‘I Can’t Join Toastmasters because …’

Many people put off professional development.  Here are some typical excuses used to avoid joining Toastmasters.   Do these ring any bells?  If so, we ask you to reconsider. Perhaps Toastmasters is not what you thought.   I don’t need Toastmasters. I’ve been giving presentations for years.  In that case you’ve probably been using the same techniques for years.  For …

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Speechcraft Public Speaking Workshop January 2022 – Session 4

Tonight was going to be a speaking marathon for our six Speechcrafters. All week they have been preparing to introduce another speaker, make a speech AND top it off by evaluating one of their peers. A tall order indeed. Never say never, but rarely would they have to take on so many roles at one …

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Speechcraft Public Speaking Workshop January 2022 – Session 3

Speechcraft is like building a house. You put in foundations first. With a firm base you can start on the walls.  This is where we’re at now. Last week our Speechcrafters made their maiden speeches. This week they will work to improve when they take the stage for a second time. Plus they have the …

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How to Introduce a Speaker with Style…

Why is a good speech introduction important? As an audience we ask silent questions each time someone comes onscreen or onstage to speak.  Why should I pay attention? Is this going to be important to me? Why should I care? Here are two introductions for an educational speaker at a Toastmasters meeting.  ‘Our next speaker …

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Speechcraft Public Speaking Workshop January 2022 – Session 2

‘Take the moment in your hand and make it your moment’. Today our Speechcrafters made their very first speech.  First they all had to show up. And everyone did. Our Speechcraft Coordinator started off with a great warm up question ‘What was your key learning point from last week’s session?’ This gave everyone a chance …

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Speakers of Croydon – My personal experience

By Trudy Kuhn Established in 1924, Toastmasters International has more than 300,000 members in 149 countries. And more than 15,800 clubs.  Impressed? Sounds great but if you’re anything like me you aren’t bothered about facts and figures. As you’ve landed on our website my guess is that you want to know how this very successful …

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Speechcraft Public Speaking Workshop January 2022 – Session 1

Let’s face it, the fear of public speaking is right up there at the top of the phobia league. January is traditionally a time for setting new goals. Often people choose to face something that they have previously found impossible.  Unsurprisingly the Speechcraft course we host at Speakers of Croydon for new speakers always attracts a …

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Speechcraft 2022 begins on 4 January

January is an exciting time for Speakers of Croydon as it will be hosting it’s annual Speechcraft event! Speechcraft is a programme that comprises four weekly sessions, every Tuesday, starting from 4 January 2022 to 25 January 2022. The original plan was to have three in-person sessions and one online, but in December the decision …

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