by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on March 14, 2011 16:27
What a busy year it has been so far!
At the end of January we had our Weekend of Inspiration.
Starting with the JCI London Annual Dinner at the House of Lords on the Friday night. I was invited to sit at the top table with so had one of the best seats to hear Lord Bilimoria talk about his JCI experiences and how he has applied those lessons to various aspects of his life.
Moving swiftly on JCI UK Inspiration Day hosted by JCI Reading. With in excess of 50 attendees this was one of the best attended ID's in several years. Keynote talks from Graham Jones on internet psychology and Jamie Dunn on were interlaced with real JCI Members talking about what JCI means to them, and what they get out of being involved. Some of these Videos can be seen on the JCI Reading Youtube channel more will be added as I get them edited.
For most that would have been enough for one weekend but not for JCI Reading, so we hosted the JCI Presenter Course. Head Trainer Adam Woodhall, and Assistant trainers Solveig and Simon trained 20 participants on the first rung of the official JCI training ladder. For a participants perspective of the course you can read a full report from Diane our Training Director. The following weekend was the JCI Trainer Course hosted by JCI London, I was one of 15 attendees taking the next step on the JCI Training ladder.
All of this gave me plenty to talk about when I was invited to be the lunchtime speaker at Reading Rotary. This was a fantastic opportunity to talk several past presidents of JCI Reading while also communicating the how JCI can help both individuals and businesses.
One of the other skills I talked about at Rotary was how the Presenter and Trainer courses help with public confidence which also lead neatly into our Debating Skills workshop on the 24th Feb.
That is what we have been up to, so what is next?
Networking Thursday's, Red Hot Elevator Pitch, Networking Skills, JCI UK Marketing Academy, Cambridge Businesses Skills and 'Presidents and Deputies Day' More details on each of those below and that only takes us to 10th April!
I look forward to seeing you at one of these events soon.
How To Sell Yourself With A Red-Hot Elevator Pitch
31st March 2011
How to work a room - Networking Training
14th April 2011
JCI UK Marketing Academy
1st-3rd April (Friday optional)
Business Skills / Presidents and Deputies Day
JCI UK Inspiration Day - 29th Jan 2011
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on March 14, 2011 15:43
JCI Reading had the honour of hosting the 2011 JCI UK Inspiration Day. Inspiration Day is the first national event in the JCI UK calendar. The event has been designed to get everyone back in the swing of things after the holidays and is an ideal way to meet new members from both the local and national boards. For these reasons it is always hosted as early in the year as possible and has recently been combined with a local chamber Annual Dinner so that members can attend multiple events in the same weekend.
The event started at 11am (slightly later than a standard JCI event but this enabled those coming from London who had attended the JCI London annual dinner the night before a chance to arrive. We decided to follow Allison Cowell’s, National President 2011, Back to Basic’s theme and following many discussions we found that the main reason we joined JCI was because of the people already involved in the organisation. So along with 2 outside speakers we heard from past, present and future members about how JCI has inspired them.
Ismail JCI European Vice President was a special guest at the event and he joined in with all the activities on offer. He gave us an overview of President Kentaro Harada's plan of action for 2011.
After an informative talk from Graham Jones, Internet Psychologist we ran a fun, action pack, competitive team game called 'Roam around Reading' - this got everyone out and about in Reading, it was a little bit chilly but everyone enjoyed themselves and they now know more about Reading and their fellow teammates.
We would like to thank the BJC Foundation as we were successful in our grant application to enabled us to reduce all the ticket prices by £7 per ticket. The BJC Foundation's aim is to help with JCI UK's growth and retention of members.
In the end the Event was such a success that we did not need to claim the grant , while still maintaining the lower ticket price, and have therefore left the funds with the BJC foundation to be claimed in support of Membership growth activity at a future date.
(Written by Carrie Green, Conference Manager and IPP of JCI Reading)
JCI Presenter: Reading, Sunday 30th January 2011
by Diane Edgington on March 11, 2011 13:16
The flyer for JCI Presenter really grabbed me…
Want to be a World Champion Speaker? ….or just want more confidence when speaking publicly at work?
I’ll sign up for that, I could always use brushing up on my presentation skills. I’m so glad I did!
JCI Presenter is an official JCI course, run by accredited JCI trainers, most of whom are professional presenters and coaches in their day jobs. It’s a one day course which on this occasion started at 9.30am start until 6pm and took place at the Quality Hotel, 4 – 8 Duke Street, Reading on Sunday 30th January 2011.
The course is designed to help those who want to enhance their skills as a presenter and also focuses on the concepts of creating and delivering an effective presentation utilising visual aids and strong delivery methods, while keeping in mind the audience needs. In my opinion it delivers that and a whole lot more.
It’s well known that people who have strong presentation skills are promoted faster, paid more and are generally more successful than those who are less proficient. Learning to present yourself and your ideas effectively can improve your negotiation skills and also lead to stronger interpersonal relationships. As an HR Professional, I certainly agree with that.
We had a tremendous turnout of 20 attendees on 30th January 2011 in Reading, which took place immediately after JCI Inspiration Day also hosted by JCI Reading (another success story!) This resulted in splitting the group into 2 at the beginning of the day in order to be more manageable and to allow everyone an equal opportunity to practice their presentation skills. We had a great mix of JCI members from all over the UK, plus a few non members who had heard how beneficial the course was and wanted to participate for the day. We were lucky to have 3 excellent trainers running the course: Adam Woodhall , Solveig Malvik and Simon Bucknell. Solveig supported one group, while Simon supported the other, allowing Adam as lead trainer flexibility to join both groups interchangeably which worked really well.
The course follows 5 different modules which are trainer led, followed by substantial opportunity for each participant to practice what they have just learnt and put it into practice. Its not the easiest thing in the world to stand up in front of a room full of strangers and deliver a 2 or 3 minute presentation on topics ranging from ‘Why you should join JCI’ to ‘Life in Calabongo’ but we all did it and also provided the rest of the group with some constructive feedback called ‘tips’ and ‘tops’ after each presentation.
Module l: Presentation Types
Participants will tell the audience about their most memorable experience. You will learn about the different types of presentations that you may have to make.
Module 2: Audience Analysis
A short module which covers the importance of understanding who you will speak to, what they know, what they should be told and what pre-conceptions or prejudices they may hold.
Module 3: Presentation Content
This Module will teach you how to prepare presentation content to keep audience attention. Participants will work on a presentation.
Module 4: Effective Delivery
This Module will explain the different techniques for effective presentation delivery.
Module 5: Presentations
Each participant will deliver their presentation to the audience and positive feedback will be given
The day concluded with each participant delivering a 3 minute presentation, having had 45 minutes to prepare and practice in pairs. I think it is fair to say that all participants showed a remarkable improvement on their presentation skills and confidence since the beginning of the day.
I feel that JCI Presenter is a real confidence boost and really helps in your development as a speaker. You don’t have to want to enter a JCI competition such as public speaking or debating – it’s a great one day course and lots of fun with excellent trainers.
I thoroughly enjoyed JCI Presenter and learnt a great deal during the course of the day, not only about the various presentation types, content and tips as covered by each module during the day, but it was also a fantastic opportunity to practice my own skills and to deliver no less than 3 presentations to the group. It’s definitely true what they say…practice makes perfect! I think I still have a way to go, but it’s a good start. I would without doubt recommend this course to all professionals, you will learn something new and practice new skills out of your comfort zone.
JCI Trainer is the 2-day follow up course for those who have graduated from JCI Presenter. I will definitely be signing up for that!
Thank you Adam, Simon and Solvig for a great day!
A few words on our trainers:
Solveig Malvik, Certified Local Trainer, Immediate Past President JCI London and JCI UK Marketing Director 2011.
Simon Bucknell, JCI London Deputy President 2011. Twice winner of the GB & All-Ireland Championship of Public Speaking, Simon Bucknall helps the senior leaders of tomorrow to influence and inspire through the spoken word.
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on March 9, 2011 13:32
Head Trainer Biography Head Trainer – Adam Woodhall, JCI Leeds Adam Woodhall is JCI UK’s most experienced current trainer having delivered dozens of courses to hundreds of JCI members in the UK and all around Europe since 2005. A summary of his JCI CV is as follows: • In 2006 won both Most Outstanding Trainer in JCI UK and Most Outstanding President in Europe. Also Outdoor Head Trainer for JCI European Academy in same year. • Head Trainer for ‘JCI Presenter’ & ‘JCI Trainer’ since 2008, delivering 11 Presenter & 4 Trainer courses • Co-wrote 3 courses for JCI: ‘Word of Mouth Marketing’, ‘Discover’ & ‘Team Building’ • Training Director for JCI UK in 2009 & mentoring the 2011 Training Director • Delivers environmental empowerment training for his business; PeopleProfitPlanet • Became a Senator in October this year: No. 69981 • Delivered three different courses in JCI Scotland in 2009 • Proud to be Head Trainer for Presenter in Scotland JCI Scotland’s National Convention in 2011!
Head Trainer Biography
Head Trainer – Adam Woodhall, JCI Leeds
Adam Woodhall is JCI UK’s most experienced current trainer having delivered dozens of courses to hundreds of JCI members in the UK and all around Europe since 2005. A summary of his JCI CV is as follows:
• In 2006 won both Most Outstanding Trainer in JCI UK and Most Outstanding President in Europe. Also Outdoor Head Trainer for JCI European Academy in same year.
• Head Trainer for ‘JCI Presenter’ & ‘JCI Trainer’ since 2008, delivering 11 Presenter & 4 Trainer courses
• Co-wrote 3 courses for JCI: ‘Word of Mouth Marketing’, ‘Discover’ & ‘Team Building’
• Training Director for JCI UK in 2009 & mentoring the 2011 Training Director
• Delivers environmental empowerment training for his business; PeopleProfitPlanet
• Became a Senator in October this year: No. 69981
• Delivered three different courses in JCI Scotland in 2009
• Proud to be Head Trainer for Presenter in Scotland JCI Scotland’s National Convention in 2011!