Dorothy, as social secretary, is trying to recruit a foursome to take part in the national speakers’ competition in Derby on 21st October. The idea is that the four people do a 10-minute talk between them on any subject. The catch is that the three words “three”, “piece”, and “suite” have each to be mentioned twice in the talk. That’s all there is to it. The four people would have to rehearse in someone’s house over summer. I understand that if the foursome is arranged it has to be quite quickly, because rooms for the overnight stay on the 21st in the hotel in Derby have to be booked very soon. If you would like to take part, or would like just to go along and watch, please contact Dorothy directly, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass your name on to Dorothy.
The Speakers Club had its summer social event last night. Traditional British weather prevented us having an outside barbecue party (though some brave souls ventured out anyway). However, we all enjoyed food and drink indoors at Wendy’s beautiful house. Most members were there and everyone seemed to have a very good time, but Ian was not wearing shorts as promised, which disappointed some. Justine got a man hug from Brian that squashed her boobs, and Dorothy spent a lot of time trying to recruit a foursome for a national competition in October, which I’ll describe in the next post. Dorothy also brought some wonderful cheese scones, and someone brought some delicious chocolate tart. Some of us made friends with Wendy’s sociable little Shih Tzu dog. I got two kisses from the man who does the extras, and the other Sandra made some the fantastic home-made tapenade. Gary has decided he is going to join the Club. No-one got drunk as far as I know, though Jin Jin had a good try. All in all, a fun night.
Swindon Speakers Club – Novel Competition
- The competition requires contestants to concentrate on the audible and not the visible techniques of speaking. The obvious use of notes or a full script will not disadvantage any speaker, nor will the lack of gestures.
- Contestants are required to write a completely original novelette of approximately 5 minutes duration. The title of the piece will be declared, as will the type; e.g. adventure, romance, historical, thriller, ghost, sci-fi etc. Any contestant who uses another author’s work or characters will be eliminated.
- Each contestant will be given 3 minutes exactly to present a reading of his/her novelette during which time the contestant should establish the plot, the period of the story and introduce the principal characters.
- The purpose of the presentation is to convince the audience that they want to know what happens next; i.e. they want to hear the rest of the story.
- Lights will be displayed as follows:
Green 1 Minute 30 seconds
Amber 2 minutes
Red 2 minutes 50 seconds
Red OFF at 3 minutes exactly
At which point the Chairperson will stop the contestant from speaking further.
- (The Club winners will be voted on by the whole audience)
- The Winner will represent the Club at the District Competition in the autumn
- At the District Meeting the winner will be decided by a panel of judges representing the three areas of the District. The winner will be required to recount the complete novelette.
NB: Note to competitors: Notification of the names of the contestants is not required prior to the day of the event. On arrival at the venue, the contestants should make themselves known in good time to the Chairperson of the competition.
Open for the summer.
Swindon Speakers have always closed over the summer, to get a feel for a whole new year (think of it like the summer school holidays) but this year we are going against tradition!
Swindon Speakers are here for our members and after our last AGM and a very keen bunch of speakers, we have decided to keep our club open over the summer.
Now to make sure that we do not ‘over egg’ our members, and we are aware of holidays, children and other summer commitments such as Bar-Be-Ques so we have decided to roll out slowly at first. We are going to stay open over July with a view to run through August as well. So we want you to add;
13th July 2017
27th July 2017
– to your diaries. We will still run the club from 7.30pm until 10.00pm and we will continue to meet at The Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon. New members are more than welcome to come and try out our new programme for free (and to stay on for our next season if you like us).
As the Summer holidays are a new thing to us, we also want to try something new at the club. For the 2 months over summer we are going to be calling our summer meetings “Speaker Extra.” We want to be doing less of the formal club business and instead concentrate on delivering more training and allowing Assessment speeches to be practised and completed. These extra dates will allow the club to set up for a great 2017-2018!
Dress code will be summer wear only, sandals and surf boards are optional.
It will be great to see you all there!
Over the last year, Swindon speakers have been working hard on opening and operating our very own speaker bureau. The exciting news is that we have already taken the first tentative steps and we are declaring that the bureau is now open for business!
We are excited to offer this brand new service from within our own club. We believe in sharing our skills and we would like to offer the businesses and events around Swindon access to a very select group of highly entertaining speakers.
Having been approached by groups and organisations in the past, we became aware that we did not advertise this unique service and this is why the bureau was created. We are happy to put businesses, groups, event organisers and expo’s in contact with our members to discuss any speaker matter.
We want to take as much guess work out of peoples’ search’s as possible, so we have developed and are running separate pages for our speakers. This is so that people can find the perfect match for their event.
We have approached and found 3 members, who have willingly volunteered their profiles to be the first members to join the bureau. We already know of other members who wish to join the bureau at a later date.
These 3 individuals are some of the more experienced members and we as a club are confident that they will deliver a great talk or speech at any event.
Our club runs a training and assessment program for all members which carries a nationally recognised qualification. We only represent Swindon Speaker members to ensure we can vouch for their abilities. Our speaker bureau members will have completed their A5 assessment and obtained a qualification from our speaker body, The ASC (Association of Speaker Clubs).
If you would like to book a Swindon Speaker for an event or would like more information please use our contact page.
This year’s ASC National Conference was held in the Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport and provided a great opportunity to meet and mingle with speakers from other clubs who came from across the UK.
Our area (South West England) was represented by Wendy Wright, John Crawford and myself from Swindon SC and Amanda Rose from Dorset SC. We were especially proud of Wendy who was appointed Chief Judge in the Final of the National Speech Competition and gave an eloquent summary of this year’s top speeches before announcing the winners to a packed conference hall.
Our District (South West England & Southern Wales) had even more to celebrate when Stephen Dance from Cardiff SC came second in both the Speech Competition and the Topics Competition… a tremendous achievement.
The excitement continued when Wendy competed in the Final of the National Evaluation Competition, competing against no less than 3 members of the National Executive Committee, including the eventual winner. Wendy put on a great show and came away with a certificate and prize and much applause.
The weekend also included the AGM, several useful seminars and an opportunity to dress up in dinner jackets and elegant dresses for Saturday night’s Gala Dinner where we heard some amusing after-dinner speeches and were entertained by a stand-up comedian before stepping onto the dance floor for the disco.