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01245 222392 & 07971 409977

Toastmasters and   Masters of Ceremonies

that will take great care of you at your event or on your special occasion

Toastmaster Training Courses and Toastmaster Training

for Professional Toastmasters and Masters of Ceremonies

Welcome to the

English Toastmasters Association main web site

We care about you and are here to serve you

For any enquiries regarding our Association

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?

Some of the best toastmasters in the country will be found here

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.

Excellent list of Toastmasters for weddings and functions of all types

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Would you like to attend a Toastmaster Training Course

and gain the edge

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. You are in the right place.

We are not Toastmasters International

We are not a training organisation for people that wish to be better at public speaking.

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 invited to train 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.

You are assured of ongoing support and training at times to suit you whilst you are a member.

WE KEEP LEARNING, SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND IMPROVING OUR PROFESSIONALISM

Please go to our TOASTMASTER COURSES page and see what we have to offer and read some of the testimonials from over 100 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.

Go to our page for toastmaster training for people who would like to know about training courses

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An existing member of The English Toastmasters Association, professional toastmasters or Master of Ceremonies please go to our Toastmasters Training 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.

 

Our meetings for 2014

St. George's Day Meeting

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2PZ

9.00am for 9.15am start till 12.15

Breakfast available from 8.00am

This meeting will be in two halves.

We are breaking for a Celebration Luncheon - details as below

English Toastmasters Association

Danbury Branch of The Royal Society of St. George

St.Georges Day Celebration Luncheon

from 12.15pm until 2.15pm

Tickets for our luncheon will be available at £25.00 for non members of our Association

who are not attending our training day and non members of our Branch of The Royal Society of St. George

Please call 01245 222392 or 07971 409977 for details

Continuation of our ETA Meeting from 2.15pm until 5.15pm

We will be forming our Gentlemens's Choir to sing the Masonic Song to the Ladies

with Andrew West on the keyboard and directing the rendition

Linda Palmer will be taking a session for our lady members, who will get the first practiced version of our efforts.

Trafalgar Day Meeting

21st October 2014

County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2PZ

9.00am for 9.30am Start

Breakfast available from 8.00am

This meeting will be in two halves. (We are breaking for a Celebration Luncheon)

 

English Toastmasters Association

Danbury Branch of The Royal Society of St. George

Trafalgar Day Celebration Luncheon

from 12.15pm until 2.15pm

Tickets for our luncheon will be available for non members of our Association

who are not attending our training day and non members of our Branch of The Royal Society of St. George

You would be welcome to join in our celebration luncheon.

Please call 01245 222392 or 07971 409977 for details

Continuation of our ETA Meeting from 2.15pm until 5.15pm

 

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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.

 

On the 21st October 2013 we had our Trafalgar Day meeting

at The County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex

Toastmasters at lunch with the English Toastmasters Association Trafalgar Day meeting  Trafalgar day meeting for our toastmasters who are members of The Enflish Toastmasters Association

Every month we run a MasterMind Group meeting and in October we hold our meeting on Trafalgar Day at the County Hotel in Chelmsford, Essex.

Our meetings are to encourage networking and learning together in a structured environment.

We were pleased to invite Charles Joseph as our guest speaker and Charles kindly took some photos which included the two shown above.

By working and learning together we benefit from the experiences of our friends and colleagues and build relationships which lead to sharing work and improving our knowledge and professionalism.

Thank you to all our members and guests, with a very big thank you to the staff at the County Hotel, who are always excellent and provide fantastic food.

We are very pleased to recommend The County Hotel for their excellent service and hosting facilities.

We are pleased to showcase some of our members

Surrey, Sussex, Kent and London Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies Phil FrayneSurrey, Sussex, Kent and London Toastmaster

and Master of Ceremonies

Phil Frayne

I am a Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies available to support and help at your special event, whether it’s a wedding, Masonic Ladies Festival, civil ceremony, corporate occasion, sports event, awards ceremony, charity ball or trade show.

Whatever event you require my help with, you will receive a professional, dedicated, reliable and expert service to ensure an occasion to always remember and cherish, with the right balance of flexibility and formality.

Please contact me to discuss your particular requirements, with no obligation on 07774 150399.

or visit my page as the Surrey Toastmaster

 

Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Town Crier Les AmesCambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies Les AmesCambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and

Bedfordshire Toastmaster,

Master of Ceremonies and Town Crier

Les Ames

 

For your wedding or event I would be pleased to offer you my services as your toastmaster and will ensure that your function runs smoothly and in the way and style that suits you.

Call Les now on 07887 951358 and 01763 246805 or mouse here for more details

 

London Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies -

Toastmaster Roger Round receiving his training certificates from Linda Palmer, founder member of the English Toastmasters AssociationLondon, Surrey and Middlesex toastmaster Roger RoundRoger Round

 

By using my services as your toastmaster I will ensure that your wedding day or event is a pleasure for you and your guests.

With over 25 years experience working closely with my clients as a butler and concierge, I have now developed my skills as a toastmaster and master of ceremonies and am at youer service.

I will be pleased to make sure that you get the service that will allow you to relax and enjoy your event, knowing that you are in safe hands.

I have an eye for detail and derive great pleasure in seeing you and your guests happy and relaxed whilst enjoying your dream day or special event.

Call Roger now on 07454 394713 and 0208 570 1767

 

Hon. Fellow Member of The English Toastmasters Association Charles L Joseph ARPS Wedding PhotographerNew Honorary Fellow Member 

Charles L Joseph MBA Dip.M ARPS

At our Christmas meeting to day Tuesday 17th December 2013 Charles L. Joseph was made an Honorary Fellow Member of The English Toastmasters Association.  Charles is a professional wedding photographer based in Rayleigh, Essex.  Charles has worked closely with us over the past year and has helped with the provision of some excellent photographs for our Association and some of our members.  He is a most excellent photographer for weddings and coreporate work, as well as a stunning wildlife photographer.

Charles has been a real pleasure to work with and we are proud to introduce Charles as an Honorary Fellow Member of The English Toastmasters Association.

Thank you for your kindness to our Association and for your constant help, support and input.

Charles website may be found at emotionsinvision.co.uk and on 07887 730480

 

London Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies Carol JosephLondon Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies -

Carol Joseph

 

By using my services as your toastmaster I will ensure that your wedding day or event is a phenomenal experience for you and your guests.

With over 27 years experience working closely with my clients as a trainer and facilitator, I have developed my skills as a toastmaster and master of ceremonies, conference organiser and life skills coach. I will be pleased to make sure that you get the service that will allow you to relax and enjoy your event, knowing that you are in safe hands.

I have an eye for detail and derive great pleasure in seeing you and your guests happy and relaxed whilst at your dream day or special event.

Call Carol now on 07768 028719 and 01526 342084 or mouse here for more information London Toastmaster

 

Bristol and West Town CrierBristol and West Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies Mel BrooksBristol & West Toastmaster 

and Master of Ceremonies - Mel Brooks

Allow me to be your toastmaster or master of ceremonies for your special occasion and you will get the day of your dreams

I care passionately about your event and helping you to get the best day of your life. I may be working with you and for you long before your day.  I will be delighted to look after your function and treat it as a one off special which guarantees you an exceptional service.

I am equally at home in formal or more relaxed circumstances and have significant experience in event planning and co-ordination, ranging from intimate weddings to Royal visits.  I will make sure that your special event is as stress free and as well organised as it can be.

Mel is also pleased to be your town crier if you need any fast publicity or attention to a special event, including shop openings, new events, festivals, charity events and anywhere where you wish to have fast and interesting publicity.

Call Mel now on 07749 680545 and 0117 950 8913 or mouse here for more information Bristol and West Toastmaster

 

Lincolnshire Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies for your wedding or special occasionLincolnshire town crier Ben Bennett for your promotion or special ocassionBen Bennett from Lincolnshire

Ben is a friendly Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies

who will help you relax on your special day

 

Situated in Tattershall Lincolnshire, Ben also spends much of his time in London

and can be called upon for events in either location or further afield.

A true English gentleman with extensive experience of organisation

and a pedantic approach to detail, Ben is able to draw on his previous experiences

as a former SNCO in the RAF Regiment and employment in hospitality.

A genuine professional ready to serve makes Ben the ideal Toastmaster for you.

Call Ben now on 07768 028719 and 01526 342084 or mouse here for more information Lincolnshire Toastmaster

Ben also works as a town crier and his favourite place to work is in London

 

Toastmaster in Wiltshire Lizbeth Adams loves weddings and will help to make your event very special Lizbeth Adams from Wiltshire

If you would like to talk to Lizbeth about her services please have a look at her page for more information.

Please mouse here for The Wiltshire Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies

Lizbeth is also a director of musical productions

Give Lizbeth a call on 01793 346635  or 07970 320208 and she will help you to gain the edge

 

 

Hertfordshire toastmaster George Marshall loves weddings and Masonic Ladies FestivalsWe are pleased to welcome George Marshall from Hertfordshire

George has a real passion for quality service and loves taking care of his clients and their guests at weddings.

George is also pleased to offer his services for Masonic Ladies Festivals and having been through the chair, understands the importance of making your occasion even more special by taking great care of your proceedures and adding a special touch of celebration in a kind and thoughtful manner.

If you would like to talk to George about his services please have a look at his page for more information. Please mouse here for The Hertfordshire Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies or give George a call now on 07957 408337

 

Somerset wedding toastmaster and master of ceremoniesWe are pleased to welcome David Parker from Somerset

 

Since finishing his service career in the Royal Air Force, David has been employed as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and has conducted many marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.

 

David commented "I have enjoyed looking after the many brides and grooms who I have had the pleasure of marrying over the past five years.

 

I have enjoyed this work so much that I would like to do more for the happy couples that I will be working with in the future. I feel that I am ideally suited and experienced to provide you, as a potential client, with the excellent quality of service you would expect from a Toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies to make your day even more special". 

If you would like to talk to David about his services please have a look at his page for more information, please mouse here for The Somerset Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies or give David a call now on 07446 129356 or 01278 686582

 

 

We are pleased to welcome Ian Thornton from Holland on Sea, Essex

Ian Thornton, Town Crier with the mayor of Chelmsford's Chauffeur and Richard Palmer from the English Toastmasters AssociationEssex Toastmaster Ian Thornton for weddings, Masonic Ladies Festivals and all your special needsIan was the Town Crier in the city of Chelmsford on Monday 24th June to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress for a special celebration of twenty five years since the opening of Albion Court, Queens Street, Chelmsford, Essex

 

If you would like to talk to Ian about his services please have a look at his page for more information.

Please mouse here for The Essex Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies and Town Crier

Or give Ian a call now on 07956 316726 or 01255 813541

 

Our MasterMind Group on Thursday 27th June was also attended by Ian and George Marshall from the Met Police who joined us on the 24th July. Please see our members' page for more details.

If you are a toastmaster and are not busy and are wondering why, put yourself out there. As we used to say when I was a scout. "Do someone a good deed every day." It will all come back to you and will leave you with a warm and caring feeling.

You will meet great people that are helping their communities and they will talk about you and introduce you to their friends and their community.

This, to my mind, is a much better way to get yourself known and far more fun than sitting at a stand at a wedding fair.

 

Essex wedding and Masonic Toastmaster Colin WhiteheadA 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.

Call Colin now on 07836 283722 and 01206 868111 or mouse here for more information Essex Toastmaster

Our members

 

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. 

 

Working on Dry Land

Cheryl-Ann Robbins our new Toastmaster from East SussexCheryl-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 visit Westminster to celebrate St. George's Day English toastmaster Linda Palmer with Liz Lloyd from the Royal Society of St. George

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

Toastmasters meeting to celebrate St. George's Day at The County Hotel Chelmsford Essex  English Toastmasters with guests celebrating the launch of our new branch of The Royal Society of St. George

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

Town Criers form the English Toastmasters Association ringing the changes for new methods of communications.Town Criers being filmed in Ipswich working at the launch of the All About Ipswich App.

“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, 2nd left to right - Keith Bone, Richard Palmer, Chris Bradley and Ralph Heijmer

 

London Toastmaster Keith Bone receiving his certificates for training and membership of The English Toastmasters AssociationKeith Bone came to our January 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.

 

Nottinghamshire Toastmaster Neil Riley gets a big welcome to the family of The English Toastmasters Assocation as our first member to finish our training course in 2013Neil 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.

 

Toastmasters learning together and having fun at the same time.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 Royal Society of St. GeorgeThe English Toastmasters Association

are proud to have formed 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 was officially launced at our

St. George's Day Meeting

18th April 2013 at The County Hotel, Chelmsford

and is known as The English Toastmasters Association, Danbury Branch,

The Royal Society of St. George

The details for our foundation meeting were confirmed after our meeting with Mr. Cliff Trowse

on Tuesday 12th February 2013 at the Headquarters of......

The Royal Society of St. George, Enterprise House, 10 Church Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1LA England

 

A big thank you for your hospitality and we enjoyed 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:info@royalsocietyofstgeorge.com

 

Sabrage with members of the English Toastmasters AssociationSabrage 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 d’Or,

Corporate Supporter of St Francis Hospice,

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.

 

Toastmaster Training Course certificates presentationAnother 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.

John    www.norfolk-toastmaster.com

Meeting and training in Bath July 2012

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. We will be back in Bath for meetings on the 26th and 27th February 2014 with Roger co-hosting our Thursday evening meeting.

For more information about joining our Association please call  07971 409977 at any time.

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Norfolk toastmaster John Driscoll The Master of the Ceremonies for your special occasionEnglish 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.

Sabrage

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.

 

In our Association we have a growing number of members that offer this service. These members include -

Richard Palmer, Linda Palmer, Mark Wilding, Ralph Heijmer, Russel Rainger and John Driscoll

 

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.

Suffolk Toastmaster Chris Woods with retired Gurkha Captain, Gaubahadur Gurung at Carver Barracks, Former RAF Base, Debden, ( Near Saffron Waldon ) Essex

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 was an Honoury 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.

Toastmaster Training   

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.

Toastmaster training and presentation of certificates to Steve Phelps the South Wales Toastmaster

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.

Toastmasters' Duties

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 Conditions
that ensure an acceptable high standard of conduct, work and dress."

 

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.

Toastmaster Training

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.

Toastmaster Qualifications

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

Essex Toastmaster Richard Palmer assisiting wedding photographer David Court at the Manor of Groves Golf and Country Club, Hertfordshire  Wedding Toastmaster announcing bride and bridegroom into their wedding breakfast to a stunning ovation which the bride said,"was the favourite part of her wedding day"  Essex Wedding Toastmaster assists bride with her wedding breakfast in the Rosewood Room at Stock Brook Golf and Country Club, Billericay, Essex

The Photograph on the left and middle are Courtesy of David Court at www.courtoncamera.co.uk

A very warm welcome to all our visitors, from the English Toastmasters Association®

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......

 

To contact us please call - Office 01245 222392   Mobile 07971 409977

 

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.

 

Skilled Professional Toastmasters for hire that will care for you at your function.

We are here and ready to help you. If you are looking for a professional that will provide services for your function in a way that is somewhat different from the norm - you are in the right place. We have no stuffed shirts here! Our toastmasters are highly trained and extremely client focused, which means that you will get exceptional service from people that care about what you want. Our training and code of ethics is designed to make sure that you can trust our members to deliver quality from your very first meeting and throughout your event, in exactly the style and way that you want, and with confidence. 

The English Toastmasters Association and our members. 

We are here to help and advise you, whatever your event or occasion. The professional toastmasters in our association are here to make sure you get a smoothly run, well-managed function. Whether you need a toastmaster for your wedding of any type or culture, civic or civil function, charity ball, garden party, Masonic ladies festival, retirement party, corporate event, product launch, fund raising event or virtually any other type of event, we are here for you. Where professional help and or management is essential, we are your best choice. Our members are guardians of etiquette, which means that they will help and guide you through the code that governs the expectations of social behaviour. Our Association is based on tradition but with a modern twist. Each of our members will be pleased to focus on your needs and make sure that you get what you want.

We have also listed on this site, all the other main organisations that represent the interests of toastmasters, that we can find.

Improvements for clients' services.

One of our main aims at the English Toastmasters Association® is to improve the professionalism and standing of our profession from all Associations, Federations, Guilds, Societies and other groups by raising the standards of care and of services that we offer our clients. We are pleased to offer the best quality training to anyone interested in becoming a professional toastmaster. We are also pleased to offer advanced training for experienced toastmasters who wish to polish and hone their skills. If you wish to raise your standards by further training and sharpen your focus on your clients' needs, we are the Association to help you. "Quality and reliability that you can trust". Please have a look at the best toastmasters training testimonials in the business

Client focused services.

Our members believe that our Association is the most client focused of all the toastmasters' organisations. We are a totally professional organisation whose members believe that our clients' needs are paramount. There are many ways that we are different from other organisations that represent toastmasters and aside from focusing on our client's needs, one important concept to aid our professional approach to our clients is that we believe that alcohol and professionalism do not mix during our clients' functions. This is only one of our code of ethics and our complete code may be found by using this link.  http://www.englishtoastmasters.co.uk/ethics.php

We serve you the way that you want us to.

Our Association recommends that our members work in the style and way that their clients prefer. We do not dictate to our clients what they should have or do. Our members will listen to what you want, notate and check with you that they have understood what you want and deliver excellence. We are here to serve you and it is our pleasure to do so. If you are having a formal function - our members will be pleased to assist. If you are having a fun and friendly event - our members are here to help and encourage you and your guests. At this type of function it is usual to consider a very important element to complete our attire, that is, a toastmaster with a beaming smile. Our members believe that every one of their clients are special to them and so are all of our clients' functions and their guests.

Essex wedding toastmaster assisting bride with her wedding dress at the Park Hotel, Lakeside, EssexBooking a Toastmaster

If you wish to hire a toastmaster for your wedding or function, whatever and wherever it is, worldwide, you have an excellent choice of skills and experience to choose from here at the English Toastmasters Association.

You will find that our members will be focused on your needs and you have a tremendous range of very talented individuals to choose from, right here, to give you the very best service that money can buy. 

Please go straight to our member  toastmasters page

or please do not hesitate to call us now on

01245 222392 or 07971 409977

                               or go to our contact page

                                  and let us know how we can help you.

Essex Wedding Toastmaster assists bride with her wedding dress at Vaulty Manor, EssexWhy book a professional toastmaster for your wedding?

Do you know what level of service to expect from your toastmaster?

A contemporary toastmaster is a master of ceremonies and the presence of a master of ceremonies or guardian of etiquette is a long-standing tradition at most Royal and formal social events, such as weddings. We will take responsibility for keeping your reception to time and liaise with your families on the wedding day. 

Your wedding toastmaster may or may not become involved in wedding and event plans and as far as possible, will ensure the smooth running of your special occasion. 

A wedding toastmaster’s presence will be a valuable asset. We traditionally wear a very grand and glorious ceremonial tailcoat with all the trimmings, and our presence can greatly add to the colour, splendour and ceremony of your wedding. Certainly very formal or large weddings will always benefit from this colourful professional management. 

Your guests should be made to feel special and valued, regardless of the size of your wedding or function. They are important to you and you are demonstrating that to them by using the services of a professional and caring toastmaster from our Association.

Wedding Toastmaster assists guest with button hole at Vaulty Manor, Essex

Using the services of a professional wedding toastmaster, who is approachable and kind, will enhance your special day and leave you free to enjoy your celebrations. To know that all your arrangements are in excellent, experienced and capable hands and that you will be made to feel pampered and special; will allow you to relax on what is probably the most important day of your lives. 

 

Remember that you are making a choice and you should be comfortable and feel confident with your decision. The best advice for finding a quality professional toastmaster is to always look at the testimonials from previous brides that they have worked for. As there are no qualifications that are recognised by any official educational bodies, your toastmaster should belong to a respected organisation that will have trained them at professional toastmaster courses and have an ongoing quality procedure for making sure that they are working to a very high standard. 

Many of the larger organisations that represent toastmasters are no longer providing training for their members and also do not continue to check on the performance of their members or offer any further career development paths. Our members believe that we all work together to help each other improve our performance and client care, in quite a unique way. Check to make sure that your toastmaster is prepared to be flexible and offer the sort of services that you want and to deliver those services in the style and manner that suits you. 

Your professional wedding toastmaster should be able to prove that they have appropriate Public Liability Insurance for no less that £5,000,000.00, which may also help to prove that they are taking a professional approach to taking care of you. Your toastmaster should also be fit enough to look after you properly, regardless of the size of the venue and the hours that you need to be covered. All our current members who reside in the UK, are covered by £5,000,000.00 Public Liability Insurance.

You may think of us as your P. A. for your day, the person that you have at your disposal to make sure that everything goes the way that you want it to. We will keep control of what is happening in a discreet manor and using our experience, will ensure a smoothly run, enjoyable and memorable event. Adaptability is an important quality. 

Whether your reception is being held in the smallest hall or the largest banqueting suite, booking the services of an excellent toastmaster will make all the difference to you. We will ensure that your special day runs smoothly and enhance the enjoyment of your day for everyone attending, whether they are your guests or people that are providing services for you.

Call Richard Palmer now on 07971 409977 or go to our contact page and let us know how we may help you  

We will be available to help with advice on any questions that you may have, either before or on your day. We are there to look after and liaise with all parties involved, including parents, best man, ushers, bridesmaids, guests, registrars, venue management, caterers, photographers, videographers and entertainers. We will be helpful, kind and informative throughout the process of preparing and running your event. We will make sure that all eventualities have been covered, giving any required advice on etiquette and protocol, and giving you comfort in the knowledge that you have every eventuality covered.

Our duties may include, but this is not a comprehensive list:

Assisting at the church, synagogue, temple or any venue where you are having your service or civil ceremony.

Helping to dress any members of the bridal party or guests who may need help.

Putting on buttonholes or corsages for your wedding party or guests.

Greeting the bridal party and guests on arrival.

Making sure your guests are in the right place for the arrival of the bride.

Helping the bride with her dress, whether to carry it or display it for photos.

Taking cards and presents and putting them in a safe place. Working closely with your photographer to help get your guests where they need to be for your photographs.

Making sure that you are made to feel special and well looked after on your day.

Arranging your receiving line and to announce your guests as they make their way into your wedding breakfast or dinner.

Announcing and escorting the bride and groom to their table.

Getting your guest book signed by all of your guests.

Helping your speakers to gain confidence.

Introducing your speakers.

Assisting with your presentations.

Announcing the cutting of your cake.

Looking after any of your guests that may have special needs, such as the elderly or disabled.

Continually liaising with everyone to ensure the smooth running of your reception.

 

Although our duties will vary according to the degree of formality that you require, we will warmly and professionally ensure the smooth running of your day in the way and style that suites you. Our members are able to provide their services as a host, MC, presenter, auctioneer as well as a corporate, event and wedding toastmaster.

This article was written by Richard Palmer who retains the copyright.  www.thetoastmaster.co.uk

Please be aware that if a person puts on a red jacket and purports to be a toastmaster, they may not have been trained by a reputable organisation or to an acceptable level. All of our members subscribe to our rigid code of ethics, which are adopted by every member of this organisation to help protect their clients' interests.

If ever you see a toastmaster drinking alcohol when they are working; they will not be a member of this Association. 

Some other organisations representing toastmasters arrange Public Liability Insurance for their members. Our members living in the UK each have cover of five million pounds (£5,000,000.00). Other organisations also list their members, some toastmasters definitely do not have any insurance cover.

 

Please be aware of these facts, it is in your own interest to check out any toastmasters' credentials, before you hire them.  It is mainly the larger organisations that include Public Liability Insurance within their fees. Any organisations that belong to the TGC (Toastmasters General Council) will usually have insurance for their members.

We have heard of a man with the initials G. T. (2nd September 2008) dressing in a scarlet tailcoat and using our paperwork, but drinking whilst working at a Masonic ladies festival on the south coast.  He is not a member of our Association and has abused a privilege by using our paperwork for a charity Masonic evening, without removing our details. He has bought his red jacket and is about to leash his presence on unsuspecting clients. One of his specialisms are Masonic Ladies Festivals.  All we suggest is that you are careful and check out your proposed toastmaster's credentials.

Planning your special day?

Please visit our list of wedding fairs which includes those being attended by our members.

This list is updated as we get more details.

Wedding Fair, Wedding Fairs, Wedding Fayre

Wedding fair /  fairs /  fayre / fayres / bridal show

Please note

The list has been compiled from information provided by numerous sources and at the time of listing it is believed to be correct and given in good faith.

PLEASE NOTE  It is important to check with the organisers before setting out to attend any of these fairs that they are actually taking place.

Please call 01245 222392 or 07971 409977 at any time for further information.

Honorary Members -

Our fellow members are people that have helped our Association in various ways. Some have helped with our research and training and all are committed to the long term aims of our Association.  We are fortunate that we have such fellows as members to help in our quest for excellence in our profession.

   

Patrick Stevenson, honorary member of The English Toastmasters Association

Patrick Stevenson Hon. F.E.T.A.

Patrick and Richard Stevenson are twins, and are the great, great grandsons of William Knightsmith, the very first toastmaster to wear the red tailcoat in London in 1894. Both Richard and Patrick have been very kind to our Association with help relating to the history of toastmasters from the very first time that the red tailcoat was worn. Patrick was the first person to be offered an honorary membership into our Association for all his help, kindness and encouragement. We are very privileged to have a huge amount of information about the history of our profession thanks to both Richard and Patrick. Patrick is pleased to offer talks about William Knightsmith and the history of toastmasters.

   
Videographer Harish Patel is an excellent videographer and an ace at networking within the wedding industry

Harish Patel Hon. F.E.T.A.

David Court, Court on Camera receiving his Honorary Fellow membership certificate from the Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor Elizabeth Hart at the County Hotel, ChelmsfordHarish is a videographer and can be contacted directly on 07729 487861

Harish is a credit to videographers everywhere, in the way that he works and relates to his clients and other wedding professionals that he works with. He runs a networking lunch for colleagues in the business on a regular basis in the north London area. Harish has been a great help to our Association and works very closely with us to help us find out more about building relationships when working with videographers and other wedding professionals.

Harish Patel receiving his Honorary Fellow Membership certificate from the Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor Elizabeth Hart at the County Hotel, Chelmsford

   

 

The picture below is of the installation of our first Honorary Fellow Member Patrick Stevenson, who is the great grandson of the first toastmaster to wear the red tailcoat, William Knightsmith. Here Patrick is shown receiving his certificate of Honorary Fellow Membership from Richard Oscroft MBE, Lord of the Manor of Romans Fee, Writtle, Essex. Richard also just happens to be the grandson-in-law of Harold Dean, the next distinguished toastmaster who wrote the book; My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen and was a president of the Society of London Toastmasters. Patrick has been made a Fellow due to his kindness to our Association and his help with our research into the history of our profession. His twin brother Richard is also being made an honorary fellow of our Association. We are most grateful for their help, support and kindness. Patrick delivered an excellent and very interesting presentation about the life of his great grandfather at our St. George's Day Meeting.

Hon. Fellow of the English Toastmasters Association, Patrick Stevenson, receiving his fellowship certificate from the Lord of the Manor of Romans Fee, Writtle, Essex, Richard Oscroft MBE

The pictures above and below where taken by David Islip of David Islip Photography

Thank you David for your support with our National Meeting and all you ongoing help.

Members of the English Toastmasters Association at the County Hall in Chelmsford Esserx with the Chairman of Essex County Council during their St George's Day presentation  Members of the English Toastmasters Association during their St. Georges Day presentation to the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford at the County Hotel, Chelmsford Essex

It was great to have the support from David Islip Photography.  David kindly helped with the training at our meeting and was our official photographer for the day.

We had a fantastic day and visited the Chairman of Essex County Council at County Hall in Chelmsford for a presentation. The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford joined us for another presentation and lunch.  Our grateful thanks for your time and kindness.

English Toastmasters Association Toastmasters pictured outside The County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex during their annual Trafalgar Day meeting

Our Trafalgar Day Meeting took place at the County Hotel, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex on 21st October 2009. Thank you to all our members and guests for attending and making an interesting, informative and fun day for all involved. Thank you too to the County Hotel Chelmsford for your excellent service during the day. Our first photo of some of our members and guests at our Trafalgar Day meeting.

Some kind e-mails from our members and special guests followed on from our Trafalgar Day meeting in October 2008

There was a special meeting for our members on Trafalgar Day, Tuesday 21st October 2008 at The County Hotel, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford. 

Our Trafalgar Day Meet and another excellent picture of some of our members from Dave Court at www.courtoncamera.co.uk Thank you for all your help Dave and for an excellent presentation entitled "My mates in the wedding business".

Toastmasters from The English Toastmasters Association outside the County Hotel in Chelmsford Essex

A few of the thank you letters from our members.

Just a short note to thank you for organising the Trafalgar Day Meet, it was very helpful and informative. Please also convey my gratitude to Lindsey and Matt  for the effort they put in as well, you make a great team. May I also take the opportunity to thank Linda, Sue and David for the contribution they put in.  John Quinton-Navarro

Well done for Trafalgar Day - gleaned much useful information and met lovely people. Always better to speak face-to-face rather than down the phone or via dreaded e-mail.  Excellent presentations. Many thanks for organising such a great day.  James Lark

Thanks for an excellent day.  It was well planned, well organised on the day, most valuable and informative and most important really enjoyable. What a great bunch of guys!! Geoffrey Cornwell

Well done, yet again, for all the energy and empowerment you enthuse into us at the meetings.  P. C.

Our St. George's day meeting in 2009 was held on 23rd April, at the County Hotel, Chelmsford. We hold a St. Georges Day meeting every year and our meeting for 2011 will be Wednesday 20th April at the County Hotel in Chelmsford. The facilities and staff at the County Hotel were excellent at our last meetings and it is a pleasure to hold our events there. The Hotel is now 4 * and was also awarded a Rosette from the AA for outstanding restaurant food. If you have not used the restaurant there, it is well worth booking for a really great meal and superb service.  www.countyhotelchelmsford.co.uk

 

The English Toastmasters Association®

 

We are proud to have formed our own branch of

The Royal Society of St. George

Incorporated by Royal Charter

Patron Her Majesty The Queen

President: Mr. John. C. Clemence QPM, B.Sc(Hons) Ldn

Danbury Branch,

The English Toastmasters Association

Our Official Charter of Foundation

Was presented on 18th April 2013

at The County Hotel, Chelmsford

by The Chairman Clifford J. Trowse and the Secretary Elizabeth M. Lloyd

and we are also proud to be affiliated to;-

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"The Premier Patriotic Society of England"    Incorporated by Royal Charter    Patron: Her Majesty The Queen

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We are proud of the Country's glorious history and heritage!

The Society owns and operates a Charitable Trust.

Chairman of the Charitable Trust: Aubrey Temple Esq.

The main objectives of the trust are to help and encourage young people to greater achievement, whether in fields of academe, sport, adventure or business, to encourage their enterprise, skills and enthusiasm - for nothing succeeds without enthusiasm.

What does the Society do?
The Society is a patriotic society and is honoured to have as its Patron Her Majesty The Queen. Its Objects as laid down in its Royal Charter are:(i) To foster the love of England and to strengthen England and the Commonwealth by spreading the knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals.(ii) To keep fresh the memory of those in all walks of life, who have served England or the Commonwealth in the past, to inspire leadership in the future.(iii) To combat all activities to undermine the strength of England or the Commonwealth.(iv) To further English interest everywhere to ensure that St. George's Day is properly celebrated and to provide focal points all the world over where English men and women may gather together, The Society is un sectarian and independent of party politics.

Membership is open to: (a) All those who subscribe to the Objects of the Society; and(b) are born in England or wherever born being English men or English women or children or remoter issue of the same; or(ac) Not being of English descent nevertheless support the aims and objectives of the Society.

We feel that our heritage is important to us and the aims and objectives of the The Royal Society of St. George sit well within our Association.

Please mention The English Toastmasters Association when contacting The Royal Society of St. George

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Just a few of our toastmasters' testimonials to give you an idea of the quality of the services that our members deliver

Toastmaster Geoffrey Cornwell


Dear Geoff

We had the most amazing day, we look so relaxed in our wedding photo’s which shows what a fabulous job you did! All the staff at Ham Manor have spoken very highly of you and said that it was such a pleasure to work with you. I know that Anna found is so refreshing to have a toastmaster that was informative, flexible and discreet. In fact all guests said you were very helpful.

Having watched the DVD it really highlights how much you did on the day. I had forgotten you tending to my veil as you saw it was not on correctly and would look out of place in the photo’s. Your attention to detail is fantastic, you don’t miss a trick. In fact I think I need you everyday!

I would not have to think twice about whether a Toastmaster is needed at a wedding, actually I would if it wasn’t you. My niece wants to have you when she gets married, she has yet to find a groom mind you!   

Louise and Paul – 25th July 2009 – Ham Manor Golf Club, Angmering, Sussex.


Jude Garland Kent Wedding Toastmaster helping a wedding guest with the button hole Toastmaster Jude Garland

Dear Jude,

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the brilliant service you provided on our wedding day.  We really couldn't have coped without you!

Kent wedding toastmaster delivering flowers to a wedding guestThe day ran seamlessly, and that was in no small part down to you.  Your presence was invaluable for the big things during the day, such as helping to deal with the last minute crisis (when our coach company let us down), making all the announcements to our guests, and ensuring everyone was always in the right place at the right time.  However all the little things, such as pinning on buttonholes, helping with ties, and having glasses of champagne waiting for us as we left the ceremony, were just as important to making the day run as well as it did.

Not only did we think you did a great job - the venue also commented on how professional you were.  We would not hesitate to recommend you for future weddings.

We have attached some photos, which we hope you find useful.    Thanks again!     Kind regards        Sarah & Derek

 

Toastmaster James Lark

What a God send! We can wholeheartedly say that hiring James as our Toastmaster was the best investment we made throughout the planning of our wedding. He had everything covered, from colour coding his umbrella to my bridal gown (should it rain!), co-ordinating the parking of our 250 guests at church whilst simultaneously seating them, advising on the traditional aspects of the day ( i.e speeches, bridal march, gifts for the bridal party) as well as how I should safely manoeuvre in my dress for the first dance! James had it all in hand and made it look very easy.

It was comforting to know that ourselves and our families could relax and enjoy the day without having to think of the logistics of it and if our suppliers were doing what they were supposed to be doing at the time they should be doing it! He was unobtrusive, but had it all under control and kept things ticking away smoothly behind the scenes.

James was friendly, professional, courteous and highly organised. He added some traditional and well received aspects to the day as well as keeping things light hearted and enjoyable for our guests.

We would highly recommend James to any future bride and groom looking to hire a Toastmaster for their special day. and we look forward to hosting another big party where we will certainly be calling upon his services again.

Maria and Matthew Hillier-  St. Augustines, Hoddesden and Orsett Hall

Toastmaster   Richard Palmer

Dear Richard, I hope you are well. I'm so sorry it has taken so long to write this e-mail.  I thought things were supposed to quieten down after a wedding but we still seem to be very busy! We wanted to write and say thank you so so much for being our Toastmaster.  Put simply, you made our wedding. When Chris and I got engaged and started planning our wedding we decided that we didn't need a toastmaster and that one of our ushers could do all the announcements etc.  How wrong we were.

Toastmaster at Castle Heddingham wedding with coach and horsesThe announcements and introductions are just a small part of the work you do in the run up to and the wedding day itself.  When Chris and I met with you, you instantly put our minds at ease and went through with us every single detail of the wedding day.  For any bride, her wedding day is one of the biggest days of her life and Richard, you made us feel like it was just as important for you.

Essex toastmaster courses expert at an Essex weddingAny time I needed to speak to you before the wedding, you were there happy to help and offer advice. On the wedding day itself, you were invaluable, you made the day flow effortlessly. 

All our guests commented on how lovely you are and how well you dealt with getting their attention and moving them from one area to another.

We knew as soon as we met you that you would bring so much to our wedding day but two moments from the day, that may seem a little insignificant to others, made me realise on the day itself how wonderful you are.

Toastmaster with bride and groom helping with the bride's dress

When we arrived back to The White Hart after a wonderful journey on the horse and carriage I walked across to pat the horses and say thank you and after a long two and half mile trip from the Castle they were naturally very warm and I got lots of horse hair stuck to my hand.  You instantly ran off to your car to get some wet wipes.

Another moment that sticks in my mind is when we were called for the receiving line.  You came to get Chris and I and as we were walking to the Barn I realised that I hadn't seen the DJ.  I turned to you and you said "The DJ is here, I've spoken to him, and Take That is ready to be played at twenty two seconds in to the song" 

Throughout the entire day you were always on hand and when you weren't  helping Chris or I with something, you were off making sure that everyone was prepared for the next step in the day. Thank you so much for being our Toastmaster and for ensuring our day went perfectly.  We couldn't have asked for more. 

Take care, Chris & Victoria

 

 

We have toastmasters for weddings of all cultures,

Asian Weddings

Hindu Weddings

Sikh Weddings

Muslim Weddings

Greek Weddings

Wedding Receptions

Civil Partnerships

Masonic Ladies Festivals

Masonic Ladies Nights

Bar mitzvahs

Bat mitzvahs

Birthdays

Family Celebrations

Royal Functions

Parliamentary Occasions

Government Departments

Civic Functions

Diplomatic Functions

Balls

Banquets

Dinners

Burns Nights

Dinner Dances

Gala Dinners

Garden Parties

Cocktail Parties

Charity Events

Opening Ceremonies

Product Launches

Topping Out Ceremonies

Exhibitions

Fashion Shows

Fundraising Auctions

Company Presentations

Trade Shows

Conferences

Award Ceremonies

Institute, Association and Corporate Dinners

Military Regimental Functions

Formal and Informal Lunches

Sporting Evenings and Events

Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs

Round Tables

41 Clubs

Soroptimists

Weddings - Wedding Reception - Civil Partnership  - Masonic Ladies Festival  - Masonic Ladies Night - Bar mitzvah and Bat mitzvah - Birthday and Family Celebration - Royal Function - Parliamentary Occasion - Government Department - Civic Function - Diplomatic Functions - Ball, Banquet and Dinner - Burns Night - Dinner Dance - Gala Dinner - Garden Party - Cocktail Party - Charity Event - Opening Ceremony - Product Launch - Topping Out Ceremony - Exhibition and Fashion Show - Fundraising Auction - Company Presentation - Trade Show - Conference - Award Ceremony - Institute, Association and Corporate Dinner - Military and Regimental Function -Formal and Informal Lunch - Sporting Evening and Event - Lions Club - Rotary Club - Round Table - 41 Club  - Soroptimist

Our members are available for all types of functions, including but not limited to the lists shown

Most of our members from the counties around London would be pleased to assist you with your functions in and around London. There is a list of many of the top London venues that we are please to work at on our links page.  This list is by no means complete and we would be happy to work at any other venue that you may choose to use for your function.

 

Some London Venues that we are pleased to work at.

(This list is given for information only and details should be checked for accuracy before use.)

 

Lanesborough Hotel, 1, Lanesborough Place, London, SW1X 7TA  Now closed for renovation with doors opening in the last quarter of 2014. Tel 0207 259 5599

Adam Street Private Members Club, 9, Adam Street, London, WC2N 6AA    A home for innovators, disrupters and connectors to come together.   Tel 020 7379 8000

Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London, WC2R 3DX   Arundel House overlooks the Thames with Temple tube station nearby.  Tel 0207 3959162

Asia House, 63, New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LR   Elegant Grade II Listed building with Library, Gallery and Studio which may be privately hired.  Tel 020 7307 5454

Athenaeum Hotel, 116, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BJ     Luxury 5 Stars Hotel with three meeting rooms for 30 to 100 people in style.   Tel 020 7499 3464

Beaumont Hotel, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF Pre-Opening Office 157, Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB    Grand in style yet intimate in scale, The Beaumont Hotel heralds a return to the pre-war elegance of Mayfair hotels. Jeremy King and Chris Corbin are creating a truly independent, distinctive hotel based on the classic values of a golden age of bespoke hospitality.      With a Listed Grade II Art Deco exterior, the public spaces and 73 suites and rooms of The Beaumont are informed by the pioneering taste of 1920s Manhattan. An iconic element will be the Antony Gormley inhabitable sculpture ROOM.      Tel. 020 7647 1810

British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 195, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN    Five elegant corporate and party rooms for hire   Tel 020 7292 5800

Brown's Restaurant, 82-84, St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AG   To be found in the heart of the West End, surrounded by theatres, galleries, shops and landmarks   Tel 020 7497 5050

Browns Hotel, 30, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP    A distinctive charm with some of the finest rooms in London    020 7493 6020

Cafe Royal, 68, Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY   Positioned in the heart of central London for meetings and events ranging from a discreet business dinner to an exclusive residential conference.    Tel 020 7406 3322

Cafe de Paris, 3, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BL    Based in London's Piccadilly, it is one of the most famous entertainment venues in the world  Tel 020 7734 7700

Carlton Club, 69-70, St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1PJ    This club was founded in 1832 and continues today in a beautiful Georgian clubhouse in the exclusive St James's area of London.

Today, it not only serves as a home for its Members, but also an attractive and exclusive venue for lunches, dinners, receptions, meetings and conferences - and a perfect setting for weddings, both the ceremony and the reception.         Tel 0207 493 1164

Century Club, 61-63, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LQ     This Club was founded in 1832 and continues today in a beautiful Georgian clubhouse in the exclusive St James's area of London.   It not only serves as a home for its Members, but also an attractive and exclusive venue for lunches, dinners, receptions, meetings and conferences - and a perfect setting for weddings, both the ceremony and the reception.    Housed behind the most discrete door imaginable on Shaftesbury Avenue, this private members’ club is a calm oasis from the frenzy of SOHO and has recently undergone a full refurbishment.    Welcome to the new Century.   The epitome of cool elegance, the five floors now house a magnificent mixture of bars, restaurants, business spaces and the largest private roof terrace in Soho. With gorgeous views over the West End, a retractable roof and heaters, there really is no better spot to enjoy a drink or snack. We are also open for early morning business meetings and have a great breakfast menu.           Tel 020 7534 3080

Chandos House, Royal Society of Medicine, 2, Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ    Chandos House is an exclusive Grade 1 listed Georgian Townhouse venue, built by the Adam family between 1769 and 1771.  Restored to its original splendour yet retaining many of the renowned Adam architectural features, the House now offers five principal function rooms, each with its own unique character and ambience. All of our rooms have natural daylight and there is a charming outdoor walled Garden Terrace, which provides a tranquil haven in Central London. 

Chandos House has 17 individually furnished bedrooms including two luxurious suites which allow for the potential of exclusive hire of the whole House for a special occasion such as a wedding.           Tel 020 7290 3820

  

Chesterfield Hotel, 35, Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EB   At the heart of London, Mayfair lies The Chesterfield Mayfair – a convenient, yet secluded venue for meeting rooms, celebrations including family get-togethers, cocktail parties, anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings including ceremonies and receptions.         Tel 0207 491 2622

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, 56, Chiswell Street, City of London EC1Y 4SA    Housed within the famous old Whitbread Brewery building will seat 100 or take 200 people standing.   020 7614 0177

Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, 30, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU   Top restaurant in the heart of Westminster offers a Modern Indian dining experience.  Set in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library, the restaurant presents constantly evolving menus and a carefully matched wine list - all designed to reflect an ethos of innovation and creativity in one of the most stunning private dining rooms in the United Kingdom.

A stunning Grade II Listed building, perfect for a truly memorable wedding day, The Cinnamon Club has hosted a number of wonderful civil ceremonies, wedding receptions and civil partnership celebrations in recent years and our team will ensure that your special day is one to remember.  The Cinnamon Club offers a number of rooms suitable for ceremonies and receptions of all sizes ( 20 people - 200). The rooms retain many of the original features of the building and in addition there is the contemporary Cinnamon Club Bar downstairs.       Tel 020 7222 2555

City Inn Westminster, 30, John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD Tel 020 7630 1000

Claridges Hotel, 45/47, Brook Street, Mayfair London, London, W1A 2JQ Tel 0207 629 8860

Courthouse Hotel Kempinski, 19-21, Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HH Tel 020 7297 5555

Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. James Hotel, 41-54, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1 6AF Tel 0207 828 7826

Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7AL Tel 0207 828 7826

Dartmouth House, 37, Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED Tel 0207 493 3328

Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40, Dorset Square, London, NW1 6QN Tel 020 7723 7874

Dukes Hotel, St. James's Place, London, SW1 1NY Tel 0207 491 4840

Forbes House, 7, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DS Tel 020 7344 9211

181-184, Piccadilly, Westminster, London, W1J 9ES Tel 020 7734 8040

Four Seasons Hotel, Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1A 1AZ Tel 0207 499 0888

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN   The HQS Wellington has four function rooms; the largest can hold a maximum of 220 guests, the smallest is ideal for 12.  The historic HQS Wellington is the only Livery Hall of its kind, as well as a floating library and museum. Moored by the Thames Embankment between the City and the West End, it's a perfect venue for launch parties, conferences, lunches, dinner-dances, receptions or barbeques. For more information please visit www.thewellingtontrust.com.      Tel 02078368179

Haymarket Hotel, 1-5, Suffolk Place, London, SW1Y 4HX Tel 020 7470 4000

Hilton London Paddington Hotel, London Paddington, 146 Praed Street, London, W2 1RL Tel 020 7850 0500

Home House, 20, Portman Square, London, W1H 6LN Tel 020 7670 2000

Hotel Intercontinental, 1, Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7QY Tel 0207 409 3131

Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill, 30, Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH Tel 0207 486 5800

Icebar London, 31, Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BN Tel 020 7478 8910

Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nash House, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH Tel 020 7766 1413

Institute of Directors, 116, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED   The London headquarters of the Institute of Directors are housed at 116 Pall Mall. As well as being one of the most popular business venues in the capital with thousands of IoD members and their guests visiting the premises every week, the building is also a landmark of London’s great Georgian Heritage.  Licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships,116 Pall Mall is an outstandingly popular venue for weddings and with guaranteed exclusive use at weekends, it provides a unique and memorable setting for your special day.      Tel 020 7839 1233

Institute of Physics, 76-78, Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT Tel 020 7470 4884

International Students House- Cyber Cafe/Uno Mundo Bar, 229, Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN Tel 020 7631 8300

Jolly St Ermins Hotel, Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QW Tel 0207 2227 888

Just St. James, 12, St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1EF Tel 020 7976 2222

Le Meridien Piccadilly, 21, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH Tel 0207 734 8000

London Hilton, 22, Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE Tel 0207 208 4045

London Marriott Hotel, 84-86, Duke Street, London, W1K 6JP Tel 0207 499 6363

London Palladium, 7-8, Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TQ Tel 0207 734 6846

London Zoo, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY Tel 0207 722 3333

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA    We offer a distinguished meeting venue with our grand Victorian façade, rich interiors and unrivalled location.

Our prestigious address overlooking Hyde Park, combined with excellent service and first-class catering, have made us one of London’s premier business venues. From a lavish wedding reception to an intimate dinner party, we offer a truly unique and central venue.  Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has played host to some of society’s grandest weddings and events as well as smaller and more intimate affairs. Overlooking Hyde Park and with a choice of exquisite function rooms, excellent catering and friendly, efficient service, we offer the perfect setting for your special occasion.    Tel 020 7235 2000

Marriot Grosvenor House, 86-90, Park Lane, London, W1A 3AA Tel 020 7499 6363

Metropolitan Hotel, 18-19, Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1QU Tel 020 7447 1000

Millennium Britannia Hotel, 39-44, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HP Tel 0207 629 9400

Mint Leaf, Kinnaird House, 1, Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5AU Tel 020 7930 9020

Mosimann's, 11B, West Halkin Street, London, SW1 8JL Tel 0207 235 9625

National Liberal Club (Ground Floor), 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1 2HD Tel 0207 930 9871

8, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY - 100 yards walk from Trafalgar Square for up to 1000 guests to be entertained in style. 0203 263 1011

One Aldwych Hotel, 1, Aldwych, London, WC2 4BZ Tel 0207 300 1000

One Whitehall Place Westminster, London, SW1A 2HD Tel 0207 839 3344

Pacha Ground Floor and First Floor, 191 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5NE Tel 020 7833 3139

Park Lane Hotel, 108/115, Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BX Tel 0207 499 6321

Pasley Tyler & Co., 42, Berkley Square, London, W1J 5AW Tel 0207 917 9799

Porchester Hall, Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 Tel 0207 792 2823

Portman Hotel, 22, Portman Square, London, W1 Tel 0207 208 6000

Prince of Wales Theatre, 31, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS Tel 020 7766 2102

Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1 Tel 0207 798 4020

R S Hispaniola Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 5DJ Tel 020 7839 3011

Radisson Edwardian Mayfair Hotel, 17, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8PE Tel 020 7627 7777

Radisson SAS Portman Hotel, 22, Portman Square, London, W1H 7BG Tel 0207 208 6000

Royal College Of Surgeons Of England, 35-43, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PN Tel 020 7869 6560

Royal Institute of Public Health, 28, Portland Place, London, W1B 1DE Tel 0207 653 6666

Royal Institution of Great Britain, 18-21, Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS Tel 020 7409 2992

Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LF Tel 020 7235 2121

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27, Sussex Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RG Tel 020 7772 6200

Selfridges, 400, Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DZ Tel 0870 8377377

Simpsons In The Strand, 100, Strand, London, WC2R 0EW Tel 020 7836 9112

Sketch, 9, Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XD Tel 0870 777 4488

Sofitel St James London Hotel, 6, Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AN Tel 0207 747 2200

Soho Hotel, 4, Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3BD Tel 020 7559 3000

Soho House Club, 40, Greek Street, London, W1D 4ED Tel 0207 734 5188

Spencer House, 27, St James's Place, London, SW1 1NR Tel 0207 514 1964

St George's Hotel, 3/7, Langham Place, London, W1B 2QS Tel 0207 580 0111

St Stephen's Club, 34, Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AB Tel 020 7222 1382

Stafford Hotel, 16-17, St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NJ Tel 0207 493 0111

Swissotel, The Howard, 12, Temple Place, London, WC2 1PR Tel 020 7836 3555

TS Queen Mary, Victoria Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2 Tel 0207 240 9404

The Army and Navy Club, 36-39, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN Tel 0207 930 9721

The Arts Club, 40, Dover Street, London, W1S 4NP Tel 020 7499 8581

The Avenue Restaurant & Bar Ground Floor, Byron House, 7-9, James's Street, London, SW1A 1EE Tel 0207 321 2111

The Berkley Hotel, 40, Wilton Place, London, SW1X 7RL Tel 0207 235 6000

The Berners Hotel, 10, Berners Street, London, WA1 3BE Tel 0207 636 1629

The Cafe Royal, 68, Regent Street, London, W1B 5RQ Tel 020 7333 8718

The Caledonian Club, 9, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DR Tel 0207 235 5162

The Commonwealth Club, 25, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AP Tel 0207 930 6733

The Dorchester Hotel, 53, Park Lane, London, W1A 2HJ Tel 0207 629 8888

The Gore Hotel, 189, Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5EX Tel 020 7584 6601

The Goring Hotel, 15, Beeston Place, London, SW1 Tel 0207 396 9000

The Groucho Club, 45, Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB Tel 0207 439 4685

The Hempel Hotel, 31/35, Craven Hill, Gardens, London, W2 3EA Tel 0207 298 9000

The Institute of Directors, 116, Pall Mall, London, SW1 Tel 0207 391233

The Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London, SW1 Tel 0207 665 2323

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1-3, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ Tel 0207 222 7899

The Landmark London Hotel, 222, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 6JQ Tel 0207 631 8000

The Langham Hotel, 1, Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1PR Tel 0207 636 1000

The Lansdowne Club, 9, Fitzmaurice Place, London, W1 Tel 0207 629 7200

The Law Society, 113, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL Tel 0207 242 1222

The London Cricketers Club, 71, Blandford Street, London, W1U 8AB Tel 0207 486 2635

The Mayfair Intercontinental Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1 Tel 0207 915 2858

The New Players Theatre, Restaurant & Bar, 15, The Arches, London, WC2N 6NQ Tel 020 7930 6601

The Odeon Cinema, 23-27, Leicester Square, London, WC2 Tel 0207 930 6111

The Old Marylebone, Town Hall, Westminster Council House, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 Tel 0207 641 1161

The Player's Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2 Tel 0207 976 1307

The Ritz Hotel, 150, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BS Tel 0207 493 8181

The Royal Geographical Society, 1, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR Tel 0207 591 3000

The Royal Society of Arts, 8, John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HA Tel 0207 930 5115

The Savoy Hotel, 1, Savoy Court, London, WC2 0ER Tel 0207 836 4343

The Soho Lounge Basement, 69-70 Dean Street, London, W1D 3SE Tel 020 7734 1231

The University Women's Club, 2, Audley Square, London, W1K 1DB Tel 020 7499 2268

The Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1 Tel 0207 769 9999

The Waldorf Hilton, Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DD Tel 0207 836 2400

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS Tel 020 7379 4981

Thistle Hotel Charing Cross, The Strand, London, WC2N 5HR Tel 0870 333 9105

Westbury Hotel, 37, Conduit Street, London, W1S 2YF Tel 020 7629 775

 

This site was last updated at 18:44hrs on Wednesday 16th April 2014        The correct spelling for toastmasters or toastmaster is as one word and not toast masters or toast master

Toastmaster Courses

Toastmaster Training Courses

from the

World's Leading Association

for toastmasters that wear the red tail coats and make your event run smoothly.

The English Toastmasters Association

Professional Toastmasters

Training School

with ongoing support for you after your course.

Learn to be a Toastmaster

and

Master of Ceremonies.

We train more successful toastmasters each year than any other organisation that provide toastmaster training courses.

This may be due to our unique one to one tuition and our focus on what you would like to get from your training.

It is also interesting to note that our testimonials from attendees at our training courses are all quality testimonials from people that are turning out to be great toastmasters. This may be because we care for our own members and for their success. We always strive to give them the highest possible level of service when they undertake their training as toastmasters with our Association.

Extra specialist expertise is brought in, to offer different view points from other professionals such as photographers, caterers and venue management. The importance of networking within the events industry is also highlighted as this is often crucial to your ongoing success.

Some of our own more experienced toastmaster are also often on hand to share their own experiences and to start the development of new relationships to help and partner new members.

Courses are run at dates and times to suit you and are geared to your existing experience so that you may learn in the best way and style to get you the results that you want.

All moneys paid go into the course, tuition and your development rather than, on what may be, quite costly accommodation.

New members are quickly listed on around fifty of our own web sites to help your name get established and known in the business.

Whatever is not covered in the three day course may be covered in greater depth at times to suit you, when you need further information.

Our monthly Mastermind Group Meetings keep you in touch with your colleagues and afford you networking opportunities, experience and work sharing opportunities which are totally unique to The English Toastmasters Association.

We are unlike many other associations in that we do not sell work to each other, but prefer to help and support each other to the benefit of our clients.

It is interesting to note that we are being followed by other toastmaster training schools who now state that they are thinking about offering further Professional Development for their members.

Who Knows? We are in rather a unique position.

They may one day also publish a Code of Ethics that includes not drinking alcohol whilst working for clients.

That would really bring them up to date!!

We have heard of some comments that some toastmasters do not see the necessity for the non drinking rule. May we suggest that we consider this to be a matter of professional etiquette to show the correct respect for our clients.

At the prestigious English Toastmasters Association we offer first class training services with ongoing support and a structured career development path for toastmasters, masters of ceremonies, town criers and celebrants.

Toastmaster training for members of The English Toastmasters Association

The picture above shows some of our toastmasters attending the October 2012 Trafalgar Day Members Meeting at The County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex. There were toastmasters from Norfolk (both John and Kim), Kent, Suffolk, Surrey, Devon, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Essex present.

For a no obligation chat please call

01245 222392 or 07971 409977

at any time.

Would you like to join our Association or learn to be a toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies and perform your duties to the very highest standards?

If you would like more information about any of our services please fill in the contact form or go to our courses page

A Kind and Stunning Letter

I have to put the words of this letter on the first page of our website for several reasons.

Surrey and Kent toastmaster Ralph HeijmerThis letter came in from one of our members, Ralph Heijmer, who is a real pleasure to work with and has been working in the wedding and leisure industry for some years.

Having watched toastmasters working and then employing one for his own wedding, Ralph decided that he would like to become a toastmaster and work to the highest possible standards.

Ralph is a very kind and caring gentleman that takes extra care of his clients and I think that this letter helps you to get an idea of what we are trying to do to support our member toastmasters and also to improve the quality of toastmasters in our industry.

Ralph's letter reads as follows;-

Dear Richard and Linda,

I rather think that a letter of thanks is long overdue, and needless to say this correspondance is sent with heartfelt appologies for my tardiness in writing.

However, moving happily forward I did want to write to you both and convey my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your assistance, help and support since my inception into the English Toastmasters Association.

As you know, a previous personal experience left me somewhat dubious of so called "National Associations" that are run as a private entity and as a result I was somewhat hesitant in joining the ETA, simply for fear of parting with my hard earned cash only to receive back - not a lot.

I can whole heartedly say that this was not the case with your good selves - moreover and in my opinion, the complete ethos of the ETA, is unrivalled within the industry.

The post-training continued and constant support, advice and time is truly unbelievable and it goes without saying that I am extremely pleased and proud to have chosen such a well run and organised association that actually cares about its members and their career path.

As time moves rapidly forward I am confident that with the backing of the E.T.A. and you both, I can look forward to the future of toastmastering as an exciting and prosperous career.

In the meantime I am really looking forward to seeing you again.

With fond regards and thanks again.   Ralph Heijmer META

I hope that this letter will give an insight into the way that our Association is pleased to work to support our members and further benefit their clients.

We are proud of the levels of service that our members will deliver to their clients as they understand how much more we are able to do to make our clients feel cared for and special.

If you are thinking of becoming a toastmaster, there is a reason that we are the leading Toastmasters Association for training and ongoing support services for our members and that is mainly due to our professionalism and the higher levels of commitment that we offer our members.

We would be pleased to hear from quality people who would like to embark on a journey into our industry with a caring and supportive Association.

Please Call Us At Any Time

on 07971 409977 or 01245 222392

for a friendly chat and further information about how to get started or to become a better toastmaster.

We run a well structured programme of events for our members to network with each other and to make sure that they are well informed and able to deliver excellent service to their clients.

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Some of our previous events are shown below

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

The members annual Trafalgar Day Meeting

held at The County Hotel, Chelmsford,  Essex

 

English Toastmasters Association Trafalgar Day Meeting at The County Hotel, Chelmsford Essex with wedding, Masonic and event toastmasters

The picture above shows some of our members attending our Trafalgar Day Special Meeting.

Toastmasters that offer Sabrage at weddings and events    

The pictures above show our toastmaster members both outside and in The County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex and was taken by David Court of CourtonCamera Photograpy. 

Some of our members very kind comments about this meeting are shown below.

Dear Richard and Linda, Further to the recent Trafalgar Day held at the Chelmsford County Hotel, I thought I would put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard!) to thank you both for a most superb and excellent day. 

I have to say the effort in creating such an event was clear and unsurpassed as was the thought and orgganisation behind it which created a hugely interesting, informative and enjoyable day for all, although I rather do think you are in danger of raising the expectations to a level which will become ever more challanging to continue surprising us with your fantastic support and help.

Once again yet another excuse for me to say how very pleased and proud I am to belong to a great organisation and to be part of what is probably the best Toastmasters' Association World Wide!

Kind Regards and all the very best.   Ralph Heijmer M.E.T.A

Well done, you two for yesterday! Good to see you both again! Good to meet all of those other T Ms, I certainly learnt some things.  Thanks Kim Sheldrick Toastmaster in Norfolk.

Jim Cattermole wrote: "I attended the Trafalgar Day Meeting of the E.T.A. which was held at the County Hotel in Chelmsford yesterday and I would just like to Thank Richard Palmer, Linda Palmer & Russ Rainger, the three founder members of the English Toastmasters Association for a fantastic day, a great Agenda with great ideas and suggestions put forward by all those who attended.

Looking forward to the next meeting in November."  Toastmaster in Kent

Linda Palmer wrote: "Reading everyone's comments about the day has just made me so proud. Our Members enjoy the networking and the various discussions prompted by agenda items. A day packed with great interaction and learning for everyone - not just the newest members but for the established members too!"  Essex lady toastmaster

Dear Richard and Linda,  Thank you for a very informative day. I know just how much endeavour goes into preparing and delivering something like this and you should congratulate yourselves on a job well done.

With a wide range of experiences present around the table, it is quite a challenge to ensure there is something for everyone and from one meeting to the next not too much duplication. I thought you achieved this today with flying colours.

In the months ahead, I will try to do better in supporting the masterclasses but I have become so unexpectedly busy with my celebrancy that it has proved quite a challenge to escape from the clutches of funeral directors.

The information about optimising photographs for the Internet and getting the edge to raise more money at charity funtions where most useful and opportunities for networking with career professional development and on tap support help with the further development and maintenance of higher standards are major benefits of belonging to the ETA.

Once again many thanks  Chris Woods  Toastmaster in Suffolk   01394 387260

www.suffolk-toastmaster.co.uk

Dear Richard and Linda, Thank you for an excellent day with you at the Trafalgar Day event in Chelmsford. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot.  Very best regards Simon Tobin Suffolk Toastmaster.

John Driscoll wrote, "This was my first attendance at a whole day ETA event and I have found it well structured and a wonderful experience with the benefits of ideas, networking and sharing experiences."  Toastmaster in Norfolk

Tony Pule wrote, "Without the ETA I could not manage and have progressed as a toastmaster on my own. It is a fantastic organisation run by the most caring and supportive people I know. The whole agenda was meaningful and positive giving a common sense of purpose, camaraderie and great support.

Thank you Richard and Linda"   Toastmaster in Kent

James McCarraher wrote "Hi Linda, Thank you for your considerable efforts. it was a great day! Please count me in for St George's Day - it is now in my diary. Kind regards James"  Toastmaster in Hampshire

Mark Wilding wrote "I always enjoy these meetings where I am always learning, networking, meeting old and making new friends. We are always pushing the standards to the next level and there is always a friend at the end of the phone. Just keep striving to be the best."   Toastmaster in Essex

Allen Stockel wrote " This meeting was as good as a refresher course and an opportunity to learn from colleagues. A major benefit of belonging to the ETA is that being in an Association from which I can learn to conduct myself better as a toastmaster and thus serve my clients in a better way gives me the edge."   Devon Toastmaster

Toby Langford wrote, "Some of the benefits of belonging to the ETA are support, friendship, knowledge delivered in a calm, relaxing informative environment by an excellent Association"  Toastmaster in Hampshire

Thursday 19th April 2012

St George's Day - Members Special Meeting

Held at The County Hotel, Chelmsford,  Essex

Toastmaster Training at the English Toastmasters Association St George's Day Meeting 2012

Toastmasters working together to bring better standards to our industryToastmasters working together to improve the standards that we all work to

Not all our time is spent in our uniforms at our larger meetings. We normally dress for the photo shoot at the end of the morning session and change out of our uniforms for lunch.

Toastmasters training together to share experiences and information as members of the English Toastmasters Association

The four pictures above are courtesy of David Islip Photography who was one of the three photographers and one videographer at our meeting. David's work is excellent and more information is available at www.david-islip-photography.co.uk  David has thanked us for "a very educational and informative day - fun also!"

Dear Linda & Richard,   Yesterday was a FANTASTIC day, one which I really did enjoy, Richard I think what you have achieved with your English Toastmasters Association is just fantastic and I think other professionals need to look at.

 THANK YOU, THANK YOU so much for inviting me. I really did gain a lot from the meeting and have made new friends all of which I hope to work with in the future.

 At some point Richard I would like to meet up with you as I really do feel you are onto a winner with the format of your meetings which a lot of other wedding professionals should get involved in to make our industry a better industry to work in if we all understand each other and all work together.

 What I would like to do is invite you and Linda to the MPA London & Essex Regional print Comp on Wednesday 16th May 2012 at times to be confirmed ( approx time to start 4.30pm), and hopefully you would both like to join us for dinner.   Hope to talk to you both soon.

 Once again THANK YOU for inviting me and also for being such good hosts and making me feel so very welcome.   Kind regards,   Kevin Pengelly FMPA FBIPP DipPP

The best meeting so far with a clear agenda, a very open, free flowing day that was well organised with breakout subjects that were well chosen and valuable. Two of the major benefits of belonging to the E.T.A. is the back up and support and being a professional working to a strict code of ethics. I enjoy the E.T.A. because they are like minded and great company.  J. C.

Hello Linda and Richard,  Thank you for the very enjoyable and informative day we had yesterday.

It was very fruitful and filled with positive approaches to success. Regards Nelson

Most enjoyable experience and valuable source of information with continued professional guidance related in practical terms and unlimited ongoing support.  Roy Timms

Mr. Palmer  Thank you so much for a fantastic day. It was the best meeting yet and hopefully people will act on some of the suggestions that were put forward. I am stunned that each time I meet more members of the E.T.A. they treat me like one of their own and prove to be such nice people.  J. C.

RICHARD & LINDA,  Tempest Fugit = time flies. My fellow members Jon and Arjun agree wih me that when one enjoys the day time passes so quickly.

You and Linda are aware that my two above named friends and I traveled to the E.T.A. St Georges' Day seminar together in one car. Economy is one reason, but more important is that it's an additional way to add to the networking and relationship building exercised by happy faces around members table.

Educational, encompassing, enterprising and enlightening, E.T.A. !  

Regards   Howard Marco

Toastmasters ongoing training at The County Hotel in Chelmsford Essex for our St.George's Day Meeting

The picture above shows our toastmaster members outside The County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex and was taken by Harish for David Court of CourtonCamera Photograpy . 

Meeting of the Mastermind Group of the English Toastmasters Association February 2012

With a special guest from The Confrérie du Sabre d'Or which is devoted to promoting the act of Sabrage and the enjoyment of Champagne. The Heart of the Order is the growing number of Caveaux de Sabrage where Sabrage may be performed. The Caveaux range from small restaurants and Wine Bars to the grandest of Hotels.They all have two things in common - Champagne and fun. This is a wine and far too good to be left only to special occasions.

Some of our members will be pleased to introduce you to the Confrérie du Sabre d'Or and the fun of Sabrage.

Toastmasters continue their training at the monthly MasterMind Group meetings with some Sabrage

Our special guest David Court, resplendant in his new uniform as Maitre - Sabreur of the Confrerie du Sabre d' Or

Our February meeting was enthusiastically received and we all shared information and knowledge about our experiences as toastmasters and at the same time covered subjects from sales and marketing to Hindu weddings. It was great to see our latest two members, Arjun Desai and Leona Cunningham being well received into our fold. With three new members already lined up for their training during March, we are pleased to be known as the most active toastmasters organisation.

Well, why shouldn't we have fun during our meetings? With our ongoing life long learning program already planned out for the next twelve months, many of our members find that the meetings are too good to miss.

Our 2011 Christmas Quiz was held at our headquarters in Essex and thoroughly enjoyed by our members and Kelvin Moir who was at our very first training session over seven years ago. Also in attendance was Harish Patel, an excellent videographer and also an Honoury Fellow of our Association who may be contacted on 07729 487861.

The day was lively and fun but very useful as a learning and networking experience. Members attended from Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Essex, Kent, Buckinghamshire and London.

Monthly Mastermind Group Meetings

at the

English Toastmasters Association

The English Toastmasters Association is getting stronger while virtually all the other organisations for toastmasters are declining or stagnating. At The English Toastmasters Association we are working together as a team.

Toastmasters at the English Toastmasters Association at our first MasterMind Group meeting in January 2012

Another great photo from David Court from Court on Camera. Thank you David for your time and support and for catching the moment as you always manage to do showing that learning with friends in the busines is fun.

 

A brash statement! But just look what is happening and why we are moving on at a pace.

Our members have the opportunity to meet one another every month and work together, and learn together. Even though we have some of the best toastmasters in the business we are still enjoying learning. By pooling our knowledge and experience, we are growing stronger together and are all able to offer a better quality service to our clients.

Working as an alliance with a specific goal, namely to give our clients the best service that they could ever dream of. Each member works closely with each other and cares for each other. As a team, we are stronger than any other Association. Our monthly meetings are more popular than ever and our members are talking to each other to help each other in many ways.

We share jobs, knowledge, equipment in some cases and care about each other. We are there for each other if ever there is a problem such as illness. If one of our members is unable to take a job, we will find another English Toastmasters Association toastmaster to look after the client.

Our general principal is that we do not sell work to each other, rather we believe in giver’s gain.

That is to say -   If I find business for you, then you will probably want to find business for me, to reciprocate.

The concept of a Mastermind Group has been established for nearly a century. This concept was introduced in 1925 by Napoleon Hill in a book entitled “The Laws Of Success”. It has impacted on many businesses where they are growing from a position of strength. He then defined the Mastermind way of working together as a “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

We motivate each other and look forward to each other’s company. More so, we come away from each meeting on a high and with a “to do list”. Targets to get the word out, “that toastmasters can and do make a difference at functions”. We all are working together with a common interest and goal, to be the best that we can be for the benefit of our clients.

We have a group of like-minded people available to help us all to succeed where we get the benefit of differing perspectives, input and feedback which enables us to make better decisions.

Our mastermind team can bring resources and connections to the table that we may not have had on our own. We are all accountable to each other and are all inspirational when working together as a group. This enables us to maintain our focus in achieving our goals.

In other words we can “leverage” our resources from our group of Mastermind members for the benefit of all the members of our Association.

This concept has been the driving force behind many businesses throughout history and there is plenty of room on this Mastermind team, because we have the resources available to allow us all as an Association and as individuals to grow in the way that suits each individual member.

If you would like to be a part of this winning team please just join us at our monthly Mastermind Meetings

If you are not a member of

The English Toastmasters Association yet and would like to talk about becoming a toastmaster

please call at any time on

07971 409977 or 01245 222392

and ask to speak to Richard Palmer

Back to some of our earlier meetings

Thursday 20th October 2011

Trafalgar Day - Members Special Meeting

The County Hotel, Chelmsford,  Essex

Toastmasters Training Day at the Trafalgar Day Meeting of the English Toastmasters Association at The County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex

The Chairman for this meeting was Commander Chris Woods who was a very popular chairman with our members and guests.

Our guest speakers were Kevin Pengelly from Pengelly Photography, based in Suffolk.

http://www.pengelly-photography.co.uk/index.html

British Institute of Professional Photographers  Master Photographers Association

Thank you to Kevin Pengelly for the photo ( shown above ) of our members outside the County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex, just before luncheon was served.

and Howard Marco from Toastmaster Clothing

Our Agenda for the day was very lively and well received.

It must be said that the staff at The County Hotel in Chelmsford always provide a first class service with an excellent breakfast and luncheon in surroundings that suit our meetings very well. Thank you to you all at the County Hotel in Chelmsford.

Here are some of the comments from our members and guests

Richard: There is no doubt in my mind the Trafalgar Day seminar held today was the best meeting the association has run. Main mention must be made of the excellent manner that Commander Chris Woods took the chair.

Fine selective vocabulary, a firm eye on the clock, well " navigated ".

Members input was varied and informative, time passed rapidly as everyone found it fun as well as educational. -- Good growth .  Very best wishes  Howard Marco

Thank you very much for yesterday.  All your hard work, on our behalf, was plain to see  for all of us and, I believe that, without exception, everyone is grateful to you for your sterling work. I enjoyed chairing the meeting and the pleasure of supporting you and being in the chair.   Very best wishes   Chris  

Thoroughly enjoyable meeting, very informative and another successful day with professional development and the friendship and camaraderie of the members

Many thanks Tony

Thank you for providing an exceptional day yesterday, full of relevant content and some very useful discussion.

 

Thank you very much for inviting me to your Trafalgar Day meeting, it was very useful indeed to hear what Toastmaster's think about professional photography and I feel the whole discussion was very worth while indeed.

I would like to thank everyone for the very warm reception I had and also listening to each other about being a photographer and Toastmaster and working together, I found it to be very useful indeed and enjoyed the whole day.

It was lovely to be made so welcome and would welcome the chance to attend again in the future, once again thank you.  Kevin Pengelly

 

We are getting better and bigger as the leading Association and it is always a joy to meet with my fellow toastmasters. Best wishes Mark Wilding

 

Let us share our Mission Statement and our Vision with you.....

Our mission is to establish and grow a quality organisation for toastmasters based on the highest levels of service, loyalty, and integrity. As an organisation, our aim is to provide consistently superior services for our members and to foster an environment that enables our members to achieve personal and professional growth and success. Our members' professional needs and objectives are paramount.

Our vision is to be the highest quality Toastmasters' Association and leading provider of superior support for Toastmasters and Masters of Ceremonies worldwide. Our Association facilitates excellent quality training and marketing services which enable our members to exceed their clients' expectations and raise the profile of toastmasters and masters of ceremonies. By delivering superior quality services to our members and offering our members the highest level of training, support, loyalty and integrity, our members will be able to achieve personal and professional growth and success whilst providing consistently superior services to their clients.

We operate to the highest standards, through our published Code of Ethics. Our members work in a caring and client focused manner. We will concentrate on what is important to our clients. Most other organisations for toastmasters do not either publish their Codes of Ethics or make them available for their clients to see. Being transparent in the way that our members offer their services helps to generate trust with their clients.

Would you like to become a toastmaster for hire or work to a higher standard than you do at present?

Would you like more work?

Would you like to have better marketing and promotion?

Would you like to know how to make your clients even happier by improving your performance?

Would you like to perform your role and your duties to the very highest standards?

Would you like to work to a published Code of Ethics that offers your clients total peace of mind and shows your professionalism towards your work and to your clients' needs?

All of these benefits and many more are offered by the quality English Toastmasters Association that promotes professionalism and cares for toastmasters and the services that they provide for their clients........

Some other organisations that represent toastmasters are beginning to copy our Code of Ethics but are still leaving out one of the most important ones. Our members do not drink alcohol when we are working for our clients and do not consider this to be 'a perk of the job'. We are here to serve our clients professionally.

Please call 01245 222392 or 07971 409977 at any time for more information.

Just a few interesting facts about

The English Toastmasters Association

We run more training courses and have more quality testimonials for training than any of our competitors. There are over 100 testimonials about our courses here on this site. This means that you know the quality of our training is second to none and you will not find better training anywhere else.

The picture below shows members of our Association at one of our training days with Internet Consultant Sue Lees giving a presentation about working the Internet and using social media to get better known.

Toastmaster training at The English Toastmasters Association St. George's Day Meeting April 2010

Members of our Association get ongoing support and training for life, all inclusive within their membership fees. This gives them excellent value for money from their annual subscriptions.

We are the fastest growing organisation for toastmasters because we work harder for our members, than any other organisation. Our marketing is far superior than any marketing from other organisations for toastmasters and therefore our members, in general, are busier than some other toastmasters.

We have our own fully-staffed headquarters with state-of-the art training facilities. This means that you can enjoy your training as the service will be provided in the way and style that suits you best. We will also cater for dates, start and end times to suit you.

We offer more, better quality and faster support for our members, including regular meetings, seminars and web services. All the benefits that a truly professional Association should be offering its members to help them with their professional development.

Toastmasters at our training day in Chelmsford at the County Hotel on Thursday 22nd April 2010

Ongoing training and help is included in the annual membership fees. Our members carry on learning or gaining knowledge at the speed and at the times that suit them. You choose the speed of your learning. If you want more time and more help - we are here for you.

For more information about our services please keep reading

If you would like to join our friendly Association that works for it's professional members, offering unique, excellent-quality courses and training to the highest-possible standards,

please call us on 07971 409977

or use the contact form to find out more.....

Announcing a powerful new training course for those people who wish to learn the skills and secrets required to be a properly-trained and client-focused toastmaster.

You now have access to the best kept secrets of how you can get sensational results when working for your clients, by attending our training courses and using ethical methods of client care that other organisations do not use or even understand.


To uphold higher standards of training and focus on individuals' existing strengths, our courses for new toastmasters are held on a one-to-one basis only. If you would like to specialise in a particular type of event, for example weddings, we will be pleased to train you in the area of specialisms or expertise that you require as well as general training. Our Toastmasters Training School offers specialist training, geared to our candidate's specific needs.

Toastmaster Training in Essex at the County Hotel in Chelmsford at our St Georges Day meeting

Amazing results from a higher level of training in client focused services. We will be pleased to discuss your requirements in more detail. We are also pleased to offer training for hotel staff and staff from other venues or businesses that have the need for further client focused staff training.

Treat your staff and your business to specialised training for front-of-house staff including client care and announcements. Please give us a call. Most venue owners and managers comment that they have never seen welcome announcements for brides and bridegrooms the way that our members do it. Most guests say they did not know that a wedding could be so much fun. We would be pleased to offer training for groups or on a one-to-one basis for front-of-house staff, to give your venue or group the winning edge for client care and service.

Amazing results from one to one training. Due to the client satisfaction and the comments that we get when we train on a one to one basis, training courses will only be offered on this basis to new members in future. Training courses that are run on a one to one basis have been found to be the best method of upholding quality training, based on the abilities and requirements of each individual candidate. 

The courses are generally held over three days and lead to the presentation of a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. There are no qualifications for toastmasters that are recognised by any educational bodies at this moment. We are working on formalising our courses at present and hope to have more news about our endeavours in the future.

  Learn how to become a Toastmaster, Toastmaster Training in Essex with presentation by Rus. Rainger, on of our founder members

Although we offer one-to-one training courses, candidates will go out and meet other toastmasters and visit venues as part of our courses. One-to-one tuition is always available to suit your individual requirements, based on your existing skills and experience. 

We specialise in client focused services for our members, but are able to offer these courses and training sessions to non members of our organisation who wish to provide higher levels of service for their clients. We are pleased to do this because, by raising the standards in our profession, we all should create more demand for our services.

Applicants may be accepted for training and/or membership of the our Association, from existing toastmasters who are members of other organisations representing toastmasters or their interests, subject to interview and agreement to our code of ethics and a minimum of one alignment day.

We welcome toastmasters who wish to learn our different  approach to higher level, quality service for our clients. 

If you would like to join our friendly Association that works for it's professional members, offering unique, excellent quality courses and training to the highest possible standards, please call us on 07971 409977 or use the contact form to find out more.....

Why train to be a toastmaster with us? 

Would you like professional tuition on a one-to-one basis with practical solutions from a quality toastmaster and his team, who work to the highest international quality standard (ISO 9001:2008).....

I will be honest with you about the best ways of learning our profession so that you can give the best service and get stunning results for your clients, where you make sure that they get the day of their dreams.......

If we really were to tell you why, it would be easy to give you our opinion of why we are the best organisation to train with on our one-to-one training courses and join for long-term support. However, we do not like to tell you when everyone who has been through our training courses have written their comments and they are on this site for you to read.  Please visit our client testimonials page with comments from the people who have trained with us, to see what they think.

Toastmaster Training seminar for toastmasters in the English Toastmasters Association

Using a modern style of teaching we are now bringing new higher standards of training to our profession and meeting the needs of individuals according to their existing experience and future aims. We believe that once a toastmaster has been trained they will not know it all. We continue to look at every aspect of our work, taking the time to refine and develop new methods of delivering the best quality service to and for our member toastmasters. This in turn helps them to deliver higher quality services to their clients.

 

For your continued satisfaction we believe that no matter how professional our work may seem, there will always be room for further improvements. 

We hold regular meetings for our members to bring new ideas and better methods of working to the table. Our clients' satisfaction is the inspiration for us to strive for excellent service.

All this so that our clients are assured of a truly excellent level of service

 

English Toastmasters Associaiton Headquarters main office in Danbury Essex, with toastmaster training school

The picture shown above is of part of our office suite at our headquarters in Danbury, Essex, where we run our training courses.

Our Association is here to support our members in the following areas.....

Training & Professional Development

The English Toastmasters Association is the only organisation for toastmasters to have a full and published programme of events to help our members with their professional development. The events that we hold for our members are part of their ongoing professional development and are included in their annual fees.

Our Association holds two full-day meetings each year with breakfast and lunch provided on or near St. George's day in April and Trafalgar day in October. At these meetings we have a packed agenda of items to help our members to achieve a higher level of professionalism and better services for their clients.

There are ten fully-documented seminars which are held during the last week of each of the other 10 months. These seminars cover important relevant topics to help our members gain more knowledge about best working practices that are important to their clients. We are continually helping our members to grow their armory of information to make sure that their clients get the best attention to detail as possible.

We have launched our country wide Road Shows and will be putting these on regularly. Our inaugural Road Show was held in Chesterfield on the 11th and 12th November 2009. (Further details are shown below) During 2010 our Road Show was held in Huntingdon and we welcome all toastmasters as well as our own members. See what the most lively Toastmasters Association is doing to raise the standards of performance and professionalism in our industry. We have better and more frequent training for new entrants into our profession and for existing toastmasters.

Our Road Shows will normally be open for any toastmasters and potential toastmasters to attend on the first evening of the event and for our members on the second day. Please advise us of your wish to attend and we will make you very welcome.

We are the only organisation for toastmasters to have our own headquarters with full time staff dedicated to the success of our members.

Members may book appointments at any time to gain extra help and information regarding any aspects of their work. All these services and many more are included within the membership fees.

Marketing

Our marketing experts are constantly working to enhance the profile of toastmasters in general and our Association with each of our members. We also have a continual process to increase the awareness of the Association as being the Association to offer the ultimate quality services packages to our members.

Our members are now finding that the marketing services that we employ are working very well for many of them.

We are constantly promoting our site, facilities and members and are getting some outstanding results for our members. New and existing members are getting enquiries from clients directly from their own pages on this site. By using search engine registration and optimisation techniques, and sponsored links, we aim to give our professional members better value for money membership and higher rankings on the Internet.

Client Care

Our members are trained to consider each function as more than just another job. The wishes and interests of our toastmasters' clients are absolutely paramount. We have a published Code of Ethics which forms the basis of a service level agreement with each of our members' clients. Our members are also trained to take care of all other contractors working for their mutual clients at events that they attend.

Our Members Area

For our members we provide a secure area on this website, where documents and supporting information may be found, to further assist in providing very high quality services.

For further information

please call 01245 222392 or

07971 409977 at any time.

There follows an article from David Court at Court on Camera's BLOG on Saturday, 3rd October 2009 regarding our monthly professional training seminars.


'On Wednesday 30th September I joined my good friend Richard Palmer and his fellow members of the English Toastmasters Association at their headquarters overlooking Danbury Palace in the heart of Essex for a training seminar led by Richard.


Toastmaster training at monthly seminar to help professional development for our toastmasters

Continuous professional development is at the heart of this organisation - the training session was attended by Toastmasters working throughout the UK and internationally as far afield as the USA'.

David Court is an excellentphotographer who is based in Essex and is also very helpful when it comes to training our members in the art of working with our fellow professionals at all types of events, but especially at weddings. 

"Most organisations for toastmasters do not focus on helping other members of the team that work together to provide our mutual clients with a superior service. At our Association, we believe that we are part of that team and we need to be aware of how we can best help, serve and take care of our fellow professionals."

As an Association, our aim is to raise the standards that toastmasters work to in our line of work for the benefit of our clients.

Our toastmaster duties for our clients are generally far more extensive than those of any other Toastmasters belonging to any other organisations. Our toastmasters will be pleased to attend your wedding service or ceremony to put you at ease, help you get dressed and help in many other ways to make sure that you are comfortable as you start your day. We are aiming at having the happiest clients.

Our Association is raising the bar for client services. Our toastmasters will focus on offering a higher level of client services. Our toastmasters will do more for you on your special day and at your function.

Our members will go the extra mile for their clients as part of a normal day's work.

Central England Road Show for our members

On the evening of Wednesday 11th November 2009 we had our first open evening.

You did not have to be a member of our Association to meet our members and find out more about our services

For our members we held our Special Meeting

on Thursday 12th November 2009 at the Premier Inn, Tapton Lock Hill in Chesterfield

Thank you from The English Toastmasters Association to our guests who visited us on Wednesday evening and during the day on Thursday.

One of the thank-you letters from one of our members

Many thanks for a really well-prepared and thought-out day. The content was almost as good as the company, and it was so refreshing to meet some of my colleagues and indeed our guests. A terrific day, great to share ideas and experiences and to talk about the perception of toastmasters. Thank you both so much 

A thank-you letter from one of our Guests

Just a quick note to say thank you for inviting me along to your road show on Chesterfield last Thursday. It's always good to hear the views of other dedicated professional people in the wedding business.

The day was most informative and gave a fantastic insight into our role. I was so glad to see the enthusiasm all of the members showed towards their duties and the attention to detail in the execution of their duties. Our Association really has set the standards for all who wish to engage in this highly respected career. I wish you continued success in all that you do, please keep in touch. Kind regards Ian

Ian Greenfield Photography  www.iangreenfield.com

Our special thanks go to Michael Wall Toastmaster and the Premier Inn for your help and support for this new event.

Some kind e-mails from our members and special guests followed on from our St. George's Day meeting in April 2009

    

Richard, a little overdue, but I wanted to express my thanks to you for organising such an interesting agenda for the Association's St. George's day meeting. It is clear that your passion and commitment to the dream has raised the ETA to a formidable professional body, with a strong sense of purpose and a competent membership. Regards Russell Rainger

Hi Richard, Thank you for an excellent day at the St. George's Day meeting on 23rd April. You included some very useful topics and the whole day was both informative and interesting. It was great to meet other members of our association and to be able to exchange ideas and experiences. Regards G S

Hi there Richard, Just a quick note to say a great big thank you for organising another good day.  It was fantastic to meet new Toastmasters and reminisce with some with old friends, Marco looks to be an asset to the Association as do both David and Sandra (photographers) I would imagine Chelmsford town centre was honoured to see so many red-coated Toastmasters in one group, when some people may have never even seen one! Kind Regards Michael O'Rourke

Dear Richard, Apologies that this is the first opportunity that I have had to send a big thank you. Although I had to leave early, I found the day really enjoyable and equally  educational. Long may these meetings continue. It is a great time to catch up with our colleagues and share our experiences. Your continued help and support is much appreciated. Kind regards Geoff Cornwell

A note to thank you for your hospitality yesterday at the toastmasters’ lunch. It was very enjoyable and informative so I now have more knowledge of the organisation. Thanks again and speak soon. Stuart Rawlings   Essex Chronicle

 

 

 

 

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