A white-out has struck the February edition of the D71 newsletter.
It looks like a blank sheet. We blame the weather.
Stay tuned and we’ll try to get it up here ASAP!
If you thought tonight’s supermoon-blue moon combination was something really special, then you probably won’t be all that impressed by the new D71 newsletter.
But just in case, here it is. Stories from around the district, with Division S (my home division) contributing a number of articles. There’s a lot of information. And a LOT of photos. In fact, before I compressed it, this issue was 25.6 MB!
I hope you enjoy it! District 71 January 2018 newsletter (<–click here to open)
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
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
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:
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.
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 Toastmasters is turning 30! All Toastmasters are invited to join the celebrations!
The “Dial-a-workshop” initiative is underway!
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
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.
Congratulations 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.