By Jo Bentley, Area 32 Director, Div H
Clinical Communicators is one of two corporate Toastmasters Clubs in Area 32 – the other being County Communicators. The club operates within Fisher Clinical Services UK which is part of ThermoFisher Scientific. ThermoFisher Scientific is a global, American biotechnology product development company.
Corporate clubs have particular strengths and challenges, and Clinical Communicators is no different. On the very positive side, as a corporate club, members are offered a corporate subsidy towards cost of membership of Toastmasters Int. and also benefit from the use of free on-site venues and corporate communication channels – for example, the Club has developed a spreadsheet on their shared corporate drive for members to sign up for roles or indicate availability. This is linked to an email system to remind people to sign up for roles which has proved successful.
However, retaining members is often a challenge for corporate clubs, but, under the stewardship of Ned, club President, the club has offered innovative new ways to attract and retain members through quarterly Toastmasters events. These have included an Icebreaker Speech Contest, an outdoor session, a Dragons Den Table Topic Contest, a Halloween themed event in October and culminating in an end of calendar year, Christmas themed event. The up and coming Toastmasters Open Day early in the New Year is also something to look forward to.
Also, 2018 has been a great year for long-serving Toastmaster, Royce Heap, Club VP Ed, who received the Toastmasters International’s Triple Crown. This is a phenomenal achievement awarded on completion of any combination of Competent Communicator (CC), Competent Leader (CL), Advanced Communicator (AC), Advanced Leader (AL), or Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in a single programme year. Congratulations Royce – a great achievement!
In addition to strong leadership, the club has implemented a new Information Board which is on permanent display for members to track, DCP Progress, education awards progress and attendance at meetings, including guests.
With these strong foundations in place, Clinical Communicators is heading for a successful 2019.