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 nearly 200 clubs and 4,400 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.

Welcome
  • Who's our most travelled Toastie? It's Clare Crowther!

    Who's our most travelled Toastie? It's Clare Crowther!

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    Join our hashtag campaign! Share your club photos with #WeAreToastmasters

Latest News

Latest News

Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Calendar

Calendar

Find out about all the important upcoming events
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Find a club

Find a club

Find a local club? Why not visit a club while on holidays?
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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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Leadership Tips from Toastmasters International

A woman speaking to a groupOne of the most important elements of leadership is the ability to motivate people. Without motivation, even the most skilled team of seasoned professionals is unlikely to achieve great things. A highly motivated group of talented people, on the other hand, can move mountains!

While it’s true that motivating people involves more than just changing the way you speak, here are some guidelines you can follow to help build team motivation with only your words and your voice.

Leadership tips

  1. Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is contagious! Before you present your ideas, think about the aspects of the subject that you find the most interesting, and don’t be afraid to let that interest come through in your voice.
  2. Use quotes, stories and anecdotes. Along with their obvious entertainment value, quotes and stories can lend authority to your topic and provide concrete examples that people can relate to.
  3. Speak with confidence. Deliver your message loud and clear. Maintain eye contact with your listeners. Don’t mumble or slouch.
  4. Say you and we, not I and me. Instead of telling people what you want them to do, present ways for them to work together to achieve their goals. Involve listeners in the success of the group.
  5. Keep it simple. People aren’t motivated by what you say; they’re motivated by what they understand. The best way to ensure audience understanding is to break down complex ideas into simple components.

Visit a local Toastmasters meeting

There are clubs all over the world! In the UK and Ireland there are more than 600 clubs. Each club has a different personality—you may wish to visit more than one. Use the ‘Find a Club’ tool on the Toastmasters Web site to find meetings near you: www.toastmasters.org/findaclub. You may want to call or e-mail ahead of time to confirm meeting time and location.

10 proven public speaking tips

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial. But too much nervousness can be detrimental. So here’s some FREE TIPS! 🙂

These are 10 proven tips from Toastmasters International. These tips will help you control your butterflies and give better presentations.

  1. Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language—that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
  2. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
  3. Know that audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
  4. Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  5. Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
  6. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
  7. Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you.
  8. Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem—the audience probably never noticed it.
  9. Concentrate on the message– not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
  10. Gain experience. Mainly, your speech should represent you—as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. Your local Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment.

Visit a local Toastmasters meeting

Each club has a different personality. Because of this, you may wish to visit more than one. Use the ‘Find a Club’ tool on the Toastmasters Web site to find a Toastmasters meeting near you: www.toastmasters.org/findaclub. It may be a good idea to call or e-mail in advance to confirm the meeting time and location.

The April 2018 newsletter is here!

With extensive coverage of activities in Division F, this is a bumper edition of the newsletter. There’s a great story about the SafeHaven 2018 conference, including a linguistic guide to the city, and 5 reasons you must attend the conference.

But don’t take my word for it, read it yourself!

Download the newsletter here. District 71 2018 April newsletter

Frances Goeghan DTM: A huge Congratulations to Frances on achieving her DTM. Frances is seen below being presented with her certificate by Area 12 Director, Pat Croke

 

Distinguished Club Incentives Update

Distinguished Club Incentives Update at 27th April 2018

The first 20 clubs to achieve President’s Distinguished receive a clicker or its monetary equivalent.

To date 16 clubs have already achieved President’s Distinguished:-
West Cork Toastmasters
Castleknock Toastmasters
Clonmel Toastmasters
Shropshire Speakers
Manchester Orators
Saffron Walden Speakers
Warrington Toastmasters
A1 Speakers
East Herts Speakers
Elder Gate Toastmasters
Dublin Club
Dun Laoghaire Club
Capital Communicators
Lucan Club
Haymarket Toastmasters
Dublin 18 Toastmasters

The first 20 clubs to achieve Distinguished that weren’t distinguished last year will receive a ribbon pack, guest book or its monetary equivalent.

To date 8 clubs have already achieved Distinguished that weren’t distinguished last year:-
Talking Heads Club
Lagan Valley Toastmasters
Glasnevin Club
Thurles Toastmasters
Sligo Club
Talk On The Wilde Side
Dereham Articulate Speakers
Vox Populi

GDPR and Toastmasters District 71

Preparing for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Background

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control back to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. The GDPR will enter into force in all European Union countries on May 25th, 2018.
Ref: GDPR -Wikipedia

GDPR and Toastmasters International

Our District core team has been in touch with Toatmasters International world headquarters Legal department. They have informed us that they are aware of the upcoming changes and that their team is working on proper procedures and policies which will be communicated with the clubs and districts in the near future. Toastmasters International will make sure their system fully supports GDPR by May 25th, 2018.

GDPR and easy-Speak

Many of our clubs use easy-Speak to manage the meetings and store data about the members and guests. easy-Speak is being updated to fully support the GDPR by May 25th, 2018,, and allows each club to correctly manage data about members and guests.

Supporting documents

Whilst we await further details, please see the document, Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation. The document outlines 12 steps to consider, please could you ensure that ALL club Presidents and VPE’s have reviewed all the steps, with particular attention to the following:

  1. Awareness
  2. Information you hold
  3. Communicating privacy information
  4. Individuals’ rights
  5. Subject access requests
  6. Consent
  7. Data Breaches
  8. Data Protection Officers

If your club is collecting information about its guests and/or members make sure that the privacy notice supports the GPRD – see Examples of privacy notice.

Thanks to our cousins in D91 and D59 for much of the foregoing detail.

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

 

Latest news from SafeHaven 2018: April newsletter

SH2018 – NewsLetter No3 – click here to read the pdf

Greetings from a very stormy SafeHaven HQ, where some of us are about to slip into chocolate comas.   We’ve been busy little bunnies since our last newsletter; things are definitely hotting up, despite the woefully wintry weather conditions that have battered us recently and are closing in again today.   I’m very egg-cited to share our latest newsletter, bursting with Breaking News, the Usual Suspects and the Gentle Reminders – like an Easter Egg full of delicious surprises!  No, this is no April Fool’s joke!

  • Breaking News : the major news is that we are down to the last few rooms in the conference hotel.   As contest season picks up, so are the bookings; we’re advising people to book their accommodation ASAP before the opportunity to stay in the conference venue is lost to them completely.   We’re also delighted to announce that the weekend’s programme has been finalised, including the details of all the speakers and workshops; it’s being uploaded to our website with the speaker bios and workshop info.   We’re adding a unique leadership event too – more details on that to follow.   Also, we’re starting to put together options for low-cost transport to the hotel when people arrive – we’re asking delegates to let us know their arrival details so that we can make it as accessible as possible.
  • Usual Suspects : there’s audio from two more of our conference team, Pat and Lisa, as they answer the five questions about conference.  Our District Programme Quality Director has also given us her answers to those questions in a little article.   Our featured Cork attraction this month is the wonderful English Market – for any Toastmaster arriving on Thursday or before, we recommend scheduling your Friday morning to explore this gem in the heart of the city, a short bus-trip from the hotel with the bus stop just across the road.   There’s also a bonus link in this newsletter that showcases some of the amazing things Cork offers as a destination.
  • Gentle Reminders : these are the usual key pieces of information that delegates need to know about #SafeHaven2018 – booking conference packages and accommodation, the Anglo-Irish meeting on the Thursday, the Friday and Saturday night style suggestions, our twist on the banner parade, the SafeHaven Souvenir Songbook, the theme tune competition and the opportunity to volunteer.

Warm regards,

Sharon O’Neill 
Conference Director
SafeHaven Conference Team
safehaven2018.ie

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

D71’s “Beast from the East” special newsletter edition!

Plain Speakers have been busy! They hosted their open night at Naas Town Hall 12 February.

If all that snow got you down, cheer up, it’s melting!

Here is the new issue of the District 71 Toastmasters International newsletter. . . just in time for the weekend!

There is news from all across the District, and this issue highlights Division C, which has a very broad reach. My thanks to Division C Director Brenda Lannon and all her team of Area Directors in Division C for their contributions.

I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to read or right click and “Save as. . .” the February D71 newsletter

— Laura

 

New D71 newsletter: the Blizzard of 2018 edition!

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!