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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learning from Honks & Hinks

Don’t you think it’s a wonderful sound when a flock of geese fly into Weymouth?  Theirs is not the most attractive sound but it is very distinctive.  For me, it […]

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 […]

Clubs and Camaraderie

A few weeks ago I went to the pub for breakfast, dressed in this year’s Lion’s gear. We were supporting England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the battle for the […]

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 […]

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. […]