The goal of this page is simple and twofold. First, to let visitors know that just because our blog hasn’t been updated in some time, our clubs are still going strong and if you’re in or around Leeds on a meeting night, you’re welcome to attend! And second, to say that we are looking at adding new content to this blog as part of my efforts to update and refresh this website. In the meanwhile, enjoy the large number of posts available on here that although from years gone by still give you a taste of our clubs, and second, for more up-to-date news and photos, take a look at our Facebook pages – links to the right.
A reminder that the two Leeds clubs are combining to bring a business feel to our usual meeting as part of Leeds Business Week – just two of the over 100 free events put on in an awesome week organised by the Yorkshire Mafia.
If you want a friendly, supportive environment to…
…practice your pitch
…enhance your communication and/or leadership skills
…develop junior staff members
then come along and see how Toastmasters can help.
A typical meeting is a learning-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere.
There is no pressure – come prepared with a pitch, or just to observe.
You can sign up for one, or both, of our events through the links below:
Toastmasters in Yorkshire isn’t just about those two clubs though – there are several in Yorkshire – you can find more details here.
If you need a good evening out and a laugh to boot, there’s not one, but two, excellent opportunities to do this in September. Both Leeds City Toastmasters and White Rose Speakers will be holding their club humorous speaking contests.
The contest dates are as follows:
Leeds City Toastmasters: Thursday 3rd September at 7pm, at the Novotel Hotel,
White Rose Speakers: Wednesday 9th September at 7pm, at the Jury’s Inn Hotel.
Since both events start sharp at 7pm, please try to arrive 15 minutes early to prevent any disruption – and so you’ve got plenty of time to make yourselves comfortable. This is one evening where we can’t allow people to enter the meeting room while someone is speaking, so if you are late, you may need to wait for a break before entering the meeting.
There is also a second contest which takes place on both nights – Table Topics – which is a chance to see members ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ being put to the test. Each contestant won’t know what they are being asked to speak about until they are about to do so. It’s a test of wits and skill – and in some cases, the ability to make a subtle change to a better subject!
For both contests, there is no charge for visitors, and while you may not have an opportunity to have a go yourself, it’s a good way to see some of the skills that Toastmasters foster being put to the test.
If you’re interested in finding out how Toastmasters can help you develop your communication and leadership skills, why not come along to a meeting? You’re sure of a warm welcome and there will be an opportunity for you to have a go at speaking – and all in a supportive and welcoming atmosphere.
Meetings start at 7pm sharp, so if you can try to arrive at 6.45pm, that will give you a chance to meet club members and find out more.
The meeting dates are:
- Thursday 6th August – Leeds City Toastmasters, meeting at the Novotel Hotel
- Wednesday 12th August – White Rose Speakers, meeting at Jury’s Inn Hotel
- Thursday 20th August – Leeds City Toastmasters, meeting at the Novotel Hotel
- Wednesday 26th August – White Rose Speakers, meeting at Jury’s Inn Hotel
Hope to see you there!
Just a reminder that the meeting on Wednesday 10 December will be at a different venue to normal – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
You might recall that Andy Nichols, one of the members of White Rose Speakers, recently won the Area Humorous Speech contest.
Not one to pass up a chance to practice his public speaking, when given the opportunity to re-run his contest winning speech at work he jumped at the chance, and the result is below.
We can forgive him for running over the usual 7 minutes 30 seconds since we understand that he was given a longer timeslot and did not have a timekeeper on hand to show him the red (or green or amber) card!
Join us on Thursday 16 October 2014, for a joint event between Leeds City Toastmasters and White Rose Speakers.
Pitch Perfect, part of Leeds Business Week, will give attendees some of the skills and experience they need to perfect their business pitch:
- Practice your elevator pitch in a friendly, supportive environment.
- Explore our world-class training program for presentation skills – whether this for yourself or to develop more junior staff members.
- Extra feature: should you wish to, you will have the option to record on video your presentation and view the recording from home.
- No pressure – guests are welcome just to observe and exchange ideas when they wish.
On a day filled with laughter, Andy Nichols of Leeds and Andrew Miller of Doncaster took the honours in the Toastmasters Area 15 humorous and impromptu speaking contests which were recently held in Doncaster.
Andy (representing White Rose Speakers with a speech entitled “15 minutes of fame”) fought off stiff competition to win the humorous speech contest, while Andrew (representing Doncaster Speakers) won through in an equally challenging Table Topics (impromptu speaking) contest.
Frederika Roberts, who attended the contest, said:
“It was a fantastic day with lots of fun/laughter but also many opportunities to learn from watching all the winners from the different Area 15 clubs and network with Toastmasters from outside our own club. Attending Area/Division/District contests is a brilliant way to observe and learn from great speakers.
The judges had a challenging task as the level was very high in both contests.”
Congratulations go to Anthony Day (from Leeds City Toastmasters and runner up in the humorous speech contest) and Andrew Miller who will be representing the Area in the Division contest in Harrogate on 26 October.
Well done also to all those who participated and many thanks to the team of Judges, Counters and Organisers.
“We are now starting another Public Speaking Toastmasters club in Leeds- White Rose speakers, which is planned to launch on 14th Sep 2011. Why don’t you come along?” I said to my colleague Mark.
“Why should I join a Public Speaking club? It is scary, speaking in public. It seems pointless!” exclaimed my friend Mark.
He was echoing what a research had already found out. Fear of public speaking ranks up there higher than the fear of death. But what I realised from listening to him is the misconception that Public speaking cannot be learned.
“It’s not scary Mark; it’s a skill, like riding a bike. You can become a better speaker with practice. The biggest benefit of learning to speak in public is – you become a better leader and communicator. Becoming a better leader and communicator will lead to better chances of success in the real world”, I said
I could see Mark was interested. However he did not look convinced.
“By the way what is Toastmasters? Is that something where you wear a red coat and learn how to toast?” continued Mark.
“Well Toastmasters International is a non profit organisation devoted to improving its member’s leadership and communication skills. It’s done through meetings where members deliver speeches and the speeches are evaluated by other members. Each meeting consists of members taking on different roles like Toastmaster of the meeting, grammarian, timekeeper etc. It’s fun and supportive. It has nothing to do with Red coats. All our members are normal real people who like to have fun while learning” I explained.
“Well it sounds interesting. You have been a member for some time now, how has it benefited you?” queried Mark
“In my case, I credit my new job to Toastmasters. Within Toastmasters meeting there is a section called as Table topics which helps members develop their impromptu skills. I make it a point to take part in every table topics at my club.
This has helped develop my impromptu skills. During my job interview, I was asked a number of awkward questions, which I could answer with the skills developed through Table Topics. There are other members who have overcome their stammer. Members who have started their own companies because of the skills learnt through Toastmasters meeting. Different members focus on different areas. I initially started out focusing on the communication manuals but am now interested in the leadership area. To become a Distinguished Toastmaster you need to complete both the communication and leadership tracks”
“hmm, you have managed to arouse my curiosity. I will come along to the next meeting. When is it?” asked Mark.
“White Rose Speakers the new club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at Jury’s Inn, Brewery Wharf, Leeds at 7:00pm. Leeds City Toastmasters meet on 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at Crowne Plaza, Leeds at 7:00pm. Just come along to a meeting. It’s free, if you are coming along as a guest and you can join after you are sure that it could benefit you”
“Thanks Dinesh, I look forward to the meeting” said Mark with a smile.