Author Archives: Chris Worfolk

How Toastmasters helps all areas of your life

Toastmasters helps you develop public speaking and leadership skills. It says that on the tin. However, when you really get into it, Toastmasters offers so much more than that. It gives you the confidence to go out there and face your fears. Eighteen months ago, I attended my first Toastmasters meeting. I didn’t realise at… Read More »

Leeds clubs shine at Area 15 contest at Hull

The Area 15 (comprising of clubs from Hull, Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield and Cummins) was held at Holiday Express Inn, Hull on 7th Apr 2013. Leeds clubs (White Rose Speakers and Leeds City Toastmasters) were represented by three contestants – Chris Worfolk (International speaking – Leeds City Toastmasters and Evaluation – White Rose Speakers), Erik Bentham… Read More »

2013 Speech & Evaluation Contest

Exciting close call for White Rose Speakers’ first Evaluation Contest in Wednesday 27th! Evaluating Kartik Vaidyanathan’s excellent, interesting and funny speech entitled “What’s in a Name”, our VPE Chris Worfolk took first place and will represent White Rose at the Area Contest in Hull on 7th April. He was closely followed by runners-up Jerry Craggs… Read More »

Riviera Renaissance conference

This Spring’s District 71 conference – the time when everyone from the UK and Ireland comes together, is taking place from the 10th to the 12th of May in Torquay.  That’s quite a drive, but does that mean that Leeds won’t be putting up much representation? Of course not! As well as the usual suspects,… Read More »

Thank you Toastmasters

‘And delivering the Random slides challenge, please welcome, Dinesh Kaulgud.’ I stood up from my seat. My heart was thumping; blood rushing to my head and my hands felt a bit clammy. I went to the podium, adjusted the mike and looked at the audience. If I was scared before, I was petrified now. The… Read More »

Feb’12 – From the Presidents desk

Welcome to the President’s Newsletter for February 2012! I hope the New Year has treated you all well and that 2012 has started positively for you all. Club News Leavers First of all, I’m sorry to say that Susannah Chen has decided that she can no longer continue as a member of the club for… Read More »

Meeting Report 19th Jan 2012 by Richard McIntosh

First off, Euan Bayliss was serving as our Meet and Greet as well as Toastmaster. As always, he was friendly and chatty to guests, but in my report at the end of the meeting I offered the opinion that the club president shouldn’t be serving as Meet and Greet – they have other things they’re… Read More »