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Productivity Boost? – Just Add Tech

An audience with Jon Jenkins from Just Add Tech … Jon explains why productivity doesn’t seem to go up when we add technology that’s supposed to make life simple … […]

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 […]

Earworms?

And what are they … exactly? They are the songs that you cannot get out of your head.  Recently Kylie did it again to me.  This time with “when I […]

Money Can’t Buy Me Love

The Beatles, pop group of the 1960s swooned …. “I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright.  I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes […]

Petrol Heads – thanks Mark

There are people that like their cars and there are people that lurve their cars. These are the so called petrol heads.  At first glance at tonight’s meeting theme, I thought […]

Martin Luther-King Jr Day

On this day in history, Martin Luther-King Jr was born (Jan 15th 1929).  He was assassinated before his 40th birthday.  He’d have been 89 today, if he’d have lived this […]

Crowdfunder Training – checked!

your team. On Tuesday, I took a day out to find out how to make the most of Crowdfunder to support the board at AsOne theatre company.  We've all heard about it but how many of us really understand the nuances of this opportunity to raise cash for our business?

Sage, Age & Perspective

As a lady of a certain age, I have a vested interested in ‘Sageism’ – I thought it might be worth confessing this at the start! The thing is there […]

Yuletide – The Longest Night

The title strikes to the deepest fear of any insomniac.  Regardless of the varied reasons for sleep deprivation, the extra hour in bed that we get when the clocks go […]

Productivity Boost? – Just Add Tech

An audience with Jon Jenkins from Just Add Tech … Jon explains why productivity doesn’t seem to go up when we add technology that’s supposed to make life simple … […]

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 […]

Keep it Simple Stupid

A cliché symbolised by the mnemonic KISS.  I have always found the phase slightly insulting. What is so stupid about keeping things simple?  Or is it saying that if you […]

Thank You! – Blog club

This Blog is further to an earlier one, where I mentioned how important it was to say goodbye properly! This one is based on a simple thank you! My husband often […]

The Point of NO Return

If only I could learn to say the word no  ….  I mean; how hard can it be? no, no, nO, No, no, no, nO, no, no, no, no, no, no, […]

The Cold War at Work – Rant

Prelude to the Blog:  This week has been a one of real highs and real lows. I was at a loss to know what to write about this week for […]