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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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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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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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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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