1st of March – meeting CANCELLED

Dear Toastmasters and Guests,

The meeting of Waverley Communicators on Thursday 1st March has been CANCELLED. This is due to continued ‘red alert’ for extreme weather in and around Edinburgh.

For those due to give a speech or take on a role at this meeting our Vice-President of Education, Johanne Burns, will be in touch about rolling on to another meeting.

Burns Supper 2018

The 2018 Waverley Communicators annual Burns Supper was held at the Howies Restaurant on Friday 26th of January. President Jacek Lasota, welcomed everyone to the evening and provided an overview of proceedings.
Picture: President Jacek Lasota giving a warm welcome to everyone.

Before eating commenced, Aideen O’Malley gave the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in by Treasurer Neil Maclure.  John Wood gave the address to the haggis.


Picture: The Reply to the Toast to the Lassies was given by Johanne Burns, VPE.

Jacek Lasota, President, began the after dinner entertainment with The Immortal Memory. Jacek in his speech Immortal memory of Robert Burns shared some fun and unknown facts about Robert Burns. The Auld Lang Sane used to be a national Anthem of Korea and Maldives and Japanese department stores play this song every day to remind customers about closing time. Additionally, Michael Jackson and people responsible for the Thriller video admitted having been influenced by Tam O’Shanter of Robert Burns.

Pictures: Members and guests of Waverley Communicators enjoying Burns Supper 2018.

This was followed by Neil MacLure’s Toast to the Lassies. The Reply to the Toast to the Lassies was given by Johanne Burns, Vice-President of Education (VPE).  We also enjoyed poems by Burns recited by members of the club.

The evening came to an end with all participants joining together to sing Auld Lang Syne.

Contest Season Is Here Again

Leaves are falling, all around me

Toastmaster’s preparing and having fun!

It’s the season of humorously speaking

and table topics contest everyone!

The Humorous Contest and Table Topics Contest at Waverley Communicators are held this upcoming Thursday (14th of September 2017) at the 28 York Place Hotel, Edinburgh.

Here’s the treat for you – a blast from the past – an article written by our DTM Moira Beaton in 2012.

Good luck everyone!


I’ll never forget  my first District Officer training in Stanstead (ah, the high life) when I was Area Governor. One of the District committee said he thought speech contests were a waste of time. I disagreed, and so did most of the other officers – vociferously.

Let’s face it, most of us want to win. Yes, that plays a big part and gives you the motivation to enter and do your best. But, if you speak to past contest winners, they will tell you that entering contests made them better speakers; and winning their club contest and progressing to the next levels catapulted their speaking into a whole new dimension.

But, if you just want to enter for the fun of it and not work too hard, that’s ok, you can do that too.

If, however, you do want to use the contest to improve your skills, you have to prepare.

But, I hear, you can’t prepare for Table Topics. Yes, you can. Here’s how:

1. Listen to experienced Table Topics speakers, not only in your club and other clubs but on Youtube – just search Youtube for ‘Toastmasters Table Topics contest winners.’ Listen closely and find out what draws you in, makes you listen, makes you laugh (if it’s funny).

2. Volunteer for a Table Topic at our club and other clubs you visit.

3. Use the resources at Toastmasters World HQ. Here’s one http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/SpotlightArticles/TableTopics.aspx

4. Read this blog – there are  hints and tips on how to tackle Table Topics

5. If you’re really keen, ask your partner, friend, parent to ambush you with table topics at odd moments of the day and night. Ok, that may be taking it too far, especially if it’s the middle of the night. But, the element of surprise is key.

6. Be prepared – get a copy (from the VPE) of the TT contest judges’ ballot and find out what contestants are judged on and stick to the criteria during the contest.

7. Show DVDs of contestants at the District 71 Table Topics final – the crème de la crème of contestants in our District (UK and Ireland).

The Humorous Speech contest is different. This takes more preparation. Again, you can:

1. Search Youtube for ‘Humorous Speech contest winners’.

2. Read the club blog – there are videos of Humorous Speech contest winners.

3. Tell your mentor you are entering the Humorous Speech contest and enlist their help.

4. Spruce up and practise an old manual speech where the audience laughed and told you it was hilarious. You don’t have to prepare a new speech from scratch.

5. Prepare a new speech – find the humour in a situation and exaggerate it.

6. Laugh at yourself.

7. Practise.

On the night:

1. Prepare to enjoy the contest and have fun – yes, you really can!


We’re going to have the cake and EAT the cake!

We are very pleased to tell you that EAT (Edinburgh Advanced Toastmasters) club has chartered.

Chartering for a new club can be a long and at times daunting process, but thanks to everyone’s effort (the members, sponsoring club, and sponsors) that EAT has chartered.

Not only chartered but have consistently good attendance at meetings which are well-run, productive and enjoyable.” says Moira Beaton, DTM and EAT president. ”Thanks also to Waverley Communicators, our sponsoring club. Waverley generously supported the club for the first 3 months with the charter fee and room rental at York Place.”

Individual members from other Toastmasters clubs in Edinburgh (Capital Communicators, Haymarket Toastmasters, State Street Speakers) contributed to the success of the chartering process.


Below are some questions that may help you establish your way in to the EAT!

What type of a club is EAT and how can I join?

EAT is an advanced Toastmasters club. EAT (it) has been created for Advanced Toastmasters to further challenge themselves and develop not only as public speakers, but also as mentors and effective leaders. After completing your ten speeches from Competent Communicator manual and receiving Competent Communicator (CC) recognition, you can begin the Advanced Communication Series. These series consist of 15 manuals, that further focus on enancing your speaking skills.

Is it only opened for CC’s from Waverley Communicators?

You do not need to be a member of the Waverley Communicators club, but you need to be a member of another Toastmasters club in order to join EAT.

Where does the club meet and how frequent are the meetings?

The club holds montly meetings at State Street meeting room in Edinburgh.

Whom I can contact to join?

Speak to one of your CC’s at the next club meeting! Or email EAT President Moira Beaton at moirabeaton@gmail.com .


We can’t wait to see you EATing!