Talk to the Hand …

Introduction “Our next speaker, Laura McHarrie has been a volunteer supporter for the Young Enterprise Programme for 11 years and prior to that, a business mentor with Princes Trust.  For […]

The Trials & Tribulations of Trust

An audience with Julia Felton from Business Horse Power, who discusses Accenture Strategy’s long list of adjectives that describe trust including; competence, integrity, honesty, transparency, commitment, purpose and familiarity. Another podcast from: […]

Plus Ca Change with Simon Phillips

An audience with Simon Phillips from the Change Maker Group … Simon explores how we best overcome resistance to constant change, when we feel stuck and don’t know what to […]

Pathways – Step by Step

Introduction “Having spent 10 years enjoying the old Toastmasters educational system and being fairly fluent with the content, Laura was keen to embark on the new Pathways Programme.  She signed […]

It’s Poet’s Day

Today is Poet’s day.  Let’s celebrate it.  Much of what we deliver in our prepared speeches is poetic prose.  It is a form of writing that uses the aesthetic and […]

The Whispering Gallery

I went to see my dear old Dad last week.  He is 99 years of age.  He remembers things from the dim and distant past much better than whatever went […]

The Water Boatman’s Willy

The things you learn, listening to podcasts on a Sunday morning. The Blue Whale the largest mammal is the loudest creature on earth, no great surprise there. But this little […]

Battle of the Sexes

Introduction “Laura has been fascinated by the study of communications or rather miscommunications, since 2007, when she picked up a copy of John Gray’s book entitled Men are from Mars, […]

5-Star Social Proof with Chris Odell

An audience with Chris Odell from Schtore and Zon Coupons who discusses what he does to build trust in his online business models with star ratings and reviews to encourage […]

The Accountability Dichotomy with Debbie Cohen

An audience with Debbie Cohen from Streetwise HR … Debbie explores the accountability dichotomy, the need to delegate responsibilities without creating a blame and shame culture.  She explains how we need to our […]

Screaming!

I’m screaming silently to  be heard, Whenever I pause to collect my thoughts, You fill the silence with buts and oughts, In your opinion or in your word, Too many […]

Making Tax Digital with Stephanie Pettitt

An audience with Stephanie Pettitt from Equation Accountancy … Stephanie explains the what, the why, the who, the when and (more importantly) the how around the three letter acronym MTD. […]

Escaping the Storm

This is Peter John Cooper’s remarkable play about the life and times of Marie Stopes.  A highly opinionated, yet educated woman so demonly depicted by two actors, Jane McKell and […]

Sowing Seeds for Impromptu Speaking

The level three Pathways ‘Active Listening’ project asks the Table Topics Master to really ‘listen’ to the table topic responses.  Then to make an appropriate comment on the talk as […]

Marketing Fruition …

Four years ago, Boyfriend and two of his kids went to watch England play one of their rugby world cup matches at Trafalgar Square on a wide screen in London.  […]

The Rest of the Story

“Our next speaker, Laura McHarrie’s maiden name was Richardson. On the 21st November 1984 (almost 34 years ago), Ray Dukes, a Debenham’s employee wrote … ‘In response to your request […]

A Sound Bath – What’s that then?

Last month, Laura McHarrie our next speaker, had the pleasure of a relaxing Sound Bath for a second time in her life.  This time, she’d just come back after her […]

How to be Heard

Introduction “Here at Toastmasters, we live and die by our presentation successes and failures. The intros can have a massive impact how the audience reacts to the speech. I’m so […]

I’m Not Deaf – You Know …

“Our next speaker is Laura McHarrie.  This speech was inspired by Rachel Knowles.  When Rachel answered Julia Martineau’s table topic question – what invention could you not live without, she […]

Why do you care?

WHY do you care? Why DO you care? Why do YOU care? Why do you CARE? Amazing how the tonality of this small question can have so many nuances … […]

Listen to Learn..

Introduction “The first three months of any Toastmaster year is called the Golden Quarter.  The more that is planned and actioned in the first three months, the smoother the club […]

The Problem with the Pause.

“Laura McHarrie is a master of the strategically placed pause. She has been involved with Toastmasters for 10 years and has completed both the old communication and leadership programme resulting […]

Four Crushing Complacencies

In this book Sur/petition, Edward de Bono asserts that complacency sets in when things seem normal to you because you are used to them.  In business there are four types. Comfortable […]

Distinguished Toastmasters Indeed!

In April 2008, 7.15pm for a strict 7.30 kick off, Steve Graham, Jan Thorpe with much bugging and instance from yours truly, Casterbridge Speakers was launched.  That day, I started […]

The Real Reason to Believe!

I spent half a day working through a client’s marketing collateral last week.  We were looking for the proof that their business did what they claimed.  It was a great […]