Tour of the British Calendar

It was October and the shops were full of witches’ outfits and pumpkin shaped sweets. I had been a member of Worthing Speakers’ Club for a couple of months and was starting to think about my second speech. The task was ‘Research any topic and present it as a speech’. I’ve wondered for a long … Read more…

Interview With A New Member

Lucy Brooks (VPM) interviewed Julie Sherrington, who joined us recently LB: When did you join Worthing Speakers? JS: I had heard about Worthing Speakers back in 2020 but did not attend my first meeting until November 2021. I wanted to wait until the meetings went back to face to face rather than being on Zoom. … Read more…

Something in me that I didn’t know I had!

How have you benefitted from Toastmasters.? This was a question asked at a recent meeting? My mind was racing, I replied that   could talk for hours on the benefits of Toastmasters, in short it was the catalyst for a series  of events representing more than simply Public speaking  My membership has inspired, encouraged, and nurtured … Read more…

Sharpening My Tools

Speaking is easy! You just open your mouth and words come out… Last summer I stumbled upon Worthing Speakers’ Club when they were holding an event called Speech on the Beach. There were maybe 25-30 people there from very different walks of life. The first thing that struck me was what a friendly and encouraging … Read more…

Finding joy…

noun: joy 1. a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. “tears of joy” Over the Christmas period, someone gave me a Christmas card with the word ‘Joy’ on the front. At the time I wasn’t feeling much joy! I work for a small company that personalises textiles and homeware, and the lead-up to Christmas is … Read more…

January is a time for change!

Making a new year resolution may seem like a cliché, but January is always a good time to reflect on the past and the future. Maybe your need to change to a new job, take on a new voluntary role, or maybe you just want to gain confidence to speak to other people in a … Read more…

Transitioning from Zoom to Stage

During the long days of COVID lockdown, all our club meetings were held online via the Zoom video-conferencing service. In many respects, it was a whole lot of fun. Twice a month we would connect to Zoom and see a familiar patchwork of faces on our screen. Then during the break, we would escape into … Read more…

My first-year experience at Toastmasters

I joined Toastmasters International to develop my public speaking skills, improve my communication and leadership skills and overcome a fear of the stage. I also wanted to meet like-minded people who have similar goals. I then learned that after successfully completing several projects, you can earn certificates and participate in contests where you can even … Read more…