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During this time of the public health crisis this calendar has been suspended and not updated.  For the meantime there are no public Ragged University events and the advice to not gather in public is recommended.  Stay safe, stay social, try to stay at a physical distance, use a mask (like they do in operating theatres). Hopefully this will be behind us soon enough but for the meantime we have to collectively find ways of having meaningful interactions via the digital or at a distance.

 

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
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
9
Thu
Food & Drink Reformulation for Health @ President's Suite, The West Stand, Murrayfield Stadium
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Food & Drink Reformulation for Health @ President's Suite, The West Stand, Murrayfield Stadium   | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

This free event hosted by Interface and Food and Drink Federation Scotland aims to bring together food and drink manufacturers and producers in Scotland to hear the latest research from academics and industry on reformulation. There will be a range of speakers sharing their expertise, techniques and new technologies on how to reduce, replace and enhance ingredients in product and how changes can affect nutritional density of food, ultimately changing the consumer’s health and wellbeing.

Confirmed Keynote speaker is the international speaker on Global Food and Drink Industry Issues Professor David Hughes. David is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London. He travels the world talking to businesses, trade associations, governments and conferences on global developments in the food and drink industry. A highly sought-after speaker wherever he goes, he has an unparalleled knowledge of global food issues and opportunities.

There will be a range of academic and industry speakers including;

Dr Emilie Combet Aspray, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition (Medicine) from the University of Glasgow, speaking on food nutritional quality.

Andrew Matheson, Postdoctoral Research Associate from the University of Edinburgh, speaking on fat replacement.

Dr Karen Scott, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Aberdeen, speaking on the importance of fibre in reformulation.

Dr Matthew Wilcox, Research Associate from Newcastle University speaking on alginates from seaweed to aid weight loss.

Martin Ruck, Head of Research and Development from Macphie.

There will be exhibition space with academics to showcasing their facilities and expertise and for industry to showcase their products.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Directions to BT Murrayfield Stadium: http://www.scottishrugby.org/murrayfield-stadium/directions

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.

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
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
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.

Oct
26
Thu
Ragged University: ‘Multilingualism As An Investment’ plus ‘The Philosophy of Daoism’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Multilingualism As An Investment' plus 'The Philosophy of Daoism' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to learn about the philosophy of Daoism

 

Multilingualism; An Investment For A Better Society by Prof Antonella Sorace

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Bilingualism/multilingualism is a research field focused on learning more than one language over the lifespan and its effects on brains and behavior. I am a professor of developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I’m the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which makes research results available to different sectors of society and has 17 branches all over Europe and the US.

 

Then there is a break when we get the chance to eat something, have a drink and a chat.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table, and help take away the food at the end so that nothing goes to waste.

 

Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It by Jan Conway

Daoism is one of the oldest philosophies there is. It was written down in only five thousand Chinese characters by a respected teacher called Laozi (604-531 BCE) before he travelled to the West. Because the language it is written in is so ancient, scholars have made many different translations. There are a few books in English but they are rather difficult.I have been teaching Chinese culture for fifty years and trying to practise Daoism all that time. As the years have gone by I find it easier and easier to understand, and in recent years new discoveries in geology and astronomy hae confirmed everything that Laozi taught.

 

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

Oct
26
Fri
Visit, Listen, Think, Discuss, Write; The Inner Level – Author talk with Profs Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett @ Grassmarket Community Project
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit, Listen, Think, Discuss, Write; The Inner Level – Author talk with Profs Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett @ Grassmarket Community Project

Come along to the Grassmarket Community Project (86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA) at 5pm sharp for a visit to an external event and have a discussion. The event finishes at 7pm but a short discussion can carry on in a nearby establishment where in particular one of the aims will be to write about what we have learned; the writing is optional. You MUST register for a ticket on EVENTBRITE to attend this event as availability is limited…

Title of talk:

The Inner Level – Author talk with Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett

The event is free however registration is required, here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-inner-level-with-richard-wilkinson-kate-pickett-tickets-51016486685

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett will introduce the evidence and discuss the implications for us all from their most recent book, The Inner level and reflect back on its pre-cursor, The Spirit Level.

There will be a chaired Q&A to discuss how the analysis in the book should inform policies, strategies and their implementation to address inequality, including health outcomes and particularly mental health.

 

 

A few paragraphs on your subject:

The Inner level, published in June this year, sets out the evidence for the health implications, including on mental health, of inequality in society. Not just for those at the poorest, most heavily impacted end of the spectrum but at all levels.

The Spirit level, published in 2009 compared countries worldwide against a range of measure -health, education attainment, longevity, crime amongst others to demonstrate that the higher the range of inequality the worse the outcomes.

Wilkinson & Pickett set up The Equality Trust to continue to engage with interested parties of all types, policy makers, think tanks and those delivering services in the public and charity sectors and continue to promote this message with talks such as this.

A few paragraphs about you:

My Fair Edinburgh is a new, growing group of folks who care about reducing social equality in Edinburgh and is affiliated to The Equality Trust which works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality.

Both books are published by Penguin Random House and will be sold at the event by the Lighthouse Radical Bookshop

The NRS Mental Health Network & NHS Lothian are sponsoring the event which is being held at The Grassmarket Community Project, a social enterprise venue in the heart of Edinburgh