Toastmasters and Masters of Ceremonies
that will take great care of you at your event or on your special occasion
Welcome to the English Toastmasters Association main web site
We are different because we care about you.....
For any enquiries please call 07971 409977 at any time
This site will be useful to you if you are one of the following people.
Would you like to Book a Toastmaster
If you are running any type of event and would like the services of a professional toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies to help with the smooth running and success of your function.
Events covered but not restricted to this list include;- Masonic Ladies Festivals, Gala Events, Banquets, Civic and Civil Occasions, Dinners and Charity events of all kinds.
Professional Toastmasters for Hire for your Wedding or Corporate Function to help and care for YOU and YOUR guests.
Please go to the OUR TOASTMASTERS page and select a toastmaster from our list of members.
Would you like to attend a Toastmaster Training Course
If you want to train to be a professional toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies to help with the smooth running and success of any types of functions.
Harder is sometimes easier. If you want to train to be a toastmaster, please read our Code of Ethics first.
If you agree that they are for you, you will be trained to the highest standards.
If you do not agree with them, please save yourself a phone call.
Other organisations do not have the same standards and we are proud of ours.
Please go to our TOASTMASTER COURSES page and see what we have to offer and read some of the testimonials from over 80 very happy clients who have attended our toastmaster courses and training days or phone 07971 409977 or 01245 222392 now for a friendly chat and helpful advice.
Our Members, professional toastmasters or Master of Ceremonies please go to our Toastmasters Training Monthly Meetings Page to see our Forthcoming Events List for members or go to our ETA Members Area and use your login details to obtain access. There is always new information to help you gain the edge.
ETA Members MasterMind Group - Next Meetings
9.00am for 9.30am at Danbury unless stated otherwise
Wednesday 29th May 2013
Preparing for wedding
fairs, including - a fair price for your stand, how to dress and collateral for your stand etc.
Thursday 27th June 2013
Would you like to book a toastmaster? - Our quality professional toastmasters are available for all types of events.
Experience the difference and all that is best in our profession from the Association that cares for our member toastmasters and their clients!
Some of our latest news items.
Facebook and our members
A very warm welcome back to Colin Whitehead from Colchester, Essex
Colin is an experienced toastmaster who took some time out but is now back with his friends
and colleagues and is ready to look after you on your special occasion.
We have to make a statement about several of our members who appear on Facebook.
Some of our members are getting angry calls from other toastmasters because we are giving away too many tips to brides and bride grooms who are getting married, before they are placing bookings for our services.
We are being told that we are doing too much without being paid for our advice.
Some of our members have been removed from various groups for being too helpful and kind.
If you are missing the most helpful and kind toastmasters from your group, please let your group administrator know if you would like them to be reinstated.
This may be due to pressure from other toastmasters who do not work to the same standards as our members.
Most, if not all of our members are happy to help anyone who needs professional help and advice.
From our central office and headquarters, we will do anything to improve on the quality of services offered by our member toastmasters to their clients and anyone seeking help and information to make sure they get an extra special wedding or event.
All our members work to a strict and published Code of Ethics to raise the standards in all areas of our work.
We are not sorry for trying to give more and better services to our clients and to generally raise the standards of conduct and service for our clients.
If you need any help whatsoever with your wedding or function, we will be pleased to offer free help and advice at any time.
Please also note that our contracts do not specify that you should feed us or offer us any extra gratuities whatsoever.
It is our honour and pleasure to serve you.
Thank you for your attention to this notice....
and please let us know if you feel that we may be able to help you.
Working on Dry Land
Cheryl-Ann Robbins completed her toastmaster training in May 2013 and came to our Association having had plenty of experience running events of many different types and sizes to extremely high standards on cruise liners travelling the world.
We wish Cheryl-Ann every success with her work as a toastmaster covering many different types of events both locally and throughout the world.
I am pleased to have received a very kind testimonial from Cheryl-Ann which reads as follows.
Dear Richard, I just wanted to write to thank you so very much for the wonderful experience that both Tyrone and myself had on the course.
I learnt so much both on how not to do things, and at the same time how to go that extra mile and not only do the job, but do it with extra style. I'm really looking out for all the extra things we can do to make the day even more special.
I really appreciated Linda coming in, it was extremely helpful spending time with a female toastmaster and hearing things from her.
Between you I have left feeling inspired and raring to get started. With the standards you have taught me I look forward to becoming an excellent toastmaster and keeping The English Toastmasters Association name in high standing.
The fact that you were so welcoming to Tyrone meant so much to both of us. He thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent chatting with you, and he is still talking about the curry, Thai food and the tea you kept making him.
I really look forward to meeting up with you and Linda in the future and having the opportunity of meeting the rest of the team.
Thank you once again for everything, Best wishes Cheryl-Ann and Tyrone.
The Royal Society of St. George celebrates St. George's Day
at The Speaker of The House of Commons State Apartments
Our Branch of The Royal Society of St. George was honoured to be invited to celebrate St. Georges Day in wonderful company.
The members of The Royal Society work so hard at their headquarters in Loughton Essex. They put so much time and passion into their work to showcase and support all that is the best of our English heritage and Englishness in so many forms. We will be dedicating a page on this site to keep you up to date with our work and support for this charity, which we feel is absolutely in line with our own ethos.
Thank you for making us feel so welcome and special at your wonderful celebrations.
The English Toastmasters Association St. George's Day Meeting
at The County Hotel, Chelmsford Thursday 18th April 2013
Wow! What a day. Great company. Interesting agenda. New members.
Wonderful guests including -
The Lord Lieutenant of Essex - Lord Petre www.ingatestonehall.com
From The Royal Society of St. George - The Chairman Cliff Trowse, Vice President John Clemence with Marianne Clemence and General Secretary Elizabeth Lloyd www.royalsocietyofstgeorge.com
The great grandson of William Knightsmith ( the first toastmaster to wear the red long tailcoat ) Patrick Stevenson
Charles Joseph MBA Dip.M ARPS Emotions in Vision photography www.emotionsinvision.co.uk
Sara Kaur assistant, working with The English Toastmasters Association
On the 18th April 2013, The English Toastmasters Association received
our Royal Foundation Charter from the Chairman of the Royal Society of St. George.
Presented to the members of the Danbury Branch, The English Toastmasters Association at
The County Hotel, Chelmsford in the presence of The Lord Lieutenant of Essex - Lord Petre
The picture below shows The Lord Lieutenant of Essex - Lord Petre, presenting Roger Unsworth from Swindon, Wiltshire, with his framed membership certificate. Roger is our latest toastmaster to complete his training and after 35 years in the RAF, has plenty of experience of running events of many different types and sizes to extremely high standards. Also in the picture are Patrick Stevenson (left) and Richard Palmer (right), who both wish Roger every success with his work as a toastmaster covering many different types of events both locally and throughout the world.
Our sincere thanks go to Charles Joseph for the wonderfuf photographs of our meeting. www.emotionsinvision.co.uk
Five Town Criers from the English Toastmasters Association
in Ipswich on Wednesday 10th April 2013
“HEAR ALL ABOUT IT” ITS ALL ABOUT THE IPSWICH APP!
On behalf of Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council & White Space PR
Visitors to Ipswich might be wondering why there were several Town Criers in the town centre. We were announcing the arrival of the new All About Ipswich App, now available to download for free from the App store.
Town Criers were used as the chief means of communication in towns dating back to the 18th Century, ringing a bell and making public announcements on the street; a far cry from the way we communicate now. Communication has moved on in leaps and bounds, especially since the birth of the internet and mind-boggling technological advancements. With over a third of the adult population of the UK now using smartphones on a daily basis it is clear that these devices have changed the way people communicate and consume brands forever.
Previously, visitors and residents looking for information online about Ipswich had to visit a number of websites to try and gain a complete understanding of the town and its events, amenities and activities. Without a clear, consistent identity, it could often be a confusing experience for the consumer.
The launch of the app and the All About Ipswich brand signals a new era in communication for Ipswich, placing the town firmly in the digital age and showing a real commitment to proactively marketing the town to visitors – both new and returning.
Our team from The English Toastmasters Association, left to right - Jim Cattermole, Keith Bone, Richard Palmer, Chris Bradley and Ralph Heijmer
Our first new lady toastmaster
to have completed her training this year is -
Mandie Adams McGuire from Twickenham, Middlesex
You will find Mandie brings a host of outstanding skills ranging from public
speaking to advanced event management that make her the perfect professional
choice for all your event requirements - She also brings that sparkle into any
room with her charisma, enthusiasm and sensitivity.
Mandie started out as
a fully trained professional actress performing at theatres across the country
including the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and The Royal National Theatre, London,
thus making her a special addition to your event as she is an adaptable and
relaxed public speaker.
Mandie has also
been a Sessional Registrar for Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships
for several years, which she continues to do and enjoy. In this role she has
been a stand-out member of staff, ensuring personal touches and putting in a
great deal of thought to fulfill clients dreams for the most memorable day
possible - from seeking out a special poem related to the couple, to adapting
vows for that sense of personality and intimacy of a moment being shared.
Please send in your articles or advise of anything interesting and newsworthy.
A very big welcome
English Toastmasters Association
goes to our second toastmaster
to join us in 2013
Keith came to our January MasterMind Group meeting before starting his training, giving him an introduction into the ways our Association works.
We all share our experiences and learn together and this has helped to get Keith off to a flying start in his new career.
Keith had already experienced work toastmastering at weddings and decided to formalise his training with our Association.
Keith commented "I have thouroughly enjoyed my training and am very excited to get cracking in my role as a toastmaster and to assist and share in my clients' happy occasions."
Keith is based in East Ham, East London and is happy to travel throughout Essex, London and the home counties to be your toastmaster.
A very big welcome
English Toastmasters Association
goes to our first new toastmaster in 2013
Neil Riley from Barkestone - Le - Vale in Nottinghamshire and has had over 15 years of experience working in banquetting with in excess of 350 weddings personally managed from arrival of guests through to the first dance.
With a complete understanding of the complexities of wedding management, Neil now wishes to take his client services to a new level of personal service for his brides and grooms.
Neil identified that our course would increase his knowledge apertaining to become a toastmaster.
Neil's comments are as follows. "The course suited me as it followed my kind of delivery - relaxed but highly informative."
Neil went on to comment, " No one should think twice about attending this course. It will indeed be a pleasure to be a part of the English Toastmasters Association family. Both Richard and Linda are true professionals.
Fantastic Christmas MasterMind Group Quiz
What a day! It was great to be with such a fantastic group of toastmasters, having fun, learning together and networking.
Our Association is way out in front when it comes to real teamwork.
The first two questions took over two and a half hours to answer and gave everyone food for thought.
By pulling together and sharing our experience and knowledge, we all help each other to achieve greater results and a higher level of professionalism to benefit our clients.
We put together two tremendous lists of equipment must haves when we are working, which will offer our clients the best possible service facilities and the ultimate level of care.
Well done everyone for sharing, caring, networking and enjoying being part of a great team.
Our special thanks go to Charles Joseph for the great photos of our meeting yesterday and for joining us for a great day.
Charles website is well worth a visit at emotionsinvision.co.uk Charles is based in Rayleigh in Essex and is a great alround photographer and great guy to get to know.
The English Toastmasters Association
are proud to be forming our own branch of
The Royal Society of St. George
"The Premier Patriotic Society of England"
Incorporated by Royal Charter Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
Our Branch will be officially launced at our
St. George's Day Meeting
18th April 2013 at The County Hotel, Chelmsford
and will be known as
Danbury Branch, The English Toastmasters Association
The Royal Society of St. George
The details for our foundation meeting have now been confirmed after our meeting with Mr. Cliff Trowse
on Tuesday 12th February 2013 at the Headquarters of......
Society of St. George, Enterprise House, 10 Church Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1LA England
A big thank you for your hospitality and we look forward to welcoming you to our St George's Day Meeting
To contact The Royal
Society of St. George Tel: 020 3225 5011 Fax: 020 8508 4356 mailto:email@example.com
Sabrage with our toastmasters
L-R Mark Wilding, Ralph Heijmer, Russell Rainger and John Driscoll
The picture shown left was kindly taken by David Court
Licentiate of the British
Institute of Professional Photography,
Maître Sabreur - La Confrérie du Sabre
Corporate Supporter of St
Fellow member of The English Toastmasters Association
Confrérie du Sabre d’Or
and the English Toastmasters Association
On Monday 22nd October 2012, I attended a meeting of the English Toastmasters Association at the County Hotel, Chelmsford, where in my capacity as Connétable & Maître Sabreur La Confrérie du Sabre d’Or I intronised four Toastmasters as Sabreurs in the Confrérie, they having each Sabraged a bottle of Champagne.
Two Firsts for The English Toastmasters Association
Public liability Insurance for members who offer Sabrage
and for members who are Town Criers
Members that are registered for Sabrage will have their pictures in an additional gallery on our members page.
The proceedures needed before performing this activity
and before being included on our PLI insurance will be as follows;-
1. Clear guidelines are to be followed. These will be in writing and are to be carried by the member performing Sabrage.
2. Rigorous Health & Safety procedures for this activity are to be in place.
3. Risk assessments are to be carried out and the appropriate documentation is to be on hand when you are working.
4. Fully trained toastmasters only may perform these activities. To be fully trained the toastmaster must be a current member of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or. This means that our members offering this service have been trained by an appropriate member of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or and will hold a membership certificate from the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or, which they will carry for inspection whilst working.
Members who have their own insurance will be required to show that insurance before performing Sabrage and will not be covered by our policy until they are listed on our members page. There are no members currently listed as being covered by our insurance and further details will follow when all procedures are in place.
And the second first
Members that are registered for Town Crying will have their pictures in an additional gallery on our members page.
Similar proceedures as for Sabrage will need to be in place and all details will follow shortly.
Remember the headline "Introducing the UK’s youngest Asian Toastmaster – Arjun Desai"
Well here is the latest news - UK’s youngest Asian Toastmaster – Arjun Desai now married
at Hedsor House, Taplow, Buckinghamshire on Tuesday 20th November 2012
Our congratulations go to the new Mr. Arjun & Mrs. Kavita Desai
and well done Howard for your sterling work
Our clothing supplier is now working as a toastmaster
Having completed his training course as a specialist wedding toastmaster,
Howard Marco from Toastmasterclothing.co.uk is now working as a toastmaster.
Howard has many years experience of running events and helping people to present themselves.
Being a long term member of BNI, Howard understands how announcements have to be made to get the best results. He is also a master of Dress and Presentation.
Howard takes a keen interest in getting our uniform right and now stocks a fuller range of toastmaster clothing, including High Waisted Trousers and Red Waistcoats, which are sometimes difficult to obtain. The importance of getting our uniform right makes the difference between looking a mess and being the smartest toastmaster on the planet.
Another stunning testimonial regarding our
Toastmaster Training Courses
Testimonial from John Driscoll re: ETA Training
Hi Richard and Linda,
Thank you for your patience in responding back to you following completion of my successful training and membership to the English Toastmaster Association (ETA), affiliated to the Royal Society of St. George.
To others considering undertaking training with you both I would say this…”it certainly did what it said on the tin!” The evidence for this was completion of the training on the Monday, collection of my uniform from a London supplier on the Friday and on the way home I received an unexpected call from a hotel in Lincolnshire who needed a Toastmaster for a wedding the next day as they had been let down at the last minute!
Thank you Richard for putting my details on the ETA website so soon after completion of my training! My first wedding which I will be writing up for ETA members went really well and the intensive and personalised attention throughout my training gave me that confidence to come up with the goods on the day.
In my opinion Richard and Linda are the perfect role models for facilitating the toastmaster training with their previous experience, active support throughout and attention to every last detail. I really feel I have joined a family of Toastmasters in the ETA as well as a professional network. The inclusion of optional monthly seminars as part of ETA membership is an excellent idea and promotes a sense of camaraderie and peer development for Toastmasters that makes it stand well above other similar organisations.
I look forward to making a useful contribution in the ETA and in promoting excellence with my future clients…one of the obvious intentions of the ETA. Thank you Richard and Linda for beginning as professional toastmaster facilitators and ending as what I am sure will now be a lifelong friendship.
I will fully endorse Richard and Linda’s ETA training within my own circle of influence and I am sure you will continue to go from strength to strength. Keep up the good work and for giving me an excellent start on my Toastmaster journey.
Member Toastmaster from Kent Jim Cattermole Performing Town Crier duties on
The Wright Stuff 9th July 2012
Meeting and training in Bath July 2012
On the evening of Sunday 8th July 2012 Huw Sullivan received his certificates for training and membership of the English Toastmasters Association
Huw's details may be found on his member's page
Richard and Linda Palmer stayed in Bath for a three day training session, followed by a meeting with Roger Knight from Somerset, one of our members.
For more information about joining our Association please call 07971 409977 at any time.
English Toastmaster in Norfolk
Having returned from training in Norfolk, I have to make the comment that our new member, John Driscoll, pictured above, who lives in Overstrand near Cromer has some most excellent accomodation if you fancy a relaxing break.
John and his wife Anne are able to offer self catering appartments in the lovely and unspoilt village of Overstrand with excellent walks along the coast or in the country. John is of course available for all sorts of events, especially for Weddings and Masonic Ladies Festivals and will be pleased to talk to you about your requirements. If you are looking for the Norfolk Toastmaster John is a member of The English Toastmasters Association.
A New Chapter in the History of the English Toastmasters Association is Evolving.
We have started a new section in our Association that sits well with much of our work as toastmasters.
Headed by David Court BA(Hons) MBA PGCertEd
Maître Sabreur et Connétable d’Essex - La Confrérie du Sabre
Fellow of the
English Toastmasters Association
David and some of our members are pleased to add a touch of sparkle to any function. Sabrage is an ideal talking point and photo opportunity which brings a wow to your wedding, fund raiser or corporate event. For something different that will be remembered and enjoyed by your guests give Sabrage a try.
Around two hundred years ago in France, the dashing young cavalry officers in the
French Army would slice the top off the Champagne bottles complete with the cork using their sabres, rather
than put themselves to the effort of removing the wire basket and easing out the
cork. The art of Sabrage is meeting the glass annulus at the top of the
bottle below the cork with a firm tap of the sabre's edge, at the weakest point
of the glass seam in the bottle.
Founded in France in 1986 the Confrérie du Sabre d'Or has a
serious purpose in promoting the enjoyment of Champagne and the lifestyle of
fine wining and dining. Opening a bottle with a sabre adds to the occasion and
makes it more memorable.
David Court is a Maitre Sabreur and Fellow of the
English Toastmasters Association, he is able to attend private functions
throughout Essex, London and the Home Counties to bring sabrage your guests,
intronising them into the Confrérie du Sabre d'Or (The Order of the Golden
Sabre) with a French Briquette Sabre that could well have seen action at
In our Association we have a growing number of members that offer this service. These members include
David Court, Richard Palmer, Linda Palmer, Jonathan and Nikki Curran, Mark Wilding, Ralph Heijmer, Russel Rainger and John Driscoll
Introducing the UK’s youngest Asian Toastmaster – Arjun Desai
We are delighted to introduce to you the UK’s youngest Asian Toastmaster and the perfect host for your upcoming event, Arjun Desai. As a fully fledged member of the English Toastmaster Association and an expert in all things etiquette, Arjun has the expertise to ensure your occasion is the height of sophistication.
Enlisting the services of a professional and experienced toastmaster such as Arjun Desai will give your occasion......
This article was taken from bhangra.org web site. Please read more on Arjuns's web page http://www.englishtoastmasters.co.uk/toastmasters/AsianToastmasterArjunDesai.php
Contact The English Toastmasters Association or any of our toastmasters directly for the highest level of client focussed services.
We are the only Association for toastmasters to offer ongoing support and a structured career development path for the life of our members.
We are often being asked the question
"Why should I train to be a toastmaster with The English Toastmasters Association, especially as there seem to be so many other organisations for toastmasters?".
Because we are the only Association to offer a structured training path for toastmasters to train and continue to learn, whilst networking with other toastmasters and event professionals in our line of work.
Because we also have and publish more testimonials from the toastmasters that we have trained, about the quality and care involved in our training than any other organisation that trains toastmasters.
Because we are stronger with our marketing for our members and with our help to develop and guide our members with their own web sites.
Because we are the only toastmaster's Association to have our own training facilities in our Headquarters in Essex.
Because we centre the way we work around the Quality Standard ISO 2001 : 2008 which is held by one of our founder members for the quality of his work as a toastmaster.
We have listed 30 other Associations and Organisations for toastmasters on this site.
Some are well established and some are new, newer or lesser known. Three Associations have only either one or two members each, so are hardly organisations for toastmasters, just giving that appearance for their one or two members.
Some may give themselves official sounding titles which bear no relevance to the level of service that they provide to their customers.
One actually has a President, even though it has only one member.
Some Associations do not provide Public Liability Insurance for their members.
Some organisations are now being quite lapse with the standards of their members' uniforms and if you are not careful you may get a toastmaster who is not properly turned in our smart and correct uniforms.
Quality Professional Toastmasters
A testimonial with a difference, which may in part help to explain the way that our Association works to get the best possible results for everyone involved with your function.
The Picture above, which was taken by David Court, is of Toastmaster Chris Woods ( a former Naval Commander ), who was the toastmaster for the evening with retired Gurkha Captain, Gaubahadur Gurung at Carver Barracks, Former RAF Base, Debden, ( Near Saffron Waldon ) Essex
Dear Richard & Linda,
Tang Ting Twinning Association Anniversary Dinner - Saturday 25th June 2011
I would like to thank you both for all the help and assistance you provided for the above event which helped make the evening so enjoyable and such a success.
Introducing me to Chris Woods to act as toastmaster was a stroke of genius on your part as you were absolutely right - he fitted the bill perfectly. I am assuming that you "tailor make" all your toastmasters to fit each occasion as well as Chris fitted ours!
Your introduction to David Court ( who is an Honoury fellow member of The English Toastmasters Association) was also very much appreciated. His photographs were remarkable and his unobtrusive presence ensured that even the most camera shy were happy to be photographed. David's generosity in allowing his photographs to be downloaded has already secured a £100.00 donation.
I would also like to thank Linda for all her help and support and for attending the event. It made such a difference to have someone gliding demurely and discretely around the room checking small details and providing a helping hand wherever necessary.
I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you have both put in to bring supporters to the charity. Yet again, I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending both of you to anyone, regardless of the type or size of event, as I know you work above and beyond to make every occasion special.
With kindest regards Tina Knight, District Councillor for the Wards of Debden and Wimbish, President of the Tang Ting Twinning Association.
This kind testimonial to the members of our Association shows in part how our members all work together to provide the highest possible services for our clients.
We have many testimonials such as this one, which go a long way to show the quality and standard of our members. We are an Association that cares about our members, the community at large and the quality of the services that we offer to our clients.
If you are looking for excellent services, you could not do better that use our members services to help you at your event. Please go to http://www.englishtoastmasters.co.uk/toastmasters.php where you will find some of the best toastmasters in the business.
For a no obligation chat please call 01245 222392 or 07971 409977 at any time.
The English Toastmasters Association is the most proactive Association for toastmasters in many ways, including offering ongoing training and support for our members. Help, support and advice to our members' clients is also available if and when required.
Through continual training and development our members are able to offer a higher level of service to their clients.
South Wales toastmaster Steve Phelps being presented with his membership and course certificates at our August seminar. The regular monthly seminars are seen to be of great value to our members and help us all to develop our skills and form stronger bonds within our Association by networking and sharing experiences.
The English Toastmasters Association is unique in the way that we continue the training and development of our members with monthly Master Mind Group meetings throughout the year. We all work together to develop and bring a new level of professionalism into our work. We are proud to share our experiences to the benefit of each other as we all help each other to attain new levels of understanding of our craft.
The English Toastmasters Association is the closest team of professionals in the toastmasters' profession that are working together for the benefit of our clients. We all believe that we will never stop learning and improving our services to make sure that our clients get the best service at their functions, from the toastmasters that care.
Some of our members comments about our meetings;-
Jude Garland likes a general chat section that helps us learn from each other and share our experiences.
James Lark also enjoys the general discussion sessions and requests that we repeat this.
Chris Edwards enjoys the tips and learning from our mistakes discussions and commented that the August seminar was his best seminar so far.
Roy Timms commented that the continued professional guidance is always useful in our professional and social environment.
Steve Phelps commented that he is glad he joined our Association and found all of the areas that were covered at the August seminar were useful and interesting.
For our clients -
We will start by attending your wedding ceremony or service, wherever it is being held, if you would like us to do so.
We will even go to your wedding practice, if you would like us to.
We like to find out what you want and then deliver excellence.
There is a very considerable difference between the way our members are trained to be toastmasters and look after you, compared to toastmasters who have been trained anywhere else.
You will find a totally dedicated membership here. You will notice the difference between the services our toastmasters will offer you and the service offered by any other toastmasters.
You will be made to feel special and at ease with the care that our toastmasters take to look after you.
Our members will be very pleased to spend time with you to make sure that they understand your needs.
Our members will be very pleased to attend your wedding, regardless of type, at any venue, to make sure that you get a whole new level of service.
Toastmasters Client Care
We do not take the fastest, easiest route to get the job done. Rather, we would like to make sure that we are giving you the ultimate experience of fine client focussed, professional service to the highest possible standards.
We have a published code of ethics to set the standards in this profession and bring our profession into the twenty first century. Expectations of standards and delivery of client services are higher now than ever before and the members of this Association are raising the bar.
Just one example of a new standard that is not agreed with in writing by any other Association, is that our members do not drink any alcohol whilst they are working. You may wonder why this is not a common standard in this profession - SO DO WE!
If you feel that we are wrong about this statement, let us know and we will be pleased to mention you here and publish your comments.
We have still had no comments, even from the Toastmasters General Council about what should be a common standard throughout our profession.
The original comment from the Council was, " This is a bit strict " and our comment was. "We consider this to be professional and a minimum standard for all toastmasters. "
Some movement relating to standards, but don't hold your breath!
Yesterday, 11th June 2012, I spoke to John Grosse who is the secretary of the Toastmasters General Council about this and some other subjects. Some members of the Council are discussing this subject at this present time. The general consensus on this subject by most of their members is that this is the right way to go, however they are being held back by a few of the older members. Why they do not take the right decision is beyond me, but they feel that they do not want to lose any members.
We also talked about the general standards in our industry and why the Toastmasters General Council have settled for low minimal standards.
The TGC state that "Organisations must satisfy the General Council
that their members are controlled by Rules and
that ensure an acceptable high standard of conduct, work and
Why not bite the bullet and raise the bar in this profession to offer all our clients a higher quality service that they can rely on? We publish these standards for all to see in this Association so that our clients know that they will get a top quality toastmaster that will care about what is important to every one of them.
Very simple items such as...
Patent Leather Shoes that have the best polish and shine. Not bulled shoes which are never as shiny.
Waistcoats that are pulled below the bottom of the red tailcoat jacket because the wearer will not buy the correct high waisted trousers.
Drinking whilst working, which is not acceptable in any other profession.
None of this is rocket science, but it is holding back the rest of our profession as being recognised as client caring professionals that cannot take a simple decision to get into the 21st century and up the standards.
Why would anyone not want to work to the highest standards?
Why would anyone not want to be the smartest toastmaster in the business?
Why would anyone not want to give their clients the absolute top rate service?
The only answers can be that they do not have the same care standards, self discipline and moitivation that the members of this Association strive to attain on behalf of our clients.
If you are a potential client, we believe that our toastmasters will be the best choice for any occasion where you need a true professional that will care about getting you the best result at your event!
We run regular toastmaster training courses on a one to one basis. This is to focus on the information that is important to you, according to your previous experience, existing knowledge and areas of interest.
Your training allows you to progress at the rate that you are comfortable with and you will not be held up or left behind because you are in a classroom situation. You do not have to be embarrassed when you want to ask a question that is important to you!
We continue our programme of training, support and networking for our members with monthly seminars. Each seminar covers a different area of our work or interests within our profession and helps our members that attend these events to reach higher standards of client care.
All refreshments, whilst you are training, attending meetings or seminars, are included and, if you are a member, within the costs of your annual membership fee.
For more information please call 01245 222392 or 07971 409977 at any time.
If you are a toastmaster and think that you are in for a quiet year this year, you probably will be. If you need help to find work as a toastmaster, that is, in part, what the English Toastmasters Association is here for. We are here for our members. Every month we run toastmaster training sessions in the form of half day Mastermind Meetings and complete, full day training meetings in April and October. We also offer our members toastmaster training on demand at our headquarters in Essex, backed up by telephone support at almost all times and included in the annual membership fee.
These training days and events are designed to get professional results in all areas of our work for the toastmasters that belong to our Association. The results are based on enjoying learning together and sharing our experiences to help each other to move forward in a constructive and enjoyable way. At the heart of the English Toastmasters Association we have a team of experts in virtually all aspects of business and business development.
The English Toastmasters Association believe that, if you work hard at being professional and aim to be at the top of our profession, there is no reason why you should not achieve your goals when you get the right help and support.
This does however mean making an effort. We have regular attendance at our meetings and we can see the professionalism shining through from the toastmasters that take advantage of the regular training events. For members who do not take up all the training, we understand that some have other commitments, however we are always here to help and support our members.
There are no qualifications for toastmasters that are recognised by any official educational bodies. Any talk of graduating after a course is somewhat of an over statement by the course providers. If you have taken years to get your degree you would feel insulted at being told that, someone has graduated after a few days training. Our 1 to 1 toastmaster training courses have more and better client testimonials that any other courses offered by any other toastmaster organisations. Please view these on our Toastmaster Training Courses Page.
We are told that our toastmaster training courses are the best in the business and our testimonials will show you what the attendees have said. We run our own toastmaster training school from our headquarters in Essex. Please see our testimonials.
We work very hard on our marketing for our members to give them a higher profile and to help them obtain work.
We are often complemented, even by our competitors on the fact that our marketing is first class and on the results our members achieve when finishing their courses.
We publish our code of ethics for all to see and as a means of improving client care and the perception of our toastmasters. We believe that we are the only organisation for toastmasters to include a non drinking whilst working clause in our Code of Ethics.
Please talk to us if you would like to find out how we may help you to become a toastmaster or to become a better or the best toastmaster.
Call Richard Palmer now on 01245 222392 or 07971 409977
for more information about hiring or becoming a toastmaster
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Please browse through our website where you will find information about the
English Toastmasters Association.
Our toastmasters offer services at weddings, dinners, charity events, corporate events and all types of functions. You will find all the information you need regarding our services as well as our promise to you, to deliver only the highest level of care and attention to you for your event or occasion.
If you are looking to hire a toastmaster please browse OUR TOASTMASTERS where you are welcome to contact any of our members directly.
If you are considering learning to become a toastmaster, please feel free to contact us at your convenience to discuss your requirements, you will find detailed information about our courses on this page in the right hand column.
Are you looking for an excellent wedding toastmaster or a toastmaster to look after you for your corporate function or special occasion?
Are you looking for that special toastmaster that will go the extra mile for you and that you can trust?
You are in the right place to find the best possible services, please read on......
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Toastmasters that are here to serve you!
We are here to help you with your wedding, function or special occasion and to make sure that you get the day of your dreams. The English Toastmasters Association has some of the best and most caring people in the business; London is within reach of many of our members. It was in London that the red tailcoat was first worn by the very famous toastmaster, William Knightsmith in 1894. Since that time it has been adopted as our uniform. We are proud of our heritage and may be seen as being the guardians of etiquette; however, we are here to work for our clients in the way and in the style that you determine. We will never forget that we are working at Your event and we are honoured to do so and are here for and to serve YOU.
There are many old-school toastmasters who may think that they are at your function just to make announcements. At the English Toastmasters Association our members offer so much more. If you are holding an event such as a wedding, where it is important that you get things right, for both your own comfort and the comfort of your guests, choosing the right toastmaster is the best way to make sure that you get what you want. The duties that we are happy to undertake may be as extensive as you wish to make them.
Our passion is to make your dreams a reality
You will find that our members are passionate about the services that they will offer you. You should expect the best from our members, with a great deal of care and attention to detail from each one of them. You will get a higher level of personalised and caring services to make sure that you feel pampered on your special day. We are all trained to the very highest standards of care for you. Our services are very much more than some of the old-fashioned toastmasters would deliver. Our aim is to make sure that Your function is looked after in the style and way that You want!
A toastmaster is not properly dressed without a smile!
All of the members of The English Toastmasters Association (who reside in the UK) are automatically covered by £5,000,000.00 Public Liability Insurance provided by Hiscox insurance Company.