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Jan
4
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Jan 4 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Jan
10
Tue
Develop Your Public Speaking and Leadership Skills at Capital Communicators… @ Glasite Meeting House
Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Develop Your Public Speaking and Leadership Skills at Capital Communicators... @ Glasite Meeting House | Scotland | United Kingdom

Want to have fun, be encouraged and inspired to develop your public speaking and leadership skills?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped over four million people transform their careers and impress their friends & family by becoming more effective communicators and leaders.

Capital Communicators is Scotland’s oldest Toastmasters club where members have been learning-by-doing in order to hone their public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive and positive environment since 1995.

Find out more here http://www.capitalcommunicators.org/

Conquer your nerves and improve your performance by practicing your speaking in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. The meetings are structured to maximise speaking opportunities for all of the participants and offer you experience in making prepared and impromptu speeches – which help you to develop the ability to speak confidently and powerfully at a moments notice. All participants benefit from constructive real-time feedback which helps them to replace bad habits with good habits, learn and grow.

Toastmasters clubs are open to anyone, and many professional speakers and leaders gave their careers a real boost at a Toastmasters club. We have members from all walks of life, ages and nations in Edinburgh. Because the emphasis is on encouragement, learning and acceptance, everyone wants to come back and participate again.

We have a mentoring programme to get you started and worldclass training materials to allow you to gain presentation and leadership qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

Agenda – We meet every second Tuesday

19:15 – Building opens

19:30 – Meeting starts Please arrive before this time!

19:49 – First Speaker

20:00 – Second Speaker

20:11 – Third Speaker

20:25 – Speech Evaluations

20:35 – Interval

20:45 – Club Business

20:57 – Table Topics (Impromptu Speeches)

21:18 – Time Keeper, Ah Counter and Wordmaster reports

21:30 – Meeting Ends

Then we go to the local pub to chat about the meeting and hang out with friends 🙂

Jan
16
Mon
Life Stories at Lunch with Colin Chambers @ Edinburgh Dine Saltire Court (1st Floor)
Jan 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Life Stories at Lunch with Colin Chambers @ Edinburgh  Dine  Saltire Court (1st Floor)  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Colin Chambers is a former Lt Cdr in the South African navy, who went on to become a special advisor to Nelson Mandela for 8 years.  Mandela was a key transformational figure in the life of South Africa, bringing forgiveness, reconciliation and reconstruction to a nation that had been deeply divided.  Colin shares his unique perspective on Mandela the man, how the transformation of South Africa was achieved and what we can learn from this process to benefit our own professional and personal lives.

Jan
18
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Jan 18 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Feb
1
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Feb 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Feb
11
Sat
Singing for all workshops: Burns and beyond @ George Washington Browne Room
Feb 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Singing for all workshops: Burns and beyond @ George Washington Browne Room | Scotland | United Kingdom

Everyone loves to sing a Burns song. This workshop is open to all who love to sing a Burns song or want to have a go. No need to read music or have any experience. This will be a friendly and inclusive singing session centred around well known and less well known Burns songs. Ellie Logan is a community musician, song leader, singer, and camper van traveller.

Based in Edinburgh she has experience of leading all sizes and shapes of singing groups and also working one to one with people on understanding their voice and how to get the best out of it. She currently runs SeaSang which is a women’s singing group which gives space for community choir members to try more challenging material, various Sing for Fun informal singing groups, community ukulele classes and provides voice, brass, ukulele and recorder tuition for primary children through Edinburgh Council.

Ellie also works for the Traditional Music Forum as membership and communications officer. Ellie is a supporter of and occasional tutor with the Scots Music Group. Based in Edinburgh, they provide a range of opportunities to learn traditional music and song.

Feb
15
Wed
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute
Feb 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute | Scotland | United Kingdom

“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Karen Chapman

University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.

Speakers

Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

Photography & filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]

Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Feb 15 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Feb
25
Sat
Singing for all workshops: Songs from Scotland and beyond @ George Washington Browne Room
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Singing for all workshops: Songs from Scotland and beyond @ George Washington Browne Room | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come and try traditional songs from Scotland and traditions from around the world. Traditional songs are easy to learn and enjoy and provide great opportunities to try harmonies. This will be a friendly and inclusive singing session. You do not need to have any experience nor be able to read music as we will learn songs by ear (words provided). Ellie Logan is a community musician, song leader, and camper van traveller.

Based in Edinburgh she has experience of leading all sizes and shapes of singing groups and also working one to one with people on understanding their voice and how to get the best out of it. She currently runs SeaSang which is a women’s singing group which gives space for community choir members to try more challenging material, various Sing for Fun informal singing groups, community ukulele classes and provides voice, brass, ukulele, and recorder tuition for primary children through Edinburgh City Council.

Ellie also works for the Traditional Music Forum as membership and communications officer. Ellie Logan is a supporter of and occasional tutor with the Scots Music Group. Based in Edinburgh, they provide a wide range of opportunities to learn traditional music and sing. There is something for everyone.

Mar
1
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Mar 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Mar
6
Mon
The Monthlies: Collection of Sanitary Products for the Homeless @ Grassmarket Community Project,
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Monthlies: Collection of Sanitary Products for the Homeless @ Grassmarket Community Project, | Scotland | United Kingdom

We don’t believe anyone should have to suffer in silence and be unable to access these vital supplies, so we decided to launch The Monthlies. We are collecting donations of unopened packets of sanitary pads, baby wipes, tampons, panty liners, underwear, etc. – some of the essential supplies that people may need to manage their periods, and which no one should have to go without.

In addition to hosting collections at events like this screening of I, Daniel Blake, we’re organising monthly collections at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh (the next will be on Monday 6th March from 4-6p.m.) and we’re in the process of setting up more permanent collection boxes around the city for people to donate outwith these times.

Mar
9
Thu
Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh @ 6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh @ 6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building | Scotland | United Kingdom

This essay is located in the aftermath of protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh in 2013. Armed with the seemingly unstoppable energy of youth, the Shahbag Movement inaugurated a new culture of protest that eschewed violence, an otherwise regular feature of political performances in South Asia. Although its affective landscape has been commonly understood in terms of nationalist passion, I focus instead on what I call political despair. One major source of this despair has been the opposition between the atheist-blogger on the one side and the Islamist/extremist on the other.

The apprehension around the possible effects of this cleavage rested on the body, the first provocation of which comes from the death of a blogger. The dead-body politics that followed assumed and occasioned the atheist/religious divide and made way for more violence, including the murders of a number of religious activists and secular bloggers in the months and years to come. The other area where the body was a privileged site of politics was the presumed corporeal nature of non-secular politics. The physicality and irrationality of so-called religious affect became a marker of distinction between the protesters and their ideological opponents.  The particularities of this context allows me to argue that a sense of despair is not an anomalous but a constitutive element of modern mass democracies.

This essay is located in the aftermath of protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh in 2013. Armed with the seemingly unstoppable energy of youth, the Shahbag Movement inaugurated a new culture of protest that eschewed violence, an otherwise regular feature of political performances in South Asia. Although its affective landscape has been commonly understood in terms of nationalist passion, I focus instead on what I call political despair. One major source of this despair has been the opposition between the atheist-blogger on the one side and the Islamist/extremist on the other.

The apprehension around the possible effects of this cleavage rested on the body, the first provocation of which comes from the death of a blogger. The dead-body politics that followed assumed and occasioned the atheist/religious divide and made way for more violence, including the murders of a number of religious activists and secular bloggers in the months and years to come. The other area where the body was a privileged site of politics was the presumed corporeal nature of non-secular politics. The physicality and irrationality of so-called religious affect became a marker of distinction between the protesters and their ideological opponents.  The particularities of this context allows me to argue that a sense of despair is not an anomalous but a constitutive element of modern mass democracies.

Mar
15
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Mar 15 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Mar
29
Wed
The Shrub’s Community Gathering @ Methodist Church Hall
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Shrub's Community Gathering @ Methodist Church Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Join the Shrub for an afternoon of food, live music, activities and discussions on how we can work together as a community to develop a vision for a Zero Waste Town in central Edinburgh!

The Shrub has been awarded funding from Zero Waste Scotland to test out some really exciting ideas that could transform our community and help us achieve our vision of a world without waste.

If the testing of our ideas is successful, we could receive £100,000 per year for the next three years. That funding will allow us to make South Central Edinburgh into a “Zero Waste Town” where waste is a valuable resource and is used and reused in innovative ways to reduce how much is landfilled.

To do this, we need your help! We want to make sure our ideas for a Zero Waste Town meet the needs of the local community.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be going door to door asking local residents for their views.

We’re then inviting people from across the local community to come together at our big community gathering on Wednesday 29th March at the Methodist Church at 25 Nicolson Square to share our vision and research findings, and work together to create a zero waste community.

The event is free to attend, but tickets are limited due to venue capacity. Early registration is advised.

1 to 1.45pm – WELCOME & SHOWCASE

Registration
A light lunch of soup and bread from Food Sharing
Recycled musical instruments performance by Federico De Bord
Upcycling and bike repair activity stalls

1.45 – 2pm – PRESENTATION

We will be presenting an overview of the Zero Waste Town project. Following in the footsteps of Dunbar and the Isle of Bute, our vision is to work together to create a Zero Waste Town in central Edinburgh. We will also be presenting the results from the community survey we have carried out to support our feasibility study for Zero Waste Scotland and sharing interesting insights from this.

2 – 3.45pm – WORKSHOPS

Further details and registration information will be sent out prior to the event. There will be four workshops run on the topics of:
– Community Engagement: Creating networks of zero waste ambassadors
– Matter Moments: The circular economy
– The Future of Food Sharing
– Innovative enterprise: Membership growth & development

3.45 – 5pm – FEEDBACK & NEXT STEPS

We will be gathering feedback from the workshops and sharing with everyone, before a final activity to end an eventful afternoon!

Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Mar 29 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Apr
12
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Apr 12 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Apr
26
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Apr 26 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

May
10
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
May 10 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

May
24
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
May 24 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Jun
7
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Jun 7 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Jun
21
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Jun 21 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Jul
5
Wed
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada
Jul 5 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Porty Communicators: A Toastmasters International club @ The Dalriada | Scotland | United Kingdom

Porty Communicators is a new Toastmasters International club by the seaside in Edinburgh. The club meets fortnightly, offering affordable training and practice opportunities to boost communications and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Great practice for ace-ing job interviews, giving feedback to staff, running meetings and giving presentations. Our members range from professional speakers to non-native English speakers and recovering stammerers: everyone starts where they are and improves at Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a not-for-profit organisation with over 90 years’ track record of helping people gain confidence in public speaking. We offer eight globally-recognised basic and advanced communications and leadership qualifications though 16,000 clubs in 142 countries.

Porty Communicators meets for two hours twice a month – all for around £100 a year, including training materials, a mentor and a monthly magazine. Come along and see for yourself free of charge. You’ll be very welcome.

For further details see:
http://portycommunicators.toastmasterclub.org

For info on Toastmasters International and helpful tips see http://www.toastmasters.org

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 years +

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-street free parking, or no 15, 26, 45, 124 buses

What can I bring into the event?

Yourself and a pen.

What does Toastmasters International do?

We provide well-proven training, evaluation and support, to boost confidence in communications and leadership skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. We offer a unique combination of training and regular practice to embed skills in both public and impromptu speaking (aka as “thinking on your feet”), plus practical leadership projects.

What kind of people can Toastmasters help?

People of all ages and walks of life discover a need to boost their communications and leadership skills. Typical reasons people join Toastmasters in Edinburgh include:

  • Recently promoted managers who need to deliver team briefings and report to senior management
  • Job seekers that need to stand out at interviews
  • Self-employed people needing to pitch for new business
  • Networkers do better if they practice their introductions and develop impromptu speaking skills
  • Trainers that need to add interest to their programmes
  • Professional speakers who need an audience to try out new material
  • Post graduate students needing support to deliver their dissertations and vivas (oral examinations).
  • Non-native English speakers that need to improve communications skills
  • Wedding and other special occasion speeches often trigger a need to boost presentation skills
  • People needing to boost their communications confidence generally get lots of support and visibly improve at Toastmasters

How much does Toastmasters cost?

Toastmasters’ club fees vary according to their running costs. The annual fee for Porty Communicators is £84 paid in two instalments of £42 – the first instalment varies depending on which month you join. There is also a one-off fee of £20 to cover registration with Toastmasters International.

What do I get from Toastmasters?

Apart from meeting new positive people on a self development journey, being entertained by the speeches and a good deal of fun, you also get:

  • Your training manuals
  • 4 hours per month training/practice/support at meetings
  • Advice from the club’s vice president education and speech slots
  • Online project and progress tracking plus goal setting for your awards
  • A more experienced member as a mentor if you wish
  • Written feedback from everyone in the room after each speech
  • Oral evaluation of each speech by a more experienced toastmaster
  • Optional – get a member to video you on your smartphone so you can see for yourself
  • A monthly magazine with inspiration and useful tips
  • Invitation to join the Edinburgh Advanced Speakers club for more detailed feedback from your peers when you get your Competent Communicator award
  • Up to 8 globally recognised qualifications
  • International speech competition opportunities to shine at a club, area or country level, up to the world speaking championships!
  • Meet British and Irish Toastmasters to make friends, see winning speech-makers and attend workshops at the annual spring and autumn conferences
  • As a Toastmaster member you can visit thousands of Toastmasters clubs in 142 countries – see the club finder on www.toastmasters.com site

How much time does it involve?

Porty Communicators meets every fortnight for 2 hours, so that’s c4 hours of training, feedback and practice a month. You proceed through the speech and leadership projects at your own pace.

You will progress faster if you also book some time in-between meetings to look through your manuals to get a feel for what’s required.

Do get someone to video your speeches on your smartphone and review that footage so you can see your own speech performances for yourself.

Plus read the feedback slips from members so you can see the overall consensus to help you decide what you need to work on first. It’s quite difficult to correct more than one thing at a time.

Do I have to attend regularly?

As a member of Toastmasters, you promise to attend and participate as regularly as you can. It’s up to you, but we’ve noticed that people that don’t participate very often get stuck because progress is usually made when you act on fresh feedback and incorporate that learning into your next project.

How do get started?

You need to join a club to get your training manuals. And don’t forget to ask for a mentor – someone a little further on in the Toastmasters’ journey that you can contact for help with your first three speeches. They may be willing to give you feedback on a practice run-though on a Skype call – but don’t leave it until the last moment if you want help – and you need time to take their recommendations on board!

I’m terrified of public speaking – how can I control my nerves?

Public speaking is different from 1-2-1 chat or small group communications because an audience goes into “receive” mode when a speaker comes on. Receive mode often makes people’s faces go blank or grim. If you not used to this, it’s not surprising that you find an audience daunting.

The good news is that practice and constructive feedback plus regular applause really help.

It also helps to think of nerves as “excitement”. And take a few calming deep breaths just before and during your journey to the stage. Then pause, as you take another breath before you start – makes you look much more confident than you probably feel. To prove that, get someone to video your speeches at Toastmasters on your smartphone – it helps to know you look much better than you felt inside!

Plus have a look on TED talks for Amy Cuddy’s excellent talk on scientifically proven ways to manipulate your hormones to boost confidence and reduce nerves.

Public speaking is scary – what’s the easiest way to start at Toastmasters?

If you are not an experienced speaker why not start on the Competent Leadership manual? That manual involves taking on meeting roles to help other members. This gives you two short speeches at each meeting: to introduce your role and to give your report: great practice for getting used to an audience.

When you feel ready to start on the Competent Communications manual, book a speech slot and talk through your ideas with your mentor. You can then alternate performing meeting roles and delivering speeches to progress through both basic manuals and get onto the most useful part of the Toastmasters programme: the advanced manuals.

What qualifications does Toastmasters International offer?

You can gain eight globally recognised qualifications in communications and leadership from Toastmasters. Each award is recognised with a certificate and presentation. Your employer can be sent a copy of your award notification letter from Toastmasters International HQ on request.

The two starter awards are:

Competent Communicator – achieved after delivering 10 speeches (subject of your choice) addressing the 10 specific speech projects designed to cover the basics of public speaking.

Competent Leader – designed to boost soft skills such as analytic thinking, giving effective feedback, managing projects and events, time management, mentoring, motivating and managing people.

The three advanced communications qualifications each involve 10 speeches from your choice of vocational training manuals plus specific education presentations:

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Advanced Communicator Silver

Advanced Communicator Gold

Advanced Leadership awards involve taking on increasing levels of responsibility, plus education, management and training projects:

For example,

Advanced Leadership Bronze – being on a club management committee + delivered education projects

Advanced Leadership Silver – becoming an area director responsible for helping up to seven clubs in an area (managing up to 56 volunteers: the clubs’ committee members) to meet their key targets for members’ qualifications, club membership numbers and club administration. Plus deliver specified education projects

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) – the final “gold” level for leadership is the Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) when all the other qualifications are achieved alongside recruiting and managing a team to deliver a High Performance Leadership Project (either inside or outside Toastmasters) + delivered specified education projects.

Jun
28
Thu
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,

Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop

Nov
14
Wed
Ragged University: ‘What is Feminism’ plus ‘Teachers in Bangladesh’ @ The Castle Hotel
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'What is Feminism' plus 'Teachers in Bangladesh' @ The Castle Hotel

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and a two talks in an informal setting…

 

What is Feminism ? by Brigitte Lechner

What is feminism? Ask ten people this question and you might get ten different answers. It’s not that I claim to have the one right answer but rather that I do have one I have settled on and I am pleased to share it with Ragged members. My generation of women has seen enormous changes in our lives. I hardly recognise myself as the young woman who always sat quietly in one corner or another. To me, that is proof of feminism as an agent of personal growth and empowerment; one more reason to share what I know about it.

Feminism to me is a political sisterhood because it aims to challenge the dominant social force generally known as patriarchy. Some people get very precise and define it as capitalist patriarchy or imperialist capitalist patriarchy, even imperialist patriarchal capitalism. I suppose one’s view is always determined by where one stands.

My talk therefore aims to clarify what a plain and simple patriarchal society is, how it is structured and how feminists have over time risen to the challenge of the ways in which patriarchy disempowers and even harms women as a sex class; a thing feminists call patriarchal oppression. Moreover, whilst women are doing different things differently today than they did fifty years ago they are still doing it for themselves and often for men as well. Mine will be a whistle-stop tour through an immensely rich and complex cultural landscape but I hope there will be enough time left to take questions.

 

 

During the break we have a bite to eat and a chance to socialise.  Everyone is welcome to bring an item of food to put on the table to share and take away what is left at the end so nothing goes to waste

 

Teachers in Bangladesh; Ways of Seeing and Expressing Reality by Taslima Ivy

In this presentation I hope to share my story of researching ICT integration in education with rural female teachers from an island in Bangladesh. I will particularly focus on how I attempted to tap into teachers’ own ways of seeing, feeling and expressing life.

Firstly, I will talk about how I used multimodal artefact production- a method through which teachers have shared significant day to day experiences with me,- through a mode and genre of their choice-sometimes they chose images, sometimes video clips, audio clips while sometimes poems and journal entries.

Then I will talk about the distinct Bengali genre of ‘golpo/ adda’ (informal chatting) which I used in my research as an attempt to enable my participants’ experiences to emerge through their own discursive style. I will conclude by sharing how these two processes made me aware of my own ‘gaze’ and maybe helped me understand my participants from the position of a female-the position of a teacher- rather than the power position of a researcher.