Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 29

Frankie Howerd and the rule of Toastmasters

Frankie Howerd clip; 2m 21 sec (Above is a clip of late British comedian Frankie Howerd on the chat show Parkinson). I got asked at a humour workshop that I ran recently the following question: “How far can you push risque humour before it becomes too much at Toastmasters?”

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Sep 25

Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contests

We had a really successful night at Grosvenor Square Speakers at the beginning of this week. We decided to experiment with the way the club chairs the contests and we divided duties successfully between myself as VPE and Debbie Mahs. Even though the club doesn’t usually run its contests this way, it made a refreshing …

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Sep 19

A Winning Speech vs. An Excellent Speech

Fellow blogger and speaker Eric Feng made an interesting post over at The Public Speaking Blog back in August on whether an award-winning speech at Toastmasters can be considered an excellent speech. Here’s how the article opens: “A couple of days ago, I raved about having a female winner for the International Speech Contest held …

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Sep 16

Sisterhood – the Brit-Kiwi Comedy

A couple of years back I was fortunate enough to appear in a film. Now, after a Hollywood film festival this past summer, it’s now got a limited cinema release next month at the Odeon in Panton Street, just off Leicester Square. I don’t have one of the starring roles, I do appear right at …

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Sep 09

Humorous Speech Workshop

I ran a humorous speech workshop at my Toastmasters club Grosvenor Square Speakers last night. It’s a little bit difficult in London at the moment because the majority of the workshops for this contest season happened on the same day. There were others I wanted to attend, but had my own to run…

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