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More Toastmasters …..

I’m a few days late with this posting, but I have good news to report. There was a marked improvement with my latest “off the hoof” speech at Cambridge Toastmasters The tabletop topic required us to describe what it would have been like to live during a period in history: my era was the Ukraine in the 1920s. I managed to imagine I was a woman called Ireni married to a drunk and...
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Swans and bird flu

While swans are reportedly dying in parts of Europe, victim of the much feared H5N1 virus strain, they were very much in evidence at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust in Welney yesterday where scores of visitors watched them being fed. I last went to the reserve in December with my MEP Robert Sturdy, who is a rapporteur on bird flu for the European Parliament, and we met Peter Cranswick, who is...
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More confidence building at Headway

There are many ways to boost one’s confidence with public speaking besides standing up and speaking in front of an audience. There are more subtle methods that can be adopted and the one I chos was to volunteer as a trustee for a charity. This will hopefully reap many benefits for Headway, my chosen charity which cares for adults who have suffered brain injury and attend a day unit in Mill...
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Salsa brings a reprieve

Another challenge I have set myself this year is to learn how to salsa the night away in true Cuban style. Wednesday evenings no longer mean another night of chores but smouldering Latin music with lots of shimmying and laughter. Last night was lesson four in my village hall with teacher Dave, a fork lift truck driver by day and salsa divo by night. His heaving beer belly and tattoos hide the...
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Why me?

Why does it happen to me? Why do I freeze, and my throat dries and tightens? I have no real control over what I want to say and the way I deliver my thoughts in public. Two years ago I was asked to speak to a group of networking businesswomen about my work. I prepared my speech and had it written out, and had even practised it. But, boy, was I awful! And then, of course, the confident speakers...
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