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16th Apr, 2011

Solveig Malvik
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on April 16, 2011 10:55


Profile Pics » Solveig Malvik

Solveig Malvik is the founder and owner of Total Presence where she trains individuals and groups on presence, charisma and personal impact.  

Solveig is active in JCI as a Trainer, a leader, was European Public Speaking Champion 2010 and was elected Deputy National President JCI UK 2011 in April 2011.

As a trainer Solveig has trained JCI members in the UK, Norway and Lebanon and has been a speaker in the US, Belgium and Denmark.

Of Norwegian nationality, Solveig received her MA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from American University of Beirut in 2006. While a student, Solveig was on the International Council for the Women as Global Leaders conferences, graduated from United Nations University in Tokyo, and presented at the 2005 Middle East and Central Asia, Politics, Economics and Society Conference at Utah University.

Following her graduation Solveig worked for an investment bank splitting her time between Beirut, Dubai and Washington (DC), before  becoming involved in the Middle East alternative music scene managing local artists and later in a global company managing strategic communication projects around the world.


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7th Apr, 2011

Faisal Mooraby
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on April 7, 2011 21:53



How long have you been a member?

1 year

What is your role this year?

No role since I am back to University and commuting a lot.

What are you hoping to achieve this year?

Gain skills, experience and training from JCI to maximise my chances to achieve my career goals

Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?

Training my JCI fellows on public speaking and also the leadership academy was an event in which I pushed myself to increase my leadership skill-set.

What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?

The members, the organisation, the trainings and opportunities to develop oneself, not forgetting the ability to make a difference in ones community.


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7th Apr, 2011

Clare Franlkin
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on April 7, 2011 21:41


How long have you been a member?

I have been a member for 3 or 4 years and was one of the original members that joined at the first meeting of the new JCI Reading chamber in it's current form.

What is your role this year?

Currently I do not hold a board role as I am studying for professional exams that are taking up my time. I have held the role of Personal Development Director for the last two years. I took on the role as I had no experience at all of running events.

What are you hoping to achieve this year

My hope for later this year when my exams are over is to return to the board, taking on a different role and challenging myself to learn new skills.

Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined?

I recently organised a charity pub quiz for the firm of solicitors that I work for. I would never have been able to achieve this if it hadn't been for the event organising experience I had got through JCI. I was able to arrange the venue, quizmaster, raffle, prizes, invitations, bookings, charity link and newspaper publicity.

What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member?

JCI has given me the opportunity to make my own networking of contacts, develop my skills in ways i would not have the chance to do in my professional career and most of all make friends.

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1st Apr, 2011

Simon Bucknall
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on April 1, 2011 11:02


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.

A full-time speaker, facilitator and coach, Simon has worked with FTSE 100 executives, entrepreneurs, MBA graduates, charity workers and politicians. His sessions have ignited international audiences in Denmark, Finland, the UAE, Pakistan, India, Japan and across the UK and Ireland. Clients include: Cambridge University, Shell plc, Unltd and HULT International Business School.

In 2007, Simon placed in the top 20 out of 26,000 speakers worldwide at the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in Arizona, USA. He is the only speaker to receive national awards from all three of the following: the UK Professional Speaking Association, Toastmasters International and Junior Chamber International (JCI).

Simon’s professional background includes global executive headhunting, corporate brand strategy consulting, plus a stint as Head of Office for an MP in the British Parliament. He is the 2011 Business Director and Deputy President-elect for JCI London. He is a Member of the Professional Speaking Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturing & Commerce.

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14th Mar, 2011

March Newsletter
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of 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.  

Steve Wells

President JCI Reading 2011


How To Sell Yourself With A Red-Hot Elevator Pitch


31st March 2011

Each participant will build and hone their own 1-minute pitch - whether it's an idea, a product or themselves!

Find out more about the
Red-Hot Elevator Pitch and sign up before places run out.


Networking Thursday's


17th March 2011
21st April 2011

Our regular social meeting given you to meet the other members and discuss existing and new projects. Let us know how we can help you get the most from JCI Reading.


How to work a room - Networking Training


14th April 2011

Walking into a room with total strangers can be terrifying, even for experienced networkers.

In this practical training we'll look at:
- How to prepare for networking
- How and when to initiate conversations
- How and when to break into group conversations
- How to end conversations
- How to follow up on contacts

If you want to
become a more effective networker make sure you sign up now


JCI UK Marketing Academy


1st-3rd April (Friday optional)

Are you interested in learning about marketing?
Want to add social media skills to your CV?
Want to make the most out of marketing both for your self and for your JCI Chamber?

The JCI Marketing Academy is the place for you,
book your place now


Business Skills / Presidents and Deputies Day


9th/10th April

To be hosted by by JCI Cambridge, further details will be sent out as they are released, or keep an eye on the JCI
Cambridge website

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9th Mar, 2011

Adam Woodhall
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on March 9, 2011 13:32


Head Trainer Biography

adamwoodhallHead 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!


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9th Feb, 2011

JCI Reading Website Board Member Training by Steve Wells
by Diane Edgington on February 9, 2011 20:48



I've just attended the JCI Reading Website Board Member Training by Steve Wells, JCI Reading President 2011 his first training delivery since completing the JCI Trainer course.  What an interesting session, especially for someone like me who’s never blogged before...this is my first one!

Thank you Steve for sharing your knowledge on the new JCI website and for your patience – excellent training.  

The new JCI Reading website looks fab and I'm so excited to be on board and part of the team! 

As always, I love to learn new skills through JCI and will definitely be signing up for JCI Trainer, an opportunity not to be missed.     


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1st Jan, 2011

Carrie Green - JCI Reading - Immediate Past President
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on January 1, 2011 11:16


What's your role on National Board and what does it include?
As International Director I make sure JCI UK members are aware of all the international opportunites within JCI and help them embrace these opportunities. Portraits » Carrie-Green-PS.jpg

What are your objectives in your role for 2011?
To help get as many delegates to international events during 2011 inparticular the European Conference in Tarragona in June and the World Congress in Brussels in November.

How long have you been involved in JCI?
I've been involved since March 2009, so nearly two years.

Where are you from?
Thatcham, West Berkshire - a small town west of Reading.

Which is your local chamber?
JCI Reading.

Why did you join JCI?
To do something for myself.

Which international JCI events have you been to?
2009 JCI World Congress in Tunisia and 2010 JCI World Congress in Japan.

What do you do in your spare time?
I run a business with my partner supplying and fitting window blinds and curtains.

What's your profession?
During the day I work for an IT support company.

Little known fact about you: I'm a life member of the Newbury & District Agricultural Society.

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11th Dec, 2010

1st Address from Stephen Wells, President JCI Reading 2011,
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on December 11, 2010 21:00


1st Address from Stephen Wells,
President JCI Reading 2011,
11th December 2010.

There is a quote by Buddha

‘Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,

and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases by being shared’

I have only been in JCI for 18mths and it is hard to believe the impact that knowing people in this room, and around the globe, has had on my life.

I am going to start by thanking some of them, there are many more but I have been told I have only got 45 minutes! Sorry that’s 4 to 5 minutes I will keep it short and I will be speaking from the heart as I have been reliably informed by a very good friend1 that is the best way.

Carrie2 thank you. If you had not invited me to a Thirsty Thursdays I would not be here.

If you had not mentioned you were going to the 2009 World Congress I would not be standing here now. (maybe I should learn not to get drunk at party nights!)

Also I would not have seen you with a fire in your belly, a passion and energy that is infectious to those around you.

Clare3 The training sessions that you had planned when I first came along caught my attention and kept me coming back, so a massive ‘Thank you’ to you.

Solveig4 and Lesley1, meeting you both in Tunisia was turning point, it made me know there was more out there, at the time I had no idea what it was, I just knew it was there.

Diane5, Sarah6, Marco7, Graeme8, as I say there are many more people I could mention,

Many who are from all around the world, Jill9, Peter10, Tobias11, Marta12, Patrick13, Wayne14 , Kai15 to name but a few.

Meeting you all has given me a spark that HAD been missing for some time.

That spark has been topped up regularly by everyone in JCI

and over the last year those small sparks have turned into a fire.

So what is my Role for 2011?

The Title says ‘ JCI Reading President ‘ what does that mean to me.

I want to pass on the fire, that I have seen and been given.

the warm feeling inside when you know you are doing the right things for the right reasons.

Allison Cowell16 JCI UK National President 2011 has the theme of ‘Back to Basics’

To me it means inspiring people, giving to others what has been given to me. Building relationships and finding out what people want and what matters to them. Only once we know what people Value will we, the board of JCI Reading, be able to fulfil those needs by providing the right mix of activities for existing and new members.

I am so glad that Carrie suggested we host next year’s inspiration day, this has given me the opportunity to work on something I truly believe in. As I mentioned earlier I have lots of little stories about how people helped me just by being them! At inspiration day we will have the opportunity to hear from more people about who they are and what JCI means to them and what kept their fire burning on a daily basis.

More importantly what does it mean to you?

I want to help you keep your fire burning brightly.

Tell us (JCI Reading/JCI in general) what you dream of achieving no matter how big or small that is.

And let JCI help you achieve it.

To wrap up I will give you my own version of the quote from Buddha that I started with.

I NOW walk through life with a fire burning bright inside me,

if I drop sparks on you let them burn,

for someday you will drop sparks of your own

and light a fire in someone’s life.  – Stephen Wells 2010

Note: I have updated this speech to contain the additions that were included while making it, along with non-verbal reference that were implied and have therefore been added in Italics


1 = Lesley Young, National President JCI UK 2010

2 = Carrie Green, JCI Reading President 2010

3 = Clare Franklin, Training Director JCI Reading 2009/10

4 = Solveig Malvik, JCI London President 2010

5 = Diane Edgington, JCI Reading Membership Director 2009/10

6 = Sarah Beckwith, JCI London Deputy President 2010 (President Elect 2011)

7 = Marco Van den Heuvel, JCI Regional Group Chairman for the Southern Region 2010

8 = Graeme Hobbs, JCI Senator,

9 = Jillian Walker, JCI Calgary

10 = Peter Reitano, JCI Australia National President 2010

11 = Tobias Engström

12 = Marta Komosa

13 = Patrick Knight

14 = Wayne Clark

15 = Kai Roer

16 = Allison Cowell JCI UK National President Elect 2011

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26th Sep, 2009

JCI Reading LinkedIn Group
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of on September 26, 2009 10:24


We have created a LinkedIn so you can display JCI Reding on your LinkedIn Profile.

You can join up here
<a href="">LinkedIn </a>

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