Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Conference Countdown!

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The Steel City Conference is almost here!

Do you remember the film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”?  That excellent 1987 film starring Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy.

In early November lots of you will be using planes, trains and automobiles to travel to Sheffield for the LAST District 71 November conference – Steel City 2017 3-5 November 2017.  If you haven’t already booked, then do so immediately and come to Steel City 2017 to:-Support the contestants in both the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests.  Be entertained by their skilful use of humour and be wowed by their impromptu speaking skills.

Rhetoric is the new public speaking board game!

Florian Mueck speaking on stage

Florian Mueck is one of the creators of Rhetoric. He will be a keynote speaker at the Steel City Conference Nov. 3-5 in Sheffield

Play Rhetoric – the public speaking game on Friday and on Saturday listen to Florian Mueck, keynote speaker, and one of the creators of Rhetoric.

Attend workshops which include:-

  • Clare Crowther, D71’s only Accredited Speaker – “Listen …. To Solve”
  • Colm McGlade  – “Deliver with Impact”                            John Middleton – “Mentoring
  • Vinette Hoffman-Jackson, D71’s International Speech winner 2017 – “Storytelling
  • Tom Hebel – “The Story of You”                            Florian Mueck – “Speech Structuring
  • Brendan Haughton – “What’s Your Legacy?(YLP). . . and more!

Be entertained by fellow Toastmasters as they take to the stage at the “Open Mic Comedy” session on Friday night.

Finally, if you can tear yourself away from all the excitement, check out Sheffield – the home of The Crucible Theatre, a must-see cathedral, the Women of Steel statue, the Peace Gardens, the Winter Garden, a high street of retail therapy – and more.

So how are you getting to Sheffield – plane, train or automobile?  If you are driving check out this piece of dialogue from the film.

State Trooper: What the hell are you driving here?

Del: We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.

Trooper: Do you have any idea how fast you were going?

Del: Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result it’s very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.

Slow down, arrive safely and see you in Sheffield.

Patricia O’Reilly, DTM

D71 Program Quality Director 2017-2018

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