Workshops and events

Enhanced Club Officer Training Summer 2020

Promote the Toastmasters promise

Congratulations on your election to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021! We are thrilled to be working together.

Club Officer Training Word ArtEffective training for club officers is one of the most critical parts of delivering our mission to our members. Without properly trained officers, clubs cannot meet members’ needs or introduce the benefits of Toastmasters to others. Club officer training is also vital means to leadership development.

This year how District 71 delivers training has changed as we prevail over the challenges of the novel Coronavirus. This year we are offering for, the first time, a District wide Club Officer Training (COT) on the 4th of July and then to provide flexibility and choice a set of officer training sessions will be held that are coordinated by our twelve Division Directors and their Areas.

Saturday 4th of July 2020 is FULL

Watch this space in the next day or so for the details of further Club Officer training offers led by our Divisions. This list will grow

On the recommendation of Toastmasters International we have adopted for online training a format based on concurrent training with parallel sessions. This format is known as a Toastmaster Leadership Institute or TLI. A TLI offers you choice about which elective sessions to attend for your leadership development. They are increasingly popular around the world.

What to expect? A scene setting opening followed by three rounds of concurrent training with breaks followed by concluding activities.

Agenda (comfort stops between)

  • 9:30-10:00 Registration
  • 10:00-10:25 Opening and Scene setting
  • 10:35-11:35 Concurrent training round 1
  • 11:45-12:45 Concurrent training round 2
  • 13:30-14:30 Concurrent training round 3
  • 14:40-15:10 Wrap up session and close

*Note that Toastmasters International minimum recommended officer training is five hours (allowing for breaks), but we have trimmed it back to four hours to allow for zoom fatigue and will offer a regular program of optional training through the year in compensation.

Final agenda and schedule Click to download 2020-07-04 District 71 Enhanced Club Officer Training Agenda

Training credit for the Distinguished Club Program

Club officers attending the full day should train for their forthcoming role plus their choice of two other modules to earn their Club a credit towards the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). The only incoming officers who can claim training credit are President, VP Education, VP Membership, VP Public Relation, Treasurer, Secretary, and Sergeant at Arms. Assistants and those interested in club leadership are more than welcome to attend for their own benefit.

There will be ample further opportunities to train for DCP credit led be Divisions or Areas.

Register in advance for this meeting: CLOSED

The curriculum

Club Officers deliver the Toastmasters International Club Mission: “We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth”

We will help you deliver that by addressing three key questions:

  1. What is my role?
  2. Why is my role important?
  3. How can I do my role well -what are the best practices?

We are including generous facilitation activities and brainstorming because in the year ahead members, officers, and their clubs face uncertainty around roles and functions and need innovative thinking and idea.

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English – Open House Public Speaking Meeting

#WeAreToastmasters Open House Public Speaking Meeting

Why do you need to be a good public speaker?

“Does oratory help me advance in my career?”
“How do I know my presentation is impactful before I show up with it in front of my boss?”
“Is there a secret recipe for those who excel in “Public Speaking”?”
“I’m looking for a public speaking course to help me get over my emotions and learn the basics – do you know any?”
“How can I give feedback without the other person taking it personally?”

You’ve probably heard many such questions? There have been times when at least one of them has crossed your mind.

You are invited to this special meeting, where you will

  • receive practical techniques for delivering a speech
  • see a speech by a champion speaker & evaluate to see its strengths
  • see the application of motivational evaluation & feedback techniques gain insight into the power of words & rhetoric
  • take part in impromptu speaking .

You will get answers to your questions.
You’ll meet people from all over the world.
You’ll see how public speaking can become fun. You’ll realise your feelings about making presentations easily be transformed.

It’ll be 90 minutes in English. It’s free via the Internet. Afterwards you’re invited to stay on for a “glass” of informal chat with our team. Having Confidence to speak with Influence – we invite you to a Zoom meeting. When: May 19, 2020 @5pm Dublin & London Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcO6vpj4pHtLLtIwqkGCo1OyEwkwHnR4S

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email telling you how to join the meeting. This is part of a series of events across Europe dedicated to people who want to learn to love public speaking – and how to do it brilliantly.

About Toastmasters International:
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
An online meeting to develop your public speaking skills, meet new friends all over Europe and practice your second language. Organised by Toastmasters in Europe.

Feb 2020 New District 71 Webinars up on YouTube

We are very fortunately able to add three new webinars to our District YouTube channel this month on Club Coaching, Pathways and Training the Trainers

Rebuilding a Struggling Club

Presented by Club Extension Chair Zain Ul Abidin, DTM.
Intended for all the current and potential future club coaches as well as officers of struggling clubs.

Pathways for Club Officers

Hosted by District 71 Pathways Chair Tanya Barad

Training the Trainer Toastmasters District 71

Presented by Program Quality Director Gerard Mannix and District Director John Cox

Webinar: How to promote your club and get new members

Members of the District Leadership Team, John Cox, District Director, Gerard Mannix, Program Quality Director, Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director and I will be holding a panel discussion on topics relating to Public Relations and Membership Growth and Retention, and Enhancing the Guest/Member experience.

Resources

4) Well worth checking D69 Club Growth Director Mark Snow’s resources

beautiful step by step resources

5) Free Marketing fliers from TI Website. Search resource libraries for more

https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/resource-library?t=marketing

Webinar: District 71 Leadership

On this webinar, District Leadership Chair and Past District Director, Kevin Lee discusses Toastmasters leadership opportunities beyond the club, highlighting the benefits, rewards and challenges that District Leadership brings. He believes that every toastmaster has more to gain from serving their fellow members. In addition, Kevin will demystify the process for becoming a District Leader.

Call for District Leader Nominations 2020-2021
To:   All Members
Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2020-2021?  The first call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 is Wednesday 15th January 2020.

To find out more, on Sunday the 8th December at 8.00pm there will be a webinar run by District Leadership Committee Chair, Kevin Lee, DTM, Past District Director. Registration details to follow. Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to support our clubs and fellow members, and further develop your communication and leadership skills.  Leadership roles can be challenging, but they are rewarding and a further opportunity to learn and grow.   The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of: District Director Program Quality Director Club Growth Director Public Relations Manager Division Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, M, N and S) There have been some key changes this year to Protocol 9.0 particularly regarding floor candidates.   
For more details and the critical deadlines please click on the links below: District Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities For further information about these roles, please refer to the District Leadership Handbook and the District Administrative Bylaws, Article VII: Officers in the Toastmasters International Governing Documents. See the Toastmasters International Website for the Elections Toolkit. First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 by Wednesday 15th January 2020. If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork: District Leader Nominating Form From the candidate themselves:
Officer Agreement and Release Statement
Candidate Application Form
Both Submissions should be made to the District Leadership Committee Chair – Past District Director, Kevin Lee, DTM at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.comDeadline for candidates to declare intent to run is: Wednesday 15th January 2020.
After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate.  
The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2020, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2020, when voting will take place.  Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Kevin Lee at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.com

Webinar: Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations

A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations

Approximately 10-15 percent of our District’s Toastmasters clubs are in corporate environments (worldwide 60% are) – yet many of these clubs struggle. That’s because we support them using the techniques and knowledge that has worked for community clubs.

To help these struggling clubs, we must:

Think like a genuine stakeholder within the corporation

Meet their expectations of us as their education program provider

Have expectations of them beyond providing a meeting facility and tuition being paid

Audio (only) webinar with authour Pat Johnson DTM, Past Toastmasters International President. An informative discussion that can change your interaction with, and expectations of, your corporate programs. We covered these key points

  • The importance of beginnings
  • Preparation prior to your initial meeting with the corporation
  • “Corporate Speak” versus Toastmaster jargon – know your audience
  • The demonstration and/or information meeting
  • Potential challenges you may encounter in the corporation
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities for everyone
  • Supports required from the district team

Resources

The Handbook

https://www.toastmasters.org/shop/B79–A-Handbook-for-Building-and-Sustaining-Vibrant-Toastmaster-Programs-in-Corporations

Toastmasters International Resources

Starting a new club, Club sponsors/mentors , Charter clubs and kits – newclubs@toastmasters.org
Corporate acknowledgement, Corporate relations – corporaterelations@toastmasters.org
New Member Kit – tracking@toastmasters.org

Starting a new club:https://www.toastmasters.org/start-a-club

Corporations sponsoring a club: https://www.toastmasters.org/membership/sponsor-a-club

How to sponsor a new club: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/how-to-sponsor-a-new-club

Marketing Presentations: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/marketing%20presentations

Speechcraft training program: https://www.toastmasters.org/education/speechcraft

The Successful Club Series set: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/the-successful-club-series-set

The Leadership Excellence Series set https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/the-leadership-excellence-series-set

Rick Furbush Corporate Kick Off Meetings

Kick Off Meeting Success

Ultimate Kick-Off meeting! Rick Furbush shares successful actions on Starting New Toastmasters Clubs. Check out part 2:

Webinar: Building New Clubs

Club Extension Chair Zain ul Abidin is hosted a District 71 Webinar on Sunday 3rd November on building new clubs.

This webinar covers three main building new clubs stages:
1) Planning
2) The Kick-off Meeting
3) You’ve got 20 members, now what? What to keep an eye on post chartering!

Resources

How to Build a Toastmasters Club: https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/how-to-build-a-toastmasters-club

Charter forms checklist https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-forms-checklist

Form 1 Application to Organize a Toastmasters Club:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/application-to-organize-a-toastmasters-club

Form 2 Charter Payments https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-payments

Form 3 Charter Membership Application:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-membership-application

Form 4 Charter Club Officer Information:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/charter-club-officer-information

Form 5 Club Information:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/new-club-information-form

Form 6A Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/form-6a-club-constitution

Form 6B Addendum of Standard Club Options:https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/form-6b-club-constitution

The Kick Off Meeting

Rick Furbush Kick Off Meetings

Kick Off Meeting Success

Ultimate Kick-Off meeting! Rick Furbush shares successful actions on Starting New Toastmasters Clubs. Check out part 2:

District Conference IS IT TOO LATE TO BOOK? #Norwich19

By Red Skelton DTM, Conference Team member

IS IT TOO LATE TO BOOK?

Wow, is it only a couple of weeks before the Norwich Conference? I am getting so excited and can’t wait for the weekend to begin. I have a friend that hasn’t booked yet and was wondering if I could tell her about all the presenters and entertainment for the weekend. I said not a problem! There will be two Keynote Speakers Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez and Marcus Hemsley. There will also be six workshops throughout the weekend including; Eldonnna Lewis-Fernandez, Marcus Hemsley, Bret Freeman, Julian Hammond, Shaun Durkin and Laura Bruce. All will be inspiring and enjoyable.

The entertainment will be top class as well. The D-Day Darlings will be performing on Friday evening while the Joe Ringer Band will be performing Saturday evening. The Rock Vox Choir will also be performing during pre-drinks on Saturday evening.

The theme of the conference is, “going back to the 1940s”. People will embrace this theme in many ways. From the traditional 1940s dress the whole weekend to the 1940s Friday evening wear, we just want you to enjoy the 1940 theme.

My friend was very excited about the idea of coming and asked if I knew if there were any more tickets available? I told her that there are still a few tickets available and if she wanted to go then please go to the conference website https://www.norwichconference2019.com to book the ticket and also check on the availability of hotels. I warned her that the conference will be selling out fast so not to delay her booking. She booked immediately so not to miss this exciting experience.

Lastly, bring your club banner with you. Do not worry about the dowels so you can fold your banner and fit it in your hand luggage if flying from Ireland. Please leave your banner when you check in for the conference. You will get it back once the conference is over. I hope to see as many of you as possible during this extraordinary event!

Do not miss out on a weekend of fun, friends and your Toastmaster family.

**** HOLD THE PRESSES I HAVE GREAT NEWS……

Four individuals have cancelled their tickets for the Norwich Conference. These tickets were purchased at the Earlybird rate and will go on sale immediately for the Earlybird rate of £240. These tickets will be on a first come first served basis. Please send your interest and intent to the “Contact Us” link and ensure you add your name and the number of tickets you want. These will sell out fast so please contact the conference team via the website.

Pathways Is for Everyone

Are you finding Pathways a little challenging? Here is the webinar “Pathways IS for Everyone” originally held on Sunday 31st March at 8 PM BST

RESOURCES

Here are the PDFs of all Level 1 projects courtesy of Sarah Hearty President of Galway TM:

Here are the PDFs of all the Level 1 projects Evaluation sheets

Meetings and Education

District Conference Agenda and Booking

District Conference #Norwich2019

By Red Skelton DTM, Conference Team Member

Dear Fellow D71 members,

The Agenda is finalized and it is my pleasure to announce to you the line-up for the upcoming Norwich Conference (Please click on Conference Agenda to be directed to document)

What an action packed three days this conference will offer to those that book. There will be a total of 6 workshops and two Keynote speakers. There will be a total of 12 speech contests; 8 Semi-finals and 4 finals. There will be a Candidate Showcase where those running for District office will be asked a series of questions, so you will know them better. The District Council meeting will be on Saturday where our new District officers will be elected, and any motions will be voted on. There will be entertainment each evening and a lot of food. So, the question is…. What are you waiting for?

Keep an eye on the website for additional information and remember, “Keep Calm and Book Early Bird”

Norwich Conference 2019 May 10 – 12 May 2019

Come, see and hear great speakers at our eight semi-finals and four finals of the Humorous Speech, International Speech, Table Topics and Evaluation Contests.

All the semi-finals will be held on Friday the 10th May.

The finals of the International Speech and the Table Topics Contest will be held Saturday 11th May, and the finals of the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests will be Sunday 12th May.

For more details please go to: https://www.norwichconference2019.com/programme