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Success (6WSP #54)

Success; so close, yet so far! (Six-Word Story) This post was inspired by Shweta’s Saturday six word story prompt – success

62 Poems – (TTC #345)

Speech Introduction: Laura McHarrie started her WordPress site in 2007, alongside several friends that did likewise. She didn’t know what she wanted to share back then … and even now […]

Just Smile – Ch#58 (Just one thing)

Look at these cute and crazy kids, They’ll soon be monster, pouting, teens, Ignoring what the world forbids, Wishing they ‘so’ weren’t from OUR genes. Wild hormones ensure counter-bids. Their […]

Jostle – (Weekend Writing Prompt #170)

Pandemic aside, it’s that time of year, when the great unwashed jostle for prime position on the beautiful beaches here on the south-coast.  While the hoi polloi quaff champers on […]

Nuance – (Weekend Writing Prompt #167)

The mentor muted “Capturing the nuance of pitch, tone, pace, and volume in your speaking voice is important when delivering your talk.  Using a high, angry, rapid-fire, shout will convey […]

Wonder! Ch#15: (Just one thing)

We loved the wonders Of nature, when we were young. Revive that magic, As we seek ways to conserve Our beautiful Blue Planet. (Tanka) Photo by Caleb Oquendo from Pexels Chapter 15 – […]

Finger Pointing – (Weekly Haiku Prompt#314)

Don’t point your finger, When the planet turns brown as – Three, point back at you! (Haiku) Photo by Rodolpho Zanardo from Pexels Inspired by Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 314 […]

Syzygy (Weekend Writing Prompt #164)

When Mercury is in retrograde, I blame the celeste for everything that’s gone awry. Shame it only happens thrice yearly. However, a syzygy occurs twice a month, – so why […]

Unwelcome – (Weekend Writing Prompt #163)

It wasn’t long before Bournemouths’ beaches nearest the two piers had filled with bodies of all shapes and sizes.  It was bound to happen, wasn’t it?  It’d been forecasted the […]

It’s Neverending (3TC #279)

Tis unusual –  To scoop a restful pause in A garden much loved (Haiku) Photo from Pexels Post inspired by Pensitivity 101 Three Things Challenge #279 Unusual, Restful, Loved

Tough Times – (3TC #270)

Whisper in my ear, That formidable fortress, Can be scaled with grace. (Haiku) Photo from Pexels Post inspired by Pensivity 101 and the Three Things Challenge #270  

Sharing (Discover Prompts #13 – TEACH)

I looked up the synonym for teach and found the following list: Advise Coach Demonstrate Develop Direct Explain Instruct  Lecture Prepare Show Train Tutor For me, teaching is all of […]

Mentoring (Discover Prompts #4 STREET)

“Having mentored for years, Laura has studied Catherine Kram, David Clutterbuck and Norman Cohen’s works on the very subject. She has been trained by The Princes Trust, and delivers workshops […]

The Virtual Handshake?

The Corona Virus has got us all paranoid.  We, from the West, are so used to the shaking of hands and more recently the kissing on each cheek (blame the […]

Pathways – Step by Step

Introduction “Having spent 10 years enjoying the old Toastmasters educational system and being fairly fluent with the content, Laura was keen to embark on the new Pathways Programme.  She signed […]

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 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 […]