District 71 Northern UK & Ireland

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Toastmasters UK North & Ireland

Program Quality

The purpose of the Program Quality team is to manage all aspects of education and training within the District. This includes supporting quality club programming efforts, promoting the Distinguished Club Program, and planning and executing the District conference.

Upcoming Events

03/12/2022 – District 71 Winter TLI/COT2
District 71 Winter TLI/COT2

15/12/2022 – CLUB OFFICER TRAINING by Division D

26/05/2023 – 28/05/2023 – "Come Together" Conference 2023
"Come Together" Conference 2023

Recorded Events

Mastering Pathways Base Camp

Mastering Pathways Base Camp, with Cajetan Barreto

Tactics to Retain Members

Liz Welch, John Cox and Nora Duggan share useful tips on how to encourage and retain members

Turning Guests into Members

Turning guests into members, with Danny Banks, District 71 Club Growth Director

Behind the Numbers with Mike Raffety

This is an opportunity to learn more about what’s behind the numbers we see on the Toastmasters Dashboard.  You will also hear more about Mike’s reports that are widely used.

Leadership In Uncertain Times – with Morag Mathieson

Hear DTM Morag Mathieson, International President-elect, speak on the subject of ‘Leadership In Uncertain Times’.  

Youth Leadership Program – Where do I start?

Join the District 71 Outreach team as they share useful information about the Youth Leadership Program.

The Speechcraft Program – "How To Drive It To Continued Success".

Presented by Sultan Kus, John Finnerty & Tom O’Keefe

Role of Contest Chairs

Role of Contest Chairs – Nigel Smith & Olga Byrne

Essential Information for Contest Judges

Club Excellence Series: Essential Information for Contest Judges – Tom O’Keefe & Will Feek

Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution, presented by Gerry Dunn

Hybrid Meetings

Hybrid Meetings, presented by Kit Barritt

Dashboard reporting

Reports from the Dashboard – George Marshall

Planning for Contest Success

Presented by Liz Welch, Tom O’Keefe and Will Feek

Going for Growth – Post-COVID

Presented by Nora Duggan

How to grow clubs through PR

How to grow clubs through PR – presented by Ernold van Beuren, District 71 PR Manager

Brenda Lannon

Brenda Lannon, Program Quality Director

It is important for all committee members in a club to understand what it is the other members are trying to achieve, why they are doing it and how they can support each other.

This incentive supports the Club’s Success Plan by providing clubs with a better chance of achieving their goals under the Distinguished Club Program (DCP)

Elizabeth Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, Club Growth Director

Elizabeth Jordan, Club Growth Director

Many clubs experience a loss in membership at September renewals as existing members leave the club for lots of different reasons. This incentive rewards clubs which renew 80% or more of their membership base at 30th June 2021. Having a good base of experienced members is important to offer mentoring to new members and stability to the club. 

It’s a good idea to follow up with members who do not renew to help club officers to understand the reason for not renewing and to extend an invite to rejoin at a future stage. They may be happy to stay on the club’s email list with this in mind.

James Finnegan

James Finnegan, Public Relations Manager

Good PR attracts new guests, invites discussion and improves the reputation of the Club and Toastmasters generally.

Elizabeth Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, Club Growth Director

Elizabeth Jordan, Club Growth Director

Many clubs experience a loss in membership at September renewals as existing members leave the club for lots of different reasons. Recruiting in the early months helps to maintain the membership based upon the number of members at 30 June.

Maintaining a healthy membership number (25+) gives the club a much better opportunity to hold quality meetings with enough members to avoid double roles. Quality club meetings attract new members. Healthy club growth is an important part of Club Success.