Topics Competion on Thursday …yay

Topics are a great way of getting used to standing up and saying something in front of an audience for just a couple of minutes.  Some of us are quite good at this, some of us like myself are still struggling with the experience but I choose to believe that is what its all about.  The competition part is irrelevant to me, it just adds a bit extra to the excitement.

What I’m trying to say is – come along and give it a go – there is a certain excitement to feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

The other part to it is that listening to every one else is entertaining and a learning experience – that worked well or he could have said that (so easy to think when you are in the audience).

See you Thursday


Cut those quirks with a video shoot

Been asked to give a speech at an important occasion? If so, there’s a good chance that it will be recorded for posterity and your unwanted mannerisms will be lurking there ready to embarrass you whenever someone digs out the video.

So, why not rehearse it on video first, or join a speakers club where you’ll also receive constructive feedback and useful advice on how to improve your speaking skills. When a speech is recorded you can watch it from an audience’s perspective and maybe spot some quirks which the audience may not consider worth mentioning but which you would like to try to avoid.


So, if you’re happy to wave your arms about, to stare wide-eyed at the audience, sway from side-to-side or scratch your nose incessantly – that’s fine. But these things can be avoided by practicing in front of a small audience or a video camera and speakers clubs can be the ideal place to do that.

Then when the day dawns for you to stand up and demonstrate your speaking prowess at your important event you’ll be confident in the knowledge that you’re making your best effort and any resulting rapturous applause will be well earned. Raise your glass!



Citations on “The camera cannot lie”:

The earliest citation of the precise ‘camera cannot lie’ phrase is from The Evening News, Lincoln, Nebraska, November 1895, complete with an intimation of the early doubts about the literal truth of the phrase: “Photographers, especially amateur photographers, will tell you that the camera cannot lie. This only proves that photographers, especially amateur photographers, can, for the dry plate can fib as badly as the canvas on occasion.”

In his book In the South Seas, published in 1896, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: “I doubt if these islanders are acquainted with any other mode of representation but photography; so that the picture of an event (on the old melodrama principle that ‘the camera cannot lie, Joseph,’) would appear strong proof of its occurrence.”


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Topics training workshop

‘Topics’ sessions provide an opportunity to practice impromptu speaking.
They help develop and improve the ability to stand up and speak spontaneously in public without any previous preparation and to build one’s confidence when facing an audience or group of people.
These impromptu speaking skills can be learned and practiced during our meetings in a friendly, supportive environment.

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  1. a matter dealt with in a text, discourse, or conversation; a subject.
    “her favourite topic of conversation is her partner”
    synonyms: subject, subject matter, theme, issue, matter, point, talking point, question, concern,argument, discussion, thesis, text, concept, field, area, keynote, leitmotif

    “he brought the conversation round to the topic of food and drink”
      that part of a sentence about which something is said, typically the first major constituent.

Our next meeting (Oct 6th) includes a ‘Topics’ training workshop followed by an opportunity for members of the (small) audience to stand up and try it if they wish to do so. Or to watch and encourage whilst others have a go in a cheerful, light-hearted atmosphere.

Social Night – Skittles

Swindon Speakers Skittles

Our next Swindon Speakers social evening is being organised by our very own Social Secretary, Dorothy. It will be a skittles evening at The White Hart in Wroughton (SN4 9JX) on Wednesday 9th November 2016.

Old, current and new Members are more than welcome as well as friends and family.

Our new interactive website.

MammothWell how about this, Swindon Speakers club is being dragged from the stone age into the digital era!

We welcome any feedback on our site and we are looking for new members to come join us and be offered the chance to guest blog for us.

Please come along to one of our meetings and speak to our committee members about your post appearing on this page, it would be great to speak to you.