Post written by Jane Cameron DTM, President Thistle Speakers

What a great Thistle meeting last Wednesday – many thanks to all who helped and especially to CapCom for their hospitable hosting. There were over 20 in the audience.

We heard Paul Bailey deliver an intriguing tale about the challenges of Winston Churchill in the ‘Bringing History to Life’ speech from the Story Telling Manual.

Then Conor Hunter entertained us with a speech involving addiction, bereavement and redemption (from the Humorously Speaking Manual, yes – really!).

Conor will represent Division S (Scotland) with this speech at D71 Humorous Speech Finals in Belfast on Saturday 8th November, competing against 7 other Division Finalists – all our very best wishes go with him!

We had expert speech evaluations from Sheila Fraser, Neil McLure, and Max Ridder-Patrick; Eoin McDunphy challenged us to deliver high quality speeches – in our two minute Table Topics;  and Edwyn Newman was general Evaluator.  Gerry Dunn expertly kept us in order as TME.

  • Further Thistle Plans:
    Next Thistle meeting on 10th December in Glasgow, Jury’s Inn (Jamaica Street, near Central Station – “mistletoe and wine” meeting theme!
  • Continue to promote the Advanced Communication Programme in our clubs and help celebrate achievement of the AC Awards.
  • Further effective speech evaluations with our round-table evaluations.

Stop Press: extra Thistle meetings are being discussed to offer more speaking opportunities for our Thistle members so please keep planning your next advanced speeches.

I look forward to seeing you at the next Thistle Meeting – onwards and upwards for Toastmasters in Scotland!

Jane Cameron DTM is President of Thistle Speakers and a member of Southside Speakers, Glasgow. To find out more about Jane go to