District 71 - UK & Ireland

Welcome to the official District 71 website. District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of over 200 clubs and 4,500 members. It spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England. Find out where our clubs are, about the big events that go on throughout the year, who makes up your district leadership team and the diary of events for the year.

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  • Ashleigh Tobin, International Speech Contest Winner 2019-20
  • Hannah Spencer, Humorous Speech Contest Winner 2019-20
Latest News

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Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Find out about all the important upcoming events
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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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Anthony Garvey #ChantalCookePR

Anthony Garvey #ChantalCookePR


The Myths of Public Speaking and Presenting

Have you asked colleagues and friends for advice on public speaking and presenting?  I have and some have been useful but much of advice has been not so great.  You may have had the same experience!

In this article we’ll look at the ‘not so great advice’, debunking twelve myths and pointing out some pitfalls you can avoid when you have a speech or presentation to give.

Anthony Garvey of Tralee Toastmasters Club

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.


March 2020

NE Connected

https://neconnected.co.uk/ten-myths-of-public-speaking-and-presenting/

NE Connected has a large audience of businesses/business people and the general public so it has an ideal audience for TMI.

Readership: 266k per month. 

Bytestart

Bytestart provides information and support for small businesses and startups:  “Helping over half a million start-ups every year”

It has an audience with many potential TM members.

Monthly readership: 100k

Belfast News Letter

Anthony’s article  was in the Belfast News Letter, a daily newspaper – an excellent publication for TM to be in.

You can view a pdf of the article here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbzlnieb9rf5mps/NEWS%20LETTER%2018th%20Feb%2020%20p37.pdf?dl=0

Readership: 35.5k

February 2020

We are UMi

https://www.weareumi.co.uk/news/sectors/business-services/11-business-presenting-and-public-speaking-myths

The We are UMi website is a Business to Business site (formerly called Business Quarter). It provides information and advice covering a wide range of business issues. It has 52,827 unique users pm.

bbpMedia

https://www.bbpmedia.co.uk/business-insights/professionalservices/ten-myths-of-public-speaking-and-presenting.html

This is a Midlands based is a business to business website, helping business owners make the right connections and gaining insight in to running their businesses.  The site will have readers for whom a Toastmasters club will be very useful!

Readership: 40k per month.

LID Publishing

LID Publishing is an international business book publisher, with an associated website that hosts thought leadership articles from leading business people. Every article they publish on their site is also promoted via their social media.

It has also been put on their Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/lidpublishing/status/1230470909380775936  and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lidpublishing

The Recruiter

https://www.recruiter.co.uk/advice/2020/02/presenting-myths-recruiters-should-ignore

This is a leading publication for the recruitment industry.

Readership: 48k+ per month

Herts Business Independent pages 16 and 17

http://www.businessindependent.co.uk/digital_issue/issue_76/html5forpc.html?page=0

This is the leading Business-to-Business publication for Hertfordshire which is delivered in print and digital formats. The magazine is delivered monthly to key decision makers across the county including all the leading CEOs.  It is also distributed at Business Centre, meeting and conference facilities, hotels, golf clubs and railway stations.

Readership:  55k pm

Kent Business Radio

https://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/myths/

This website has a large audience of businesses/business people.

Readership: 178k per week

The editor has also posted the article on

http://www.businesskent.co.uk/

Indezine

https://blog.indezine.com/2020/02/myths-of-public-speaking-debunked.html

This is a specialist website focused on presenting.

Readership: 10k pm

Simon Day (2nd article) #ChantalCookePR

Simon Day #ChantalCookePR

How to Engage Others: The Art of Effective Online Communication

In the current environment huge numbers of us have been compelled to revise the way we work and move our meetings, coaching, mentoring, teaching or presentations to an online setting. I am one such person and have learned some valuable lessons as I have conducted meetings and coaching online. In this offering, I will share things I have learned to help you make your online communications more impactful.

Simon Day #ChantalCookPR
Simon Day, Leeds City Toastmasters

Simon Day is an award-winning speaker, coach and training consultant. He is the 2019 District 71 (UK and Ireland) Evaluation Champion and holds Distinction in Grade 8 Public Speaking from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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.


May 2020

Bytestart provides information and support for small businesses and startups so it has an excellent audience for Toastmasters.  Their tagline is:  “Helping over half a million start-ups every year”

Monthly readership: 100k

May 2020

The Negotiator is a leading publication in this sector and it readers are Residential Negotiators/Estate Agents. “It is the only trade magazine reaching the entire UK residential agency market.”

The Negotiator, May 2020 edition, page 26 and contents page 4

You can see the digital edition here:

https://flickread.com/edition/html/free/5eac56cb9cce7#26

https://flickread.com/edition/html/free/5eac56cb9cce7#4

Readership: 60k

29th April 2020

Company Bug provides small business owners, entrepreneurs, contractors and consultants with the information they need to set up and run a business in the UK, together with insights into relevant business and tax issues.

Readership: 70k pm

24th April 2020

Blogging community world is primarily focused on business and technology and encourages community discussions.

https://bloggingcommunityworld.com/t/how-to-make-the-most-of-technology-and-communicate-effectively-online/319804

This site is part of Business Computing World which has a readership of 475k+

24th April 2020

Small Business Insider is a specialist website for small business owners with a focus on supporting business success and the financial aspects of business.  Readership: tbc

23rd April 2020

Business Bunker Radio. This website has a large audience of businesses/business people.

https://www.kentbusinessradio.co.uk/online-communication/

Readership: 178k per week.

22nd April 2020

Indezine.com is a website focusing on presentations and slides. It publishes articles on all aspects of public speaking and presenting.

It has a monthly readership of 380,000.

17th April 2020

16th April

The We are UMi website is a site for businesses and business  people (formerly called Business Quarter). It provides information and advice covering a wide range of relevant issues.

https://www.weareumi.co.uk/news/sectors/business-services/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-online-communication

Readership:  52,827 pm.

Scratch is the leading UK publication for Nail Professionals.  “Scratch enjoys global recognition for its stunning visuals, trusted content and relentless passion to inform and inspire the nail professional both in print and online.”  With an audience including many business owners this is an excellent place to be published.

https://www.scratchmagazine.co.uk/feature/beauty-nail-clients-social-media-video/

Readership: 45k+ pm.

Feb 2020 New District 71 Webinars up on YouTube

#WeAreToastmasters Webinars

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

Jan 2020 Club Growth – Welcome and Spring Incentives

#ClubGrowthSpring2020

Welcome to our newest clubs

#ClubGrowthSpring2020 Over the festive season and into January 2020 we have add three more clubs: (See below)

  • Chelmsford City Communicators in Area G1, sponsored by Karen Bellerby, ACS, ALB and Julie E. Kenny, LD2 and mentored by Derrick S. Trimble, DTM
  • The Wests Awake Toastmasters Club in Area F27, sponsored by Dolores Brady, ACS, ALB and Seamus Gallagher, ACS, ALB and mentored by Pat Croke, DTM and Paul Gannon, ACG, ALB
  • Almac Craigavon Toastmasters in Area C19, sponsored by Nathan David Kohner, ACS, ALB

My heartiest congratulations to all involved and to the District 71 Marketing Team, especial Club Extension Chair M. Zain Ul Abidin, DTM

#ClubGrowthSpring2020

How are We Doing?

These ten new clubs bring the District’s total to 215 Clubs in good standing from a total of 220 Club which is a net growth of five clubs (table below). This is a good rate of growth placing us 2nd from 8 in Europe and joint 11th from 120 in the world. If we lose no clubs during the spring renewals it will be enough to gain Distinguished District recognition for Club Growth.

20th Jan club status

Corporate

Community

Total

Last Year (base)

28

182

210

New Chartered clubs

4

6

10

Less
Suspended clubs

0

0

0

Low (<=8 members)

-1

0

-1

Ineligible (<= 3 renewals)

0

0

0

Renewals not here

-3

-1

-4

Total Paid Clubs

28

187

215

Our Goals

Distinguished

Select

President’s

Smedley

Clubs

214

217

221

227

Spring Incentives

Calling all club builders, challenge seekers and service leadership aficionados# #Incentives for the spring quarter! Let’s get building. Drop Club Extension Chair M Zain Ul Abidin (Click To Email Zain) a line for great tips and teamwork. #WhereLeadersAreMade
#WeAreToastmasters

#ClubGrowthSpring2020

Fall to Winter 2019 Results

#FalltoWinter2019

#FalltoWinter2019 #WeAreToastmasters #WhereLeadersAreMade

by Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director

It gives me great pleasure to announce the Fall to Winter membership incentives (see charts below). In total we recruited 316 new dual or reinstated member during November and December at a time of year when festivities abound, and roads can be foggy and icy. It is really encouraging to see the clubs that have coaches, Cashel, Dundee, and Cornerstone, share in the glory. Long may that continue.

Google Phonic, in Division M Area 18, grew 500% from 10 members on the 1st of July to 50 today, adding 46 in November and December, having lost 6 during the autumn renewals. Google Phonics’ performance pushed Division M and Area 18 to the top of the pile for best performing Division and Area –almost. In the last half of December Division H edged ahead to end up a best performing Division with 53 new members on a membership base of 428 members compared to 59 new members on a base of 488 members in Division M. Three of Division H’s Areas, H14, H20, and H44, finished in the Top 5 Areas and four of their clubs finishing with five or more new members with two leading the table on 7. Not to be outdone Area H32’s Coached Cornerstone Advanced Toastmasters Communicators added 2 new members to gain an incentive. A fantastic all-round performance in H.

#FalltoWinter2019

#FalltoWinter2019

#FalltoWinter2019

#FalltoWinter2019

Forthcoming Club Growth and Membership Incentives in the third quarter 2019-20:

  1. The worldwide Talk Up Toastmasters membership campaign though February and March.
  2. A semi-annual dues renewal campaign.
  3. A club chartering Incentive.

Webinar: How to promote your club and get new members

Webinar: How to promote your club

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

District 71 Leadership Webinar

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

Vibrant Corporate Programs Webinar

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

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:

2019-20 Fall to Winter Incentives

Fall to Winter Incentives 2019-20 #WeAreToastmasters

There is a lot of very encouraging news in quarter one, but no room to slack so I’ve put together a robust set of incentives for November-December membership building in our own 2019-20 Fall to Winter initiative.

Daniel Sandars

D71 Club Growth Director Email

Don’t forget to exploit leverage from Brenda’s Public Relations incentives such as Open nights see http://d71toastmasters.org/open-night/