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Mar 19 update – District Conference Norwich ‘My kind of town’ #Norwich2019

District Conference: Norwich ‘My kind of town’ #Norwich2019

Red Skelton Conference Team member – Immediate past District Director

”Norwich” is my kind of town; might not be the exact words that were sang by Frank Sinatra in 1964 but, they will be the words that everyone will be singing while attending the Norwich Toastmasters Conference in 2019. #Norwich2019

There will be so much to do and so much to see that the time you spend at the conference will whizz by. You will have the chance to listen to Accredited Speaker (AS) Eldonna Lewis Fernandez AS, only the 68th Toastmaster to be awarded this coveted title. She will be telling us about the ”Art of Negotiation”. Marcus Hemsley will be the second Key Note Speaker who is the co-founder of a Google Global Award Marketing Agency. Marcus will be telling us about his journey and how his success is attributed to Toastmasters.

You will have the privilege of enjoying some world class entertainment each night. The D-Day Darlings, who became famous on Britain’s Got Talent, will be performing on Friday evening. The Rock Vox Choir will be entertaining you on the Saturday evening before Dinner and The Joe Ringer Band will be your entertainment for Saturday evening.

Friday will be 8 Semifinals where you will get the chance to listen to the best of the best from our District competing for a place in the finals being held on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Council Meeting being held on Saturday, where the elections will be held for the 2019-2020 Toastmasters year. Also, any District business will be discussed and voted.

Will you be singing ”Norwich Is My Kind of Town” with us? If so, great will be seeing you there! If, you have not booked but are thinking about it, don’t think about it and book. If, you are not thinking about it, please do. Please think about all the fun and camaraderie you will experience and book the conference now. You will then be singing ”Norwich Is My Kind of Town”.

Website www.norwichconference2019.com Enquires info@norwichconference2019.com

#WeAreToastmasters shout outs

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

January Update District Conference, #Norwich2019

By Red Skelton DTM, Conference Team Member

What does Norwich, 1940s, May 2019, fun, educational and yourself all have in common? If you guessed the 2019 Norwich Conference you would be 100% correct. I am getting excited that we are only five (5) months away from what will be a fantastic and history making conference.

Fantastic? You bet. We will have two outstanding Key note speakers. Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, Accredited Speaker, Toastmasters International will be visiting us from the United States. Eldonna speaks all over the world and we are fortunate to have her come to Norwich for her Keynote and will also be presenting a workshop. Our own Marcus Hemsley is our second Keynote speaker from Norwich. Marcus is the Founder of a Strategic Digital Marketing company, Fountain. Marcus has worked with many well-known companies but also enjoys working with start-up companies as well. Fountain has been awarded two prominent awards in 2017; Growing Businesses Online Award for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Four weeks later, Fountain was a Global Google award winner. He will be presenting both a keynote and a workshop, so we are very fortunate to have Marcus at our conference.

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History Making? You bet. For the first time in our history, we will be holding eight (8) Semi Finals and four (4) finals Speech competitions at one conference. Please come along and support your Division Contestant in each of the Semi Finals and for those lucky enough to make it to the final, they will need your support to help them win!!

Please go to https://www.norwichconference2019.com for more information and to book your place. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new. If you have any questions, please email info@norwichconference2019.com.

Dec ’18 Program Quality Update

By John Cox, Program Quality Director

Season’s Greetings

Club Quality – How are we doing?

It’s been a busy time of year leading up to Christmas with Club, Area and Division Contests, a visit from Toastmasters International CEO, Dan Rex, and Area Director Club Visits and their reports being produced. Many thanks for all the challenging work that has gone into these activities.

I urge club Presidents to share the Area Director’s Club Visit Reports with all their officers and identify those key areas for improvement.

Consider carrying out the Moments of Truth educational in your clubs to get members’ views on areas for improvement. You will find their feedback and potential support invaluable.

Identifying areas of improvement is the easy bit – doing something about it will be the real test for the leadership team and their members.

Common themes for potential improvement that have emerged from those reports include:

  • Information provided to guests
  • Inducting and engaging new members – bringing them quickly up to speed
  • Promoting/marketing the club
  • Running a Guest/Open Night to bring in new members
  • Navigating Pathways
  • Social events
  • Educational sessions
  • Increasing membership

The Japanese practice something they call Kaizen – change for the better, continuous improvement – and is a measure of both the leadership of their organisations and the engagement of their employees.

I believe we need to get better at challenging the status quo – in the same way that we encourage our members to improve, we need to apply the same improvement principles to our clubs.

Let’s strive to make our clubs better each year and I’m sure we will see that reflected in member retention, increases in membership and more members achieving their personal goals.

The second Club Visit Reports, to be completed by May, will be a good indicator of the improvements that have been made.

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft Programmes

I am still pushing for clubs to reach out into their communities with new Youth Leadership Programmes and Speechcraft. I have YLP and Speechcraft Kits, and promotional materials available so please get in touch.

[This edition contains a selection of Speechcraft case studies http://d71toastmasters.org/speechcraft-case-studies/ to help and inspire you]

Pathways

Please also look at who in your club has still to enrol on Pathways. This information is available on your Club Roster on the TI website.

Appoint a Pathways Champion to help those who may be struggling to get to grips with the programme. There are now materials around to help understand each of the 10 Paths and the associated Projects at each level: http://bit.ly/2BjKc3R.

All the Evaluation Forms can also be found online and downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2EkvaxS

It would be great to see which clubs manage to get 100% of their members enrolled on Pathways and all their newer members progressing through their various Levels.

I will be looking to reward those clubs who make the greatest progress.

2019 Norwich Conference – May 10-12

Don’t forget to book your place https://www.norwichconference2019.com for our only conference in 2019.

As well as all four contest semi-finals and finals, there will be educational workshops, the District Council meeting with the District Leader elections and some great speakers’ including Eldonna Lewis Fernandez and Marcus Hemsley.

The theme will be the 1940’s and we will be entertained by the D-Day Darlings and The Joe Ringer Band. The venue is the Holiday Inn Norwich North, right next to Norwich Airport. I’m sure it will be another great conference so Book Now!

I guess this will be the last newsletter before the Christmas break so can I please wish you a brilliant Christmas and New Year and hope that you get all you wish for in 2019.

#SafeHaven2018 All the photos online

Full photo-sets from District 71’s Conference in Cork, Ireland, May 2018 #WeAreToastmasters. These are published on the Conference’s Facebook page.

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2019 District 71 Conference

Norwich, Norfolk 10th to 12th May 2019

Our 2019 Toastmasters Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn, Norwich from the 10th to the 12th May 2019.
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In keeping, the theme of the Conference is the 1940’s so there’s plenty of scope for the Friday evening fancy dress.

Come and hear the four District Speech Finals and Keynote speaker – Eldonna Lewis Fernandez.  Entertainment will be provided by the D-Day Darlings from Britain’s Got Talent and the Joe Ringer Band.  There will be educational workshops, the District Council Meeting and much, much more.

There’s also lots to see in and around Norwich so why not make a holiday of it and think about booking now.

Go on to https://www.norwichconference2019.com/ for more information and to book.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kindest regards

John

John Cox

Program Quality Director | District 71

7 sleeps to go! Second-last Safe Haven newsletter!

On behalf of the conference team, it’s my pleasure to share the 4th edition of the Safe Haven conference newsletter: SafeHaven2018 conference newsletter, No. 4 – click the highlighted text to open the PDF.

Happy reading, and I hope to see you there!

Laura Bruce

D71 Public Relations Manager

 

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
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