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8th Jul, 2013

JCI Manchester's Mid-Year Review
by Kleon West on July 8, 2013 20:21


The JCI Manchester committee was lucky to be treated last Thursday to an evening of drinks and nibbles at the Landing in MediaCity, hosted by our President Jen Smith. Over glasses of wine, bottles of beer and cartons of popcorn, Jen used this as an opportunity to rightfully relax and reflect upon JCI Manchester's amazing achievements over the last 6 months. These achievements have ranged from holding the best attended new member's event in JCI Manchester's history at the Great John Street Hotel, to supporting two Manchester based charities for the first time instead of just one.

As a general director on the committee, I am proud to be part of JCI Manchester as it goes from strength to strength. We are growing both in terms of the numbers we are attracting on a daily basis and also constantly diversifying what we offer to members in terms of training, social and community events. And all of this from a voluntary organisation.

Having been a member of JCI Manchester for a number of years before I moved onto the committee, I have gained so much from being involved in JCI, as both a member and a director, in both a professional and personal capacity. I have gained new skills (I hope!), met so many new people, laughed lots and even conquered the Tough Mudder course!!

As we move into the second half of 2013, having had an opportunity to reflect upon the achievements to date, the JCI Manchester committee has renewed vigour in aiming to achieve even more before the end of the year. Most excitingly in the second half of the year, the Manchester Young Talent Awards 2013 (MYTA) is set to look bigger than ever, with a new MYTA website on the way (so watch this space).

Anyone out there thinking of joining JCI Manchester, I can't recommend it enough. Without sounding too cheesy, if you're looking to meet new people, network in a relaxed way, learn new skills and just have fun, JCI Manchester is the organisation for you!

Eimear McCartan - General Director



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21st May, 2013

by Kleon West on May 21, 2013 20:56


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JCI Manchester prides itself on its insightful training events and this year is no different. We have already held a number of training events since the start of the year and started our busy calendar of events with only our second breakfast seminar ever held at RBS Spinningfields. Mark Briegal, Corporate Partner at Aaron and Partners Solicitors provided members with an uplifting and much needed presentation (given it was the dreaded January!) on motivation, providing a list of tried and tested ways to motivate colleagues and yourself.

Members new and not so new came away from the well-attended event feeling inspired and ready for action, as well as fed and watered by the RBS provided bacon butties.

Our second breakfast seminar of the year was held on Thursday 21 March  and was equally motiviating. Alistair Macdonald, ex-BBC correspondent, presented 'You're Only Selling Yourself.' He provided members with tips on personal presentation, including advice on public speaking and dealing with those dreaded nerves.

Photos from our social and training events can be found JCI Manchester's twitter, facebook and linkedin pages.




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21st May, 2013

Director of the Month - David Hayes
by Kleon West on May 21, 2013 20:28


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Each month we will be featuring one of our committee members and their ambitions for JCI Manchester for this year. Our first member of the month is David Hayes, Sports Director. This is the first year the JCI Manchester committee has appointed a dedicated sports director, borne largely out of the success of Tough Mudder last year and the 3 Peaks' Challenge in 2011.

David brings much ambition, vision and energy to this new role. He has developed a dedicated sport's program for the coming year, the aim of which is to achieve some fundamental objectives for JCI Manchester. These include facilitation of personal and professional developments of both JCI members and non-members through sport, including development of new skills, meeting new people and giving something back to the community.

Some of the activities David has planned for this year include planned participation in the Manchester 10k and a possible Guinness World Record attempt. We are also hoping to enter a team into this Tough Mudder, meeting to be held on Tuesday 21st May. Watch this space.



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