Double Contest Winner

Penny Calder wins the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest

On Thursday evening, Penny Haywood Calder won not only the club’s International Speech Contest but also the Evaluation Contest.  Kevin Miller came second in the Evaluation contest. 

Penny will go on to represent the club at the Area 30 contest, this year hosted by Waverley Communicators.  It will be held in the Theosophical Society at 28 Great King Street, Edinburgh.  Registration opens at 1.30pm and the contest begins at 2pm until 5pm.  For more information download the contest flyer 

A good, thoughtful, evaluation is one of the most valuable gifts members give to each other in Toastmasters.  Without feedback, how would members know what to improve? 

If you want to learn more about evaluating, a member of Croydon Communicators is delivering a webinar on Monday 14th March at 8pm GMT) Ten Top Tips for Successful Evaluation  . 

Has  Toastmasters helped you become a more versatile speaker?  How have you used the skills you learned in Toastmasters?  Have you used them in any unusual ways, e.g.  compered a dog show, been the MC at a friend’s wedding, introduced the acts at a circus (okay, that’s a bit far fetched but you get the idea).  If you have, we would like to hear from you at     


Kevin Miller with Club President Moira Beaton







  1. The best bit is about winning is that I’ll be getting feedback at the next meeting from the whole room on my speech. The subject matter is research-based and not personal so it’s harder to keep the interest levels up. This is a regular challenge as most of my business speeches require a fair level of information provision. I’m looking forward to learning a lot.

    I personally loved David’s speech and it was a shame he was timed-out, but rules are rules. I think it would have been harder to improve his speech than mine! I’ll certainly do my best to make a substantial improvement and do the club proud.

    It’s a treat to have the Area Contest in Edinburgh. It’s a chance to see a wider range of award-winning speakers really stretching themselves. I hope that as many as possible from Waverley Comms will come along to cheer me on at the Area Contest on Sunday, 27th March from 1.30-5pm (speeches start at 2pm) at Capital Communicators, Theosophical Society, 28 Great King Street, Edinburgh. £3. With scrummy cake! Guests welcome. Diarise now!

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