Welcome To Abingdon Speakers Club
Have you been asked to:
Give a presentation at work?
Be the Best Man at a wedding?
Give a speech at a meeting?
Would you like to:
Learn to speak confidently?
Practise public speaking?
Meet new people?
Toastmasters, they’re the chaps at weddings and fancy do’s dressed up in a red coat bellowing at everyone about what to do… No, not at all, Abingdon Speakers Club is a member of Toastmasters International and is there to help and encourage it’s members to become better public speakers and leaders. We do this by learning by doing, at regular, fortnightly meetings (1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month). Learn to be a confident speaker in a safe, supportive environment where people of mixed experience are there to help you improve. It’s a relaxed evening with some formality, but not too much. Speeches are often funny and entertaining on various topics, some serious, some hilarious. You can learn a lot about all sorts of things from Hypnotherapy to raising chickens, to the battle of Waterloo! As a guest, you can come along for free to a couple of meetings to see if you like it. You don’t have to make a speech if you don’t want to, but you’re most welcome to join in Table Topics, and if you do, you’ll get a lot of support from the members. If you decide to become a member, it’s just £7.50 per month – amazing value!
Within a meeting members are given various “roles” such as:
- Toastmaster of the Evening, who guides the meeting and ensures timings are kept to.
- Table Topics Master, who facilitates quick thinking skills by selecting members to talk, un-rehearsed, for between 1 and 2 minutes on a subject of his or her choosing.
- Speakers, normally 4, who will give a prepared speech of between 5 and 7 minutes.
- Timer, who keeps time and uses coloured lights to indicate when the minimum middle and maximum speech times have been reached.
- Evaluators, who use constructive criticism to help the speakers improve.
- General Evaluator, who evaluates the whole evening as well as the Evaluators.
- Um-Ah counter, who keeps a tally of those “pause words” we all use and
- Grammarian, who introduces a word for us all to try to use within our speeches.
Toastmasters International have a program, through manuals, starting with The Competent Communication Manual. This is a series of 10 different speech projects to help develop the skills you’ll need to become an all round Competent Communicator. You then move onto The Advanced Communication Series, comprised of 15 manuals with 5 speech projects covering all sorts of specialised speeches. There’s also Leadership Training with The Competent Leadership Manual. 10 projects based around the roles in a meeting. Further progressing onto The High Performance Leadership Program.
“Do not fear mistakes – there are none”
This is a brief run through of the agenda for a typical club meeting…