Workshops and events

Contest Dates for D71 division contests

It’s contest season again! Here are the dates for the D71 Division International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contests:

Division A          15th April

Division B          29th April

Division C          29th April

Division D          15th April

Division E           21st April

Division F            21st April

Division G            28th April

Division H            21st April

Division M           21st April

Division S            21st April

Good luck to all the contestants! Please go along and support your local contest. We’ll see the winners of the Division Contests in Cork 12-13th May!

P.S. For those of you who prefer things in chronological order, here is an alternative list of contest dates:

15th April: Division A

15th April: Division D

21st April: Division E

21st April: Division F

21st April: Division H

21st April: Division M

21st April: Division S

28th April: Division G

29th April: Division B

29th April: Division C

 

The March 2018 newsletter is out!

A stunning view of Southewst Ireland

Hope this finds all Toastmasters across District 71 well and enjoying the early signs of spring.

Pathways has launched, member renewals are due, and Easter is tomorrow!

It is my pleasure to share the latest issue of the District 71 newsletter. This issue features news from across Division B, and my sincere thanks to Division B Director Gerard Mannix for his kind assistance with this edition: D71 March 2018 newsletter

The image featured above is just one of the stunning views in Division B. Thanks for Gerard Mannix, Division Director, for sharing.

The newsletter features the latest on Pathways  — now live in District 71! — from our Program Quality Manager Patricia O’Reilly, and much, much more! Of special interest may be the deadlines flagged up for a few PR incentives including Travelling Toastie, the Distinguished Club Website programme, and the grants scheme for PR events.

Enjoy the newsletter, and as always, I welcome your feedback.

D71 March 2018 newsletter

Laura Bruce, D71 Public Relations Manager

Region Advisor Aletta Rochat makes the most of her visit

 We have been delighted to host Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat in District 71 for the past week. Division Directors Robert Brooke and Daniel Sandars in Divisions G and H created a jam-packed itinerary. In total, Aletta attended nearly than a dozen District 71 events! At the majority of these, Aletta led a workshop, so she’s been very busy to say the least!

Sharing a laugh at Milton Keynes Executive Action

 

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Region 11 Director Aletta Rochat to spend next week in D71

Aletta Rochat is Toastmasters International’s Region 11 Advisor

We’re delighted that Region 11 Director Aletta Rochat will be visiting us next week. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Aletta will spend a week in D71. She’ll be visiting clubs and giving presentations to a range of audiences across Division H. After a hectic week, she’ll join the District Leadership Team for training in Manchester at the weekend.

A packed itinerary

Among her stops will be the 15th Anniversary celebrations of Anglia Communicators on Monday 23rd January. An auspicious occasion indeed, Aletta’s presence will be the icing on the cake for this Peterborough, England club. There, she’ll lead a workshop, “How to Prepare a Great Speech when you have NO time to prepare” .

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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.

Christmas Bells are Jingling this weekend — and Leighton Buzzard Toastmasters helping to ring in the cheer

A Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals.  Three of its primary goals are to:

  • Create a strong, supportive club membership
  • Enhance members’ speaking skills
  • Prepare members for real life experiences

Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council, and Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has been Master of Ceremonies for the council’s communities activities.  Read More

“Adrian – it *is* about you!” – Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters award

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Popular photographer Adrian Melia was honoured in a very special way at his Toastmaster home club in Kildare town on Tuesday 24th October. In a break with normal proceedings, Toastmaster David Clinton interrupted the scheduled agenda for a few minutes with an important announcement. Read More

Summer issue of District 71 newsletter is published

Summer get-togethers like this one in Killarney were a highlight of the Toastmasters summer.

Summer get-togethers like this one in Killarney were a highlight of the Toastmasters summer.

Summer Newsletter Published

I am delighted to report the summer issue of our newsletter has been published. A highlight of this issue is a welcome from Red Skelton, our new District Director. There are messages from Programme Quality Director Patricia O’Reilly and Club Growth Director John Cox, and a public relations update from me, Laura Bruce. My news includes the launch of the “DCW — Distinguished Club Website”  programme — a new initiative to ensure your club’s website does what it needs to do.

A copy of the newsletter will be emailed to all members of District 71. If you don’t receive your email copy, check your spam folder. And make sure you haven’t inadvertently unsubscribed to emails from District 71!

To download a copy of the newsletter (1.1 MB) click here. And let us know what you think! Contributions always welcome.

World Championship of Public Speaking prep

If you can get to London on Saturday 15 July, you will be treated to a day-long spectacular known as the “Road to Vancouver”. You’ll be supporting our D71 International Speech Contest champion Vinette Hoffman-Jackson, as she prepares for the world’s biggest stage! Vinette will be representing us at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver in August! Come along Saturday as she delivers her speech alongside the other European champions.

Besides hearing Vinette and the other champs, there will be a World Championship panel moderated by Iain Hawkins featuring former WCOPS finalist Olivia Schofield.

There will also be an evaluation masterclass by Taz Miah, and Antonio Meza’s world-class keynote. The organisers promise another surprise, for a truly spectacular Saturday.

Networking reception and option to go to dinner afterwards — what’s not to like? Click here to get more information and buy your tickets!  Hope to see you there!

— Laura

Show your support for our champion Saturday at the Road to Vancouver event in London!

Show your support for our champion Saturday at the Road to Vancouver event in London!

 

Speechcraft

Do you dread speaking in front of others? If you do, you’re not alone. But you can conquer that fear, painlessly and enjoyably, by attending a Speechcraft programme. Keep looking here for more information as we update the deliverables

WHAT IS SPEECHCRAFT?

Speechcraft is designed to help you develop your presentation and public speaking skills. You learn and practice in a friendly non threatening environment. Experienced Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. It is run as four weekly two-hour sessions where you will pick up many speaking tools and tips.

HOW WILL SPEECHCRAFT HELP YOU?

Speachcraft will improve your performance at:

  • Conducting and participating in business meetings
  • Motivating people
  • Interviewing for jobs
  • Selling ideas and products
  • Solving problems