January goes off with a bang

The New Year started off with a bang.

January’s first meeting brought new visitors from near and far!

We certainly hope the few omissions, made on their first night at the club, doesn’t put them off visiting again. Especially, as they did really well at the topic session.picture: Laura gets trophy for her practice speech

The omissions were put down to recovering from the festivities.

Laura won the  evaluator’s cup for her practice speech. The topic was the launch of a new range of hair care products, for her work.

 

Kevin, who has been a member for less than a year, received his A5 certificate, which had to come from head office.  Well done!

This means he can now join the Speaker’s bureau if he wishes.

Open Mic

We had open mic session which was meant to help members practice using a microphone. However more than half chose not to use it.

Nonetheless it was a very interesting an enjoyable evening.

We had poems, stories, where we learned about Wiltshire, a relaxation ‘magic trick’ which involved changing the weight of stones, a very good joke from a Cardiff visitor and an amazing song.

Most of the evening was videoed so that members could judge and evaluate themselves once the recordings were put onto our youtube channel.  This is yet another learning opportunity.

As if proof were needed  of what a great speaker Kevin is, he also passed his A7 speech at the end of January and won evaluator’s cup for his accapella performance in the open mic session.

 

More details of the meetings can be found on the meeting notes page

 

 

 

 

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.