Visitor wins trophy

December excitement Photo of new member David receiving member's pin from president Sue

After another new member David, passed his A1 and received his member’s pin at the end of November, what was in store for us in December?

It is wonderful to have visitors attend our meeting.

photo of Visitor receiving tropy

 

 

 

Even more so, when they are willing to take the challenge to step up and speak, unprepared on a topic they are given, just a few minutes before hand.

When one of these guests performs as well or even better than some of the members, it is only fitting that they should receive the trophy for the best performance of the evening.

Well done Sarah-Jane and welcome to to the group now you are a fully fledged member.

So, if you have considered coming along as a visitor, you will be very welcome and who know where it might take you.

Remember your first two visits are free of charge.

Just come along and join the excitement!

Photo finishpicture of Santa in car

As you will see from the meeting notes, we finished off our 20th Dec meeting, with the President’s Revels. Working in groups of three, each person had to either start, follow or end a story related to Christmas.

The president gave us the first line.

One was a story staring with: ‘all the presents were in the boot of the car’ ended like this picture taken a couple of days after the meeting.

Annual Dinner

On 17th Nov, club members, friends and family gathered for the annual dinner.

Picture of group sat at the tables in the restaurant

 

This was a great opportunity for members to get to know each other a little better.

 

One of the members organised a raffle to raise much needed funds for Brighter futures.

member and wife receive flowers and wedding gift

 

 

 

 

It was also an opportunity to give a wedding present and card to one member who had revealed in his speech only a few days earlier that he had got married.

Picture of group sat at the tables in the restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a fabulous evening.

Members were delighted with the £100 raised for the hospital charity.

Proud moment

Joining

Last year, it became clear to me that I really wanted and needed to improve my pubic speaking skills in order to help my business grow.

I needed more practice but more importantly feedback.  Not just from friends or people who wanted to be nice to me, but honest feedback, so that I would know what was working and what was not.

A friend mentioned she was a member of a speakers club, so I did a little research.  I felt that at £40 for membership of the Swindon speakers club, I really had nothing to loose.

I had to re-organised my diary so I could be available on Thursday nights and was able to join Swindon Speakers Club in September 2018.

Much to gain

Well I don’t know about nothing to loose, there is so much to gain. The group is so friendly and welcoming that in just a few months, I feel like I am part of a family.  All the members are helping me on my journey to becoming a better speaker, one I can be proud to be and hopefully, one day a professional one.

What I didn’t realise, when I joined, is that the group is part of a national association of speakers clubs. Nor that there are competitions and other areas of personal development  and leadership that they help with, not just public speaking.

Photo of Julie Nicholls receiving Member's Pin.
Julie Nicholls receives Member’s Pin from President Sue Holden after passing A1 Speech.

I am loving the enthusiasm and support in the group as well as the challenge, to speak unprepared, for three minutes on a topic I might know nothing about.

It was a very proud moment for me, when I received my member’s pin from the president, after passing my A1, the first prepared speech.  You can find it on our  youtube channel.

 

New 2018-19 Season

September is coming around fast. The committee have been hard at work sorting, organising and arranging our new season.

On 6th September, we will be back at The Blunsdon House Hotel, meeting at 7.30pm for our first meeting.

This year, we have a new club president and team of committee members all wanting to make this year bigger and better than the last.

Photo of new president Sue

New members

For everyone who has ever wanted to come and has felt a little frightened, we love welcoming new members.

We are expecting a few new members to come to our first meeting, we will always make time to chat and answer any questions.

Value for Money

We always have been, and will always be exception value to money.

New members are welcome on a trial basis. Come and visit our club for 2 meetings and see how you get on.

After the 2 visits, membership is only £40 that is for the entire year.

There are no additional meeting payments (only additional outlay is an ASC Speaker manual which is only £10 and can be purchased when ready).

We are Swindon’s best kept speaker secret and we are about to kick off our new year.

ASC National Conference in York – 27th-29th April 2018

The conference

This year’s ASC National Conference was held in York on 27th-29th April.

It was attended by several members from our District including John M and Wendy from Swindon SC.

The weekend included a variety of competitions and seminars, including two sessions presented jointly by Wendy (Swindon SC) and StephenD (Cardiff SC) on impromptu speech techniques.

The seminars were appropriately named “Tip Top Topics” and were well received by the large audiance.

Nerys-Sheila with a trophy
Photo shows Nerys and Sheila with one of the trophies.

The Competition

Two members from our District were runners up in the competitions, competing against clubs from across the UK. Namely, Sheila Jackson (Melksham SC) who came second in the evaluation competition and Nerys Jones (Cardiff SC) who came second in the speech competition.

This was a great achievement and we thank them both for representing our District so admirably.

To finish

A new National President was elected – Jackie Mafi from Wigan Speakers Club.

A lavish banquet was held on Saturday evening followed by some amusing speeches and musical entertainment from a local band.

Next year’s National Conference will be held in Edinburgh.

District Meeting in Bristol – 8th April 2018

The rescheduled District Meeting was held at the Aztec Hotel near Bristol.

In addition to meeting up with our friends and colleagues from other clubs in the District we were joined by Paul Taylor the ASC National Secretary.

The day started with the AGM which included Area Presidents (Stephen D and John Mc) giving their reports.

A workshop on Speech Construction was given by NEC guest Paul Taylor and the District Speech & Evaluation competitions were held.

Photo shows Sheila being presented with the District Evaluation trophy by ASC National Secretary Paul Taylor.
Photo shows Sheila being presented with the District Evaluation trophy by ASC National Secretary Paul Taylor.

Awards

Brian put up a good show in the Speech competition which was won by Nerys from Cardiff with Sheila J from Melksham coming second.

Sheila went on to win the Evaluation Competition with  Wendy from Swindon coming second. A successful day for our Area. Well done to all.

The helpers

Thanks to Wendy who was one of the Speech Contest judges, to John M who did the Target speech, Brian for managing the light/timings and to  Dorothy for handling the raffle and buffet finances.