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  • I am not a teacher but an awakener

    By Clodagh Phelan “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost. There are many quotes about mentoring. And even more about teaching. I like this one from the poet Robert Frost because it seems to capture the essence of mentoring. To explain that …

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  • Work the Room

    DELE OGUN Member Dele Ogun isn’t just a fantastic speaker, he’s also the writer of ‘The Law, The Lawyers and The Lawless’ – an autobiography that is as much about the English Bar as it is about the author.    Among the anecdotes in the …

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  • Taking the Plunge: the value of Toastmasters membership

    BY NINA, ACG, ALB Standing in front of a group and speaking for the first time, for some of us, can be petrifying, and I was certainly one cut from that cloth. I can distinctly recall a moment in my youth when I loved being …

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  • Once Upon A Time…

    BY IAN HAWKINS   If you want to show an audience why they should do something, how they should think about something, or why something has happened, a story is what they will respond to best, and a story is what they will remember long …

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  • Thanks to Anna

    BY NEIL COLEMAN In 1840 there was in England a great rumbling. Not a rumbling of political disquiet or social change, it was a rumbling coming from the stomach of Anna, seventh Duchess of Bedford. With her lunch long since passed, and the evening meal …

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  • No idea? Top 5 tips for finding inspiration

    BY KATHERINE EYRES   Coming up with ideas for speech topics and meeting roles isn’t easy.  Feeling like you need to think of something novel and interesting each time, whether it’s for a prepared speech, Table Topics Master, Toastmaster or Guest Host, can sometimes seem …

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  • EBS Club Innovations: why so special?

    BY SUDESHNA CHOUDHURY   I have had the happy opportunity to visit quite a few London-based toastmasters clubs over the four and a half years to date that I have been privileged to be a member of our beloved Early bird Speakers Club, and it …

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  • Confidence Tricks

    BY MINDY JHITTAY The first time I had to give a speech, I was so nervous I wrote the whole thing out long hand, hid behind a big lectern, and read it out without looking at anyone in the audience once. Which might have been fine if I’d …

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  • Speech Contests: 3 reasons to enter

    BY IAN HAWKINS Contest season is upon us, and the call is out for Toastmasters to buff up their favourite speeches for the International Speech Contest. If you’re not planning to enter, your reasons may be one of the following: It’s nerve-wracking I don’t have …

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  • The Little Secret

    BY BIANCA TAIT One of the most nerve wracking experience of my life was giving my Ice Breaker speech “The Little Secret”. I may  appear to you all to be quite an extrovert but it is quite another thing (as many of you know) getting …

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