Pedro Casillas – District Director (DD)
End of Toastmasters Year 2017-18
As you will know, 30 June marks the end of the current Toastmasters Year 2017-18, and what a year it has been! We started the year with the aim of building on the foundations for continued growth and excellence across our District. We reviewed and updated our processes on how we do things – including:
- District budgeting, the running of District Executive Committee meetings,
- the improvement in communications from the DLT to all our members via the excellent Newsletters which Nigel Oseland, D91 PR Manager,
- the sharing of documentation via our D91 website.
Through these updates, D91 has continued to grow and excel and this has been reflected in our success at DSP.
Arnaud Sartre is not only our incoming Club Growth Director (CGD), he is also area Director of the Year. I was keen to catch up with Arnaud.
Arnaud, I remember you telling me about your home town, tell me more?
I was raised in Lyon, which is the third biggest city in France. Lyon is beautiful, it is just two hours from the sea, two hours from the Alps and two hours from Paris. Lyon probably has the best food in the world because of its traditional “bouchons” and many Michelin star chefs, probably the most famous being L’Auberge of Paul Bocuse.
I have recently had the pleasure to attend two Club 20-year anniversaries and have been informed about a club’s 11th anniversary.
London Communicators, Founded by Sue Warner
It was wonderful to be able to attend the 20th anniversary dinner recently in Upper Street, Islington. We had a wonderful meal, table topics, speeches by, amongst others, founding President Sue Warner, Current President Dinah Tobias and by special guest, Simon Bucknall. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of all the members and by the welcome that I and all guests received. If you are ever in north London, make sure to visit London Communicators!
London Communicators with Sue Warner, Pedro Casillas, Dinah Tobias and Simon Bucknall
An invitation to EBS Plus, 2nd July, Natural History Museum 7-9pm.
Early Bird Speakers (EBS) is delighted to welcome you to ‘EBS Plus’ – our rolling programme, where we hone our business communication skills, with a unique programme of pitches, longer speeches, and masterclasses. We are delighted to announce that our masterclass on Monday 2nd July will be delivered by Simon Bucknall, and will be called “So you want to give a TED talk?”. And our venue? The Natural History Museum, in South Kensington.
This is a huge opportunity to hear about the ins and outs of the TED Talk process. Simon will have delivered a TED Talk only the day before at the Royal Festival Hall. Simon is an award winning speaker and placed 2nd in the World Championship of Public Speaking 2017 in Vancouver.
The Explorers’ Cup Awaits in West Sussex
The Explorers’ Cup travelled along the Sussex coast on 6th June when Worthing Speakers Club members were welcomed at Arun Speakers. Recent member Heather Di Marino led the Warm Up, VP Education Jacqui Moorhouse conducted Table Topics, and club President Ellie Henderson not only evaluated the Table Topics, but also stepped in at the last minute to evaluate Arun President Andy Hammond’s final Competent Communicator speech. They certainly earned the trophy!