Incentives

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.

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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)

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Distinguished Club Goals 30th September

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Clubs with 4 or more Officers Trained

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District Officers Trained

 

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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

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FALL INTO WINTER NOVEMBER 1- DECEMBER 31
TALK UP TOASTMASTERS FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 31
APRIL RENEWALS March 31
BEAT THE CLOCK MAY 1-JUNE 30
Clubs that charter: Free club banner
Room hire for [prospective club] demo meetings €50 per occasion
Club coaching €100 assistance
Club coach 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

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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

#WeAreToastmasters

We’ve launched our new hashtag campaign! Please help us by getting involved. Post photos of your club members — a group photo is ideal — and tag the post #WeAreToastmasters. Let’s take this message around the world!

Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat (seated, centre) helped us as #WeAreToastmasters launched formally at District Officer Training in Manchester on Sunday (28 Jan 2018). Photo by Martin Mansell.

The November 2017 Newsletter is out!

Read about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees including Toastmaster of the Year Sharon O’Neill

The November 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is out . . . and it’s chock full of coverage of the Steel City Conference!

Lots of great pics plus interviews with our Hall of Fame inductees.

We’ve got all the latest news from around the District, including:
  • in-depth coverage of the Steel City Conference, and lots of photos!
  • instructions on how to download your own copies of conference photos
  • Hall of Fame including Toastmaster of the Year
  • DCP incentives from our Programme Quality Director
  • Christmas and New Year membership building from Club Growth Director
  • Details of how you can win a place to the Spring Conference, by writing an article,
  • news about how your club can get €200 toward hosting an event, and
  • a personal message from District Director Red Skelton

Many thanks to Division E Director Angela Scott and her team for a number of the articles.

Click here to download the November Toastmasters District 71 newsletter.

The September 2017 newsletter is here!

Photo of the stage at the Toastmasters convention in Vancouver with Canadian flag

The latest issue of the D71 newsletter includes:

  • reports from the International Convention in Vancouver
  • 9 lessons Vinette learned on her Road to Vancouver
  • news from Division M
  • how to run an Advanced Club
  • details of the Club Incentive Programme
  • your chance to perform stand-up comedy at the Steel City Conference on 3rd November. . . and more!

Click here to read the September 2017 issue of the newsletter! 

Time is running out. . .

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Only five more days to achieve the Smedley Award and to encourage your members to pay their Dues Renewals.

The Toastmasters International website will be busy at the weekend so please don’t leave it to the last minute.

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It’s dues renewal time!

Having been the President and Club Treasurer of several clubs more than once I understand the challenges of getting dues in on time. 
I also believe that Treasurers are often the “unsung heroes” of our clubs.  Particularly at this important time of the year.
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Treasurers and all other officers have a key role to play in encouraging members to renew their membership, and demonstrating that toastmasters membership is great value for money.
 
Here are some tips:
 
1.  If the club can afford it offer a 10% discount for early payment.
2.  Send out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final reminder emails.
3.  Also remind members that they can only compete in contests if they are “a member in good standing” and that there is no grace period. 
4.  In your reminder emails name and thank those that have paid and you may also want to list those still to pay.
5.  Thank those that have paid for helping the club to achieve one of its DCP goals.
6.  It’s also all about membership retention, work with your VP Membership and other officers to encourage renewals from members that you have not seen for a while.
7.  Some clubs use monthly standing orders to help members to spread the cost.
 
Also take a look at Monzo – a free debit card preloaded from your club bank account to pay Toastmasters International dues.         
 
I’m offering a gift of TI shop items to any clubs who manage to get 80% or more of
their members to pay before the deadline.
 
Don’t forget that the dues deadline is the end of September so think about sending out reminders and paying TI dues now – please don’t leave it to the last minute.    
 
Please help your Club, your Area, your Division and District to achieve their membership payment goals.                                 
 
If you have any other great ideas please let me know.
— John Cox, Club Growth Director

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September is Smedley Award season

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Only One Month Left to Achieve the Smedley Award and More!

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