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September 5, 2022
All Shook Up! An IMPROV-A-Ganza 05 Sep 2022

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You’re Invited,

Improv is back by popular demand.

When: Mon 05 Sep 2022

Where: Zoom ROOM

When: 19:15 BST for a 19:15 prompt start.

It’s time to brush up your improv skills, in a bigger better way, be prepared to tell a story, flex your voice, shake up your approach, dial up your listening skills, know when to wrap up, be a better team player,have more fun.

Cornerstone Communicators invite our Toastmasters friends, and guests to join us. You can pre-register your free place here>>> https://bit.ly/3yeWW8l<<<


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August 15, 2022
Short Sweet and Published Workshop - Extended Version 15 Aug 2022

When was the last time you gave your self a reward for doing something that was a bit of a challenge?

By rewarding ourselves for doing something that is tough helps us to create a habit we want to keep .

You might be in the habit of writing speeches, but perhaps they are not quite as impactful as you would like them to be .

🎤 Do you have a speech you are working on that you are not entirely satisfied with ?

🎤 Would you like to be more creative with your speech writing?

🎤 Would you like to create speeches that are more impactful?

Join us so that you can :

🎤 Sharpen your writing skills

🎤 Hone your speech potential

🎤 Expand your speech ideation

This week at Cornerstone Communicators we are treating our members and guests to Lorraine Murphy’s workshop “Short, Sweet and Published” and would love you to join us.

This superb workshop pormises to be a real treat to get those creative juices flowing. Check out this short video by none other than our special guest writer, author Lorraine Murphy joining us at Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasters.

Lorraine Murphy invites you to join us for her amazing workshop, Short, Sweet and Published on Monday 15th of August, 2022. Zoom room opens at 19.15 BST . Workshop starts at 19:30 sharp please arrive early you won’t want to miss a minute. We are so excited.

Into the Woods

Lorraine Murphy Bio  | Author | Writer| Toastmaster


Places are limited for this workshop and are sure it will be popular do reserve your space.

The best bit is it’s free to attend it is our treat. Register now for your place. https://bit.ly/3yeWW8l

#creative #writing #publicspeaking #toastmastersinternational

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August 1, 2022
01- Aug- 2022 - “Seriously Funny”  Using Humour : A Vital Tool for Successful Communication


Seriously Funny

As we prepare for the up and coming Humorous Speech Contest season.  There’s still time to polish up your presentations and make them more engaging. By following six easy rules it’s possible to draft your next humorous speech.


ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Find Humour In Your Everyday Life

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Know Your Audience

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Humorous Speech Contest: You Can Be Funny!

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Use Props

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Avoid Laughing at Yourself

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Consult with a Trusted Mentor


You’re invited to OUR NEXT MEETING which will be on Monday 01 August  at 7:30pm BST


(Zoom room opens at 7:15 pm BST) “ Seriously Funny ” “The Dos and Don’ts of Humorous Speech Contests”, delivered by Gill Ornstein.


Gill is no stranger to Toastmasters, especially to members in D71. Over her many years in Toastmasters, Gill  has won speech contests at area and national district levels and in  Humorous Speech Contests . Prior to lockdown year, she won the final of the Humorous Speech Contest and on Monday she will be delivering “Seriously Funny”  Using Humour: A Vital Tool for Successful Communication and sharing some Dos and Don’ts of Humorous Speech Contests. Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic fun filled evening.


Gill Ornstein will be our host for this event with a focus on humour. Speaker BIO IntrodtoGill


You may have a funny story you can share in a minute?  Why don’t you bring it along?


Is your speech missing out on this powerful communication tool?  Do not miss this opportunity to add humour to your Communication tool box.

Find out more on Monday 01 Aug 2022. Zoom opens 19:15 for a prompt start at 19:30.


We look forward to meeting you.


Places are limited be sure to pre-register to reserve your place for this popular event. >>> https://bit.ly/3yeWW8l <<<





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May 16, 2022
16 May 2022 - Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasters

A discussion between members in which they express different opinions about a topic that         ends in a vote                                                                                                                                         pre-register here .https://bit.ly/3AXDgaQ




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April 25, 2022
25 Apr 2022 - Guest Speaker Kyle Murtagh - The 3 C's of Compelling Story Telling

Kyle Murtagh Speaker Bio

When it comes to public speaking, most would like to inspire and excel by telling compelling, stories.

  • Captivate your audience
  • Hook them in
  • Tantilise them
  • Blow them away with a powerful ending
  • Make the audience remember you


At our next meeting we have in our midst one of District 71 Toastmasters most compelling story tellers Kyle Murtagh, , Public Speaking Coach and founder of Confidence By Design. Who will help you tell more compelling stories while public speaking. We invite all Toastmasters and guests to join us.

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April 4, 2022
04th Apr 2022 - Murder Mystery Monday

Murder Mystery Monday

The good, the bad, the guilty, Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasters Club invites you to an epic Murder Mystery Monday. Our members will provide you with an evening of mirth mystery murder and suspense. Our members will use improvisational skills to bring you a Murder Mystery Monday at an Advanced Toastmasters Evening.

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March 21, 2022
21st Mar 2022 A Dragons' Den Event

A Dragons' Den

The meeting is a themed “Dragons Den” meeting.

A different take on a Toastmaster Meeting where there will be opportunity to practice speaking, listening and questioning skills:

Our speakers will be:

  • Presenting an idea convincingly and effectively
  • Inspiring the audience
  • Give a call to action

Our Dragons will demonstrate:

  • listening skills
  • questioning skills
  • and explaining their decisions

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March 7, 2022
07th Mar 2022 - Club International Speech & Evaluation Contest 2022

Pre-register for the speech contest here>>>https://bit.ly/3yeWW8l <<<

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February 7, 2022
Tall Tales Contest 07 February 2022

Lets Tall Tales – Unbelieveable Adventures


A fictional story that stretches the truth

The heros are ‘larger’ than life

Sometimes the heros are based on real people

“According to the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook, the Tall Tales Contest speeches are to be three to five minutes long and their subject “must be of a highly exaggerated, improbable nature and have a theme or plot.”


You’re invited to join Cornerstone Communicators for a fun packed fantastical meeting, be enthralled, be entertained, be entranced with our participants.  Who knows what tales will be told ? Come along it’s going to be a lot of fun.  Register now


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February 7, 2022
07 Feb 2022
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January 31, 2022
31st Jan 2022
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January 17, 2022
Where Leaders Are Made - Host Val Swanbourgh

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January 3, 2022
Tall Tales Contest To Be Rescheduled New Date TBA
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December 20, 2021
Pre- Christmas Meeting

Join us for a themed evening of fun and celebration.  A warm welcome to everyone. Registration now open. It is free for guests to attend this festive and fun celebration. Merry Christmas everyone, do join us to have some festive fun.  We would love to have your company for what promises to be a wonderful and delightful celebratory night.

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December 6, 2021
Going for Pathways Level Completion

Speeches and evaluations, make a move toward completing your next Pathway Level.

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November 29, 2021
Impromptu Monday 29 Nov 2021 – Call My Bluff Host: Clifford Hurst

Originally a Game Show, original release: 17 October 1965 –; 18 June 2004 . It will be a fun and challenging evening. It is a Game style event in which two teams of three Toastmaster contestants take turns to provide definitions of an obscure word, and try to guess which one is correct and which is a bluff. We are creating our version of this once popular game show. Register now to join in the fun. Zoom registration>>>https://bit.ly/3yeWW8l<<<


Call My Bluff
Impromptu Monday, Wanna Play?

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November 15, 2021
Your Toastmasters Voice - Putting the Va Va Voom into Vocalising

Putting the va va voom into vocalising

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November 1, 2021
Remember the 1st of November - A Book with Review

Meeting Event Host : Val Swanborough

Analysing, reviewing and critiquing books is a skill, making this a convincing, engaging and entertaining speech is a challenge building on the skills you have developed overtime as a Toastmaster. Where better to practice and get effective feedback than a Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasters meeting.

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October 25, 2021
Impromptu Monday 25 Oct 2021 - Call My Bluff Host Clifford Hurst

Impromtu Monday Wanna Play?
 RSVP  Impromptu Monday Wanna Play?

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October 18, 2021
Work Smarter Save Time Workshop - Guest Speaker DTM Janet Alkema

Have you ever had one of those hectic frazzled busy days where you are constantly running from pillar to post and back again.  The white rabbit from Lewis Carolls Alice in Wonderland was always late for that very important date.


  • Do you struggle with procrastination?
  • Does your inbox overflow?
  • Do you waste time in unproductive meetings ?
  • Do you want to be more in control of your time?
  • Do you want to create better time management habits?
  • Would like some practical tips and hacks to take your time back?

If you said yes to any of these questions , this workshop is a must.


Join Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasers Club, with our special guest speaker Janet Alkema the time finder specialist who will be sharing ideas, strategies and tactics to help you make the most of your time

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October 4, 2021
Cornerstone Communicators - Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contest

Cornerstone Communicators Advance Toastmasters Autumn Speech Contest 2021

Members are invited to participate and support members at this contest.  The winners will go through to represent Cornerstone at the Area 32 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest. It is going to be exciting to see members raising their Humorous Speech and Table Topics skills and taking it to the next level. It  is a one way to escalate your speech skills exponentially.


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September 27, 2021
Improve Monday 27 September 2021 - Host Clifford Hurst

Improv Monday
Be more creative with improv

Our resident improv host Clifford Hurst will be hosting an Improv session in pairs. Improve your listening, interaction and communication skills while playing improv games with a partner. Spontaneity, fun, personal development and confidence building all at the same time! Double the fun in pairs.

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September 20, 2021
Bringing a Speech to Life with Stories : Every Journey is a Story

An Interactive Workshop – Hosted by Venice Rowe

It started with an idea to go somewhere
As she straps on her shoes, and takes that first step, her Journey began
The chinese proverb says: A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step
And as she travels – her experiences unfold into varied and colorful Stories.
Join Cornerstone Communicators Adavanced Toastmasters and learn to spin tales to connect with others in this Art of Storytelling Workshop: Every Journey is a Story

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September 6, 2021
Make Us Laugh - Host : Coralie Francis 06 September 2021

Cornerstone Communicators Advanced ToastmatersOur next meeting is Monday 6th August.

We all know that humour is a great way to 

         engage an audience,  

                        build rapport, 

                                     bring a speech to life 

                                                  and entertain in any situation…..

 It is not always easy, but with practice we can all get better at it and reap benefits in so many ways. 

– There is nowhere better to practice than a Cornerstone Toastmaster meeting…..

This is going to be a different type of meeting, based on an Open Mike event and with Table Topics!

Share your………… Tall Tales, Stand-up anecdotes and jokes, our short Funny Stories 

Our Host for this session will be Coralie

Speaking slots are limited, make sure you book yours (3 to 6 minutes)

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August 23, 2021
Your Invitation Murder Mystery Event 23 August

Improv Monday
  Wedding Murder Mystery – Whodunit?

A Wedding Whodunit.  You are invited to the wedding of Thomas De Clancy and will be given a character to play for the wedding speeches.  But while we listen to the wedding speeches the famous De Clancy diamonds go missing.  Who has stolen them?  This will be an evening of improvised speeches and deductions.CLICK HERE >>>RSVP<<<

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August 16, 2021
SNAP & Consensus

Join our Club Members for Mondays meeting it’s about Goals, Growth and Supporting.

We are running a consensus “Are Hybrids worth it?”  Have your say it is a dynamic and creative decision making process.  The future is in the hands of our members and we’d like you to join us as a guest to find out how this impacts you as a visitor.

The SNAP session is opportunity for us to share our own personal objectives and matching for partnership working together on projects and/or offering support.

Matching Goals, Skills, and Experience so that, as members, we can grow together.

We prepare to present, evaluate and polish our skills inspiring excellence in communiction and leadership.  Register for your place now.

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August 2, 2021
The Art Of Rhetoric with guest speaker Guy Doza

Learn the art of rhetoric

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July 26, 2021
Improv night - The Balloon Debate

Special meeting focused on improvisational skills

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July 5, 2021
New Year - New Goals

For the first meeting of the new Toastmasters year, we’ll be discussing our members’ goals and making plans for the next 12 months

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June 21, 2021
Making LinkedIn an effective platform for yourself and your Toastmasters club

A workshop designed to inform, inspire and empower us to make the most out of LinkedIn.

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June 14, 2021

Join Cornerstone members and invited guests for a marathon evening of speeches and helpful evaluations


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June 7, 2021
Dealing with anxiety in public speaking

Lynne Wilkins, Career Coach, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, President of North Herts Speakers and Cornerstone Club Member, presents a workshop demonstrating how we can handle our fears and speaks with inner confidence.

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May 31, 2021
Improv night

Special meeting focused on improvisational skills

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May 17, 2021
Let's debate

An evening dedicated to the subtle art of debate

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May 17, 2021
Annual General Meeting

Join us for the election of our club’s executive committee


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May 10, 2021
Members only: Around the coffee table

A time to chat informally and get to know each other over a cuppa. This is an event for Cornerstone members only.

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May 3, 2021
Workshop on YouTube

Learn all about YouTube in this fascinating workshop

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April 26, 2021
Improv night

Special meeting focused on improvisational skills

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April 19, 2021
So you want to be a DTM?

Learn about the journey to becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster

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March 29, 2021
Speech contests
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March 22, 2021
Impromptu Speaking mini-workshop

Workshop presented by Cornerstone Club Member Anna Fitzmaurice.

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March 15, 2021
Practice Makes Perfect

Join us for this engaging evening of speeches, evaluations and Table Topics.  This meeting will be focused on helping our members’ put their improved skills into practice.

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March 1, 2021
The art of storytelling

Guest speaker Kingi Biddle, World Championship of Speaking Finalist, shared his secrets on the art of telling stories

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February 16, 2021
Your Engaging Voice - Maximise your Impact as you Speak!

Special event by Watford Speakers. This workshop is delivered by Andrew P Bennett DTM FTCL LTCL ANEA FRSA, an internationally experienced opera singer and public speaker. He is a qualified voice / public speaking coach for speakers and singers.

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February 15, 2021
Striding along

Join our club members as they enhance their public speaking skills and receive insightful feedback in the form of open evaluation from other experienced members

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February 1, 2021
Handling difficult situations and difficult people

In this interactive event, Steve Catchick gave us tips that can help us in business and everyday life

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January 25, 2021
Members only: Around the coffee table

A time to chat informally and get to know each other over a cuppa. This is an event for Cornerstone members only.

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January 18, 2021
Getting started in stand up

We were all full of smiles and laughter during this entertaining and informative workshop by Coralie Frances.

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January 4, 2021
New Year, New Path

A fun and engaging start to the year.  Five of our club members decided to embark on new Paths in the Toastmasters Pathways programme in order to expand their horizons.

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December 7, 2020
Festive Improvisations

A festive improvisation session led by Clifford Hurst. There were plenty of fun and games, and limericks galore!

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November 16, 2020
Evaluation Masterclass - with James Wantz

An excellent evaluation workshop delivered by guest speaker James Wantz of Feedbackers Toastmasters.

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November 2, 2020
Online meetings workshop & club member speeches

David Phelops delivered a fascinating presentation on how to give your online meetings a little more pizzazz!

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October 19, 2020
Your Dream Speech - Presentation & Performance

This meeting was focused on developing club members’ presentation skills

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October 5, 2020
How to Speak at and Organise a TEDx Event

Have you always wanted to know more about what’s involved in a TED Talk and a TEDx event? At this meeting, the members and guests of Cornerstone found out!  

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September 21, 2020
Contests Made Simple workshop

This event was focused on helping our members maximise your public speaking success and organise top-quality contests

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September 7, 2020
World Class Speaking - how to stand out!

In this highly interactive workshop, Theresa Dukes past International Director of Toastmasters International, provided practical tips and live coaching to help our members become world class speakers.

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August 17, 2020
Pathways - the good, the bad and the indifferent (panel discussion)

Cornerstone members and guests found out how to maximise their  success and avoid important pitfalls in this lively and informative session.

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March 2, 2020
Contest tips by a World Champion

2015 World Speaking Champion, Mohammed Qahtani, provided Cornerstone members and guests with advice on how to succeed in speech contests.

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February 17, 2020
Impromptu speaking workshop with Bob Ferguson

Ever been stuck for words?  Not anymore!

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January 20, 2020
Conducting Productive and Successful Meetings

This engaging and educational workshop helped our members develop their leadership by learning how to conduct productive and successful meetings, in any context.

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