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…

Face Your Fear

Snakes, getting stuck in a small space, and public speaking. These are common fears and ones which affect me. As Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision”. Step by step, I am choosing courage to face my fears and overcome them. Firstly Snakes. Five years ago my child wanted a reptile … Read more…

Speech on the Beach

On Saturday 26 June 2021 we had our annual open house extravaganza ‘Speech on the Beach’ on Worthing seafront. What a day it was! After days of wind and rain our prayers were answered. The rain stopped and the wind dropped. What a venue with the sea and pier framing us! Our members were joined … Read more…

A place called home

You know that wonderful feeling of coming home? That special sanctuary where you feel accepted, supported and uplifted? For me, that’s Worthing Speakers.  Sometimes life can feel like an uphill struggle can’t it? Particularly after the year we have all had. Who wouldn’t want to find a place called home?  6 months ago, I read … Read more…

An interview with a new member

Worthing Speakers publishes a regular newsletter. In the most recent one, newsletter editor, Lucy, interviewed our latest member, Lynette Haley. How did you first hear about Toastmasters, and what made you come along to a meeting as a guest?  I read a blog written by Amy on Twitter. She talked about how she had found … Read more…