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Getting the Word Out! By Pauline Masters, Gloucester Speakers

The inauguration of a new Toastmasters Club requires commitment, leadership and public relations to help it become a successful club. Gloucester Speakers launched 14th October 2014 and chartered 1st March 2015. Public relations made a significant impact, letting people know about the club existence and accepting new members, all to facilitate development of their public speaking skills.

To spread the word, traditional PR was employed such as press releases, posters, business and networking. Then as now, we make full use of social media, Facebook and Twitter. We found that Meetup has helped move us forward.

Local radio love to have notice of local events and are supportive in developing awareness of how Toastmasters helps with public speaking. Our PR coup, air time on BBC local radio. Read More

Long Service Awards at Harrovian Speakers Club

Harrovian Speakers Club recently celebrated 13 years since its inception and continued the trend of achieving President’s Distinguished Club status last Toastmasters year. This was made possible only due to the teamwork of the Cabinet (as we endearingly referred to the officers committee) and combined efforts of each member of the club.

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Aylesbury Speakers – Friday 18 November

Time to celebrate with the oldest club in the UK and Ireland, Aylesbury Speakers. Founded in 1956, it’s still going strong. At the recent District Conference Hall of Fame event, Aylesbury Speakers was one of eight clubs in our District to achieve the Highly Commended Club award based on education awards and retention of members. Aylesbury photo

With only days to go until Aylesbury Speakers 60th Anniversary Dinner on Friday 18 November, there are spaces available, come and celebrate with Aylesbury Speakers – 60-anniversary-invite

Congratulations to our Winners

Our 2016 District 91 Table Topics Champion is:

Andrew Klimaytys

Our 2016 District 91 Humorous Speech Champion is:

Dallas Leigh-Martene

Many congratulations to both of them.

district91-contests-winners-nov-2016

 

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

Area 46 Contest results

Area A46 contest was a great but slick meeting managed efficiently by hosting club Basingstoke Speakers.  It was lovely to see Microsoft Speakers join us for the first time in a number of years.

The winners going through to represent our area are Mark Best from Basingstoke Speakers for Humorous Speech

A46 Kate Jones and Mark Best

A46 Kate Jones and Mark Best

and Chris Boden from Reading Speakers for Table Topics – Good luck to them.

A46 Kate Jones and Chris Boden

A46 Kate Jones and Chris Boden

Area 46 Director – Kate Jones

Thien Trang wins world semi-final

Many congratulations to to Thien Trang Nguyen Phan our District 91 International Speech Champion who is through to the final of the 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking!! (having won her semi-final)

pictured here: Jean Gamester, Thien, Pedro Casillas, Vanessa King

Thien

News from PR Manager Helena Brewer

Helena Brewer PR Manager

Helena Brewer
PR Manager

What’s going on this month,

  • membership drive time
  • Convention in Washington
  • first FREE Leadership Institute
  • budding writers…

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DTM’s Awarded at Watford Speakers

DTM lightning strikes twice at Watford Speakers
Steve Brewer Division L Director

Steve Brewer
Division L Director

 

For the second time in three years Watford Speakers have had the privilege of having not one but two of their members reach Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) status.

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News from PR Manager, Helena Brewer

Have you been FED?

Helena Brewer PR Manager

Helena Brewer
PR Manager

As Toastmasters we communicate mainly by speaking, but that is not the only way. In our District there are plenty of budding writers, from club blogs to Facebook posts. Read More