Temporary venue change: 4th August and 18th August meeting will be at the English Speaking Union, 23 Atholl Crescent.
It’s that time of the year, love it or hate it, it makes for great conversations around the lunch table. Edinburgh prides itself in being an integrated society with a diverse footprint from different nationalities. There isn’t a better time when this is more evident than the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe where we will see many flags represented in a variety of shows.
It’s easy to forget the preparation that goes into delivering a fantastic performance. Body language speaks volumes and can be the deciding factor in whether you successfully convey your message: be it through speech, dance, song or art. It is one of the areas we are evaluated on when delivering a speech in Toastmasters. Don’t worry you won’t be expected to sing or dance during our Waverley Communicators meetings, though you can if you are so inclined during your prepared speech :D. Here’s some fun facts from ‘Sheldon’ in the Big Bang Theory. On a less funny but equally useful note, Toastmasters International’s April article provides tips on ‘breaking language barriers‘ which includes being mindful of your body language.
While you prepare to fly your flag, join in the Fringe or perhaps avoid the small irritations that may come with it, do consider what your message may be and how you would deliver it if you had a platform. We do have a platform to help you bring out the best speaker in you.
As is tradition around this time, we will make way for the creative Fringe revellers. Our August 4th and 18th meetings will be moved to English Speaking Union, 23 Atholl Cres, Edinburgh EH3 8HQ. We will return to our usual location at 28 York Place thereafter (1st Sept’s meeting onward).
The Scottish summer has had a shaky start but the draw of the Edinburgh Fringe (world’s largest arts festival) is unwavering. Around this time each year, we swap our regular venue for another to accommodate such events. For two meetings only (6th & 20th August), Waverly Communicators will be held at The King James Hotel, Edinburgh.
Thinking of visiting us? Why not pop in, grab a cuppa and enjoy the circle of support as members challenge their public speaking skills. It’s light-hearted, structured learning with a sprinkling of fun. The agenda for this Thursday’s meeting looks set to teach and thrill as three of our advanced communicators take the stage.
The Thistle Hotel is directly next to St James Shopping Centre. From Waverley Train Station next to the Balmoral Hotel side head pass the statue of Wellington on his horse turn left down Leith Street and carry on down the hill…(don’t go into St James Centre)…hotel on the left hand side about 100m.
We celebrated the end of another successful Toastmasters year with a prestigious dinner on Saturday 27th June. It event which was held at Abden House for the second year running, more than satisfied the palette with personalised drinks and food which prompted general murmurings of approval.
President Neil MacLure welcomed the attendees with a special mention for Area Governor Eoin McDunphy and 2 past members Reuben Welch who was the club’s first president and Duncan Thompson a past humorous contest winner.
Between courses the entries in the Tall Tales contest provided excellent entertainment and votes were taken for true? or false?
We were regaled with a wide variety of stories :- a submarine trip to Saint Petersburg, Roman coins at the bottom of a rabbit hole, buying black market tickets for a World Cup football match, sleeping in kilts and a phone kiosk, hotel room phone sex, teaching Irish dancing to the Chinese, indoor mushroom hunting, a garden treasure trove and a British Rail sponsored nude peep show (yes really, it was true too!)
The winner of the contest is the one who cons the greatest number of the audience and Rueben did this most cleverly, winning the £30 Amazon voucher, by enticing our own imaginations take over in favour of listening to what he actually said.
Neil MacLure (Club president) presents Paul Bailey (right) with Toastmaster of The Year Award
The evening ended with the Toastmaster of the Year award which was presented to Paul Bailey.
In his introduction to the award the president cited Paul’s record of activity both in and outside of the club meetings, his willingness to help and advise his fellow club members and his caring attitude for the continued health of the club, a most worthy winner.
It was an excellent evening all round and one which it is hoped more members will take advantage of next year.
Dimitrijs Limonovs (Photographs)