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Category: Public Speaking & Toastmasters

To Boldly Go … Down Pathways –

Laura McHarrie has chosen to deliver her penultimate Advance Communicator Gold speech as part of her Area Director visit, as forthcoming changes to the Toastmasters learning programme lends itself to […]

COT MOP – Area Director’s Diary

(Club Officer Training – Mop up! Part 1) The joint area 1 and area 42 club officer training turned out to be a tremendous success.  In pooling our resources, Diane […]

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 […]

Ring out the Old; Ring in the New

Sticking to the theme of resolutions this cliché has been lifted from a rather dark poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson published in 1850.  It has been recited annually at the […]

Six Down; Six to Go – Speeches by Management #2

Speeches by Management (2011-05) #2 – Appraise with Praise (5:00-7:00 min) Demonstrate importance of feedback techniques personally used in daily life; Use constructive evaluation to help someone improve their performance; […]

Over to You! – Special Occasion Speeches #1

The Toast – On 6th July, Laura McHarrie officially handed over the running of Toastmaster’s Area 42 to her successor Linda Parkinson-Hardman, simultaniously completing another in the special occasion speeches manual. […]

What’s Next? Goals etc!

Well, here we are, at the end of my volunteer year 2015/6.  Heavens!  It’s a whole year since I said “yes”.  If I only knew then, what I now know. […]

A Marxism …

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping […]

A Letter from George – Storytelling #5

Betsy Loveless was beating the back out of a piece of meat with a weighty rolling pin.  The occasional trapped rabbit with wild vegetables regularly put food on the family […]

The Flood – Interpretive Reading #3

Laura McHarrie has chosen The Flood, one of The Vagina Monologues, a compilation of plays written and performed originally by Eve Ensler in 1996.  This is one that Laura thinks […]

David Bowie is … Interpretive Reading #5

For the purpose of this project, Laura McHarrie, self-confessed, Bowie-obsessed, fan from the age of 15 has chosen Tilda Swinton’s after dinner speech at the opening of ‘David Bowie is’. The exhibition has proved to be one of the most popular exhibitions in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s history. Moreover, Tilda Swinton’s contemporary speech has been voted as one of the top 100 speeches given by women ever. With this project entitled ‘David Bowie is’ please welcome Laura McHarrie

A Season of Goodwill

I had a strange day yesterday.  I drove for an hour to a networking breakfast without my purse.  Staring forlornly at the Full English being served and desperate for a […]

Pah to the Pancreas – Storytelling #3

In 1980, (I know some you weren’t born then); Laura McHarrie was diagnosed with diabetes.  She had just turned 18.  Had she been born 100 years earlier she would have been […]