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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Much Ado About Nothing!

Last weekend, Dave and I went to the open air Globe Theatre for our biennial visit.  We always go in July and … it always rains! To date, we have […]

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 […]

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. […]

Cindy – Interpretive Reading #2

In reading a poem our speaker Laura McHarrie won’t look at the audience as often as she might when reading prose.  This is because direct eye contact may inhibit your […]

The Perfect Storm – Storytelling #2

Christmas 1997, I helicoptered into the best year of Excel Clothing’s 10 year history.  Full of excitement at taking on my new role as Managing Director of this successful ladies […]

Tiny Things Matter – A Toastmaster Area Director’s Diary

Toastmasters International Area 42 is located entirely within the beautiful county of Dorsetshire.  It is currently composed of four clubs: Hallmark Speakers – Bournemouth | Ferndown Speakers – Ferndown | Casterbridge Speakers – Dorchester and […]

Perfect Public Speaking

I love TED Talks!  I will often click on ‘surprise me’ on my TED Talks app and watch something I’ve not considered before. Few people willingly commit themselves to speaking […]

The Toastmaster Challenge

I’m frightened to death, most of the time, about thinking out loud in public, so I cover the cracks as best as I can with foundation, powder and paint. I’m […]

So Wot -Speciality Speeches #3

Speciality Speeches #3 – Sell a Product (10:00-12:00 min) Use the four steps in a sales presentation: attention, interest, desire, action; Identify and promote a unique selling proposition in a […]