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19th Oct, 2011

JCI Training - demystified
by Solveig Malvik on October 19, 2011 21:44


If you had told me, when I joined JCI London in 2008, that I would become a JCI Trainer traveling the world giving training courses and becoming as passionate about training as I have become, I would have looked at you as if you came from outer space (that goes for a lot of things I've done through JCI btw, but that's for other blog posts).

First of all, the JCI Trainer courses are not only for those that aspire to become trainers.

The first course on the training ladder, JCI Presenter, is for anyone who wants to learn more about presenting and being more confident when speaking in front of people. People pay buckets of money for these kind of courses from private providers and through JCI you get a brilliant course for next to nothing. And there's no doubt learning presentation skills will benefit your career. If you can talk about topics confidently, present your arguments without faltering, you stand better chances to be promoted and noticed positively in your job.

The second course, JCI Trainer, is for those who have graduated from JCI Presenter. Again you do not have to want to be a trainer in order to benefit from JCI Trainer. JCI Trainer is great for anyone who want to learn more about how to present things, how to structure a presentation so that it makes sense, how to work with different personality types and how these different personality types take in information. It's a two day course, very interactive and lots of fun.

Start with a friend
After graduating from JCI Trainer you can start giving training courses yourself. There's many ways to do this. I started working with a friend, Sarah Beckwith, and we developed a couple of courses together. Starting out with a friend is great as you don't have to stand there all on your own, you have someone to feed back on your training ideas and you learn and grow together .JCI London also offer Train the Trainer evenings where you can learn and meet other trainers.

Choose a passion!
When it comes to choosing what to train, there's so many options its hard to choose. Though the techniques we learn as JCI trainers makes us able to train any course, in reality it is good to pick a topic you have knowledge about, feel confident in and can speak freely about. JCI has a number of ready made training courses with manuals and slides all waiting for you. Its a good idea to start out with one of those to get a feeling for how a training course is structured and to get some experience.

Read! Study!
If you want to really become a trainer, nothing beats going to other trainers' sessions and seeing how they do things. Use your time smartly at World Congress and European Conference to see the ITFs (International Training Fellow) and IGs (International Graduates) do their courses and learn from what they do. Take notes. What did you enjoy and what did you not enjoy?

There are also a lot of books out there with good tips and advice. I particularly favour a book called "The Trainer's Toolkit", but there are also many free resources online for things like ice breakers, time outs and more.

Get hours!
To advance in the JCI training system you need to count your hours, and log your hours on the website. Only hours trained under JCI counts, not hours trained for say your company or other organisations.

You can get hours by approaching the JCI London Training Director, ask nearby chambers if they would like you to come train, and do like me, when you go on holiday somewhere you talk to the local JCI chambers and ask if they want some training to. If you don't know how to get in touch with people, just talk to your local President or Training Director.

It never harms to ask, but make sure you are specific. Be as helpful as you can. Provide information about yourself, what you have trained, what you can train, and when it would be possible for you to come. It might sound helpful to try to be as open as possible, but that leaves very little for a Chamber to act on.

The JCI Training Ladder
JCI Trainer course + 25 JCI hours trained = Certified Local Trainer (CLT)
CLT means that you can start being assistant trainer for courses such as JCI Presenter, JCI Achieve and JCI Admin (but not JCI Trainer)

CLT + 25 JCI hours trainer + graduation from JCI Designer Course = Certified National Trainer
CNT means that you can be assistant trainer for JCI Trainer and you can start working on your international trainer career

CNT + Head Trainer Course = Head Trainer
This means that you can become Head Trainer for JCI official courses you have trained sufficient times

CNT + 25 international hours + written 1 hour training course incl manual, slides etc = International Graduate (IG)

IG + 25 international hours + written half day training course incl manual, slides etc = International Training Fellow

Please note that none of the advancements from one level to the next is automatic. Your advancement will be reviewed by the JCI Training Commission and either approved or rejected. Therefore it is important that you are diligent when filling in hours and give information also about who the course was open for if that is not self explanatory in the course name.

The JCI Training Commission puts a lot of importance on their perception of your understanding of JCI and how your training helps develop our organisation. The purpose of JCI Training is to help us develop our organisation and it is important to keep this in mind when giving training sessions and developing training courses.

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18th Oct, 2011

Congratulations to the 2012 JCI London Council
by Sarah Beckwith on October 18, 2011 00:03


At our Annual General Meeting on 10 October, the following members were elected to the JCI London Council 2012:

  • President - Simon Bucknall
  • Deputy President - Eyad Hamouieh
  • Finance Director - James Lynch
  • Business Director - Ricky Kothari
  • Membership Director - Lydia Bartaud
  • International Director - Anke Brandts
  • Training Director - Mehnaz Siddiqui
  • Community Director - Soraya Bowen
  • Social Director - Alexandra Illsley
  • Immediate Past President (non-elected) - Sarah Beckwith

Congratulations to all!  Being on the council is a great way to develop skills, make lasting friendships and make a difference in the chamber.

During the meeting Simon Bucknall outlined his plans for leading JCI London in 2012 and his theme of Make It Happen!   Some of the newly-elected council directors also shared their visions for their areas and their enthusiasm and team spirit shone through. 2012 promises to be another great year for JCI London.

There are three director roles on the council which were not elected at the AGM:

  • Honorary Secretary
  • Marketing Director
  • Strategic Partnerships Director

These positions, along with deputy directors, will be appointed over the coming months.  If you are interested in a role on the council or in one of the teams, please get in touch with President-Elect, Simon Bucknall.

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17th Oct, 2011

A Blog About Blogging!
by Sarah Beckwith on October 17, 2011 22:48


Blogging is something I've really grown to love this year.  From having next to no experience of it and being a pretty non-technical person, I'm very proud of my blogs and new-found blogging ability.

Blog posts are a great way to share information and experiences and it's not just writing blogs, but also reading them that I love.  Have you read any of the other local JCI chambers' blogs?  You'll find information about events they've hosted, projects being run and future plans for the chamber.  I enjoy hearing about what other chambers are up to and take inspiration from their ideas and members' experiences.  For example:JCI Boston Day

JCI Reading PlanJCI Cambridge - Speed Networking

JCI Boston - JCI Boston Day

JCI Reading - Planning for 2012

Want to tell other JCI members about something?  Why not write a blog?  You do not have to be on the council to do so.  We love to get contributions from any member.  You can write about an event you've attended, an experience you've had, a book you've read or just general thoughts you'd like to share.  It does not have to be JCI specific, as long as it fits in with JCI values.

Get in touch with me and you may well see your name up in lights on the JCI London website soon!


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11th Oct, 2011

JCI Denmark National Convention
by Solveig Malvik on October 11, 2011 15:21


One of my favorite things in JCI is to go and see how other National Organisations (NOMs) do things. Though we're all the same organisation with the same vision, mission and values, we have different sizes, different membership and different traditions that all in all makes us do things quite differently.

National Conventions all around the world all have some similarities; they allow the members to come together, they offer training sessions, meetings, workshops and parties. So going abroad to visit another national convention you quite soon can feel at home and comfortable. Also people are much the same - the same proactive, positive and engaged people we are used to here in the UK.

Of course, I'm particularly interested in how other NOMs run their things as I'll soon be running JCI UK (well, luckily not all by myself...). And its great to think outside the box, get some inspiration from other places and learn.

JCI Denmark is quite a bit bigger than JCI UK. They have around 48 local chambers and around 800 members. This means they run things a bit more formally than we do. They have to. Their General Assembly also took quite a bit longer, but overall it was pretty similar.

JCI Denmark National Convention 2011, blue men and a farmer

One of the National Convention traditions JCI Denmark shares with JCI UK is to have a costume party. I'm not sure where the blue men came from, but that night they came from outer space. In Denmark a chamber all dresses up the same, within a chosen topic. So all the blue men came from the same chamber.

Membership workshop at the JCI Denmark national convention

JCI Denmark has been loosing members the last couple of years so this national convention was centred around membership growth. I got to present in front of the participants of a workshop about how we do things in the UK and in particular how we do things in London. In Denmark they don't have any big chambers so the workshop moderator wanted the members to see that its possible to have a big chamber and a bit about how things can be done then.

We also heard from Danish chambers that have grown recently and we heard from the National President of JCI Turkey, Gulboy, about what is working in Turkey. I was there to speak, but I think I was the one learning the most. Lots of new ideas for 2012 in the UK.

Solveig with JCI ear rings

Someone made JCI ear rings and gave me! They are fun! I didn't know who made them before I got home and saw this picture on facebook.

Cute animals making commercial for the Danish spring conference

These cute animals were there to promote the Danish Spring Conference in Mors in March. On the left is the JCI Denmark National President 2011 Jon Kjaer and on the right is the JCI Denmark Deputy National President 2011 and President Elect 2012 Soren Greve Olesen.

With NP2012 Soren and his family

One of the highlights of the convention was the elections. Two people were standing for the role as Deputy National President 2012 and it was interesting to see their campaigns and what they were thinking. I think its great to have contested elections, though I must admit I would be really nervous myself. In addition the National President for 2012 was elected, Soren Greve Olesen from JCI Ribe. In this picture I'm with Soren and his parents just after he was elected.

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