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Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

John KendallJohn Kendall DTM (North Herts Speakers), Past Pathways Ambassador and Guide

Around our districts there are hotspots of Pathways activity, but there are others that have yet to fully grasp it.

What distinguishes clubs making the most of pathways from the others?

Some of the factors are:

  1. Champions – who know more about the projects or how basecamp works,
  2. Senior members e.g. New DTMs, setting the example of starting a path,
  3. Most of the officers starting a path,
  4. Some members making fast progress in pathways,
  5. Giving new members are good start.

The learning load for a new member was high enough when they had manuals and loads of people to ask about things.  Now they are told how to login and most people in the club can’t help them and before they can start they have to choose a path from 10 without really knowing the consequences.

Toastmasters works best by doing things in small steps – a salami approach.  So how do we make it easier for a newcomer to do their Icebreaker?  If we had lots of experienced members in the club, we could mentor them about paths and teach them how to use choose a path and how to cope with the basecamp implementation.

Now we don’t have enough pathways experienced members in most clubs –  so until we do, we can make the steps to start smaller.

VPE (Vice President of Education) gives all new members electronic copy (PDFs) for all level one projects, as they are the same in all paths, and while they are doing these – introduce gradually to the paths – and basecamp.

By the time they have finished the third project they will have to choose their path and learn basecamp to go on to level 2.

This will speed the process & time it takes for new members to get their first award.

Remember our core values, Integrity, Excellence, Respect & Service.  Are we, being good clubs members doing all we can to maximise the benefits of pathways for new members?

District Officers will know that Pathways gives the opportunity for new members to contribute to Distinguished Club Programme goals in their first year and the mix of traditional and pathway goals allows club to achieve a higher performance than usual.  Are your club officers including new members in their plans?

Of course, pathways are not just for new members, it is for all of us.  We all joined Toastmasters International to learn new skills, not for CC or DTM awards.  Pathways is simply a way we can choose our new learnings.  When we do the icebreaker at the start we bring all or current knowledge with us and build on it as we progress.

It is said only babies with a full nappy look forward to changes.  That is not true of Toastmasters is it?  We are all here to learn new things, aren’t we?

Club Growth News – November 2018

Club Growth News – November 2018

Club Growth News

Gerard MannixGerard Mannix DTM, Club Growth Director

Invitation

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix @ gmail . com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

Now that Halloween is done the real fall time of year is approaching.  At this stage meetings have got into full swing and contest time is with us.  Good wishes to all members participating.

Does your club have many guests?

Toastmaster clubs need to encourage new members to join to maintain quality meetings and continuity.  This time of year, District 71 has an incentive for clubs that add 4 plus members.  Each club that attains these extra members will qualify for a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro.  Yet, if the club does not like that food a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods from the Toastmasters International store.

Fall into Winter Award

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

November 1 -31 December

  • Clubs that add 4 plus members during this period will be awarded a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro or for those in the sterling currency a voucher valued at 40 pounds
  • Or a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods at Toastmasters International store.

Thank you for your attention and the magnificent work you are undertaking.

Membership Contest Smedley Award Results

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CLUBS

Cambridge City Communicators

Manchester Orators Toastmasters Club

Heart of England Club

Leeds City Toastmasters

Castleknock Toastmasters

Naas Club

Clondalkin Toastmasters

Galway Club

Glasgow Toastmasters

Lincolnshire Speakers

EI Toastmasters

 

This is the membership award where clubs have added five new, dual or reinstated members between August 1 to September 30 2018

New Clubs

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix @ gmail . com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

With great please District 71 can announce our latest clubs.  Very many congratulations to all involved.

  • McAfee Toastmasters Cork, Club Number: 6806020, District 71, Area A3, Charter Date: 23rd October 2018
  • Luton Communicators, Luton, Club Number: 5941966, District 71 Area H32, Charter Date: 31st October 2018

Club Growth Map Novembnr 2018

 

Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick

Triple Crown Criteria 2018-19

Triple Crown Criteria 2018-19

Triple Crowns

Have you heard of the Triple Crown?  Surprisingly, few members have.  It is an award made available to District’s (and their members) to recognize educational achievement.  Members who achieve three or more educational awards in a single program year are listed in the Triple Crown report in the Daily reports section of the Dashboard for our District (http://bit.ly/2PQQgu8).

Each district identifies the combination of educational awards and any other parameters that count toward the Triple Crown.  In District 71 we have recognised members achieving Triple Crown in our Hall of Fame each year by asking them to stand and be recognised.  Under 1% of members achieve a Triple Crown each year.  Purchase of the optional pin badge is left to the discretion of the member or their club.

With the advent of Pathways, we have agreed that District 71 will for this year recognise Triple Crown for members that achieve any combination of three education awards including Pathways Levels.  So, for example, a Pathways Level 1,2 and 3 will constitute a Triple Crown award.  Any mixture of three awards – Pathways Levels and a CC, CL, Advanced Communicator, or Leader, or DTM will also be recognised as a Triple Crown Award winner.

Current Triple Crown Standing in District 71 (7th November 2018).  Congratulations to everyone!

Member Count Award
Barad, Tanya Louise 6 PM3 , PM2 , PM1 , DTM , PM4 , ALS
Cowley, Martin 4 ALB , DTM , ALS , CL
O’Brien, Moira 4 DTM , LDREXC , ACG , ALS
Leeman, Lauren 4 ACS , ALS , CL , LDREXC
McFadzean, John 3 ALB , ACB , CL
Cronin, Beryl 3 CC , ALB , CL
00671898 – Name unavailable 3 ALS , LDREXC , DTM
Hammond, Carl 3 ALS , LDREXC , ACG
01371735 – Name unavailable 3 ACS , DTM , ACG
01568270 – Name unavailable 3 LD5 , PWMENTORPGM , CL
Walton, Darren 3 VC4 , VC2 , VC3
Shaw, Gillian 3 DTM , ALS , LDREXC
Bruce, Lorna 3 ALS , LDREXC , ACG
03619993 – Name unavailable 3 ACS , DTM , ACG

“Name unavailable” means the member has not opted in to disclosing their information.  This can be changed under “Manage My Data and Consent” on your profile on the Toastmasters International website.

District Nominations 2019-2020

District Nominations 2019-2020

Red SkeltonRed Skelton, DTM IPDD, District Leadership Committee Chair

So, you are thinking about running for a District Office?  Congratulations!  But, not sure what to do, no worries we will figure it out together.  Nominations will be held for the following positions; Division Directors, District Public Relations Manager, District Club Growth Director, District Program Quality Director and District Director.  Anyone that is qualified can apply for any position.  The first important date that you need to remember is 15 December.  This is the deadline to declare your intent to run for a position.  Once you have filled in and submitted the appropriate paperwork, just sit back, hold tight and enjoy Christmas.  You will be contacted by the District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair with a couple of dates/times where you will have (2) interviews with individuals on the DLC.  These questions will determine your knowledge regarding the position you are applying and to ensure you have a good understanding of what the role involves.  Then all you can do is wait until April 2019, when the list of nominated candidates is announced.  If, unfortunately, you are unsuccessful in becoming a nominated candidate, you still can declare yourself as a floor candidate after the results are released.  You will be guided along the way so why not consider this opportunity to serve others?  Who knows, you might be the next Division Director or a member of the District Leadership Team.  One Two Three…. Declare!

Formal call

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations

An overview of District leadership roles can be found here: https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/District-Leader-Tools/Leadership-Roles  http://bit.ly/2yWIMfp

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

D71, Division M finals of the Humorous & Table Topics speech contests.

Breaking News….

We are honoured to welcome Mr Dan Rex CEO Toastmasters International, who will attend and speak at our contest!

 

Dan Rex
Will we see you there?

A great night’s entertainment guaranteed.

  • 6:30pm Briefings for contestants & SAAs by Contest Chair, Mary Burnham.
  • And also 6:30 briefings for Judges, Timekeepers, Tallies by Chief Judge, Shaun Durnin.
  • Doors close at 7:25pm SHARP!
  • 7:30 pm start.
  • €10 entrance for ALL except contestants.

Don’t forget your TM club banner!

Venue

 

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Stillorgan Road, A94 V6K5 Dublin, Ireland
Map: https://her.is/2PjWvah

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

District 71 is pleased to announce that

DAN REX,

Chief Executive Officer, Toastmasters International

will be visiting Dublin

on Saturday 17th November 2018.

He will be presenting a workshop on

QUALITY CLUBS

At 2pm in the CARLTON HOTEL DUBLIN AIRPORT, OLD AIRPORT ROAD, CLOGHRAN, CO. DUBLIN

If you would like to attend, please email d71amblannon@gmail.com by Wednesday 14th November 2018

(Nominal charge for Tea/Coffee)

(Parking free)


Richard Foster-Fletcher #ChantalCookePR

Richard Foster-Fletcher #ChantalCookePR

Author Richard Foster-Fletcher (Eldergate Toastmasters)

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.

9th November

How to give feedback to difficult employees

Company Bug: Set-up and grow your business fast, Readership: 12k

Key Steps for Feedback When Someone Has Done a Dreadful Job

Indezine: Make better Presentation Fast, Readership: 10k

1st November 2018

How to give feedback when a team member has let you down

Network She, Readership 18 thousand

30th October 2018

What to say to a staff member who’s done a terrible job

SME: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Readership 84 thousand

26th October 2018

https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/how-to-deliver-bad-feedback-to-employees/

The Startup Donut, Readership 143 thousand

https://www.sectorsdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/how-to-deliver-bad-feedback-to-employees

The Sectors Donut, Readership 265 thousand

https://www.recruiter.co.uk/advice/2018/10/how-give-feedback-bad-bit-work

The Recruiter, Readership 53 thousand

Sudha Mani #ChantalCookePR

Sudha Mani #ChantalCookePR

Sudha Mani is from Toastmasters International a not-for-profit organisation that has provided communication and leadership skills since 1924 through a worldwide network of clubs. There are more than 400 clubs and 10,000 members in the UK and Ireland. Members follow a structured educational programme to gain skills and confidence in public and impromptu speaking, chairing meetings and time management.

Sudha ManiAuthor Sudha Mani (Dunfermline Toastmasters)

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.

9th November 2018

How to Turn Around Your Presentation When Something Has Gone Wrong

Bytestart: The Small Business portal Readership: 71.5k

4th November 2018

When your presentation seems to be going wrong what should you do?

Family Friendly Working: News Advice and Ideas for working parents. Readership 10k

23rd October

https://lidradio.com/what-to-do-when-your-business-presentation-goes-horribly-wrong/

Readership: 26k

12th October 2018

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/work-presentation-going-pear-shaped-here-s-what-to-do-1.3657482

Readership: 427,000 daily Irish readers (print/online) and 44.5m page impressions on the website per month

9th October 2018

Practical Steps to take if you feel your presentation is going horribly wrong

Readership: 18k

8th October 2018

https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/help-what-to-do-when-a-presentation-goes-wrong

Readership: 142.5k

3rd October 2018

https://www.startupbusinessuk.net/start-a-business/imperfect-pitch

Readership: 33k

Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick

Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick
Gemma Hickey accepts the club banner from Gerard Mannix Club Growth Director

Gemma Hickey accepts the club banner from Gerard Mannix Club Growth Director

Dell EMC Limerick Toastmasters
Club Number: 06786940, District 71, Area B36
Charter Date: Jun. 21, 2018

A great warm welcome to the new club at Dell EMC Toastmasters Limerick. The club currently meets for one hour every Friday at 11am. They had a very lively meeting on Friday 5th October 2018. Excellent speeches from Elaine Tynan and Lorraine Brennan plus superb Topics from Tom Moriarty. Present at the meeting were Michael Collins Past District Director, Bridget Elliott Past Division B Director and Gerard Mannix Cub Growth Director 2018/19.

Gerard presented Gemma Hickey on behalf of Dell Toastmasters with the club banner. Gemma has been the leader in the company to spearhead the foundation of the club.Her energy with the excellent support of Bridget Elliott had the club achieve charter in June.

Wishing all at Dell many years of  Toastmasters’  benefits, enjoyment and comradeship

 

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner

Kindest regards.

Gerard 

Gerard Mannix
Club Growth Director,
Toastmasters International District 71

 

Public Relations 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Public Relations 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Public Relations Incentives

Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

Public Relations makes a difference. Our Goal as a District is to return to the International Hall of Fame at the next convention in Denver. To do that we need more members and more clubs and it all begins with attracting more guests.

The budget is structured to mirror and support the three remaining membership contests, Fall into Winter (November-December), Talk Up Toastmasters (February-March), and Beat the Clock (May-June). Claims can be backdated to 1st September

Below is a summary of this year PR incentives with links to full details at bottom

 

The flag ship incentive is the Open House/Open Night

This is designed to be incrementally progressive. Holding an open night is not the challenge, doing the public relations that makes it successful is. Points are awarded for the Public Relations effort in terms of the number of channels used e.g. event stall, radio interview, press release, Facebook event, email shot, flyer distribution campaign, etc. Additional points are awarded for the number of guests attending and the number of those guests converted to members. Clubs that started out the year with less than 20 members get more generous points. Official prospect clubs can apply. There is a limit, but two strong claims or three weaker claims per club are possible

Points mean prizes and in this case Pathways ribbons and pins or by arrangement a contribution to branded club promotional materials.

Additional synergistic Incentives

Club PR Firsts

Is your club planning to start, for the first time, a website, get a press release published, produce a club newsletter, or any other novel public relations endeavour? Yes, then claim a club ribbon pack

Club Promotional Videos

Have you noticed how powerful YouTube is become with its addictively appealing visual media? The first twenty new club promotional videos will earn the club two pathways pins and feature on the District PR channels.

External Event Grants

Have you got the opportunity to set up a stall at a public event? There are grants of 125 euro towards promotional materials and or venue costs. The grants are competitive and will be based on the likely foot fall, how well you know your target audience and your plans to attract them as guests to your club

Distinguished Club Website

Your website is often your first impression you give potential customers. Does you Club Website look good? Club ribbon pack for the best.

Write an article for Chantal

Chantal Cooke is a Public Relations agent who helps members publish educational articles to the national press. Last year we gained the editorial value of over half a million euro. This year authors will go into a prize draw for a £240 conference ticket

Travelling Toastie

It is great fun to visit other clubs to strengthen fellowship and gain ideas. Do three things 1) capture photo or testimonial video that includes the brand and your hosts, 2) distribute that out to social media where it can be seen, and 3) bring it to the District’s attention by hash tagging and or tagging us. Prize for each District’s best Travelling Toastie


 Full details on the website

  1. Open Nights
  2. Club PR Firsts (email me to claim)
  3. Club Promotion Video
  4. External Event Grants
  5. Distinguished Club Websites
  6. Write an Article for Chantal
  7. Travelling Toasties