Incentives

Mar 19 Public Relations Update

March Public Relations Update

By Daniel Sandars Public Relations Manager

The acid test of a club’s public relations can be counted as the number of inquiries and guests it receives. Close to that are the number of new members joining of which TI keeps statistics. The average club has attracted 6.6 new members in the period 1st July to 22 Feb which is in the ball park of the last three years (See chart), but we could aim to be the best of the past five years by 30th June.

The picture is variable. Nearly 20 clubs have not yet attracted a new member and a third of clubs have not yet gained 4 new members. In contrast. the best club has already got 34 new members and may split this year.

A top tip is to record guests and inquiries and ask how they heard about you. Do that and you are a long way towards working smarter not just harder.

New member statistics can be tracked on Toastmasters International Dashboard Just search for your club. You can select the dates at the top to go back in time. Another good statistics source is George Marshall’s TM Tools for Toastmasters

There are 7,270 Euros of Public Relation Rewards virtually UNCLAIMED!

I am relying on clubs to claim and you can backdate to 1st September.

Have you claimed your open night? Have you started a new PR activity or channel? Have you encouraged your members to visit other clubs, or had visitors to your club, and claim their Traveling Toasties? Have you done a club video project? or a club Wow!Factor project?

  1. Details of all District Incentives are here http://bit.ly/2tL8mAU
  2. Details of PR incentives are here http://bit.ly/2GhIN3C
  3. To help claim you can also use a google form http://bit.ly/2TXlmSw
  4. To follow claims I have info on that may not be complete see here http://bit.ly/2BvT877

Claims in ASAP or before 30th April to ensure incentive distribution at the conference. Beyond that June the 9th is the last day I can post and reclaim costs if your incentive has arrived from the TI store -be warned! and get in touch ASAP

Mar 19 Club & Membership Growth Report

March Club & Membership Growth Report

Club Growth Director Gerard Mannix

New Members: Your club needs new people to give a welcome and energise the meeting. Many incentives and practical financial support available SPRING is growth time

Stirling Speakers and Listowel Toastmasters – WELCOME

  1. Stirling Speakers club was chartered on the 25th February 2019. This club is in Area 33 Division S.
  2. Listowel Toastmasters was chartered on the 1st of March 2019. This is club is in Area 36 Division B.

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 germannix@gmail.com

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.

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.

Feb ’19 OpenNight and Video PR campaigns for growth

#OpenNight Incentive

– stock up your club with Pathways ribbons and badges

By Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

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.

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

STOP PRESS: Toastmasters International have released new Open House Flyer Designs https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/open-house-flier

Remember there are additional incentives you can build on around your Open Night, such as an external PR event, a new PR channel or activity, or a Promotional Club Video See http://d71toastmasters.org/incentives/

To claim

Simply send your Open Night guest list, highlight those that joined, and tell me about the PR channels you used. They can be back dated to Open Nights held after the summer break from 1st September 2018 EMAIL ME

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 inquiries of which 80 attended the open night and ten had joined within two months

Google Claims Spreadsheet

To aid transparency all info that I receive pertaining to PR incentives can be checked out!

What are you missing out on Check it out! http://bit.ly/2BvT877

 

Video project Incentives

#WowFactor!| #MyWhy| Club Promotional Video

 

Feb ’19 Distinguished Clubs and Pathways incentives

February Update on Distinguished Club and Pathways Incentives

John Cox District 71 Program Quality Director


Distinguished Club Incentives

We are doing well.

As at the middle of February 56 of our clubs had achieved 5 DCP goals or better.

The following Clubs – that were not Distinguished last year – have already potentially achieved Distinguished or better status this year, providing they end the year with 20 + members or a net growth of 5 members.  $30 worth of TI shop items are up for grabs.  Many more clubs could join them. The results are changing daily so if you think your club should be on the list please let me know.

  • Div C16     IBM Blue Toastmasters
  • Div E39     Walsall Speakers
  • Div E42     Godiva Speakers
  • Div F12     Loughrea Toastmasters Club
  • Div N31     Chester Corporate Speakers
  • Div N48     Salford Speakers Toastmasters (President’s Distinguished)
  • Div N31     Castle Communicators (Select Distinguished)


Pathways Incentives

Pathways is also progressing well.

Several clubs below are well on their way to achieving four Pathways Level 1s and two Level 2s, or 4 CCs.  The first 30 clubs to achieve these goals will win $20 worth of Pathways ribbons.

Congratulations to Chester Corporate Speakers, Salford Speakers and Capital Communicators (CCs) who have already achieved 4 CC awards – their ribbons have been posted to them.

  • Div A3        Blarney Club                        4 Level 1s
  • Div A11      West Cork                              3 CCs
  • Div A23      Republic of Works TM Club   6 Level 1s
  • Div A49      VMWARE Toastmasters        3 CCs
  • Div D8        Clonmel Toastmasters           4 Level 1s
  • Div E39      Shropshire Speakers              3 CCs
  • Div E42      Godiva Speakers                    3 CCs
  • Div H32      West Herts Speakers             4 Level 1s
  • Div H44      North Bucks Speakers           3 CCs
  • Div J2         Dublin Club                            3 CCs
  • Div J2         Accentuators                          3 CCs
  • Div N31      Chester Corporate Speakers 4 CCs
  • Div N48     Manchester Orators TM Club 3 CCs
  • Div N48     Salford Speakers TM             4 CCs
  • Div N51      A1 Speakers                             4 Level 1s
  • Div S30      Capital Communicators          4 CCs

Please keep pursuing those education awards and getting the recognition you deserve.

Well done to all.  Keep up the great work.

Welcome 2019 – #WowFactor

#WeAreToastmasters Patricia O'ReilleyPatricia O’Reilly, DTM District 71 Director 2018-19

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”, Zig Ziglar (recognised as one of the greatest motivational speakers and recipient of the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel award in 1999).

Happy New Year and welcome to the second half of the toastmaster year 2018-19. Whatever your toastmaster goal is you have just under six months to achieve it. My wish for all members and all clubs is that you achieve your goals this toastmaster year.

A healthy club means more members and a better toastmaster experience for all. Lark Doley, International President of Toastmasters International, has introduced the #WowFactor program for clubs for 2019.

  1. Goal:
    To increase the quality & performance of every club and to get members to think and say “Wow!” when they attend a meeting.
  2. How:
    In January/February use the Club Quality Checklist or Moments of Truth to carry out a deep analysis of your club’s health. Find any gaps or areas of weakness. Club officers and members should work together to address any weak areas. Get on board with the District PR Manager Daniel Sandars’ incentives and hold Open House nights. Aim to make your club “the best club possible”.
  3. Video:
    Have fun and send in a one-minute video of your club’s unique “Wow!”
    experience using #wow!factor. Let’s put District 71 on the map internationally by sending in “Wow!” videos and copying them to Daniel Sandars – Daniel Sandars, District 71 PR Manager – so they can be put on the District’s Facebook page and website.

By March, every club should have achieved the “wow!” factor and should aim to ensure that every member and guest has a “wow!” experience when they attend your club.

January 2019 Club Growth Report

January 2019 Club Growth Report

News from Club Growth Director Gerard Mannix

LIVERPOOL – WELCOME

Liverpool City Toastmasters club was chartered on the 7th January 2019. This club is in Area 31 Division N.

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

FALL INTO WINTER REWARDS

Congratulations to 54 clubs that were successful in adding 4+ members in the period 1st November-December 31st. The incentives involved were a choice of a PIZZA supper or GIFT CERT from the TI store.

SUCCESSFUL CLUBS

Cork East Talking Heads Cork Toastmasters Ennis Toastmasters
Raheen Club Nenagh Club Thomond Club Roscrea Speakers
Tralee Club Killarney Club Balbriggan Club Navan Club Tm
Drogheda Tm Dundalk Tm Belfast Tm Glasnevin Club
EI Toastmasters Dungarvan Club Tower Tm Clonmel Tm
Kilkenny Club Portlaois Club Gorey Tm Leicester Leaders
Bullring Speakers Walsall Speakers Heart of England Godiva Speakers
Talk Club @ Letterkenny Athlone Club Galway Club Tuam Club
Loughrea Club Ballina Club Carrick on Shannon Erne Speakers
Cambridge Speakers Anglia Communicators Hertfordshire Speakers Cranfield Speakers
Society Tm Accentuators Dun Laoghaire Engineers Club
Lucan Club Rathfarnham Club Leeds City Tm White Rose Speakers
Doncaster Speakers Warrington Tm Chester Speaking Manchester Orators
Capital Communicators Aberdeen TM

I request the Club to let me know their choice of either pizza or gift cert and the address to which it may be forwarded. My contact germannix@gmail.com telephone 00353872193670

ENJOY

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.

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.

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 germannix@gmail.com

Enjoy your Toastmaster experience in 2019.

Sincerely

Gerard Mannix

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

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 🏆🏆🏆

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.

[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.