Category Archives: Blog

How long does it take to improve my public speaking?

“How long does it take to improve my public speaking?” This is a question that we sometimes get asked by our guests. The time taken for improvements depends on a few factors.  These can include: how much existing public speaking … Continue reading

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From Fear and Overwhelm to Focus and Opportunity

At Shropshire Speakers, we hosted another online meeting on Wednesday April 15th. One of our more experienced speakers, Mags O’Brien, delivered an excellent speech which is now available on YouTube. During this speech, Mags draws on her professional and personal … Continue reading

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Online Confidence

Do you wish you had greater confidence when speaking in public? Start with building your online confidence Continue reading

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Twelve tips for better presentations

At Shropshire Speakers, we sometimes get enquiries from professional people who are interested in improving their presentation skills. Perhaps they are already delivering presentations on a regular basis and are looking to improve, or perhaps they have been asked to … Continue reading

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A Year in the Hot Seat

I have just completed a year as Area 39 Director and what a great experience it has been. Being part of the District Leadership Team has been educational, inspiring and fun. I have learnt a huge amount about how the … Continue reading

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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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Hat trick!

November has been a ‘hot’ month at Shropshire Speakers with a hat trick of educational achievements. Three of our members – James, Lindsey and Jonathan – have all completed their Toastmasters Competent Communicator awards. Each has delivered ten speeches in … Continue reading

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A double win and runner-up

Toastmaster Kyle Heath has made club history by becoming the first member of Shropshire Speakers to win a double placement in three successive speech contests. His entry in the Humorous Speech contest ‘Breaking the parents’ code’ took him to first … Continue reading

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Toastmasters Conferences

Come to Conference! A remarkable event happens each May in Toastmaster Districts 71 and 91 in the UK and Ireland: members and guests from across the land converge for conferences and great things happen. Thanks to the incredible efforts of … 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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