Author Archives: Jill Ming

A double bill of self-improvement

Our Guy Fawkes evening meeting last night ably chaired by Phil Bradley as Toastmaster gave us two very high standard speeches, some entertaining table topics, and a new word to add to our vocabulary: taradiddle – a lie, fib or pretentious nonsense … Continue reading

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Autumn competitions

We are in competing mode at the moment having held two competitions in the last month. First we had the Evaluation competition in which Paul Brennan’s target speech was evaluated by four contestants. The winner was Sam Warner who will … Continue reading

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Around the world in three speeches

By a curious coincidence, all three speeches at our meeting last night were experiences from other lands. Not only did we have the benefit of listening to tales from far away but also picked up some handy hints on places … Continue reading

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July 2014 newsletter

Welcome to our July 2014 newsletter. Click on the link below to read about our recent activities, awards and forthcoming events Shropshire Speakers newsletter July 2014 Please send suggestions, ideas or articles you wish to see included either through the … Continue reading

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‘Iffy’ table topics

The innovative nature of our members knows no bounds when it comes to taking on the role of Table Topics Master to chair the session on impromptu speaking. Phil Bradley was that person last night and had thought of some … Continue reading

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Chickens, Diana and the SAS

Our meetings are nothing if not diverse and what we sometimes lack in numbers we make up for in imaginative, innovative and inspirational speeches. Last night was no exception as David Guy introduced us to the three banners of this … Continue reading

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Eyes down!

Phil Bradley’s warm-up this week literally had us out of our seats running round the room trying to find five different people who could answer ‘Yes’ to five questions on our ‘People bingo’ sheet. Do you have canned pickles, eat … Continue reading

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Challenging ideas

The power of table topics in getting us to think quickly and put together a short speech on the spot was really put to the test this week. Harriet gave us some statements that were the opposite of what might … Continue reading

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The real Tall Tales

We held our first Tall Tales competition at a special ‘extra’ meeting last night and discovered what happens when you let members’ imaginations run riot. Tony Madeley revealed a hitherto unknown ‘fact’ about a European farming treaty, while Kim Kelly … Continue reading

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Table topics meets tall tales

From a starting line of ‘I knew when I got up that morning it was going to be a special day …’ our table topics session of impromptu speaking on 15 January led by Phil Bradley took us on an … Continue reading

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