Category Archives: Competent Communicator (CC)

The ten projects of the Competent Communicator manual

Project 10: Would you dance, if I asked you to dance?


Welcome, I am Daniel, let me open the doors on the world of social dancing. Pay ATTENTION you never known when one of them will come over ask you for a dance! We have sensual, speedy, seductive, and social. A few of the many inspiring and intimidating facets of social dancing.
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Project 9: Agriculture, a catastrophe from which we have never recovered!


Speech 9 from the Competent Communication Manual manual - Persuade With Power. The ability to persuade – to get other people to understand, accept, and act upon your ideas – is a valuable skill. Your listeners will be more likely to be persuaded if they perceive you as credible, if you use logic and emotion in your … Continue Reading ››

Project 8: A Blues Primer


This talk is directed at the eight project in the competent communicator manual "Get Comfortable With Visual Aids". One of my interests and activities is modern partner dance to 'pop'ular music in the western world. The Blues is a progenitor of this modern music scene, but it is often misunderstood by casual listeners who take away … Continue Reading ››

Project 6: In Memoriam: A. Philip Sandars Esq


"Death, taxes and childbirth! There's NEVER any convenient time for any of them." Those words of Margret Mitchell (1936 Gone with the wind) sums up a paradox for us all. Inevitability and un-readiness. On the 6th of January, the day of the three kings or if you will Christmas Day in the Gregorian Calendar may … Continue Reading ››

Project 5: Stomping the Blues –an appreciation of social partner dancing


Dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt. Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.

William W. Purkey wrote those words and for many of us this will be a common, if clichéd, quote to be found on fridge magnets and Facebook postings. It is an inspiring liberating philosophy … Continue Reading ››

Project 4: Dying to try it –trying to diet

Concept: Reflections on food and nutrition and the pluses, perils and pitfalls of trying to adopt better habits and lose weight. What did i find that works for me and what didn't. Assignment 2 at Toastmasters


Two thirds of UK citizens are now overweight or obese.   The cost of obesity to the NHS is predicted at £4 … Continue Reading ››

Project 3: My father, a personal Eulogy

Delivered in the public speaking competition at Toastmaster 22/02/2012

A personal eulogy for my father


Andrew Philip Sandars 1/9/1943-6/1/2012

IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs... Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling's understanding of man was forged in the emotional heat of losing his son at the prime of life in World War One. Words can be astonishingly hard to … Continue Reading ››

Not Capt. Jack Sparrow's compass, but mine!! Life is a daring adventure. This my place to push at boundaries!