Area 21 International Speech and Evaluation Contest – How did we do? Quite well actually!


A good showing for Maidenhead Speakers in the recent Area 21 International Speech and Evaluation Contest, with first and third places. Congratulations to Chris Boden and Mell Shepherd. The contest was held on 14 April in Windsor, ably chaired by Maidenhead Speaker, Ben De Candole. All speakers were winners and standards were very high. Chris BodenContinue reading “Area 21 International Speech and Evaluation Contest – How did we do? Quite well actually!”

Men are from Mars Women are from Maidenhead Speakers Club


It was an honour for fellow Toastmaster Mell Sheppard and I to be asked to give a speech at Club President Mary Fraser’s local event, celebrating International Women’s Day in March.  It’s an annual event, which Mary and colleagues have been running for several years now, where members of the women-in-business networking community Success Network,Continue reading “Men are from Mars Women are from Maidenhead Speakers Club”

2012 Starting as we mean to go on!


It was the first Maidenhead Speakers Club meeting of 2012, well attended with over thirty members and a sprinkling of welcome guests. The new starting time of 7:30pm created an extra buzz of energy from the outset.  Losing fifteen minutes from the available setting-up time, meant that everyone pulled together with one goal in mind:Continue reading “2012 Starting as we mean to go on!”

An invitation from the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches


Following a recent invitation to speak at the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches, Mell Sheppard and Julie Farrell picked up the gauntlet. Those who attended the Speakers Club on 12 December were treated to a dress rehearsal of a brilliantly written and expertly delivered double act. We heard back this report from John at theContinue reading “An invitation from the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches”

Sharing your own motivation inspires others


Our club night’s theme was motivation but Amanda Bouch, Toastmaster of the Evening (28.11.11), didn’t use it for introductions, but as actions.  Before the evening, she encouraged the speakers and key role-holders to give of their best. Table Topics Master, Nick Bailey chose to use the theme for his topics, which led to stimulating andContinue reading “Sharing your own motivation inspires others”

Speech Contest 12 September: Humorous Speeches and Table Topics


Maidenhead Speakers Club Presents… calling it quits can be a laughing matter! From time to time we’ve all had enough of the job, the stresses and strains and the petty frustrations. But have you ever thought about crafting the perfect resignation letter? Where you tell your boss what you really think of him? In exquisiteContinue reading “Speech Contest 12 September: Humorous Speeches and Table Topics”

Love Sweet Love: Best speech 24 January 2011


Love Sweet Love After that initial smash hit Music groups can often struggle with that “difficult second album”. Well clearly Toastmasters is not like the music business! I was recently lucky enough to catch Julie Farrell giving what was only her second speech project at MSC on 24 January.  Julie gave a compelling and thoughtContinue reading “Love Sweet Love: Best speech 24 January 2011”