It’s Better to Travel…


Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 30 Jun 2014 WITH GUEST BLOGGER, ERIC ELLIOTT This was an auspicious night at MSC, what with it not only being the final meeting of our Toastmasters year - but also an evening of ushering in the new President, and looking back over a successful twelve months! But more of that to … Continue reading It’s Better to Travel…

Sizzling-Hot Speeches at Maidenhead Speakers


Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 23 Jun 2014 WITH GUEST BLOGGER, PAUL AHERNE On a hot humid July evening (with temperatures more akin to a mid-summer in Mississippi than Maidenhead) the faithful few gathered for an evening of sweaty heat, but stimulating speeches. Whilst the heat did keep the numbers down, the gusto of our Sergeant at … Continue reading Sizzling-Hot Speeches at Maidenhead Speakers

Scouting, Storytelling and the EU!


Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 9 Jun 2014 WITH GUEST BLOGGER, JACQUI HOGAN Bang on the dot of 7:30pm, Doreen Gowing, our Sgt@Arms,  tried to catch us out with the chairs facing another direction, but everyone rose to the challenge. Change is good! After President Jacqui Hogan handed over to the Toastmaster of the Evening Monica we found out that this was to … Continue reading Scouting, Storytelling and the EU!

A Night of Celebration!


Maidenhead Speakers Club -Monday 12 May 2014 WITH GUEST BLOGGER, RICHARD DAVIES President Jacqui Hogan opened the meeting with the fantastic news that the District 71 International Speech Contest had been won by Maidenhead Speakers Club member Chris Boden. Chris will now compete in the International Speech Contest final in Kuala Lumpar against the rest … Continue reading A Night of Celebration!

Dun Laoghaire Conference Success


Please see below for Division Governor Vanessa King’s full report of the Dun Laoghaire Conference at the weekend.

Big congratulations once again to our very own Chris Boden for being crowned the winner of the Division International Speech Contest – he now of course goes on to represent our District in the finals in Kuala Lumpar. Excellent work Chris – what a star!

Congratulation too to Vanessa for being elected the new Lt. Gov Marketing for the new District 91 – we’re very proud of both of you!

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Dun Laoghaire… it’s only taken 5 months for me to be able to read and pronounce the name of the place and I can finally spell it!

Over 300 toastmasters from across the UK and Ireland gathered at the Royal Marine hotel by the sea in Dun Laoghaire. Toasties from Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Cardiff and so many places in between. Of course, the most common accent I heard was the gentle lilt of the Irish accent.
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Dun Laoghaire is right on the sea, although my room had a great view of the roof.. but it didn’t matter because I hardly spent any time there! My two aims for the conference were to go to everything and to sing at the craic on Saturday night. I achieved this and so much more..

On Friday afternoon I attended a workshop held by Jock Elliott, World Champion of Public Speaking…

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Division H Selects Its Best


Please see this excellent blog post (from Division Governor Vanessa King) on the International Speech Division Contest at Capel on April 26th – with our very own Chris Boden victorious as best speaker!

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Saturday the 26th of April dawned bright and sunny. The Areas had selected their best and they were gathering in Capel for the showdown…

Well, it wasn’t quite like that, but it was an awesome day. The morning started with two truly inspirational workshops, the first on Leadership by Past Division Governor Chris Howell. We were guided through topics such as what good leadership looks like and reflecting on our own practice and personalities as leaders. I was particularly inspired when I was encouraged to think about what Toastmasters would be like if anything were possible. I see Toastmasters International as the ‘go-to’ organisation for communication and leadership training. There’s simply no better way to learn and improve by regular practice and positive feedback.

The second workshop was lead by Immediate Past District Governor Freddie Daniells. We felt what it was like to finally reach the World Championship…

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MSC 30th Anniversary Club Dinner & Tall Tales


by Steve Cann A fun night was had by all at MSC at Burnham Park Hall as members and special guests enjoyed an evening of dining, Tall Tales and the celebration of 30 years of the club (since chartering back in April 1984). Special guests included Division Governor Vanessa King, and not to mention our … Continue reading MSC 30th Anniversary Club Dinner & Tall Tales

Informed, Invigorated & Inspired


Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 14 Apr 2014 WITH GUEST BLOGGER, LORRAINE HAMILTON Another 5-star evening at St Luke's Community Hall from the Maidenhead Speakers' Club meeting. It never fails to deliver! Sergeant at Arms Doreen Gowing opened the evening with a wistful tail about sawing a tree - with her wise words to let the saw do … Continue reading Informed, Invigorated & Inspired

Club International Speech & Evaluation Contest in Full, with Pics!


Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 24 Mar 2014 WITH GUEST BLOGGER, SAM BILLINGTON Monday 24th March saw the 2014 International Speech & District 71 (as Toastmasters stalwart Joyce was happy to remind us) Evaluation Contest come to MSC. The theme of the evening seemed to be questions, with questions asked over the course of the night including: ‘Are … Continue reading Club International Speech & Evaluation Contest in Full, with Pics!