Each month we focus on one of our district leaders or accomplished toastmasters. This month our PR Manager, Nigel Oseland (NO), catches up with Andy Hammond (AH), this year’s District 91 Program Quality Director (PQD).
I’ve met Andy at a few meetings and workshops now. As well as being clearly focussed and determined, he has a mischievous sense of humour.
NO. Where do you live and which club(s) are you a member of?
AH. I live in sunny LA, actually Littlehampton – called Little ‘Ampton by some locals! I have been a member of Arun Speakers in Chichester since 2001, and founded County Communicators at West Sussex County Council in 2009. Read More
Toastmasters involved in community events not only help attract new club members, but also have an opportunity to put their newly learned public speaking and leadership skills to good use. Kris Rackham, PRM of Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club, highlights the benefits of attending their recent Canal Day.
Imagine blue sky … the sun shining … music playing … the smell of festival food … and a huge stage where local bands and entertainers were keeping the community buzzing. Read More
The District 91 one-day Conference will take place 08.30-23.30 on Saturday 4th November at the Hilton Gatwick, South Terminal Gatwick Airport RH6 0LL.
The theme is “Let your speaking fly”, where we will welcome our Key Note speaker, Aletta Rochat, a World Class Speaking coach, author of the “The Wedding Speaker’s Guide” and a public speaking trainer.
The fantastic event includes:
Keynote Speech by Aletta Rochat, DTM & Regional Advisor for Toastmasters in Region 11
Communications and Leadership Workshops
UK South Humourous Speech & Table Topics contest
Gatwick Gala Dinner (dress code: black tie)
The district Humorous Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest finals will also take place (see below), finishing with a Celebration Event.
September is the membership renewal and Smedley Award season for Toastmasters clubs. In this short video, Florian Bay, our Club Growth Director (CGD), shares his top tips on membership growth and retention.
Two and a half years ago, I attended my very first Toastmasters meeting. At the time I had no idea what a profound effect Toastmasters would have upon my life and career! Now, as I look back over my time as a member it’s easy to see the amazing impact it has had.
Over a decade ago I was ‘let go’ from an account director role. I hadn’t contributed enough during business meetings because I was too shy to speak up! Ironically, I later ended up working as a professional singer, but I knew I had a bone to pick with public speaking and realised that it was an issue I would eventually have to tackle.
As such, I’d been meaning to attend a Toastmasters meeting, literally, for more than two years before my first visit. One day, I found myself as a visitor at what would become my club, Grosvenor Square Speakers in Central London. I attended 3 consecutive meetings as a guest, and after the 3rd meeting, I joined, knowing I could resist no longer!
If I had to sum up the ways in which Toastmasters has had the biggest impact upon me, I’d say it was in the areas of leadership, community and openness. Read More
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