Congrats Humorous Speech & Table Topics Winners

Well done to all participants of last week’s Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. The next round will see 1st and 2nd place in both contests compete at the area contest.

The Humorous Speech Contest is a great event to attend; enjoy speeches and Table Topics from the winners of the other Areas in Division S and meet fellow Toastmasters from all over Scotland. The contest is in Linlithgow at the Lowport Centre Sunday 2nd October 1pm. Join the Toastmasters Area 33 Division Scotland event to indicate your attendance and receive updates.

NB: Members who are in a position to help with organising the area contest (such as filling roles), please leave a message in the Facebook event — it would be much appreciated.

Congratulations to all and best of luck to our superstars carrying on to area level. And if you do need a funny boost or tip for the coming battle, watch the video in this flashback blog from 2013.

Here are a few snaps of club president Patrick Bundy presenting awards for the contest:

Humorous speech: 1st Catherine Dignan, 2nd Lauren Campbell.

Table topics: 1st John Wood, 2nd Richard McMahon, 3rd Moira Beaton.


 John Woodimg_20160915_2105041  Richard McMahonimg_20160915_2104191  Moira Beatonimg_20160915_2103451
 Lauren Campbellimg_20160915_2101391  hs-contest  Catherine Dignanimg_20160915_2102351

Imgs by: Eduard Kutaš


Rachael M

Wav. Communicators

Area 30 Contest – Waverley Members Through To The Next Round


Congratulations to Moira Beaton and Eileen Scott who are through to the next round in the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. Paul Bailey who also competed in the Humorous Speech contest delivered an hilarious speech about his schooldays in a Jesuit College – his demonstration of the masters’ weapon of choice at the school, the ferula, was superb but sadly Paul was not placed. The competition was fierce!

The results of the Area 30 contest are:

 Humorous Speech Contest

1st Sheila Fraser, Linlithgow Speakers

2nd Eileen Scott, Waverley Communicators

3rd Edwyn Newman, Capital Communicators


Table Topics Contest

1st Moira Beaton, Waverley Communicators

2nd Simon McLaren, Capital Communicators

3rd David Calder, Haymarket Toastmasters


7-P1050220Contestants really seem to perform better when they are supported by their club members, so if you want to join them and other Waverley members and enjoy a day out in Dundee on Sunday 13th October come to the Division S contest.

You can also celebrate the first contest held in our new Division S Scotland; enjoy speeches and Table Topics from the winners of the other Areas in Division S; meet fellow Toastmasters from all over Scotland; meet the District 71 Governor Luanne Kent; and, if you want to get involved, help with a contest role.  Here are the details:

The Division S contest is on Sunday 13 October 2013 from 12 noon – 4pm at Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate Dundee DD1 4DY (01382) 909900

Entry is £15 Including Buffet Lunch

RSVP: The organisers need to know how many are attending for catering and room capacity; you can accept/decline at

Queries and roles: please contact the Contest Organiser Marjorie Gillan, President of Dundee TM Tel: 0771 020 3574

Transport: Richard McMahon, Waverley’s VPE, has offered to co-ordinate transport for our members to and from the contest, so let Richard know if you want to go.


Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest – The Result

We had an excellent turnout of members and guests on Thursday evening.

The two contests ran smoothly, thanks to strong teamwork – Contest Chair David Dick; Chief Judge, Graeme Buck; Timers (Ivor Fennell and Pauline Dix); Counters (Alex Nuth, Rona Doig, and Richard McMahon); SAA’s (Kirsty Urqhuart and Zarah Yaroson), and Judges (you know who you are).

The awards were presented by Waverley Communicators member, Kevin Lee who is also this year’s Ditsrict 71 Lieutenant Governor Marketing.

And the winners are:

P1050156Humorous Speech Contest

First place: Eileen Scott


Second place: Paul Bailey

Third place: Amanda Jane (AJ) Cullen

Fourth Place: Kevin Miller

P1050164Table Topics Contest

First place: Alisa Mandrigan

Second place: Moira Beaton

Third place: Declan Colgan

Fourth place: Patrick Bundy


Areas with four or less clubs are entitled to send two contestants per contest to the Area contest instead of one, and as Area 30 (Edinburgh clubs and Linlithgow) now has four clubs after the split to form Area 60 (Glasgow clubs and Falkirk), that’s why, this year, four contestants will go on to the next round in Linlithgow.

Due to Alisa and AJ relocating outside the country, they will not be able to take part. Representing the club at the Area Contest at Linlithgow on Sunday 29 September are:

The lineup for the Area Contest is:

Humorous Speech Contest:

Eileen Scott

Paul Bailey

Table Topics Contest:

Moira Beaton

Declan Colgan

The evening would not have been such a success without the advance planning and preparation of VPE, Richard McMahon; for contest materials, room setup and the essential tea and biscuits, thanks go to the club’s SAA Eileen Scott; Declan Colgan (Greeter)  welcomed everyone at the door; Gopal Lama (cameraman who took videos and stills); all the contestants who took part in both contests; and, of course, the audience – club members and guests – for clapping, laughing heartily and giving your support.

Finally, our best wishes go with Alisa and AJ. We’ll miss you.

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

VPPR Waverley Communicators

What You Need To Know To Be a Good Speech Contest Judge

As a judge, your role is not to evaluate the speakers, it is to select a winner.

Good contest judges are:

  • Accurate – they need to be able to complete the ballot correctly
  • Fair – they do not let personal feelings influence their decision
  • Trustworthy – contestants trust them to select the best speaker as winner
  • Knowledgeable – they must know the contest rules; how to judge; and how to complete the judging form
  • Good listeners – they do not become distracted during the speech
  • Objective

Good contest judges:

  • Read the judging guide and become familiar with the criteria before the speech contest.
  • Sign the ballot as soon as they receive it.
  • Focus on the speech, and take brief notes if it helps.  After the speech, enter the scores on the ballot.
  • Don’t forget to write down a first, second and third place at the end or the ballot will be discarded.
  • Do not take the time into consideration when judging.


Q. What happens if I forget to sign my ballot?

A. It is discarded and, therefore, won’t count in the final scoring.

Q. What happens if I ‘tie’ 2 contestants on my ballot?

A. Decide which contestant you prefer. You cannot ‘tie’ 2 contestants on the tear off slip at the bottom of the ballot.

Q. On what grounds might a contestant be disqualified?

a. originality

b. eligibility

c. timing (over or under time)

Q. Is the speaking area important?

A. Yes. At the beginning of the contest, the Contest Chair will announce where the speaking area is. On the ballot, the speaking area comes under ‘Delivery’. A speaker cannot be disqualified if they go outside the speaking area but you can, if you want, mark them down.

Q.What do I do if I suspect a speech may not be entirely original?

A. You may protest to the Chief Judge and/or the Contest Chair before the announcement of the winners. After the announcement, the placements cannot be changed.

Q. When is a speech not original?

A. Here is what the rules say:

“Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content. Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech.”

Q. Can a member of the audience lodge a protest?

A. No, only judges and contestants can protest. And only about originality and eligibility.

Q. Does the Chief Judge complete a ballot?

A. No.

Q. Does the Tie-Break judge attend the judges’ briefing before the contest?

A. No. The TieBreak judge is appointed by the Chief Judge, and their identity is kept secret.

Q. Are the contestants allowed to see their scores after the contest?

A. No. Judges are not allowed to explain to contestants how they voted or give an evaluation of their speech. The judging ballots are confidential and should be disposed of after the contest.

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

VPPR Waverley Communicators