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.

Club Meeting Thursday 9th August

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

It’s festival time here in Edinburgh but that didn’t stop club members turning up for their usual fortnightly fix of Toasmasters. 

We had a good turnout with 15 members and 6 guests.

Eileen Scott was the Toastmaster of the Evening and introduced an Olympics flavour with her introductory question, ‘If you were to win gold medal for something, what would it be?’

The word of the day was flabbergasted and several members were flabbergasted throughout the evening. 

Dawn Kofie delivered her CC2 speech which was based on Stephen Covey’s book  ‘The Seven Habits of  Highly Successful People.

Paul Bailey coined a new word ‘windbaggery’ in his CC8 speech Art Critics – Experts or Windbags?

Kirsten McKenzie, also delivered a CC8 speech, Unsung Hero, the story of her grandfather.

Neil MacLure  presented the Table Topics session and Richard McMahon evaluated them.

The Best Table Topics ribbon went to Claire Dipnarine for her first ever Table Topic. Well done Claire!

Club Officer Training 2012

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Five members of the club committee attended a 4 hour club officer training session in Glasgow yesterday. They were Brian Duffy, President; Stephen Dix VPE; Ritchie Brown VPM; David Dick Treasurer; and Moira Beaton VPPR.

Kevin Lee, Area 30 Governor and Waverley Communicators member produced a magnificent birthday cake during the break  for my birthday which was the day before. 

It was a feather-light sponge, layered with whipped cream and topped with kiwis, lychees, peaches and strawberries.  Thank you Kevin!

The training was organised by Southside Speakers in Glasgow and facilitated by Kevin as Area Governor.

All over the world, club officers meet twice yearly for training. 

It’s a good chance to also exchange ideas and information, catch up on Area and District news and meet fellow officers.

I had intended to take a group photograph of the Waverley Communicators team but in my excitement, I forgot.

So, here is a photograph of me cutting the cake with Area 30 club officers milling around in the background trying to pretend they are not really interested in the cake but after the break, there wasn’t a crumb left.

As I cut the cake and blew out the candles, everyone sang Happy Birthday.

This was recorded by Chris Copeland of Glasgow Toastmasters who has promised to send me the recording.  But, don’t worry, I won’t upload it in another blog post.

After the training, Brian kindly gave Ritchie, David and me a lift back to Edinburgh.

A torrential downpour met us on the M8 and lightning, crackling directly overhead, followed the car for several miles.

We were all very relived to reach Edinburgh where we were greeted by blue skies and sunshine.

Video – Moving And Speaking

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

To Move or Not To Move, That Is The Question

Darren La Croix was the winner of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 2001.  I have listened to many of  his videos and also have some of  his material. 

He explains things in a clear, simple way and he’s funny.  He also makes his video tips short and succinct.

Here is one of Darren’s videos that dropped into my email Inbox a few days ago.

It’s one of the best explanations I have seen of when to move, how to move and how to elegantly  transition from one point to another. 

He also illustrates his points with clips from his winning speech – all this in 4 mins. 22 secs.

If you find this useful (or not), leave a comment.

Club meeting 26th July 2012

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Waverley’s first Competent Communicator of the new year 

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Club President, Brian Duffy, presents member Stephen Dix with his Competent Communicator award

It’s always  a special moment in a Toastmasters club when a member delivers their 10th and last speech in the Competent Communicator Manual.

Some members, when they first join, can’t imagine being able to deliver one speech, or even just standing up to introduce themselves.  

The Toastmasters programme is based on going at your own pace, one step at a time, and building up your skills.

On Thursday, Stephen Dix delivered his 10th speech and became a Competent Communicator.  

Stephen joined the club in November 2009 because he wanted to overcome a speech impediment and also to become more assertive.

I have had a stammer for as long as can remember and I could never have imagined myself speaking to an audience before joining the Waverley club.

Since joining, Stephen has thrown himself  into the Toastmaster experience, visiting clubs all over the UK, sitting on our club committee for 3 consecutive  years, attending speech contests and sponsoring the newly formed Haymarket Toastmasters in Edinburgh.

It was through a chance meeting at a Toastmasters contest that Stephen first heard about the McGuire Programme for stammerers.  He credits this programme and the opportunity to regularly practise speaking at Toastmasters for transforming his voice over the past year.

I have become a much more confident speaker and now I can actually enjoy the experience of giving a presentation instead of being paralysed by the thought of addressing a room full of people.

When once he was too terrified to speak, now he can’t stop. No problem – there are 15 advanced manuals to keep him talking for a while.

Congratulations Stephen!

The Meeting

public speaking, speaking, speeches, training, Edinburgh, Toastmasters, Toastmasters International, Waverley Communicators, leadership, soft skillsJohanne Burns was the Toastmaster of the Evening, assisted by Claire Dipnarine as Ah Counter; Richard McMahon as Timer; Neil MacLure as wordmaster/grammarian; and Pauline Dix as General Evaluator. 

Neil’s word of the day was ‘dearth’ which means ‘lack of’.

There was no dearth of guests, members, humour, good speeches, hilarious table topics, skilful evaluations, lively chat during the break and of course, cookies and cake.   In other words, another successful meeting.