Category Archives: For Toastmasters

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

Do You Need a Speaking Coach?

A couple of days back I received in the mail a DVD of me presenting my workshop, Storytelling.   The workshop was presented in tandem with a friend, Allan Davies, who presented the other fifty percent of the content.  We alternated … Continue reading

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Toastmasters and the English Language

We Toastmasters are now members of a multi-cultural organization.    Toastmasters International spans the globe.   Today we have clubs in well over one hundred countries and this is beginning to bring up language problems to a larger extent than ever before.   … Continue reading

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Young and Old Toastmasters

-Some thoughts on Toastmasters from the viewpoint of a retiree –   We know that Toastmasters can make all the difference in getting us ahead in our working lives.  Membership does help our careers.  Toastmaster programs provide enormous incentive in … Continue reading

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Toastmaster Speaker Opportunities

On Monday 12th August I was guest speaker at a Probus Club in Parramatta.  On Tuesday I was guest speaker again at Camden Haven Men’s Probus Club’s 30th Anniversary Dinner.   The very next day the same.  This time at the 25th … Continue reading

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Speeches Old and New

This morning (9th August 2013) I sat down and recorded then played back a speech I did last year.  That speech was for Toastmasters’ International Speech Contest.  It never got me past Area Level.  However, because I’d rehearsed and presented it … Continue reading

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Leadership – Innate or Learned?

“Not everyone can learn leadership.”   The inference being that leaders are born not made.  Thus says Professor Mark Gabbott, dean of Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics.   So is this quite commonly held view that ‘Leaders are born, not … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on picking up my DTM

On the 3rd of July 2013 I was awarded the title Distinguished Toastmaster or DTM.   It’s not an award I came to quickly or easily.  It took me from 1972 to get it.   The Distinguished Toastmaster award is supposedly the … Continue reading

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Thirty-nine Year Ago

A couple of days ago I came across an old journal I’d been keeping back in 1974-75.  I thought I’d place it as one of my blogs. The entry is the journal’s earliest.  It is dated 22nd  June 1974,  That … Continue reading

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Sound Effects in Speaking

I’ve been presenting stories to audiences for over thirty years outside of the Toastmasters’ environment.  Of course, in the ‘outside of Toastmasters’ world it not usual to receive evaluations.  The audience either likes you or it doesn’t.   You know which … Continue reading

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Storytelling is back!

Storytelling is back in vogue!  Yes, it’s made a recovery.  For a long time it was relegated to the ‘bin of little importance’ with the emphasis being placed on visual aids for getting the message across and having it remembered.  … Continue reading

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