Would We Lie To You? Find Out At Waverley Communicators Awards Dinner On Friday

Yes, we would lie to you. But only at the Tall Tales Contest this Friday at Jury’s Inn.

On the other hand, we may be telling the truth. It’s up to the audience to decide.

And to see how it’s done, and keep your audience guessing, here’s Glasgow comedian Kevin Bridges on the TV show Would I Lie To You? where the two teams have to decide whether the opposing team is lying or telling the truth.


Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, VPPR (Elect)

Last Call For Bookings For Waverley Communicators Annual Awards Dinner and Tall Tales Contest

Jurys Inn bar

There are still a few places available at the 2013 Annual Awards Dinner and Tall Tales Contest.

The Annual Dinner and Tall Tales Contest has been such a success in the last few years that we don’t want any of our members to miss out.

It’s on Friday 21 June 2013 at the Jury’s Inn, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH.

We are limited to 32 places, so to make sure of your place, you have to book by Wednesday!

The ticket is only £24 for:

  • a delicious  3 course meal + 1 glass of wine (perhaps more)
  • Tall Tales contest where you are the judges
  • awards presentation for Toastmaster of the Year,and Communicators Award for the most improved speaker
  • meet and chat to your fellow members in a relaxed, convivial night out

Dress is smart/casual.

And to tempt your tastebuds here is the menu:


Spanish chorizo & new potatoes salad drizzled with lime vinegar

Crispy crumbed brie with cranberry dip and crostini (v)

Soup of the Day (v)


Baked fillet of haddock moray with sauté leeks & lemon

Individual baked tender beef & Guinness pie with veg & herbs

Wok fried seasonal veg drizzled in chilli & garlic topped with crispy noodles (v)


Chocolate fudge cake with sauce

Lemon cheesecake with exotic fruit coulis

Fresh fruit salad


Wine/Drinks A glass of wine will be provided free with the meal.

And you can also pre-order a bottle of wine at discounted rates – (Whites: Chardonnay £14.40; Pinot Grigio £15.30; Sauvignon Blanc £16.20; or Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon £14.45; Merlot £15.35).

Other drinks, including wine by the glass can be bought on the night at the bar/from waiting staff.

To confirm your place at the dinner all you have to do is email Duncan Thompson at duncant7062@yahoo.co.uk 

with your menu choices and special dietary requirements  before Wednesday 19th June, and deposit £24 (+ cost of any pre-ordered

wine) into the club bank account stating your name in the reference field (bank details from Duncan).



Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, VPPR (Elect)

Club meeting 26th July 2012

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Waverley’s first Competent Communicator of the new year 

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Club President, Brian Duffy, presents member Stephen Dix with his Competent Communicator award

It’s always  a special moment in a Toastmasters club when a member delivers their 10th and last speech in the Competent Communicator Manual.

Some members, when they first join, can’t imagine being able to deliver one speech, or even just standing up to introduce themselves.  

The Toastmasters programme is based on going at your own pace, one step at a time, and building up your skills.

On Thursday, Stephen Dix delivered his 10th speech and became a Competent Communicator.  

Stephen joined the club in November 2009 because he wanted to overcome a speech impediment and also to become more assertive.

I have had a stammer for as long as can remember and I could never have imagined myself speaking to an audience before joining the Waverley club.

Since joining, Stephen has thrown himself  into the Toastmaster experience, visiting clubs all over the UK, sitting on our club committee for 3 consecutive  years, attending speech contests and sponsoring the newly formed Haymarket Toastmasters in Edinburgh.

It was through a chance meeting at a Toastmasters contest that Stephen first heard about the McGuire Programme for stammerers.  He credits this programme and the opportunity to regularly practise speaking at Toastmasters for transforming his voice over the past year.

I have become a much more confident speaker and now I can actually enjoy the experience of giving a presentation instead of being paralysed by the thought of addressing a room full of people.

When once he was too terrified to speak, now he can’t stop. No problem – there are 15 advanced manuals to keep him talking for a while.

Congratulations Stephen!

The Meeting

public speaking, speaking, speeches, training, Edinburgh, Toastmasters, Toastmasters International, Waverley Communicators, leadership, soft skillsJohanne Burns was the Toastmaster of the Evening, assisted by Claire Dipnarine as Ah Counter; Richard McMahon as Timer; Neil MacLure as wordmaster/grammarian; and Pauline Dix as General Evaluator. 

Neil’s word of the day was ‘dearth’ which means ‘lack of’.

There was no dearth of guests, members, humour, good speeches, hilarious table topics, skilful evaluations, lively chat during the break and of course, cookies and cake.   In other words, another successful meeting.