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Seven of Seven Officers Training -2nd call

Clubs with all seven officers trained go into a prize draw to win either officer badge sets (first 5 prizes) or table topics chat packs (next 15 prizes)

Training has never been more important. The current times are different with COVID uncertainty impacting all club functions and the quality of experience we give our members. This is a year of challenges and of original new thinking and gaining every edge in new situations.

The current Club Officer Training round finishes in 9 days on the 31st of August.

Very many thanks to all the officers that have trained this round. Your passion and pro-activity to invest to lead will stand your members in good stead. You will go far.

I am still being asked by untrained club officers if there are more COT sessions. There are if you look around the world and are flexible!

Reach out to the hosts and also tell me if you are training is a sister District (Click to email PQD Daniel) so that I can validate your training. Here are some of the offers I have found.

  • District 91 (UK South) have COTs This Sunday and next Thursday, Click HERE
  • District 6 (Minnesota) have COTs next Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and the following Monday Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • District 8 (Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois) have a COT on next Sunday 30th for officers experienced in the role and want more Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • Sunday, August 23 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–6:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Info and Registration Click HERE
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 48 (Florida) 6:00–7:00 PM (Eastern Time)   VP Membership — Click HERE Info and Registration: VP Membership 7:30–8:30 PM (Eastern Time) Treasurer — Click HERE Info and Registration: Treasurer
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Wednesday, August 26 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Saturday, August 29 — District 25 (Texas) 8:30 AM–2:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Sunday, August 30 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–5:30 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration

As a reminder, please drop me a line if you are training in other Districts and I will chase up validation info. Daniel Sandars Click to Email

Very many thanks

The D71 two contestant ruling for Autumn 2020 Contests

Daniel Sandars, District 71 Program Quality Director2020-2021 Click to email

This autumn District 71 runs humorous speech and table topics contests through to Division finals concluding on or before the 30th November

According to rule 3B (see bottom) of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021 (item 1171 rev 02/2020) the following two contestant rulings apply.

1) The following Divisions are required to accept the two highest placed available contestants in each contest from each of their Areas

The highest placed available contestant proceeds to District final at the Solihull 2021 conference in May 2021.

Division Directors, please ensure that your notification of winners form (https://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Notification-of-Contest-Winner ) contains all the information for all contestants in rank order who have not been disqualified as we may need to call on the runners up if the winners availability changes. Email to me at your earliest convenience.

2) The following Area are required to accept the two highest place available contestants in each contest from each of their clubs

SPEECH CONTEST RULEBOOK JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021

https://www.toastmasters.org/-/media/df5b90486396457dade944becca89cf0.ashx

3. Selection Sequence

B Eight (8) weeks prior to the Area contest, if an Area has four (4) assigned clubs or

fewer in good standing, Districts have the option to allow two (2) contestants from each club to compete in the Area contest.

1. Should additional clubs charter prior to the Area contest, two (2) contestants from

each club are permitted to compete.

2. In those Divisions with four (4) assigned Areas or fewer, Districts have the option to

allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Area to compete.

3. In Districts with four (4) assigned Divisions or fewer, Districts have the option

to allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Division to participate in the District contest.

4. The decision whether or not to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club

to Area, from Area to Division, and/or from Division to District must be made and

communicated throughout the District prior to the commencement of the contest cycle, i.e., prior to any club contests being held.

a) Once the decision is made, it must be implemented consistently throughout

the District in all clubs, Areas, and Divisions affected.

b) If a District decides to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club to Area, its

decisions regarding the number to advance from Area to Division and/or from Division to District need not be the same.

The District contests will be held at the Virtual Conference in May 2021

Good reason to renew! #WeAreToastmasters

On the 30th of June the Pathways extension expires for those members yet to renew. 6th of May Announcement  #WeAreToastmasters

  1. The dues split over 26 meeting a year are equivalent to a snack of a couple of 400g punnets of strawberries or raspberries
  2. In contrast a one-day professional workshop would start in the hundreds and be forgotten faster than the strawberries.
  3. Historically, Toastmasters International’s membership has grown faster in times of economic down turn as more of us invest in skills to get us ahead in the job market or to compete to hold on to our job.
  4. The dues are invested to fulfill Toastmasters International Mission “We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders” which is to help you and I
  5. As the saying goes for a rising star if you want to see a change you need to put in ‘some change’
  6. This is an unprecedented time to enjoy global fellowship afforded by 70% of all clubs and events now being online. I had a great time attending a passionate bilingual meeting of 8 Colombian clubs involving 80-90 members. I came away with 3-4 great ideas to try at my home club

2.75 million Toastmasters got stuck straight into online meetings. If your club isn’t online and you can’t find a club to renew at then find one online and ask to transfer in until September. Use Toastmasters International Find-A-Club, filter for those online and reach out to a few clubs that look right. https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club

Here is Hadir’s Why – What’s yours?

https://youtu.be/a0ilrDBFyEU

Where Leaders Area Made Challenge (16 April-30th April 2020)

Toastmasters International extended the spring dues renewal period to 30th April to allow for the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. To inspire that final renewals-drive to return clubs to good standing, before 1st of May, the successful Clubs went into a draw:

  • The first Five will receive a “Where Leaders Are Made” T-Shirt (ordered to size, range 3XL to Small), and
  • The next Twenty will receive a “Where Leaders Are Made” pin badge.

Congratulation to the 49 clubs returned to good standing in the period. These are the five clubs drawing a T-Shirt,

Division

Area

Club Name

City

J

2

Dublin Club

Dublin

N

48

Advanced Orators

Manchester

A

3

McAfee Toastmasters Cork

Cork

M

18

Hellfire Club

Dublin 4

M

54

Salesforce Dublin Toastmasters

Dublin

and these are the twenty clubs drawing a pin badge

Division

Area

Club Name

City

M

54

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Toastmasters

Dublin

M

18

Engineers Club

Dublin 4

E

39

Walsall Speakers

Walsall

A

3

Cork East Toastmasters

Cork

F

9

Mullingar Toastmasters Club

Mullingar

A

11

Bantry Toastmasters Club

Bantry

N

21

Sheffield Speakers

Sheffield

B

24

Nenagh Club

Nenagh

J

57

Irish Life Toastmasters

Dublin

S

33

Dunfermline Toastmasters

Dunfermline

F

9

Tullamore Toastmasters Club

Tullamore

C

19

Almac Craigavon Toastmasters

Craigavon

J

7

Cogito

Dublin

D

28

Clane Toastmasters

Clane

S

30

Waverley Communicators

Edinburgh

F

38

Public Speakers Sligo

Sligo

N

31

Liverpool City Toastmasters

Liverpool

S

33

Stirling Speakers

Stirling

A

49

VMWARE Toastmasters

Cork

F

4

Talk Club @ Letterkenny

Letterkenny

English – Open House Public Speaking Meeting

#WeAreToastmasters Open House Public Speaking Meeting

Why do you need to be a good public speaker?

“Does oratory help me advance in my career?”
“How do I know my presentation is impactful before I show up with it in front of my boss?”
“Is there a secret recipe for those who excel in “Public Speaking”?”
“I’m looking for a public speaking course to help me get over my emotions and learn the basics – do you know any?”
“How can I give feedback without the other person taking it personally?”

You’ve probably heard many such questions? There have been times when at least one of them has crossed your mind.

You are invited to this special meeting, where you will

  • receive practical techniques for delivering a speech
  • see a speech by a champion speaker & evaluate to see its strengths
  • see the application of motivational evaluation & feedback techniques gain insight into the power of words & rhetoric
  • take part in impromptu speaking .

You will get answers to your questions.
You’ll meet people from all over the world.
You’ll see how public speaking can become fun. You’ll realise your feelings about making presentations easily be transformed.

It’ll be 90 minutes in English. It’s free via the Internet. Afterwards you’re invited to stay on for a “glass” of informal chat with our team. Having Confidence to speak with Influence – we invite you to a Zoom meeting. When: May 19, 2020 @5pm Dublin & London Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcO6vpj4pHtLLtIwqkGCo1OyEwkwHnR4S

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email telling you how to join the meeting. This is part of a series of events across Europe dedicated to people who want to learn to love public speaking – and how to do it brilliantly.

About Toastmasters International:
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
An online meeting to develop your public speaking skills, meet new friends all over Europe and practice your second language. Organised by Toastmasters in Europe.

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

Feb 2020 New District 71 Webinars up on YouTube

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

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 #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

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