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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Conference Countdown!

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The Steel City Conference is almost here!

Do you remember the film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”?  That excellent 1987 film starring Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy.

In early November lots of you will be using planes, trains and automobiles to travel to Sheffield for the LAST District 71 November conference – Steel City 2017 3-5 November 2017.  If you haven’t already booked, then do so immediately and come to Steel City 2017 to:- Read More

A Snapshot of the 86th International Convention in Vancouver

Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately from Rathfarnham Toastmasters attended the Vancouver conference

Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately from Rathfarnham Toastmasters attended the Vancouver conference

by Ciara Halloran & Kathleen Gately

As members of Rathfarnham Toastmasters our last attendance at the International Convention was in Calgary 2008 when we supported fellow club member Sultan Nazir who won the District 71 International Speech Contest and made it into the world semi-finals.  This year the combination of a visit to beautiful Vancouver and the Toastmasters annual conference drew us back to Canada so what was our experience of this year’s convention? Read More

D71 Toastmaster Steve Campion gets published in The Guardian!

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Steve Campion’s article helps raise awareness of Toastmasters.

Delighted to report that an article by Steve Campion has been published in The Guardian newspaper!

Well done Steve! Here is a link.

Steve wrote the article to help raise awareness of Toastmasters, and it has been widely published. However the circulation of the Guardian means that many more people will find Steve’s advice after today!

Here’s a taste of what Steve wrote:

Want to win over an audience? How to improve your presentation skills

Whether the prospect of delivering a presentation fills you with excitement or dread, there are key steps to ensuring you make an impact

Presentations shouldn’t be just a set of bullet points on a screen. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore used presentation slides to provide a compelling argument to his audience. Your next business presentation may not win any awards, but there are things you can do to make an impact.

Remember, it’s not about you

There are many reasons why you would need to give a presentation: pitching for funding, building a business relationship or making a sale. However, the overall purpose of your presentation should always do one thing: provide something your audience needs. In his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes: “Begin with the end in mind”. Think about what you want the audience to do as a result of hearing your talk – whether it is to buy your product the next day or introduce you to their company’s senior decision-makers. . . . [continued at link]

 

Athlone is celebrating. . . and you’re invited!

Athlone Toastmasters is turning 30! All Toastmasters are invited to join the celebrations!

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Calling all workshop presenters!

The “Dial-a-workshop” initiative is underway! 

Are you available to help clubs as a workshop presenter? Then get in touch!

Are you available to help clubs as a workshop presenter? Then get in touch!

As District 71 Program Quality Director, I am compiling a list of members who are ready, willing and able to deliver workshops on their specialist subjects at club, area, division and district level.

This list will be posted on the D71toastmasters.org website.  It will be emailed to all clubs and area and division directors and they will be encouraged to invite members from this list to deliver workshops at their clubs and events.

Remuneration:  none (we’re Toastmasters)

Expenses:  reasonable expenses will be reimbursed (petrol, train/bus fare, flight (cheap, no frills), overnight stay (if necessary)

Reward:  the satisfaction of bringing your workshop to members, especially those in remoter parts of the District.

If you are interested please send me your name, contact details and workshop title(s) and be a part of this new “Dial a Workshop” initiative.

For more information please contact me here.

–Patricia O’Reilly, Program Quality Director

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Beat the Clock Winners

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Congratulations to the following clubs who were successful in the Beat the Clock campaign by adding at least 5 new, dual or reinstated members to their clubs.

  • Div A Area 23 Guardian Toastmasters
  • Div B Area 13 Shannon Toastmasters
  • Div B Area 36 West Limerick Toastmasters
  • Div D Area 28 Athy Toastmasters
  • Div D Area 40 Kiltegan
  • Div E Area 6 East Midlands Speakers
  • Div E Area 15 Leeds City Toastmasters
  • Div E Area 15 York EbOrators Toastmasters
  • Div E Area 39 Bullring Speakers
  • Div G Area 20 Cornerstone Communicators
  • Div G Area 25 Norwich Speakers
  • Div G Area 41 Cambridge Speakers
  • Div G Area 41 Cambridge City Communicators
  • Div M Area 18 Hellfire Club

5-starCongratulations to the following 27 clubs who won the “5 Star Member Excellence” campaign by finishing on the 30th June 2017 with a NET GROWTH of at least 5 members.

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Welcome to D71’s twelve new clubs in 2016-17

  • Saffron Walden Speakers – Division G – Area 14
  • The Digital Hub Toastmasters Club – Division C – Area 16
  • Lincolnshire Speakers – Division E – Area 6
  • Deutsche Bank Toastmasters Birmingham – Division E – Area 39
  •  Allianz Toastmasters – Division M – Area 5
  • Castlebar – Division F – Area 12
  • Chester Corporate Speakers – Division E – Area 48
  • G-Toast UK – Division G – Area 41
  • Amazon Toastmasters – Division M – Area 26
  • Accentuators – Division M – Area 2
  • Google Phonic – Division M – Area 18
  • Anglian Advanced Speakers – Division G – Area 25

May/June Newsletter

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District Director Rants

tieYes Michael Collins has had a few rants this year.  Be sure to click here for his latest thoughts on whether wearing a tie really adds to a speech! Also check out all his previous pieces on his blog.

The Road to Vancouver

Now an annual event –  not to be missed.   vinette

  • Saturday 15th July
  • London

Click here for all details.

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