Updates & Posts

Conference Team Update, from Diane Chamberlain

We are looking forward to welcoming fellow Toastmasters to this year’s Spring Conference in Southampton.

Conference preparations are entering the final phase. Behind the scenes tasks have been carried out to make sure the stage is truly set for your arrival at the conference. The functionaries have been appointed, all looking forward to the weekend. The conference brochures are already printed.

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Pathways Update, Chief Ambassador, Andy Hammond

Pathways Update

In the latest Pathways webinar, which I and your local Pathways Ambassadors joined, it was announced that the roll out schedule has been extended.

How does this impact on our District? What does this mean?

This means our Region (we are in Region 11), based on the revised schedule we will not now be getting Pathways until 2018.

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The Only Thing I Needed for Public Speaking I Found in My Tackle Box, by Ben Starling

Similarities exist between fishing and speech-making? Surely not! Bear with me as I remember how, as a boy, I caught my largest pike…

Know Your Audience

It was a wily old fish that lurked amongst gnarled tree roots at the bend of an oozing river. Others had failed to catch this mighty pike and I’d have failed too if I hadn’t taken the trouble to understand its habits: how it responded to the weather, to river conditions, and what it fed on. Many years later when fully grown, I realised I needed the same understanding of audiences’ traits and habits when making presentations.

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Media Room at the District Conference

During the conference a Media Room will be set up. The purpose is to allow members to come along and film a short promotion clip for their club. This will be a piece to camera, which will be edited to a 3-5 minute media file for use by your club and the District, to promote your club on websites and social media. Interested?

 

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PR, PR, PR by District PR Manager, Helena Brewer

PR Awards

 

Helena Brewer
PR Manager

Congratulations are due to all the clubs that were nominated for PR Awards this year. Thank you to all that took the time to nominate the clubs for the PR Awards.  Reading and reviewing the reasons for nominations gave a small insight into the range of activity, the hard work and fun that you are all having. From charter dinners, annual dinners and anniversary dinners, a definite foodie theme over in Division J!

 

I was not able to attend all the Division Contests to present the awards, I’d like to thank the members of the District Leadership Team that did so on my behalf.

 

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London Club Growth Committee, by Graeme Phillips

The plans for a London Club Growth Committee (LCGC) are coming together and my High Performance Leadership Committee is now in place.  I am now keen to find people to join the LCGC itself who I can empower to take the vision forward.

Some things are difficult for the formal setup to offer and my vision is for a less formal committee to support and supplement D91’s offering, acting as a one-stop-shop for new and struggling London clubs.  For instance, a possible activity for the committee is to compile a master list of London venues that are accommodating to TMI clubs, rather than the current situation of prospective clubs having to start the search from scratch.

 

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Division Contest Details

See here for details of our division contests.

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News from Pedro Casillas DTM, Program Quality Director

District Conference- Southampton 5-7 May 17

Richard Blackman and team are doing a fantastic job in preparing for the D91 Spring Conference in Southampton. If you haven’t already seen it, check out their fabulous promotional video:

URL: http://springconference91.org/conference-programme/

Sneak preview:  Yoga Laughter; Plotting your Pathways; keynotes and workshops given by International President, Mike Storkey; special guest, World Champion of Public speaking 1995, Mark Brown….and much more! See you there! Read More

Update from District PR Manager, Helena Brewer

We’re now three quarters of the way through this Toastmasters Year. It’s been wonderful working with so many members from across our district. I’m sure the next three months will continue to delight, surprise and have plenty of wows! Read More

Spring Conference Update, from Gavin Meikle

Your D91 Spring Conference Team from Area A1 have been beavering away furiously, on what is going o be a fantastic weekend of Laughter, Learning and Lightbulb Moments. Date for your diary 5-7 May. Read More