Christmas Bells are Jingling this weekend — and Leighton Buzzard Toastmasters helping to ring in the cheer

A Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals.  Three of its primary goals are to:

  • Create a strong, supportive club membership
  • Enhance members’ speaking skills
  • Prepare members for real life experiences

Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council, and Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has been Master of Ceremonies for the council’s communities activities. 

The club has been MC for several festivals, including ‘Big Lunch’ and ‘Day by the Canal’.  Once again, we have been invited to bring Christmas Cheer and Entertainment from 1st through the 3rd of December.

The program is as follows:

Friday the Christmas Festival kicks off in style from 4pm, with lights switching-on at 7pm. There will be craft and gift stalls as well as food court, funfair and fireworks display.

Saturday sees Santa’s Grotto alongside the regular Saturday Charter Market. Leighton Fun Runners return with the annual Santa Dash from Church Square. There will be entertainment throughout the day and the funfair is still in town.

Sunday is family day, with the funfair and an array of street entertainers. There will be further opportunities to browse and shop.

Why does Leighton Buzzard Speakers look forward to participating in these activities?  As Toastmasters, we seek opportunities to expand and practice our communication skills.

How are these events organized?  Rose Marie Calder, Martin Harris or Martin Mansell work with the Council Event Organizer to review the goals of the activities.  Generally, the MCs’ duties are managed between three local clubs: Leighton Buzzard Speakers, Luton Speakers and Luton Communicators Clubs.

Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club’s President, Rose Marie Calder, arranges the presentation.  The rule of thumb is to have 2 members presenting at the same time.  Typically, an experienced member and a and novice member present together.

Prior to the event, the agenda of activities and special announcements are developed.  All presenters are given materials to review.

This is a LIVE event!  Anything can happen.  Imagine the scenario of prepared speech merging with table topics and on-the-spot evaluations.  If the audience does not appreciate your presentation, they will leave.

Just like in real-life, incidents – both positive, and not-so-positive, can occur.  As this is our fifth event with them, we believe that the Leighton-Linslade Council appreciate the results.

These community events also an excellent method of promoting our club in the community.  The club purchased royal blue polo shirts with our website address on the back.  Whether on the stage or talking amongst the audience, people realized that we are part of the community.

However, this event is a three-day event as opposed to our typical one-day event.  As a result, Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club will be opening MC opportunities to members of other clubs.  Contact Rose Marie Calder, Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club’s President, for further details.

Rose Marie Starkey-Calder, DTM
President, Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club

President, Luton Speakers Club

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