Author Archives: Chris Worfolk

Toastmasters limerick

A limerick it is For us, Toastmaster species   We start out quiet and meek and then begin to love to speak   Once we begin, there is no stopping Unless a red card someone is brandishing   Speaking one-on-one or addressing a large meeting place It doesn’t matter cos a Toastmaster won’t hesitate  … Read More »

Look Ma – No notes!

I attended the information meeting at Cummins Toastmasters – Huddersfield yesterday. It was a brilliant meeting with 28 guests attending and 14 expressing interest in joining Cummins Toastmasters. One aspect of yesterday’s meeting, which amazed me, was Jane Craggs conducting the Table topics session – without notes. Usually when I’m the Table Topics master, I… Read More »

Oops I made a mistake

I screwed up yesterday in the Leeds City Toastmasters meeting! Let me backtrack and explain. I was the Ah-counter for the meeting yesterday. For the guests visiting this blog – let me explain – ‘Ah-counter’ is an important role in the Toastmasters club meeting. The role involves counting the filler words used by speakers. Filler… Read More »

How to grab the listeners attention?

“Start from the middle,” said my creative writing coach. I was surprised. Not just surprised; I was stumped. Throughout my life I was taught that you always start from the beginning and then move to the middle and finally end. How can one start from the middle? I was now confused. I guess, you the… Read More »

Dramatic way to improve as a Speaker

“There is one way to dramatically improve as a Speaker,” said Michael J Clarke as we met up after the Leeds City Toastmasters Thursday meeting at Crowne Plaza. I nodded my head, I wanted to know more. There were other members talking to each other and I had cornered Michael asking for tips to improve… Read More »

How can Toastmasters evaluations help me in my daily life?

“Dinesh, how can Toastmasters evaluations help me in my daily life?” asked John as I was explaining the concept of evaluations within Toastmasters. It was a very good question. “Good question John. I am glad that you are clarifying this before thinking further about Toastmasters.” I said before elaborating. “Evaluations are the heart of Toastmasters.… Read More »