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


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Video: Develop Your Humour Skills

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Here is a short video (2 mins) from Darren Lacroix about connecting and developing you  humour skills.

Darren talks about Dale Carnegie who, when was asked about the difference between a good and a great speech, said “100 speeches”.

You don’t have to wait that long. You can accelerate your speaking by entering a Toastmasters contest and there is still time to enter the club contests (Humorous Speech and Table Topics) that are taking place this Thursday.

Even if you don’t think you will win, I guarantee that taking part in a contest will take your speaking skills to a new level.

If you can have a humorous speech ready by Thursday evening or you ‘feel the fear’ of doing a Table Topic but  will ‘do it anyway’ , contact the club’s VPE Stephen Dix at and sign up for the contest.

It really is not about winning but about taking part. On the other hand, you can deliver 100 speeches.


Video: Table Topics Tips

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Whether you are thinking of entering the Table Topics Contest on Thursday 6th September or just want to improve your Table Topics skills, here’s what you need – a simple  ‘how to’ guide.

Lorna Slater is a past member of both Waverley Communicators and, before that, Capital Communicators. She has won both the club’s Table Topics Contest and the Humorous Speech contest.

We persuaded her to show us how she considers, constructs and delivers Table Topics with such apparent ease in the short space of 2 minutes. The secret? She has a method.

She shared this method with the club in an education session and delivered it again at Capital Communicators so that it could be recorded. 

The video is in 2 parts because of the Youtube time restrictions – Part 1 is 6 minutes and Part 2 is 10 minutes. 

And , if you have any feedback on the videos, on Table Topics in general, or any tips that would help members, please leave them in the Comments box.

Never trust a camel…

Post by Johanne Burns, Member

Twenty members and seven guests attended the second meeting of 2012 on Thursday 26th January. The toastmaster of the evening was Paul Bailey who introduced the evening, spoke about the history of Toastmasters, and asked members of the audience to think about who they would like a day or evening named after. The answers included Beyoncé, Archie Gemmill, Willie Millar, Margaret Thatcher, and the founder of Toastmasters, Ralph C. Smedley. Continue reading