Author Archives: Kay Heald

What is Toastmasters Like?

When I am asked ‘what is Toastmasters like?’, I always suggest that someone comes along to one of our meetings to find out, because it was not at all what I expected. What made me want to try Toastmasters? About … Continue reading

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Nervous Speaker

Would you describe yourself as a reluctant or nervous speaker? A couple of years ago, this would certainly have described me! When I had to speak in public my mouth would go dry, my hands would shake and my voice … Continue reading

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Grammar Cakes

Shropshire Speakers is one of 400 UK public speaking clubs affiliated to Toastmasters International. However, there is so much more to Shropshire Speakers than just delivering speeches. As a member of the Club, you are given the opportunity to develop … Continue reading

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Youth Leadership Program (YLP) Legacy

Have you ever wondered why they don’t teach public speaking and presentation skills in school?  Aren’t schools supposed to be helping the younger generation to become work-ready?  Well, it transpires that they have specific targets for academic subjects that they … Continue reading

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Competent Communication

The Competent Communicator is the first public speaking certification offered by Toastmasters. When you become a member, you receive a book called Competent Communication, containing 10 speech projects, each outlining a speaking skill to practice via a prepared speech at … Continue reading

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President of Shropshire Speakers, a Toastmasters Club

I sit. Waiting to be called up to the front of the Club. It’s an honour. It’s scary.  It’s a challenge.  I’m apprehensive.  I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  I think I feel sick, no, it’s nerves (get a grip!). My heart … Continue reading

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Shropshire Speakers Birth and Growth

The Birth and Growth of a Chartered Toastmasters Club It was a cold February afternoon in 2010 when one of my coaching clients asked me to support her when attending a speaking club in Birmingham for the first time, as … Continue reading

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My First Toastmasters Speech

21st June – what a wonderful evening! I took the bold step to deliver my first Toastmasters speech and receive evaluation. My speech title, ‘Lifting the Lid’, proved to be an epic to share my life moments and experience! I spoke … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: No Looking Back

Finding out about Shropshire Speakers It was a phone conversation with my brother in Canada when I first learnt about Toastmasters. He had just joined in Vancouver and recommended that I go along to a club in Shropshire. Intrigued by … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: Sheep Dip or Slow Grow?

How to improve your public speaking, without breaking the bank The Sheep Dip Approach Early in my career, like many people working for a big company, I was sent on a few courses on public speaking and presentation skills.  These … Continue reading

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