Club Member Comes 2nd In Britain & Ireland Final

Congratulations to Doncaster Speakers club member Jon Carvell who came second in the District 71 Table Topics competition.

The District 71 finals puts the best of all the Toastmaster clubs in Britain and Ireland together. Before this there there was club level, area level and semi final level to negotiate.

Also well done to Jordan at Sheffield speakers who made it through to the finals of the Evaluation competition but unfortunately did not finish in the top three.

If you would like to improve your speaking and enter a competition join us at one of our club nights on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, currently online via Zoom and back at the Regent Hotel Doncaster once lockdown ends.

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Milestones Old & New

This month saw two of our members, Bridget and Elizabeth complete their Toastmasters training manuals.

The difference was Bridget who is a long standing member has been working on the paper Competent Communicator manual which is being phased out in June whilst Elizabeth a fairly new member has been doing speeches out of the new online Pathways manual.

So due to the time scales Bridget is the last member to be able to complete the old manual before the deadline and Elizabeth gets the accolade of being the first member to complete a Pathway.

If you would like to know more about Pathways visit the Toastmasters website

To join one of our meetings as a guest to see how a Toastmasters meeting working email

First Online Meeting Held

Video of pictures from our first ever online meeting yesterday 23 March 2020.

As the meeting started we were in recommended lock-down and by the end of the evening we were in actual lock-down so it was a good choice to try out the first ever online meeting at Doncaster Speakers.

Below are some pictures from the meeting.

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Competition Night

Thank you to our contest Chair Stephanie and Chief Judge Steve, who organised and ran our Club Competition on Monday 9th March 2020. 

For those who could not attend, the results were:

Speech Winners
1st       Andrew 
2nd      Elizabeth
3rd       Bal     


Evaluation Winners
1st       Andrew Miller
2nd       Maria Orlovic
3rd       Elizabeth Mead

The 1st & 2nd place winners of each contest are competing at Saturday’s Area contests, being hosted by Doncaster Speakers at The Regent Hotel (1pm start, please arrive earlier)

Big Stage Experience

What a great night for Doncaster Speakers. We held our first Big Stage event at Hall Cross School in Doncaster. We all spoke on the big stage with a microphone, this was a great space for us to practice our public speaking in a bigger space.

The evening started with a confident welcoming from Elizabeth has Sergeant at Arms and  our Toastmaster for the evening was Andy. Both were professional and informative, the evening started off with a strong start.

Sharron was Timekeeper for the evening. Sharron was clear on what she expected from us and kept the evening running along smoothly and on time. Stephanie was Grammarian for the evening, this is always a treat for us as Stephanie loves this role and her passion for it always shines through. Susie was the Ah Counter, she told us how much she enjoyed this role and how it has been really helping her with her listening skills especially in her work environment.


Our first speaker of the evening was Bal with a speech entitled The Magic of Thinking BIG. Bal is new to our club but has shown already that she is a great public speaker and her enthusiasm for her topics always uplifts our evenings in a positive way. Steven was her evaluator and gave us a funny but clear evaluation for Bal’s speech at the end.


Our second speaker was Elizabeth with a speech entitled The Great Social Media Review. This year Elizabeth holds the VP for Education role and already has had a massive impact on the club in this role. She is now starting a project to support and help our Social Media with the support of  VP PR Steven, together I believe they will do great things to help promote our club.  Stephanie was her evaluator and gave us a competition standard evaluation. We are lucky to have such talent at Doncaster Speakers.

Our last speaker was Maria with a speech entitled Don’t Give Me Pearls. Maria has really come into her own style of speaking in the last few speeches she has given and her journey through Toastmasters has been great to watch. She holds the stage and the audience very well with her drama skills and confident delivery. Jean was her evaluator and really commended Maria’s performance and her journey she has been on at Toastmaster, it was a very heartfelt and personal evaluation.

The second half of the evening was filled with evaluations, Table Topics and Toastimonials. Bridge was Table Topics Master and what a brilliant session, Bridget always manages to make us all feel relaxed and entertains in whatever role she performs. Arthur evaluated our TableTopics session and spoke to all speakers in such a positive way.

We had Toastimonials from Steven and Bridget about their journey with Toastmasters. What a great way to show guest the impact Toastmasters can have on their professional and personal development.


The evening was evaluated by Lianna giving the General Evaluator report.


The award winners for best in category were:


Elizabeth for Best Speaker

Lianna for Best Table Topics

Stephanie for Best Evaluator

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