Category Archives: Blog

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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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

How can you create a great speech that asks you to use visual aids, without resorting to ‘death by Powerpoint’? That would be ‘Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy’, if Jessie Barstow’s speech was anything to go by. We all looked extremely … Continue reading

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Winning numbers – what will yours be?

I don’t play Bingo or do the lottery (well not often),  but over the last few meetings we have had some  winning numbers  enhance our club night.  We couldn’t make such strides of achievement  if we  galumphed through an evening it just wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Wedding Speeches

At Shropshire Speakers, we sometimes get enquiries from men who are facing the prospect of speaking in front of 100+ guests at a wedding, either as the Father of the Bride, Best Man or Groom. This is a unique challenge … Continue reading

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Youth Leadership Programme in Telford

The Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) opens up a unique learning opportunity for both students and Toastmasters.  It offers  under 18’s of any ability the skills to find their voice, from Toastmasters that were once upon a time in their shoes. The YLP is … Continue reading

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Advanced Communication – Double exposure – Public relations

Keeping a club going takes just a bit of effort as I’m sure many of you know, and toastmasters of course isn’t any different.   Public relations is just one of the advanced communication skills  that you can work towards,  giving … Continue reading

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Speakers and speeches everywhere

Do you ever have one of those thoughts whizz through your mind at the most inappropriate time.  I had such a thought at about 4am this morning. What was the thought? I was thinking I haven’t blogged about the last … Continue reading

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Landmarks, Hares, Ear Muffs and Hats

This is an amalgamation of the last few meetings at Shropshire speakers and my what a busy time we have been having lately.  Lots of visitors attending having discovered us on the internet, gently suggested by bosses or encouraged by … Continue reading

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