Category Archives: For Toastmasters

Contains information which might be of interest or of use to my Toastmaster friends.

Love to Speaking to Audiences?

Do you love speaking to audiences but don’t really want to earn your living at it?   Toastmasters encourages us to take our talent beyond our club to other clubs.  We’re also encouraged to enter Club, Area, Division and even District … Continue reading

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Always plenty of advice out there – Patricia Fripp

With the increasing popularity of the World Wide Web it is now easy to find out about anything that might be of interest to us.  I’m into Public Speaking so am always on the lookout for ways in which I … Continue reading

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Toastmasters Club Contests Are Here Again

It seems we’ve just completed our Humorous Speech Contests and we’ve got to start preparing for the International.   Yes, we held the Semi-annual Conference less than a month ago and in only a couple months we’ll be having to front up with our … Continue reading

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Yes – Stay in Toastmasters!

Toastmasters  has imbued in me an ‘attitude of gratitude’ that cannot be overstated.  The longer I stay in our wonderful organization the more I appreciate just about everything about it.  Like many, I was initially terrified of public speaking.  Now … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law and Public Speaking

Murphy’s Law states that, “If things can go wrong they will go wrong.”  In the case of Public Speaking there are always things that can go awry.  It would be safe to say that Murphy’s Law always applies in some … Continue reading

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Venue Continuity – So Important to Club Viability

Over the years I’ve been a member of around a dozen Toastmaster Clubs and have seen the effects having to change venues has had on their health.    Parramatta Club, the club I’ve probably spent more time with as a member … Continue reading

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Where I learned Public Speaking

Thought I’d list, for my own edification, the organizations and clubs in which I learned and honed my public speaking skills.  There have been many. The first was an evening college in Auckland, New Zealand. I think it may have preceeded … Continue reading

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Accept the challenge and grow

Last night I attended the Area 4 Humorous and Table Topics Competitions, Western Division, Toastmasters’ District 70  (Yes, we’re a big, BIG organization)   It was good to see speakers get up there and take the challenge of competing against their … Continue reading

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Being Coached makes the difference

Last night – 19th September 2013 – I won the Area 45 Humorous Public Speaking Competition in Toastmasters’ District 70.   Although I’ve probably entered dozens of contests over my thirty odd years with Toastmasters this is the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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Proud to be a long-time Toastmaster

I take this opportunity to write about how proud and glad I am to be a Toastmaster.  I’ve been a member of this splendid organization, on and off, for well of thirty years and my admiration has only continued to … Continue reading

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