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Breakfast Briefing – 7 February

We have invited the HR Directors of a number of large companies and Government Departments based in London to find out how Toastmasters International can help their organisation strengthen their employees’ communication and leadership skills.

We are holding a breakfast briefing, free of charge, at 08:30 on Tuesday 7th February at Premier Meetings, London Victoria, 82-83 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PS.

The briefing lasts about an hour and will give them an introduction to how Toastmasters works, the benefits for their organisation and their staff, and share exciting news about the new Toastmasters Pathways programme.

If you know of an organisation that would like to attend, please email me to register. The briefing is limited to the first 20 confirmed delegates.

 Andy Hammond DTM
Club Growth Director

District 91 – UK South

email: andythammond@btinternet.com

My Journey in Toastmasters by Brian Skelton

In May 2005 I attended a three Day Speech Therapy course with the Starfish Project which is a non – profit making organisation that helps people who stammer.

During those three days, amongst other things, I was taught a breathing technique that helps me to control my stammer. It will not make my stammer go away but it gives me control over something that has controlled me since I was a young boy. Read More

6 Weeks to Go. Lots done. Lots still to do.

6 Weeks to Go!

From Jean Gamester, District Director

With 6 weeks to go to the end of the Toastmasters Year, I’m delighted to see that our district is doing so well.  We are on the verge of being a distinguished district because of our growth and strength and for the second year running, we are currently in the top 3 districts when it comes to the percentage of distinguished clubs.


At last weekend’s conference we saw people stretching themselves to achieve at the highest level – honing international speeches, delivering great workshops, competing to be elected as district leaders.  These guys didn’t see a target and do just about enough to get over the line.  They they didn’t give up because the target seemed challenging.  They strove to jump over the line, to keep trying so they could get better and better.

And that is what I would love for us to challenge ourselves to do in these last six weeks of the Toastmasters Year.   Read More

Toastmasters with Different Abilities

Toastmasters with Different Abilities – Facebook Group

A new Facebook group has recently been set up for Toastmasters with different abilities.  The purpose of this group is to provide a space where disabled Toastmasters can ask questions and share experiences to support them on their Toastmasters journey.

The group was set up because we realised there was a need for a space where Toastmasters who need to do things a bit differently can find out from others who are in a similar situation how they have dealt with challenges and what solutions they’ve found.  This could be valuable to both new and experienced members alike – you never know who might have found the solution to the challenge you’re facing!

If you’d like to join us to get the most out of your Toastmasters experience and help members around the world do the same please come and say hello at Toastmasters with Different Abilities Facebook group!

100 Days to Go

There are 100 days left to go in the Toastmasters year and I am a Deadline Girl. In fact, I am sure that is one of the reasons that I love being part of this organisation – each year I get a new mission and each year comes with a deadline, the end of June.

small shutterstock_309774686This time, I found myself thinking about what I wanted for the district in this last quarter of the year. We’ve made great progress so far and the team is really committed and hard working. If we stay the course, we will achieve our goals of growing the district and supporting our clubs in being excellent. So I wondered, beyond continuing to stay focused on achieving our goals, what else could we do?

To explore the question more, I reached out to our current and past international leaders to get their tips on what we could focus on – Regional Advisors, Morag Matheson and Vicky Ferrer, as well as our international Director, Teresa Dukes. Their tips were so useful, I decided to share them in this month’s update. Read More