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a Muster of Minis

It just so happened that I left Hythe a little bit earlier than planned this Sunday,  the sun was peeping out from behind a puff of wispy clouds.  I was […]

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 […]

Speed Networking

Speed networking is a great way to make lots of new contacts, expand your personal network and generate business leads. In the short one to one meetings you quickly establish […]

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; […]

The Chaos Crisis

Your entrepreneurial spirit is on  overdrive and you have that many ideas for business growth that you don’t know where to start?  Or perhaps your Mission is that big, that bold […]

Top Networking Tips

Like it or not, we network all the time.  From the moment we stepped over the school ground threshold we started building relationships.  We continue to do so through college, […]

Everyone is your Customer?

There is an old saying widely used by marketing professionals: ‘If everyone’s your customer, then no-one is your customer’. This saying makes the point about being able, as precisely as […]

Test your Market for Proof

Before you begin your marketing efforts in earnest, it is good business practice, almost essential in fact, to speak to a sample of your target audience first. By doing this […]

Outsource Resource – Kate Chastey, The Passionate PA Ltd

Outsourcing is perfect when your business has a time, resource or skill shortage, but you just cannot justify a new full or even part-time employee. To outsource effectively means you delegate to skilled, professional, verified people – without a doubt someone that can do it better than you.

The Silver Lining

At the Sydney Olympics Nick Rogers and his team mate Joe Glanfield came fourth in their sailing event.  Two points short of the bronze medal – they were gutted!  After a […]

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. […]

The Tough Get Cash

When the going gets tough … the tough get cash!  This is a blog post I wrote in 2008. Thought it was worth resurrecting in the event of the last […]

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. […]

Hitting the Target

How do you get your message across when you are in a client meeting?  Do you use PowerPoint? Explain a brochure?  Deliver a pre prepared speech? This post is about […]

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 Muster of Minis

It just so happened that I left Hythe a little bit earlier than planned this Sunday,  the sun was peeping out from behind a puff of wispy clouds.  I was […]

Summer Solstice

It has been the hottest day on record, previously registered in 1976.  I was 14 that year.  I don’t remember that day – in 1976 it was hot – all […]

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 […]