HOW TO! – Evaluate Like a Pro

Toastmasters are a courageous bunch. Not only do they come and give speeches in public – one of the well documented fears – but they are also prepared to receive open and public feedback in front of their peers. As evaluators, we owe it to them to do our very best. Evaluating a speech is […]

Educational, Entertaining and Inspiring – 7th November

What a night we had on Monday 7th November. The Rose Room was packed, with Charlie Warshawski delivering a masterclass in the role of Toastmaster for the evening. Guests and members alike learnt the purpose and process behind each part of the evening from Charlie’s clear and candid explanations. And imagine, what’s going on at […]

Verbal and Non Verbal Communication

What is it about a speech that catches the attention of an audience? There are two essentials in delivering a speech: VERBAL and NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION. VERBAL COMMUNICATION Voice modulation Project your voice by modulating the volume and expressiveness as this helps reflect the mood and key moments of your speech and maintains interest in […]

HOW TO! – Prepare and Practise

Now that you have the subject for your next speech, it is time to put it together. Write out your speech in full then read through it to see what is really not necessary to include and refine it so that it has a beginning that will hook in the audience, a body that has […]

Preparation, Polish and Potential – 17th October

Good to see everyone at Monday’s Club meeting, and for those who couldn’t make it and sent apologies, here’s what you missed. One of the joys of Toastmasters is seeing how much members progress in their confidence and speaking skills when they commit to practising and participating. As Toastmaster for the evening, and first time […]

Inspiration, education and humour – 3rd October

What a buzzing evening we had on Monday evening. Lots of inspiration, education and humour, all expertly orchestrated by Toastmaster for the evening, Ian Upton, with Tom as Time-keeper, Sheena as Videographer, Gillian and Costa as Ballot Counters, and Elizabeth delivering a very useful “helpful hints” Warm-Up session. It was great to welcome back Charlie […]

Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest 2016

Many thanks to the big cast of players who helped make last night’s Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests run so smoothly – our Contest Chairs, Adam and Patrick, Chief Judge Amanda and her team of judges from ESC and Surbiton Speakers, time-keepers Tom and Quwanie, ushers Sheena and Lloyd, Sonia for leading the impromptu […]

Club Meeting – 5th September

Good to see many of you at Monday’s Club meeting after the long summer break.  Here’s a quick recap of the evening and announcements to keep everyone informed. It was great to welcome back Dave Villa-Clarke to ESC after his year’s study leave.  Dave took the helm as Toastmaster for the evening, and with his […]

Confidence Workshop – 1st August

It was good to see many of you at last night’s workshop and masterclass with Richard Stacey.  We were joined by over a dozen guests, including some from Surbiton and other clubs.  The room was buzzing as we tried out the tips and techniques for grounding and centring, and learning to align the external markers […]

July 4th Club Meeting

What a meeting we had on 4th July. Our first meeting for the club this Toastmasters year and what an eventful one. From the beginning of the evening to the end, there was an air of expectation in the air, as the Toastmasters year started on a very upbeat note. When I turned up to […]