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13th Jul, 2013

Supporting our friends in JCI Portsmouth
by Drew Charman on July 13, 2013 15:58


James Lambert, 2013 Community Director, recently attended a training session organised by JCI Portsmouth. Here's what he had to say about it afterwards:


Photo: We're still buzzing from last night's training event on body language, confidence and presence.  Thanks to Solveig Malvik for coming over from Denmark to deliver the training!   JCI just doesn't get better than this... well, until the next event :-)


"The event was on “Body Language, Confidence & Presence” and was hosted by Solveig Malvik (2012 JCI UK National President).  During the evening it was great to receive some tips on how to improve self-confidence and also to have the opportunity to practice what impact body language could have on conversations.  All of this was held in a relaxed environment.  The added bonus was the ability to meet new people and catch up with other JCI members who I had met at previous events.

We are always looking for new ideas on types of training which we can offer our members (and future members) - subjects that they would really like to take part in & benefit from.  If you have any ideas please contact our Training Director by emailing,uk

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2nd Jul, 2013

JCI Belfast Trip
by Michael Steel on July 2, 2013 17:56


One of the best aspects for me about JCI, is the fact that there are so many chambers all over the world - and gladly, with the drop of an email...those chambers love other members to visit and share good practice and experiences...

Hold on Michael you might be thinking...the world...that's thinking not just outside the box...but off the page! OK OK...I'm always one to think BIG...and those at JCI Southampton who know me...have long stopped rolling their eyes when I'm ranting on about going international.

So, let's stick with the UK then. Last weekend saw me hop on a plane from Southampton airport and fly to visit our friends at JCI Belfast. In little over an hour I had arrived and was gearing up for their event on the Friday night. JCI Belfast had organised a quiz night support their local charity, the Prince's Trust.

With the room buzzing and teams assembled...I made my way to our table where I hooked up with JCI UK National President, Emma Eastwood. Emma had flown over from Leeds earlier in the day. I had also dragged my cousin (who lives in Belfast) along with his friend, as they wanted to find out more about the event and the chamber. Our team was complete...we were excited, pumped up and...then the sport questions came. Ok, we didn't win, but we had a great time speaking to local members and I personally made a great business contact with an organisation based in Belfast.

Their President, Richard O'Neill, and Deputy, Gary Rocks (great name...almost as good as Mr Steel ‘Man of Steel') gave the typical Irish welcome and I personally had a blast. I mean, I flew to the other side of the UK and had no reservations about rocking (pun intended Gary) up - it's JCI UK - we're all within the UK family!

I stayed in Belfast for the weekend and Emma and I attended a Christmas (yes you read correct) party on Saturday night....a new one for me indeed.

Result: Business contacts made, UK networking, Irish cider, new friends gained and a very Happy Christmas!

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Left to right:

JCI Southampton President, Michael Steel

JCI UK President, Emma Eastwood

JCI Belfast President, Richard O'Neill

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