I took part in my first competition at Elder Gate Toastmasters before I had even made my debut speech. It was at the club's annual Humorous Speech competition in September 2004, held at The Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford
I’m not entirely sure I should be doing this. A humorous speech in front of 26 people when I haven’t even finished writing my ice-breaker. But then my wife, Margaret, will tell you I’ve never been one for doing things the right way round.
I used to believe rigidly in rules. Then I went to University where I was forced to study new, alien subjects. A little bit of moral philosophy is a dangerous thing. It teaches you to think rather than follow blindly.
That might explain why I jumped at the chance to take part when Danny said someone had dropped out.