not for the training they carried out but how that training had been applied and the results achieved. We looked at soft results – greater confidence, teamwork, communications, innovation etc. but importantly, hard results – customer and employee satisfaction, more sales, better product/service quality, greater profitability, etc.

So, what has this got to do with Toastmasters?

Can we see the impact of member achievement reflected in the growth, performance and quality of our clubs?

We run education and training programmes, leading to various awards which are recognised by certificates, ribbons, pins/badges. Less than 10% of our members achieve their CC (Competent Communicator) award but I’m sure that many, many more of our members have gained other benefits – greater confidence and learning – that has impacted on our clubs and their lives in many ways.

We don’t easily recognise or record how that confidence and learning has been applied.

So, I’m keen this year to find ways to encourage and support clubs to put some of that learning into practice and to help recognise some of the other 90% of our members.

You will see that my job title embraces Club Quality, so I’d like to add a final reminder about utilising Moments of Truth to take a snapshot of how your club is performing and to also take a long hard look at member retention. Dues renewal time is another of those moments of truth when we are reminded of members we have not seen for a while and those who are at risk of not renewing their membership. Give them a call and invite them back. Remember that 69% of non-renewing members said that something could have been done to convince them to renew.

Below you will find details of the Program Quality incentives on offer. I wish you a wonderful year.

Program Quality Incentives Program Quality Incentives

Outreach Programmes

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft programmes are a wonderful way to put all that Toastmasters experience into practice, helping youngsters and other members of our communities to gain the benefits of our Toastmasters programmes. It will also help to raise the profile of Toastmasters and gain new members and clubs. District can support clubs running brand new outreach programmes through the provision of advice and guidance, marketing and promotional materials, and Programme Kits worth over $30. Contact me for more information.

Pathways and Competent Communicator (CC) Growth

We want to encourage more members to achieve their CC and Pathways Levels so for the first 30 clubs that achieve all four CC’s or four Pathways Level 1’s and two Level 2’s we’ll present them with $20 worth of TI shop items.

First Clubs to Achieve President’s Distinguished

We want to encourage more clubs to achieve President’s Distinguished status in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). So, the first 20 clubs to achieve Presidents Distinguished status, that were not President’s Distinguished last year, will receive $30 value of TI (Toastmasters International) shop items.

First Clubs to Achieve Distinguished

We want to encourage more clubs to achieve Distinguished status in the DCP. So, the first 20 clubs to achieve Distinguished status, that were not Distinguished last year, will receive $30 value of TI shop items.

Corporate Clubs Incentive

We want to encourage more of our Corporate clubs to participate in our officer training programme and club contests. We will award a $30 gift voucher to the corporate clubs that get 5 or more of their officers to the next (2019) club officer training and 2 or more contestants in the 2019 Area contests.


Program Quality News

By Daniel Sandars

We have completed the first quarter of the year so how are we doing?

New Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM)

Program QualityProgram Quality

Distinguished Club Goals 30th September

Program Quality

Clubs with 4 or more Officers Trained

Program Quality

District Officers Trained

 

Program Quality

Congratulations to all involved.

Club Growth 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Club Growth Incentive

MEMBERSHIP AND CLUB GROWTH

By Gerard Mannix DTM, District 71 Club Growth Director

Incentives: District 71    2018/19

  1. FALL INTO WINTER
  2. TALK UP TOASTMASTERS
  3. APRIL RENEWALS
  4. BEAT THE CLOCK
  5. Clubs that charter:
  6. Room hire for demo meetings:
  7. Club coaching:
  8. Club coach:
NOVEMBER 1- DECEMBER 31
FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 31
MARCH 31
MAY1-JUNE 30
Free club banner
€50 per occasion
€100 assistance
Award for success

Incentives: Fall into Winter

1st November-31st December

Add 4 new, dual or reinstated members prior to December 31st

Club Growth Pizza

PIZZA
VOUCHERS
AVAILABLE

Club Growth News

Club Growth MapThe thrilling news is that on the 10th of September Walsall Speakers club received its charter, becoming the District’s 203rd club and our first new club this Toastmaster’s year. Walsall is located just North of Birmingham (see map) in Division E in Area 39. It has taken nearly two years to reach charter status from the initial demonstration meeting. That journey has been navigated by the Club’s Sponsors Tanya and Michele (Mish) Barad. They are now assisted by Club Mentor Asma Riaz to help develop strong foundations for the Club.

At a recent club meeting of Fexco, Killorglin, County Kerry (see Map), Club Growth Director Gerard Mannix presented the club banner to Siobhan Colborne, President of Fexco Payments Toastmasters Club.

 

Sincere congratulations to Siobhan as she has been the brainchild and founder of this club. She was assisted by Toastmasters Debby Looney and Rachel Pinckheard. The club is thriving with regular very proactive and well attended meetings

NEW!  The Blueprint for Club and Membership Growth

Looking for ideas for growing and retaining members?  Planning to start a new club?  Struggling to attract visitors?  Problems with member retention?

Toolkit for membership growth

Then take a look at the BLUEPRINT FOR CLUB AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTH.

Compiled from examples of good practice the Toolkit contains: Read More

Are you ready to ‘Talk Up Toastmasters’ and win some prizes?

It’s time to Talk up Toastmasters and win some prizes for your club!

Add and pay for 5, 7 or 10 or more New, Dual or Reinstated Members between the 1st February to 31st March 2018 and win TI shop prizes to the value of $20, $40 and $75. In addition Toastmasters International will award the “Talk Up Toastmasters” ribbon for your banner, plus give you a 10% discount on TI shop purchases. 

Good Luck!

John Cox

Club Growth Director