Area 30 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest 2012

Our two Waverley contestants at the Area 30 contest on 30th September were Pauline Dix, Humorous Speech contestant and Moira Beaton who was runner up in the Table Topics contest.

Moira Beaton and Kevin Lee

Congratulations to Jim Boyd, winner of the Humorous Speech contest.

Jim Boyd and Kevin Lee

and to Steve Priddle-Higson, winner of the Table Topics contest.

Steve Priddle-Higson and Kevin Lee with Medha de Alwis

Both Jim and Steve are members of Linlithgow Speakers and will represent Area 30 at the Division E contest at Donnington Park racecourse on 21st October.

Medha de Alwis

Medha de Alwis , Area 30 Assistant Governor, chaired the contest with grace and enthusiasm, and Gerry Dunn, President of Glasgow Toastmasters was Chief Judge.

Kevin Lee, Area 30 Governor, presented the awards and gave the vote of thanks at the end.

Kevin Lee

It was one of the most enjoyable Area contests I have been to and it was a chance to catch up with Toastmaster friends in the other Area 30 clubs as well as meet new ones.

The next Area 30 contest – the International Speech and Evaluation contest, will be hosted by Waverley Communicators in Edinburgh.  The date has yet to be confirmed but it will probably be around March or April 2013.

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Waveley Communicators Update


Waverley Communicators is now on Facebook at

If you are a Facebook member, please ‘Like’ the club’s page either in Facebook or by clicking on the link at the side of this page.  


The club is also on Wikipedia, although we do not have our own page.  After designing a page for the club and uploading it, someone came along and edited it and linked it to Toastmasters International.

If you search for the club on Wikipedia, don’t be surprised when you are taken to TMI’s page instead.  However, all is not lost as, at least, it gives the club extra exposure. 


I have added two new pages to the website – you can see them in the links at the top of every page.

One page is a Guest Book. This shows some of the comments that guests leave in their feedback forms at the end of every meeting. 

The comments are all favourable and the most used word to describe the club is ‘friendly’. Others are ‘professional’, ‘relaxed’, ‘encouraging’, ‘educational’, and ‘humour’.  

One guest likes ‘the formality and the informality’ of the meetings.  it may sound slightly confused but we know what they mean!


The other new page is the Member Survey our then VPM, Stephen Dix, carried out in April this year. 70% of the members responded and the members were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with all aspects of the club.

There were one or two comments about possible improvements and the committee have taken note and are addressing them.

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Video: You Can Be Funny!

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

With the Humorous Speech Contest on Thursday 6th September in mind, or even if you just want to improve your humorous speaking skills, here is a short (3:58) video from the 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of  Public Speaking, Darren Lacroix.

In the video, Darren talks about his first experience of standup, how he ‘bombed’, what he learned from the experience and how he used it to become a successful speaker and comedian. It’s also very funny.

Video: Table Topics Tips

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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.

Club Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Humour is mankind’s greatest blessing (Mark Twain)

Thursday 6th September  – humour, fun and nail-biting suspense when the club holds its annual Humorous Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest. 

ALL members are eligible to compete.

Humorous Speech Contest: a 5-7 minute humorous speech with the usual opening, body, conclusion – not a standup routine.

Table Topics Contest: 1-2 minute speech – all contestants speak on the same topic.

We also need Judges,Timers, Ballot Counters and SAA’s and of course, an audience!

To get you in the mood, make yourself some tea or coffee, have a seat for 7 minutes and watch the District 71 Humourous Speech Champion 2008 – Michael Cronin from Speak Easy Toastmasters, Mallow, County Cork, deliver his hilarious winning speech Feel The Fear And Blow It Up Anyway.

Look out for most posts on humour and a video on an easy and foolproof way to construct and deliver Table Topics.