World Champion of Public Speaking In Edinburgh – Jock Elliot


If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, you can find out this Wednesday. And you don’t even need to travel far.


Jock Elliot, the 2011 Champion of World Speaking will deliver a keynote speech and a masterclass in public speaking in our very own Waverley venue – the 28 York Place Hotel.


Who is Jock Elliot?
He is an Australian Toastmaster from Bongaree in Queensland, and for him, Saturday 20th August 2011 was the culmination of 36 years in Toastmasters, competing in nearly 380 Toastmasters speech contests, reaching the world finals six times and finally realising his lifelong goal of becoming World Champion.


The International Speech Contest 2011 began six months before the finals at the TMI convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 30,000 contestants from 116 countries competing at club level. Jock Elliot won his club contest in Australia and progressed through area, division, district and qualifying levels before finally reaching the international stage where he competed against 8 other international finalists.


In his winning speech, ‘Just So Lucky’, he talks about the value of close connections with family and friends. You can watch the speech at the beginning of this post or, better still, don’t watch it and come on Wednesday and hear Jock deliver it in person.
The event is organised by Haymarket Toastmasters and here are the details. There are still tickets available.

Date: Wednesday 21st May 2014

Time: 7-9.30pm

Place: The 28 York Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Cost: £15

The Programme:
Part 1
19.00 – 20.00
Keynote: “The Journey”.


How it took Jock 36 years to become an overnight success.
A story of persistence, growth, disappointment and triumph, this keynote address is the story of one man’s quest after the World Championship of Public Speaking, told through some of the speeches that took him to the peak, including the record breaking six finals in the championships.


20.00 – 20.15 Network Break with coffee / tea + biscuits
Part 2
20.15 – 21.15


As a professional speechwriter, trainer in presentation skills and mentor for academic, sales, government and private clients, Jock is able to see to the core issues of presentations, identify the point being made (or more usually not) and help tailor it to suit the intended audience, achieving economy, clarity, direction and power. This is a unique opportunity for one Toastmaster to present all or part of their speeches and get a world class review and guidance.


There are still tickets left and you can book at



Club Meeting 22 August 2013

Over 25 members and guests attended the meeting last Thursday – not bad, considering many people, at this time of year, are out enjoying the Festival or on holiday. One guest, at the end of the meeting, said it was the best free fringe entertainment they had been to.

Ritchie Brown was the TME and with his team of role-players – Brian Duffy (Ah Counter), Declan Colgan (Timer), and Patrick Bundy (Wordmaster/Grammarian) – made sure the evening ran smoothly.

Alex Nuth delivered her CC3 Singing in the Street – and she does, literally.

As part of the Edinburgh Complaints Choir (no, I didn’t know about them either), Alex has been taking to the streets of Edinburgh with other songsters to voice their complaints, in song. Here is a clip of the choir complaining, and one of the things they were complaining about was – you’ve guessed – the trams. 

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AJ Cullen evaluated Alex’s speech with a good balance of commendations and recommendations.

The Humorous speech education session went so well at the meeting on 8 August, despite the technical problems, we decided to run an Impromptu Speaking session too. Like the Humorous Speech session, we used speeches from the District 71 Flourish Conference in Glasgow 2011.

We watched three table topics and the audience judged them, using the official judging ballots. We followed this with a discussion to see what we could learn from such top quality table topics.  According to feedback during the interval, members and guests enjoyed both sessions and managed to glean some speaking tips from them.

P1050143Richard McMahon, the club’s VPE, conducted club business and presented SAA Eileen Scott with her Competent Leader (CL) award. If you want to remind yourself of what that award is, go to CL Award.


After the interval, David Dick ran the Table Topics session on the theme of ‘recommendations’.  The topics were simple and straightforward, and allowed speakers to stay on topic – one of the important criteria for contestants in the Table Topics contest.


P1050139Duncan Thompson evaluated the TT’s and awarded to Best Table Topics ribbon to one of our guests, Umar Farouk. Umar was visiting the club from the US and is a member of Destin Toastmasters Club in Florida.


General Evaluator Eileen Scott gave a brisk but thorough evaluation of the evening and the meeting ended on time. 


The next meeting is on Thursday 5 September at 7pm, back at our usual venue Old St Paul’s Church Hall, Jeffrey Street Edinburgh. If, over the past 6 weeks, you have forgotten where the hall is, the directions are here.

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Video (Humorous Speech): A Way Out

Another funny speech from John Zimmer.

With this speech, he won District 59’s 2009 Humorous Speech Contest.  Again, he makes a connection with the audience by using a Toastmaster theme.



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Video (Humorous Speech): Pay Attention

The secret to humour is surprise.


See how John Zimmer uses the element of surprise in his hilarious winning speech ‘Pay Attention’, at the District 59 Humorous Speech Final in Germany in 2008.

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Increase Your Confidence By Changing Your Body Language

Professor and reseracher at Harvard Buisness school, Amy Cuddy shows how changing your body language can increase your confidence and decrease stress.

Before your next speech, try one of her 2 minute  ‘power poses’ and see what happens.


Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations