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15th Jun, 2011

JCI UK World Congress Delegate Package 2011
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on June 15, 2011 10:30

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Carrie Green (JCI Reading 2010 President and JCI UK 2011 International Director) has just released details of the first part of the World Congress 2011 Delegate package.

Follow the link above to view the details of the Eurostar (we are looking at getting everyone out on the same train) so that we can start the fun as soon as we can.

You can also sign up to be notified about the rest of the package as it it finalised even if you are not planning on getting the Eurostar or are looking at different dates.

There is a very short dealine for booking your place on this as Eurostar only give shortterm quotes for group bookings. So make sure you sign up for the delegate package now.

 

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2nd Jun, 2011

Confident Presence - Training Review
by Diane Edgington on June 2, 2011 16:44

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Confident Presence - Training Review

Date: Thursday 19th May 2011

Venue: Positive Computing, 252-256 Kings Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4HP

“Confident Presence” is an excellent, highly interactive training session which was led by Solveig Malvik, giving participants an opportunity to explore how to build a confident presence through the use of body language, spoken words and positive status.

This session for JCI Reading was designed to provide practical tips and techniques for achieving a more confident presence, particularly in the workplace.  Throughout the course of the session, Solvig demonstrated how the 10 participants could ensure their presence was appropriate for the situation and to make improvements through lots of practice.


The key areas we looked into were:

- First impressions,

- The elements of charisma, and

- How you can make the subconscious work with you, not against you.


The training workshop took place over 2 hours in Reading and was very much an interactive session that certainly kept us on our feet!  

I particularly enjoyed the practice session role playing as an overly confident cleaner with a shy and lacking in confidence CEO.  Its amazing how awkward you can feel acting in a role but with the wrong characteristics!  Very interesting.  

By the end of the session, we had a good understanding of the theory, as well as have practised, experienced the benefits and were well on our way towards a strong and confident presence.

Trainer:

The training was provided by Solveig Malvik, JCI UK National Deputy President 2011, Certified Local Trainer, Immediate Past President JCI London, JCI UK Marketing Director 2011. 

What do people say about Solveig Malvik and the Confident Presence Workshop?


“I had the chance of attending the body language training given by Solveig in Beirut. Solveig’s dynamism and engaging style of delivery turned the session into a pleasant and practical experience to learn. Solveig added a new perspective into my understanding of body language."

Roland Haddad

On behalf of all those who participated in the training, thank you Solvig for a great session, it was very interesting, food for thought and good fun!

 

 

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17th May, 2011

Know how to walk into a room?
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on May 17, 2011 11:47

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If you want to ensure that you make the right first impressions so that people really listen to you, make sure you come along to our Workshop on Confident Presence this Thursday (19th May)       

Solveig Malvik will be covering:

  • First impressions,
  • The elements of charisma, and
  • How you can make the subconscious work with you, not against you

Register for Workshop on Confident Presence - JCI Reading in To Be Confirmed  on Eventbrite

 

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21st Apr, 2011

JCI Scotland National Conference 2011 - Review
by Diane Edgington on April 21, 2011 15:22

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JCI Scotland National Conference 2011

Hosted by JCI Aberdeen

15 – 17 April 2011

Park Inn Hotel, Aberdeen

What a fabulous experience to attend my first JCI Scotland National Conference in Aberdeen which took place at the brand new Park Inn Hotel, Aberdeen from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th April 2011.    

I believe that conferences are one of the great opportunities that we have within JCI to meet fellow members, not only from the UK and Scotland, but also from other national organisations throughout Europe and the rest of the world.  This weekend we had JCI members from JCI Scotland, JCI Ireland, JCI UK, JCI Belgium and JCI Ghana.  It was a great turnout. 

It’s true that conferences provide a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old acquaintances (often in the bar until the wee small hours!) They also give delegates the chance to meet, learn and grow through participation in motivational and informative training sessions, which was certainly the case this weekend in Aberdeen.

 It was an action packed weekend in the granite city of Aberdeen.  The conference team, lead by conference Director Gordon McCarlie successfully put together a varied programme of events over the weekend and most definitely something to suit every taste.  Conference Team included: Steven Wilson, Emma Stephenson, Euan Gillies, Pam Cradock and Claire McBain.  Thank you all for a great weekend!

Weekend Agenda:

Friday 15 April

15:00 JCI Scotland National Council Meeting & Registration

19:00 National Public Speaking Competition

20:00 Buffet supper

21:00 National Debating Competition

Saturday 16 April

09:00 Training: Team Building

09:00 Training: Project Planning and JCI Areas of Opportunity

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Business Speakers: Beyond the Business Barriers with Andrew Laing, Sir Moir Lockhead and George Yule

13:00 Lunch, hotel restaurant

14:15 Optional walking tour

18:00 Pre dinner drinks reception

18:30 Black Tie Gala Dinner, National Awards Ceremony and Céilidh

 Sunday 17 April

11:00 Farewell Brunch

Just a short flight from London Heathrow to Aberdeen for me, Friday evening kicked off with the National Public Speaking Competition and National Debating Competition – both of which were excellent events to watch and such a high standard of entrants from JCI Aberdeen and JCI Edinburgh. 

 The winners were announced during the National Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening and congratulations to JCI Aberdeen on both counts, especially to Euan Gillies on his very impressive Public Speaking, well done!

 Saturday morning, participants had an opportunity to attend training seminars:

Ismail Haznedar ran an informative training session about JCI areas of opportunity and project planning.

 Emma Eastwood delivered a fun and interactive session on Team Building. During the session participants learnt something about themselves and how it feels to work with different type of team members.  One of the fun team activities was to build an egg carrier…great fun!

 The key note Business Speakers led an interesting discussion on ‘Beyond the Business Barriers’ with Andrew Laing, Sir Moir Lockhead and George Yule.  A valuable session and some great business lessons to learn.

Saturday afternoon was an interesting walking tour around the city of Aberdeen and an opportunity to really explore the city.  I was impressed and will definitely visit again!

The evening event on Saturday, an impressive black tie gala dinner, followed by JCI Scotland National Awards Ceremony was a great success.  Congratulations to all the winners, especially to JCI Aberdeen and to Arlene Hutchinson, JCI Aberdeen IPP who so deservedly won so many awards during the course of the evening, including the very prestigious award of JCI Senator.  Congratulations to my good friend and very well done, you deserve it! 

The weekend closed with a fabulous farewell brunch on Sunday at the Park Inn hotel…a final opportunity to say our goodbyes and recap on the weekends activities. 

In summary, a fantastic weekend was had by all, both socially and through the motivational and informative training sessions and key note speakers. 

 Thank you JCI Scotland for a truly great weekend in Aberdeen!

 A few words on our trainers and key note speakers:

 Trainers

Ismail Haznedar

Emma Eastwood

 Business Speakers:

Andrew Laing - Aberdeen Asset Managment

Sir Moir Lockhead - First Group

George Yule - Dominion Gas

 

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21st Apr, 2011

“How to work a room” – Networking Training Review
by Diane Edgington on April 21, 2011 10:54

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“How to work a room” – Networking Training

Date: Thursday 14th April 2011

Venue: Copa Bar, 76-78 King's Road, Reading RG1 3BJ

Walking into a room with total strangers can be terrifying, even for experienced networkers.  This is so true!  The aim of this session was to feel more confident in attending events and creating new contacts and I’m confident that all those who attended the session agree that we certainly achieved this.

Throughout this session of practical training we covered quite an array of topics on networking including:

- 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

“How to work a room” is an excellent, highly interactive training session which was led by Solveig Malvik and Sarah Beckwith, giving participants an opportunity to learn to practice and develop their networking skills.  The session demonstrated how the 14 participants could structure and ‘sell’ themselves more effectively throughout the course of the session with some very handy key tips.

A key focus was answering the questions “What do you do?” and “how do you do it?” and

providing responses both in partners and feeding back to the rest of the group using the key tips of being clear, to the point and highlighting how you add value.    

Participants had plenty of opportunities throughout the session to practice developing their networking skills, through group work, practice and providing constructive feedback. 

Some of the key tips we learned and practiced throughout the session included:  

- Introductions and the all important 30 second elevator pitch

- Name badges (top right of clothing)

- Business cards

- Handshakes (eye contact, smiling, firm handshake/interlock)

- Preparation (questions to ask/starting conversations)

- Listening

- Body language

- Make people like you by allowing them to talk about themselves (my personal favourite tip!)

Trainers:

Training was provided by Solveig Malvik, JCI UK National Deputy President 2011, Certified Local Trainer, Immediate Past President JCI London, JCI UK Marketing Director 2011. 

Solveig was assisted by Sarah Beckwith, President JCI London 2011.

Finally, on behalf of all those who participated, thank you Solveig and Sarah for a great session, it was very useful, informative and good fun!

 

If this sounds like it would have been of interest to you please check out Solveig's next workshop which includes making the best first impression.

 

 

 

 

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17th Apr, 2011

Emma Eastwood - Trainer
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on April 17, 2011 16:29

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Profile Pics » EmmaEastwood.jpgEmma Eastwood is a member of the JCI UK training team.  Since graduating from JCI Presenter and JCI Trainer she had conducted over 50 hours of JCI training time.  This includes being part of the outdoor training team for the 2010 European Academy in Sweden.  She has also trained in varying chambers across the UK including London, Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley and recently delivered training at the 2011 JCI Scotland National Conference in Aberdeen.

 

As a previous JCI Yorkshire Extempore champion (off the cuff public speaking) and a previous JCI World Debating champion she runs training sessions in both of these areas.  Emma has also delivered training in Word Of Mouth marketing with a session written by Adam Woodhall and has assisted Dan Lally and Adam Woodhall with developing JCI Discover.  Discover  is a training session designed to help new members find out more about the organisation and to learn how to get the most from their membership.  She has also been developing her own interactive training session on team building which she has delivered at JCI UK and JCI Scotland’s national convention to great reviews.  Team building is very close to Emma’s heart as by day she manages a very successful team of estate agents in Leeds city centre.

 

In 2010 Emma was awarded the award for the most outstanding trainer in the UK. 

Emma Eastwood is a member of the JCI UK training team.  Since graduating from JCI Presenter and JCI Trainer she had conducted over 50 hours of JCI training time.  This includes being part of the outdoor training team for the 2010 European Academy in Sweden.  She has also trained in varying chambers across the UK including London, Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley and recently delivered training at the 2011 JCI Scotland National Conference in Aberdeen.

 

As a previous JCI Yorkshire Extempore champion (off the cuff public speaking) and a previous JCI World Debating champion she runs training sessions in both of these areas.  Emma has also delivered training in Word Of Mouth marketing with a session written by Adam Woodhall and has assisted Dan Lally and Adam Woodhall with developing JCI Discover.  Discover  is a training session designed to help new members find out more about the organisation and to learn how to get the most from their membership.  She has also been developing her own interactive training session on team building which she has delivered at JCI UK and JCI Scotland's national convention to great reviews.  Team building is very close to Emma's heart as by day she manages a very successful team of estate agents in Leeds city centre.

 

In 2010 Emma was awarded the award for the most outstanding trainer in the UK. 

 

 

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16th Apr, 2011

Ismail Haznedar
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on April 16, 2011 15:49

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Trainer - Ismail Haznedar

 Ismail Haznedar was born in Tetovo, Macedonia and is a member of JCI Turkey.  He joined JCI Avrasya in 2005 and became local President in 2008. Two years later, he progressed to JCI Turkey National President.  At the 2010 World Congress, Ismail was elected as a 2011 Vice President. Scotland is one of his assigned countries. Ismail has attended four JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 69159.

 Ismail speaks English, Turkish, Macedonian, Albanian and is familiar with East European languages. He works as a partner in an investment and business development company.

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16th Apr, 2011

Emma Eastwood
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on April 16, 2011 15:47

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What was it that inspired you to take the next step to become Local President of JCI Leeds 2008?
Julia Goodfellow-Smith the then president asked me if I would consider being her deputy. I had already got so much confidence and many new skills from my membership of JCI that I was very keen to take on a big new challenge. Julia gave me the support and the confidence to go for it!

You are the cover girl for the Nothing But Nets calender. How did you get involved in the project?
Originally it had been my idea after a glass of wine at world congress in New Delhi that it would be good if JCI members wore nothing but nets to raise money for the nothing but nets appeal. I didn't really think that it would ever come to anything. Then two years later Julia Goodfellow-Smith decided that she is going to organise the calendar project!  She showed so much determination to get the project off the ground and it is for such an amazing cause. There is no way that I wasn't going to be involved.  After all the pictures came in the calendar team asked me if I would agree to be the cover girl.  It was very flattering but slightly daunting to suddenly have your picture at every JCI event and in the press etc!  The end result of all of the hard work is an amazing calendar and we have already sold nearly 400 calendars with every calendar sold buying at least one bed net to go to Africa! 

What have your membership in JCI meant for you in your life?  

Since becoming a member I have met so many amazing people. I have increased my confidence and massively improved my communication skills. The opportunities to get involved with fundraising projects that really make a difference such as the charity calendar is fantastic. Also to meet new business contacts and people that have achieved massive success in the chosen fields. 

Which is your best JCI experience? 

In 2008 in my role as JCI Leeds Community Director we organised a young person's Christmas party for a charity called Willow Young Carers.  These young people act as carers for adult relatives and face huge daily challenges.  To give them a few hours respite to relax with people of their own age in a fun and safe environment was so rewarding.  We hosted the party at my office at Morgans City Living in Leeds City Centre and my Managing Director Jonathan Morgan enjoyed the event so much that our company organised the event last year and we are currently organising this year's party! 

You are a JCI Trainer yourself. If you could invite any speaker/trainer to a JCI UK event who would that be?  

Bill Gates.  The way he has balanced massive success with also giving so much back in terms of community projects that he runs with his wife is inspirational. An active citizen on a global scale. 

Is there anything that JCI can help you with? Contacts? Ideas? Connections? 

I would like to see a skills directory available to new members. Senators that are willing to mentor or have skills in different areas.  People that have run big projects that can offer support for those starting out on the same journey etc. Also businesses that support local chambers that other chambers might be able to approach for support in their areas too.

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16th Apr, 2011

George Yule
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on April 16, 2011 15:38

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George Yule - Dominion Gas

 George Yule is executive chairman of ROMAR International Ltd, an Aberdeen based oilfield/drilling equipment company that specialises in magnetic separation and innovative technologies. George is responsible for plotting and delivering strategies to progress global expansion for ROMAR.

 Until 2010 George was CEO of Dominion Gas. He was part of a business where he led an MBO and followed it up with a further two acquisitions. George then successfully internationalised the business, transforming a turnover of £5.1m into a £24m global oilfield service company in just four years. During this period the business won several accolades from industry peers. In addition, George received the 2009 Grampian Industrialist of the Year award for his business leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

 George is a board director with SUBSEA UK and Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce. He holds an honorary position with University of Aberdeen College of Physical Sciences. He is also chairman of Aberdeen Sports Village, an appropriate role for this once-professional footballer.

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16th Apr, 2011

Sir Moir Lockhead
by Stephen Wells 2011-12 President of JCI Reading, and Founder of www.aimtosucceed.co.uk on April 16, 2011 15:37

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Sir Moir Lockhead - First Group

 Moir Lockhead left school at 15 and started work as an apprentice mechanic. He followed a career in engineering until he joined Grampian Regional Transport in 1985 as General Manager, where he led a successful employee/ management buy-out of the company in 1989.

 As founding Director and CEO, he saw the company grow to be the largest provider of rail and bus services in the UK and, with over 60,000 yellow school buses, the largest provider of school bus travel in the USA and Canada. From small beginnings in Aberdeen, the company now carries 4 million students per day and over 2.5 billion passengers a year, including the iconic Greyhound network in the USA and Canada. The company employs over 130,000 staff worldwide.

 Sir Moir received the 1993 Grampian Industrialist of the year award for his business leadership and entrepreneurial skills. He awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1996. In 2008 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to transport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was named IoD Scotland Director of the Year. In 2009 he was again an award winner at the IoD Scotland Awards, being named Global Director of the Year. He received an Honorary Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa  from the University of Aberdeen as well as being appointed Senior Governor of the University of Aberdeen Court. In 2010 Sir Moir was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society of Operations Engineers, a body of which he has been a member for over 40 years. In May 2010 Sir Moir became the President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. He is also a Board member of VisitBritain.

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