David and Guy show us how a dramatic gesture assures impact

David Clinton from Athy Toastmasters won the 2017 Table Topics contest.

Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion

Guy Doza from Cambridge Speakers is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion

Congratulations to David Clinton and Guy Doza, winners of the autumn D71 Speech Contests in Sheffield.

Both these fellas use drama to make an impression, and it paid off big style! Read More

D71 Hall of Fame awards: Sharon O’Neill DTM named ‘Toastmaster of the Year’

Michael Collins with Sharon O'Neill

Toastmaster of the Year, Sharon O’Neill from Division A, and Safe Haven 2018 Conference Chair.


The D71 Steel City Conference announced the Hall of Fame recipients. Immediate Past District Director Michael Collins announced the Toastmaster of the Year – Sharon O’Neill of Blarney Toastmasters, Cork.

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Your Steel City Conference programme, online

Steel city conference logo

The Steel City Conference is almost here!

If you’re looking to plan your weekend at the final D71 autumn conference, take a look at the online programme for Steel City here:

Lots of great workshops, and fun and games night on Friday, contests Saturday and Sunday, plus time to make new friends and visit with old ones.

Can’t wait until the conference — hope to see you there!


The October issue of the D71 newsletter is here!

Bedford Speakers visited Cranfield Speakers to help out at their Autumn contest.

The October 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is here! This month’s edition is full of news from Division H, our guest contributors. There’s also a story about Clare Crowther, the first Toastmaster in the UK or Ireland to become a Toastmasters Accredited Speaker! Plus we’ve got news from District Director Red Skelton, Programme Quality Director Patricia O’Reilly gives us a preview of the Steel City Conference, and Club Growth Director John Cox gives an update on . . . Club Growth. Read More

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! 

9 Lessons I learnt on my Road to Vancouver 2017

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

By Vinette Hoffman-Jackson

On Saturday 13th May 2017, after months of competition, I was selected to represent District 71 (UK & Ireland) in the International Speech Contest in Vancouver, Canada, which was a dream come true. I somehow managed to retain a calm exterior whilst graciously accepting my trophy and giving my thank you speech although butterflies were doing somersaults in my stomach.

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Your invitation to the District 71 Steel City Conference

steel-logoYou are invited to the next District 71 Conference — the Steel City Conference — in Sheffield from 3rd to 5th November 2017.

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