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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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World Championship of Public Speaking: Flags, Fellowship and Fun

Over 3,000 delegates from 142 countries, 927 of us attending our first Toastmasters International Convention. Big numbers for the biggest event in the Toastmasters year, yet it felt cosily familiar. Educational presentations, keynote speakers, a contest and networking, but on … Continue reading

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Keeping Time

Keeping time is a very important concept in Toastmasters. A few years ago, I attended some corporate training on Communication and Leadership skills. For one of the exercises, we were split into small groups, and each group was given a … 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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Warning: Shropshire Speakers can seriously change your life!

I joined Shropshire Speakers in January to help tackle a longstanding fear of public speaking. Other than being a Telford-based club affiliated to Toastmasters, I knew very little about the Shropshire Speakers Group. I assumed that the meetings would be … Continue reading

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