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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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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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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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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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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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