Attention! Club meeting venue change

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.

Here’s what you need to know

Temporary venue: Thistle Edinburgh, The King James Hotel (Carleton Suite), 107 Leith Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3SW.

Dates: Thursday 6th August & 20th August 2015

Time: 19:00

How to get there

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.

See you there!

Annual Tall Tales & Awards Event 2015

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.


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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.

Toastmaster of the year: Paul Bailey (right)

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.



Neil Maclure
Dimitrijs Limonovs (Photographs)

Club Meeting 17th October 2013

IMG_0708It was another packed meeting with fourteen guests including our District 71 Governor (UK and Ireland) Luanne Kent and Area 30 Governor Penny Haywood Calder.

The Speeches

New member Gopal Lama gave his Icebreaker speech Me and My Faith.

Zahra Yarosan completed CC3 with a speech A Desire for Appreciation.

And Aideen O’Malley talked about community spirit in her CC6 speech An Irish Funeral.

Evaluators were Eileen Scott, Kevin Miller, and Paul Bailey.

Table Topics

Brian Duffy led the table topics session, and Patrick Bundy evaluated, awarding the best TT ribbon to new member John Wood.


I was Toastmaster of the Evening and to help me were role players –  new member Isla Craig  in her first role – Ah Counter; Timekeeper was Fil Simondi; and Wordmaster/Grammarian was Ritchie Brown.


Declan Colgan was the Invocator and added an original twist the role by quoting some of his favourite quotations, and here they are:

Gloria Steinman American feminist on public speaking:

Years of actually getting up in front of people have taught me three lessons. One, you don’t die. Two, there is no right way to speak-only your way. Three, its worth it.

Jimmy Buffettan, American songwriter on humour:

Humour has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humour, creativity with follow. With luck, success comes too.

Dale Carnegie, American author of self- help and personal development books, on fear: Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer your fear do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

This amusing one is from Zig Ziglar an American motivational speaker:

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

The GE

The entire evening was evaluated by Graeme Buck.

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

Vice President Public Relations

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.