“Fun with Flags”

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).

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Rachael M  – WCC



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 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.