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Live 2017 – Your Best Year Yet!

On Thursday evening, eight highly energised, exited and enthusiastic Hallmark Speakers took to the floor to give an amazing showcase of ideas on how to live life to the full in 2017.

Each speakers shared their own personnel life affirming experiences, including how Toastmasters has helped them find their voice and build their personal confidence.  

The event was in aid of a local charity Julia’s House.  Julia’s House is not a typical children’s hospice. It provides practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.  It provides frequent and regular support in the children’s homes, in the community or at the hospice too.

The event was energised by the two MCs; Steen Stone and Nasir Turkmani who introduced each of the speakers.  Their tips included:

  1. Create your own happiness roadmap – Xiomara Saavedra
  2. Change the angle you look at things – Alison Smith
  3. Get stuck in, it’s the way your brain learns best – Alistair James
  4. Learn to love what you hate doing – Jeremy Bradshaw
  5. Face the fear – how bad is it really? – Steen Stones
  6. Find small moments to invest in you and your inner support circle – Toni Oviarobo
  7. Develop one new habit a month, in a year you’ll have 12 – Stella Vargas Burr
  8. Recognise that stress, anxiety and overwhelm are always optional – Tony Broadbent

The showcase was testament to the current leadership of Jeremy Bradshaw and Toni Oviarobo, the club president and Vice President of Education respectively. Last July, the beginning of this Toastmaster’s year they launched the accelerated learning programme giving club members the opportunity to work through the competent communications programme at a fast pace.



Jeremy smiles … “The club has many members which had made it difficult for them to get through the competent communicators programme and many would leave.  My 3rd year graphic design teacher, Alison Woods, once told me a parable from Art and Fear that’s still stuck in my brain years later:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. 

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot”albeit a perfect one”to get an “A”. 

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work” and learning from their mistakes” the “quality” group had sat theorising about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.  Our Accelerated Speaker Workshops run every week to give people plenty of chances to have a go.”

Hallmark Speakers is a chartered club of Toastmaster’s International.  It meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 – 9pm.  Other clubs in the area meet in Ferndown, Dorchester and Salisbury.  For more information follow the Facebook Page.

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